Friday, September 24, 2010

White People: Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em

White people in this country are coming unhinged.

Okay, now comes the part when you say, "Hey motherfucker. You're white." To which I say, yeah, but I'm Irish. To which you retort that Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly are Irish, too, to which I have no answer, except mortification.

The late great Susan Sontag famously said that "Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary governmet, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Balanchine ballets, et al. don't redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history." She later apologized, because of the obvious unfairness of lumping all cancer patients with white people.

I don't know that I agree with her central premise entirely, but pictures like the one above make me ashamed enough to wonder.

The savage spirit of stupid is gone viral, among us. Its face is undeniably white. The savage spirit of unbridled greed and entitlement threatens the security of this nation, which Jefferson called "the world's best hope." This face is white, too.

So, someone tell me, please—how exactly was Sontag wrong?


  1. assuming you're being sarcastic, otherwise, puh-LEASE! Those are the crazy ones, the ones that should have been killed running the gauntlet or fighting as a gladiator...

  2. According to a poll I saw today, these tea-party fucks are nearly 30% of the electorate, which is one hell of a lot of crazy whiteys...Combine them with the the percentage who are too dumb to know what a tea party is, I think you probably have a majority. Certainly a majority of white males are unhinged—have been, for years—but I think their typical misanthropy and rage is mixed with enough Glen Beck/Sarah Palin stupidity and craziness to make them combustible. Too much to hope for, though, for fifty million of em to spontaneously erupt in flames.