because race is a social construction, of course! (Not that social constructs can’t also be biological realities.) While we aren’t obliged to defend intraracial cohesion per se, anyone who attempts to destroy intraracial cohesion will inevitably end up attacking things that we do care about.
1) By definition, traditionalists support the preservation of traditions. Traditions are by definition that which is handed down from generation to generation.
2) Some traditions, generally the most important, are group identity-forming.
3) Therefore, it’s important that most of the time, people marry others with the same tradition baggage. Otherwise, one of them couldn’t pass on their ancestral ways and group consciousness to their descendants. (With identity-forming traditions, it is not possible to authentically adopt two sets or mix and match.) It’s a sort of collective survival instinct that people want those whom they identify as their descendants to identify with those whom they identify as their ancestors. Introspection will show this desire alive in those, like American whites, who relate to their racial identity primarily through shame. This is not to say that there’s a moral law against marrying-out, but it must be the exception rather than the rule for a group to survive. Conversion/adoption is the other way to perpetuate a tradition, but that’s a zero-sum game between traditions and is usually numerically insignificant compared to perpetuation via procreation.
(Aside: In patrilineal–meaning most–societies, the paternal line dominates, which is why it is viscerally clear to everyone that one’s own men having sex with foreign women is a score for the team, while one’s own women having sex with foreign men means being losers.)
4) Therefore, a traditional society will have a lot of marriage within the group.
5) Over time, as this cluster of people interbreed, they will become more homogeneous amongst themselves and more genetically distinct from outsiders. They will become, in other words, a race.
The point of tradition is not to preserve races, but each tradition naturally creates its own genetic carrier, and an attack on the integrity of the latter will in practice mean an attack on the transmission of the former.
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