Okay, so with that resume you probably shouldn't apply for a job as a marriage counselor - although here where I live, it can be two men or two women involved, so that might provide for a suitable challenge for someone with your background - but there are still other things you can do with your life.
Writing this kind of stuff, for example. Inspiring the rest of us.
In Seattle, Charleston, or wherever (and which Charleston, exactly was that?)
I'm so ashamed....I have actually said The Word...as recently as last week...but, and this is really really important...if I said it in a forest and nobody was around to hear it....did I sin? Am I damned? Forever? Oh, Shit!
I find this very interesting ... I just finished writing a book and included aspects of racism ... what was acceptable "yesterday" ... the "N" word. I talked with a local black man too. He said when he was growing up he and the white kids ganged up on the "Indians". So there you go eh?
Dr. King. So happens through family connection - my great grandmother's sister n law (think that is how it goes) became a nurse in Boston area and took in a border ... Coretta Scott who then became Coretta Scott King. Family archives. From Canada - Barbara
Oh the shame of being born a WASP and not having full freedom of speech! But isn't free speech in the constitution? SHHHH! Best we not talk about things that are "extra constitutional," like the "n" word. And the right to be paid by the guvmint for not working. Or the right to be paid by the guvmint for not planting certain crops. Oh, oh, getting into dangerous territory now. Best I shut my mouth just in case I decide to run for office.
There is no one else in the land who writes with such sense, originality, clarity and beauty.
The recent absence of new posts to your site was worrysome. Nevermore. If you go silent awhile again, I will return to this post for refreshment, knowing there is intelligent life nearby. It resides in Seattle. Its name is Vanderleun.
I completely agree with your view that the Civil Rights movement we grew up with and loved has morphed, like the feminist movement, into a perpetual motion victim rights machine, er...kind of like the tar baby. Oh dear, did I say that? I guess I'll never get to be president either.
Growing up in a small town Southern family in the middle of the 20th century, the "N" word was verboten. "Nice" people simply didn't talk that way. We were allowed to say "colored" or "Negro" but the "N" word was never to pass our lips. And it didn't. I knew my father would have given me a switchin' I would never forget.
Then in the sixties we could say "Blacks" and "Afro-Americans." But I mostly avoided saying any of it and just tried to call people by name. Martin Luther King was Martin Luther King and that was that.
Years later, I was reporting and writing for a liberal newspaper here and was sent to Decatur, Alabama to cover the kickoff of Jimmy Carter's second, ill-fated Presidential campaign. While there, I landed an interview with one of the grand wizards of the KKK. He used the "N" word often and with great emotional charge and many expletives.
Like cringing when fingernails are scraped across a blackboard, I found his hate-filled talk so horrifying that I almost had to leave the sleazy room and quit the interview. I simply had been sheltered from the reality that people still thought and talked in that hate-filled way.
The story was page one in my paper. But it took me weeks to get over the stunning reality that I saw face-to-face that day in Decatur.
The point I wish to make is this: I completely agree that the pendulum has swing far, far the other way and what has been used to bludgeon George Allan is ridiculous and inexcusable. Nevertheless, there is a real historical reason that the "N" word has become a weapon of political mass destruction...and it isn't a pretty sight. Having said that, none of us can be held hostage to acting from guilt and that's what the Jesse Jacksons of the world are playing on, as WASPs and others are forced to bow and scrape.
Maybe it's a good time to go back and reread the most wonderful "To Kill a Mockingbird." And to see how far we really have come.
Another superb, well written, cogent and spot-on piece. Thank you.
I am frequently encouraged by friends, neighbors and my wife to enter politics. My reply is always the same: "Not on your life". There is nothing any longer that is attractive, decent, civilized or even respectable about the craft. The recent flap that inspired your brilliant piece is emblematic of the profound sickness that has infected politics in this country, and I am afraid we will be subjected to much worse for much longer before a 'stateman' appears to shame them all into behaving properly....and that is pure unadulterated optimism.
You've been on my list for a long time. My list of some of the smartest people and best writers in this country.
We all have THAT Permanent Record. Spot on!
If no one was in the forrest to hear it then did you really say it.....or was it did you really make a sound.....Oh, my brain still has to recharge after reading this post. Good One!!!
For thirty years I've been active in politics, and I've seen the viability cutoff point move further and further from the heart. People can now expect to be driven away from elected offices for transgressions 99% of us have committed.
This leaves politics to the shamelessly and intensely manipulative, the uncannily innocent, or the wealthy obliterators. And we are all the losers because of it.
But I'm glad Gerard won't be running for anything. We need him to WRITE. Congratulations on another fabulous piece!
Another fine gem. Thank you.
I'm sure I've a lot to say, but this is not the place.
A minor bone to pick: Anthony Burgess first pointed this out: WASP is redundant, as all Anglo-Saxons are white.
Well, is it better to be stung by a WASP or bitten by an ASP?
A fine essay.
However, "nigger" is not the most verbotten word in American English. Your references to pop culture and the hip-hop world make that clear. My young black friends use "niggah" more frequently than I use the word "man".
However, the most forbidden word in English is the C word. Nobody, certainly nobody with a Y chromosome is ever allowed to let that word pass their lips. Hell, even in sex chat rooms the C word will get you slapped down by the sisterhood. They can use any and every slur related to slang terms for the male appendage but use of the C word is taken as prima facie proof of misogyny.
I'm quite sure that if you called a black woman a NC, she'd beat you down for the C word first.
"C word is taken as prima facie proof of misogyny."
Yep, mention cooking and you're toast.
I read that Webb and his Navy buddies used to ride through Watts (must've been in the early 60's) carrying rifles and yelling out the "N" word to taunt the locals.
He's not like that now, so I merely shrug at the anecdote. Would that he and his vicious-weasel campaign staff could shrug off Allen's purportedly less outrageous behavior.
NOTE: THIS IS MY SECOND ATTEMPT TO POST. The first time I spelled out the"N" word. How's that for irony?
I knew we'd descended into lunacy when the word "Niggardly" was slammed because it "sounds like..."
For future reference, I will probably not be able to state I must caulk a few "chinks" in the wall, I can be drenched but can never have a "wet back," and as far as saying I have watched the "Day Go" by...
Who's running this place, anyways? Could someone sharpen their head and screw them into the floor, please? Please, oh please?
The only way to reduce the power of the "N" word is for those of us, who refuse to accept the guilt shoved onto us,to flood the zone and say "nigger", "niggardly" and other permutations of "nig", in public.
Seems as good a time to quote Scripture as any.
"The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought."
But it is not as deadly as Holocaust denial, right? You lose your freedom to live as a free man (free speech) if ever you doubt the Holocaust.
I wrote about the same thing last week. This whole country is paralyzed when a white person, especially the dreaded conservative white male, brings up anything involving race. The whole Senator Allen thing is a perfect example.
My favorite part about the whole controversy are the a**holes who say "That word has never been a part of my vocabulary." Give me a break.
I'm sure many of the same people that go bonkers when they hear accusations that a white right-winger said the "N" word many moons ago, listened to the John Lennon/Yoko Ono 1972 hit "Woman is the Nigger of the World". So in this Humpty-Dumpty world, the meaning of a word depends on who uses it!
In his book, "Sinisterism," Bruce Walker writes that one of the primary goal of the sinisterists in the US (communists, neo-Marxists, socialists, Clintonistas and the Democrat Party of today) is to capture the English language and create a confusing means of communication that resorts to euphemisms, reinterpretations, and even ownership of the language. Only a Black person or a liberal can use the word "nigger," Look at Sen. Robert Byrd using the term on Fox News Channel -- did anyone hear one black leader call for his resignation? And Byrd was a Klansman and a segregationist.
Juxtapose his treatment with that of Sen. Trent Lott, who made a statement that all of us knew was designed to blow smoke up Strom Thurmond's butt, saying things would be better today if Thurmond -- who ran for president as a segregationist Dixiecrat -- had been elected president.
Lott had to apologize over 100 times and stepped down as the leader of his party in the Senate.
The problem is, as I see it, that there are too few real conservatives in the GOP. The Democrat-news media attack machine goes into action and the leaders of the Republican Party fold like cheap cameras.
There are a few men in the GOP who can be counted on to fight the good fight -- men such as John Cox, who's the first Republican to throw his hat in the ring for 2008. But it's a certainty that the sinisterists in the GOP will attempt to destroy his campaign. Hopefully, the new media will be powerful enough to initiate a counter-attack during the 2008 primary season.
Mr.Vanderleun: I have always wondered about the origins of certain words such as DENIGRATE. It appears to be a combination word. The prefix "De-"
added to a word changes the meaning of the word to
the 180 degree opposite of its original meaning.
Consider,for instance,"water" and "dewater". Am I being confused by spelling and pronunciation? It seems there ought to be a word, "nigrate", which has a positive meaning, since "denigrate" has a negative connotation. My WEBSTER is silent.
The "P" word in WASP has two meanings depending upon its' pronunciation: religious practices on the one hand,and dis-agreement on the other. In this case, I believe there should be one pronunciation: PRO TESTant. The other way,
PROT es TANT, obscures the fact that the meaning
is exactly the same.
When the media went so far out of its way to claim that "macaca" is a racist term, never mind that Allen doesn't speak Portuguese, I knew this wasn't really about racism.
This is biblical; making a man an offender for a word uttered 30 years ago. I think this will backfire on the Post, however. I can't imagine there are many Virginians who are thinking the same thing as Vanderleun.
When I was seven years old, I was thrust into the strange predicament of being the only white kid in a Mexican school. I spoke no Spanish- no one there spoke English. Every day was war. If I fought back, I was punished when I came home for not "turning the other cheek".
I experienced more racism in one day than many of today's blacks, (uh, African-Americans, ?, what is today's "preferred nomenclature"? it's hard to keep up) do in a lifetime.
I admired Dr. King. As a child, I listened to his speeches and knew here was a messenger of God, an annointed one, speaking. Listening to his speaches still moves me to tears. They were tears of inspiration. Now, they are probably tears of loss- loss of a dream.
When I moved back to the States, I thought I could be part of the movement to end racism. I really did. Then, I realized that I would forever be judged by the color of my skin, not the content of my character. It didn't matter what I had experienced, because blacks in this country have a monopoly on being the victims of racism. ("Lord, hep me thru the day.")
I am a white male, therefore, I MUST be racist. I'm just too dumb to know it yet.
I still hold out hope. Some day, we will see the purity of Dr. King's dream fulfilled. Until then, I can never belong to that club, the club of people who are committed to ending racism, because I am white.
Isn't it interesting that the liberal witch of a reporter asked Senator Allen about his Jewish background. What a witch she is--and she'll rise high in the MSM. Once again shows how the media is nothing other than the electronic wing of the coalition of scum, slime, filth, vermin and manure that is the Democ-Rat Party.
Well, at least it is still okay to call Sarah Palin a c-word, right? And in Seattle, it is practically mandatory.
Hmmm, niggling over semantics.
I don't believe I want to be that civilized, but thank you anyway. – Hoot Gibson
With all due respect: Fuck To Kill a Mockingbird.
And fuck Dr. King's Dream while you're at it.
The whole civil rights project was a gigantic mistake.
If these statements make you all unanimous in your hate for me, that's fine. I welcome your hatred.
Question: are there any people in the civil rights movement anymore who believe in actual racial equality, or has the movement been completely taken over by race-hustling con-men, blackmailers and grievance-mongers?
Robert Oculus III preened:
"If these statements make you all unanimous in your hate for me, that's fine. I welcome your hatred."
You're too pathetic to hate, Bob.
Your condescension is equally welcome, Arthurstone. Keep it coming. Show us all just how morally superior you are.
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