The Black and White of Racism
The book looks at the effect of culture rather than race regarding how people from Africa were accepted and assimilated into colonial America. The African culture was somewhat primitive and very different than the more advanced European culture brought to the shores of the "new land". Naturally, the Europeans felt that America would be a better country by adapting Western Civilization culture rather than that of the Africans. This “Clash of Cultures” put the Africans at a cultural disadvantage and caused the Europeans to ostracize them socially. This was not racism. This was culturalism. The cultural differences were far too extreme to make assimilation quick or easy.
For the people today with African heritage, the effects of the "Clash of Cultures" still linger in some measure. Mistaken as racism, efforts to correct the still existing cultural divide always fail due to a misunderstanding of the problem.
The term "Culturalism" is used to denote a theory that all societies try to create a cohesive cultural identification for mutual benefit and survival and naturally oppose multiculturalism. For America it has been expressed as the “Cultural Melting Pot" effect where all diverse cultures are put aside in order to cohere together as unified American citizens based on the founding principles or our nation. This is known as the “American Culture.”
America's founding principles of Liberty and Individual Freedom are unique and particular to Western Civilization.
A commentary from a different perspective about Race Relations and reason for concern by Waylon Allen