"Does a South Korean not have more in common with the Japanese than either do with Germans? Would the descendants of some ethnic Ugandan tribe not find it easier to become ethnically part of some other Ugandan tribe than to become ethnically Polish?"
As most readers are probably aware, I argue in this blog that if current trends continue, ethnic European people and only ethnic European people will cease to be majorities in their own countries, and that their fate on national scales will reflect their demographic fate on a global scale. However, there is an inevitable issue that many would likely point to as evidence against my position.
This likely counterargument would suggest that I underplay the ethnic distinctions WITHIN races (ethnic clusters recognizably deriving from specific continents, or large parts of continents). This argument might suggest that considering the number of ethnic groups in a country like Uganda, the DRC, or Iran, that it is simplistic to the point of fallacy to suggest that there are any absolute “majorities” in these countries, since so many different ethnic groups live there. In response to this I would have to say that these people downplay the far greater similarities that ethnic groups within races have with each other culturally and genetically, and to deny that these closer links even exist, is to be naïve.
Do the people who make this sort of argument actually believe that two Ugandans from different tribes have no more in common each-other than any of them do with a Japanese person or a pole? That their identities aren’t linked more closely? Does a South Korean not have more in common with the Han Chinese or the Japanese than any of the three do with Germans? Would the descendants of some ethnic Ugandan tribe not find it easier to become “ethnically” part of some other Ugandan tribe than to become ethnically Polish (Sometimes the genetic differences between these tribes are likely not even recognizable)? If you don’t answer in the affirmative here, you are deluding yourself. If one does answer in the affirmative, however, one has to entertain a reality uncomfortable to the modern Western mind, which is that this thing we call “race” does exist, and that there are good reasons and precedents to see those within these categories as closer in many respects, than those from other races.
In the case of places like Uganda, it would be inaccurate to claim that the differences between local ethnic groups and tribal groups are not dwarfed in comparison to the genetic, cultural, and historical differences between a Ugandan of any tribe and a Pole. Ethnically, and culturally, all the tribes and ethnic groups of form of any black African country form a single, if fractured, nation. They form a nation that would find it far easier to integrate itself, and find common purpose on a global stage, than would a “nation” comprised of 50 percent Ugandans and 50 percent poles. I believe this phenomenon may be safely exported to the continent as a whole. So, no, I’m sorry, but the fact that there are many “ethnic” groups in Africa, or Asia, or the Middle East does not imply that black Africans as a whole, and black Africans as ethno-nations, do not have a far more secure future in terms of cultural and demographic survival, than do Europeans. Huntington was correct here, in his “clash of civilizations” though I think he likely underplayed the racial/ethnic dimension (probably because he knew his statements would already garner him enough charges of “racism” and “thinking too simplistically”).
As a final point to those arguing that differences between ethnic groups implies that Uganda and can not be reasonably understood to remain more homogenously black African than Europe will remain homogenously European, is that distinctions between ethnic groups within races may actually be understood as an example of retaining the homogeneity of a racial group, rather than working against it. This is because the competition between ethnic groups within a broader continental racial group increases their separation from each other and decreases the rate at which customs and conventions move between ethnic groups. Indeed, this separation may preserve certain parts of that race from the mistakes of others, in a way comparable to compartmentalization in ships.
For instance, if all of Europe were ethno-culturally “English”, the suicidal replacement level immigration that this ethno-culture requires of itself would be multiplied immeasurably over the whole continent and over the European racial group as a whole. The presence of 15-20 percent of non-Ethnic English minorities groups among the “English” ethnic group would now mean 15-20 percent of Europe as a whole, making the continued homogenous existence of ethnic Europeans as a group fare less likely. However, because Europe actually consists the more insular peoples of Eastern Europe along with the the ethno-cultural English, French, and Germans, Dutch and Swedes, the impulse of the latter groups to demographically remove themselves from history, is counteracted by the groups not willing to do the same, making the continued survival of a recognizable continental European ethnic group more likely. Indeed, the number of slavs in Europe who, right now at least, would refuse to be replaced by Somalians, Pakistanis, or any other non-European ethnic group (or European ethnic group for that matter), balances out the the non-European demographic replacement of the ethno-cultural English, or German nations.
If Eastern Europeans could correct their terrifyingly low birth-rates, the survival of ethnic Europeans in their home continent would look yet even more likely, but despite this, the general principle I am alluding to here remains. Rather than showing that there is no such thing as a broader racial group that can be meaningfully distinguished from others, all that the hundreds of different tribes and ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa demonstrate is that their racial group is more likely to succeed and thrive than their European cousins, since the demographic mistakes of certain parts of the black African race are unlikely to threaten the entire group, only sub groups therein.