Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)
Almost all societies despise or at least resent one or two domestic groups and one or more foreign groups. In America, the groups to hate and resent included Blacks and also the most recent immigrants to depart the ship (Germans, Irish, Scots, Poles, Italians, Jews, Tongans, etc.). Look at the celebrated boxers across time (John L. Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, Mohammed Ali, Oscar de la Hoya). They tend to be drawn from the group that was feared, despised, resented and oppressed at the time.
Polite society is careful about using the “n-word” today, although derivative and derisive words such as “denigrate” (defame; belittle) and “niggardly” (stingy) are still used without reflection. The quiet unrelenting campaign to imprison Blacks continues with one percent of the population in the pokey. There are still “Jena 6s” and the resurgence of the Noose as a tool of domestic terrorism. Today’s KKK members dangle the Noose Knot (not a Sheet Bend Knot or a Carrick Bend Knot) and then assert that they don’t know what it means. Their admission that they are ignorant is not disputed, yet they knew and know exactly what they are doing. The calls for “hate crimes” legislation to address the matter collide with First Amendment considerations. The solution is easy; those who claim that they do not know what the Noose means should be afforded an opportunity to make the statement under oath to someone with a badge; they will hang themselves; prosecuting them for and proving perjury and obstruction of justice is so easy it can be delegated to a summer legal intern. The Confederate flag has become America’s swastika. The current scene is not all pretty. Nonetheless, there is less overt prejudice against Blacks today than in the past. An African-Saxon is running for President. America has made and is making progress.
However, Brown has become the new Black. Many otherwise decent Whites are threatened by Browns far beyond any plausible threat posed by them. A few well-educated White boys agree to frequent a company that directs callers to touch “1” on the telephone dial to hear the message in English rather than the competing company that directs callers to touch “2” to hear the message in English. “We are number 1.” Fear and insecurity are ugly and ever-present and timeless.
The Browns are doing the work that others do not want to do. They put the family into family values. They are learning the English language despite the unfounded accusations of the nativists to the contrary. A recent e-mail message denigrating Browns was written in what can only be described as “white trash” English syntax; the authors were not even bright enough to recognize the irony of their own incompetence. Browns serve this Republic in the military in greater percentages than others. They are the ones admittedly using more social services. They will also be the ones most likely to pay off some of the massive Debt accumulated by the Whites. [See the e-ssay dated March 28, 2005 entitled “Black, White, Brown, Red and Green: An E-ssayer on Immigration.”]
Bumper sticker of the week:
Fear is Debilitating