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Friday, May 16, 2008

Blood and Soil

Yeah. Somebody went there. These are the times in which we live.. Here's a lesson in talking back.

Anyhow, White America has been put on the defensive for too long, according to Parker, and its legendary patience is at last wearing thin.
What they sense is that their heritage is being swept under the carpet while multiculturalism becomes the new national narrative. And they fear what else might get lost in the remodeling of America.
This "remodeling" is what Parker elsewhere presents as "the dash to diversity," as though it were some drastic and purposeful deviation from the normal course of things. Acknowledging everyday reality amounts to special pleading, y'see, while aggrieved believers in the crackpot phantasmagoria that Parker calls "once-upon-a-time America" are merely keepin' it real...just as they were when they portrayed the Irish and the Italians and the Chinese and the Jews as an unassimilable horde of subhumans with a marrow-deep affinity for vice, vermin and filth.

I agree that this heritage shouldn't be swept under the carpet; it should be swept off the face of the earth. Any American life not spent in explicit or implicit repudiation of it is flawed at best....

Parker's sympathy, I suspect, lies more with that crowd of geniuses who saw Walt Whitman as a fag and George Herriman as a nigger and Emma Goldman as a kike whore, and couldn't look at the American wilderness without estimating how much it was worth per foot, and sneered at every native artistic production that didn't cater to their bottomless appetite for unearned praise and entrepreneurial platitudes. Which is to say, her sympathy lies with power, regardless of how confidently she struts around in the borrowed plumes of white working-class resentment.

2 Comments:

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

It takes time, at the very least, to become a "full-blooded American."

More than time - it takes a complete non-understanding of the premise of the US experiment.

Sometimes the Enlightenment folks seem like the serious grown-ups whose sense of things is simply out of reach for us kiddies.

 
At 6:19 AM, OpenID kmcleod56 said...

That leaden thud is the sound of white rage throwing itself against the bars at the thought of joining the colors of diversity rather than fearing it.

 

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