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Why should an ethnic group get a homeland?

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 August 2017

Here’s an interesting article — The case for Kurdistan.

The Kurds … are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own. It is time to change that.

Why does the one follow from the other? Why should an ethnic group have a homeland?

The reason is somewhat obvious, right? When we look at countries that have lots of different ethnic groups, we usually find trouble. (Or so I’m often told by the pundits.)

For example, people often complain about how the evil colonial powers divided African nations without any respect for tribal borders, and that, they say, doomed those countries to endless conflict and struggle.

But … we have a completely different idea about that subject when it comes to U.S. domestic relations. In the United States, we expect everybody to mix together and be happy in one big rainbow of cultures. Different ethnicities are a strength, not a weakness.

Why the double standard? If different ethnic groups can mix politely here, why can’t they over there? And if they can’t over there, why can they over here? Do we have magic dirt that sucks up all the problems and spews rainbow Skittles and happy, peaceful thoughts in all our cheerful little hearts?

Seriously. If the Kurds need their own homeland because they are a distinct ethnic group with their own customs and interests, then why are we so doggone sure about melting pots and “diversity is our strength” and so on?

2017-08-08  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 4

  1. William
    8 August 2017 @ 5:08 pm

    Interestingly, in its origin, the US was inhibited with distinct ethnic groups with their own customs and interests.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    9 August 2017 @ 9:54 am

    Within limits, anyway. Puritans didn’t like those crazy English who wanted to celebrate such bawdy, rowdy things as Christmas, for example.

    We had diversity, but within certain boundaries.

  3. William
    9 August 2017 @ 5:45 pm

    There were inhabitants before the Puritans…Native Americans.

  4. smitemouth
    10 August 2017 @ 7:40 pm

    American culture is different than 7th century culture. Kurd rulers and neighbors want to kill them for being Kurds. I don’t think even David Duke wants to kill blacks–just segregate them from whites. Kurds have right to exist and separate country is only doable solution