An interesting Arabic piece (rajul lubnaan al-abayiḍ) by Khalid Saghiyya arguing that culturism has replaced racism in the modern world, which makes a couple of interesting points.
But racism, which is often used by the Europeans towards other peoples, quickly erupted within Europe itself, and and directed itself towards the Europeans themselves. [This] was the Holocaust, and the world war. Only then did big question marks appear on racist speech.
It goes on to say that Western thinkers, still refusing to be equal to the others “devised another idea the is not beyond the scope of ‘political correctness.'” The peoples of the Third World are not genetically inferior, but “culturally backward. We are all human beings are equal, but we have superior culture [. . .] Thus we uphold one Declaration of Human Rights and then divide people according to their degrees of cultural inheritance. The White Men have found a way to return to the starting point, this time as a matter of culture.” It ends off with commentay on the March 14 movement and “culture.”
I don’t agree with all of the article’s sentiments, but I do agree that condescension and racism are nowadays dressed in the language of culture as opposed “race” or racialism.