Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Better Cultures?

The Daily Mail reports that liberals are wringing their hands in horror because "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua has authored a new parenting guide, The Triple Package, that lists eight groups or cultures that do better in America:
Now though, Amy Chau, 51, has inspired the fury of the public on Twitter with her new controversial theory that some races and religions are just superior to everyone else.
Dubbed 'simply racist' by one commentor on Twitter, another pulled no punches and called her a 'full blown eugenics pushing racist!'
Others were more diplomatic charging that 'Chau has now begun treading terriroty [sic] uncomfortably close to racism.' 
Published in the new book, 'The Triple Package', that she has written with her Jewish husband Jed Rubenfeld, Chua names the eight groupings that are exceptional in no particular order - and unsurprisingly, the Chinese are one of the top dogs. 
The other seven are Jewish, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons.
Clearly one of these groupings is a religion and by calling them 'cultural', never ethnic, racial or religious, Chau and her husband seek to avoid the hugely controversial criticism this would bring.
However, Chau does identify three distinguishing features these eight peoples have that guarantees them success over others; [a sense of] superiority, insecurity and impulse control. 
'That certain groups do much better in America than others — as measured by income, occupational status, test scores and so on — is difficult to talk about,' the authors write.
Not really sure how this qualifies as racist. Chinese, Cuban exiles (i.e, Hispanic), and Nigerians (i.e., African) are all ethnic minorities. Mormons, and to a lesser extent, Jews, are of all categories of races. The real issue ought to be what makes these groups or cultures different? Perhaps the emphasis on education, hard work, and family? The article goes on to state that Chau identifies each of these groups as not having bought into the modern liberal philosophy. Heh.

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