While walking in Nara yesterday with my son, a tourist from Florida struck up a conversation. After a few initial light comments, he told me that although he’d visited many countries, Japan was his favorite because it was racially homogenous and therefore avoided “all the problems we have with multiculturalism, diversity, and political correctness…nowatimean?” As gracefully as I could, I slipped away from his comment and changed the subject. He (and his wife and another companion) were quite pleasant for the remaining ten minutes we strolled together, but my mind was still boiling for some time by the fact this guy was himself a foreigner—an element of unwanted “diversity” in the supposedly homogenous milieu he was praising—and his fellow-Trump-supporter conversational gambit was offered less than 24 hours after another white man uncomfortable with diversity murdered 49 people in New Zealand.
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