Extreme Color Arousal

I want to draw your attention to an excellent post at the Francis L. Holland Blog.

Mr. Holland has written about “extreme color arousal”, and draws from his own personal experience in a way that is both enlightening and refreshing.

Having blogged about some of my own personal experiences in this particular arena, I found this piece to be an interesting look at a subject that we Southerners sometimes confront, and sometimes avoid, but never ignore, nor should we, I think. Here is an excerpt:

Some people will conclude that because I am color-aroused, I am “racist.” If so, they will have missed the entire point of this discussion. Unfortunately, some people will miss the entire point here and so they will learn nothing at all, even if the read all of the words I have written. Particularly with respect to matters involving skin-color, such people show an overwhelming preference for simplicity, even to the extent of being unable to learn anything new at all. Their preference for simplicity in “calling-out” the perpetrators of “racism” actually mirrors the simplistic stereotypical thinking of the “racists” themselves.

In fact, the stereotypical and simplistic thinking of symptomatic of color-arousal often affects both those who are perpetrators of “racism” and those who say they vehemently oppose it. Their simplistic and reductive thinking itself is a symptom of color-aroused ideation, and this reductionism is almost inevitably manifested in their emotions and behavior.

When people say “you’re a racist,” they are demonstrating the preference for simplicity that mirrors the stereotypical thinking of the racist (“all Blacks or whites or Asians bad”). There is nothing simple at all about human ideation, emotion and behavior. It is inevitably complex, depending as it does upon personal history, learned thoughts and behavior, personal choice, present environment, circumstances, stress, etc.

Read it all.


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28 Responses

  1. If you want to know what a moonbat has to think feel about this piece, just enter the words “skin color,” in the box at this link.

  2. ah a brave piece..thanks for linking it my friend!

  3. While color/race is one criterion that people use to categorize others, I by no means think that it is the only criterion to divvy up us versus them.

    I would postulate based only on my experience that people will tend to also show regional bias (damnyankees!) and cultural bias (cowardly French, capitalistic warmongering Americans) and even institutional bias (go Army! Oorah, Marines! How ’bout them Dawgs?) to the same or perhaps even greater extent than racial bias.

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  9. I can tell he has given this topic much thought and consideration. Personally, I try not to over think things, and prefer simplicity, myself. I agree that one brings their history with them, when making judgements on anything, skin color included.
    For me, and the experiences I’ve had, I really do treat all people the same, when I don’t know them. I’m always courteous, never friendly, until I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate their behavior or vibe, and I trust my instincts. The only role skin color serves with me, is a category of qualitative characteristics I’ve created a file for, based on experience, that gives me a reference point for interaction. That file then provides me prompts for interaction, so my behavior is also acceptable.
    Based on skin color alone, I’ve been able to observe, over time, that there are good and bad people.

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