Sunday, December 12, 2004

Mangan on 'Redneck'

I am happy to see that Dennis Mangan, Left Coast curmudgeon, is back from his vacation and back on the blogic treadmill. Here he holds forth on that term of abuse, 'redneck,' to which liberals and lefties seem to have no objection. Yet another lib/leftie double standard. Somebody should compile a list of them.

Mirabile dictu, Jim Goad's Redneck Manifesto, which I had checked out of the ASU library, was just the other day requested by another patron, probably some no-good, terbacky chawin' redneck. I was planning to 'blog it' as they say, but that will have to wait. Goad's book is interesting, to say the least. Steven Yates, philosophy Ph.D. and very good writer, reviews Goad here.

Mangan thinks that one cannot get away nowadays with 'guinea.' I don't know. Somebody applied it to your humble correspondent back East in the 1970s. My impression is that there is more anti-Italian prejudice -- not that it is any big deal -- in the East than in the West. I didn't encounter any until I headed East. I once had a Lithuanian girl friend in Boston whose mother used to warn her: "Never bring an Italian home."

Blacks need to learn from Jews, Italians, the Irish, and others who have faced abuse. Don't whine, don't complain, don't seek a government program. Don't try to cash in on your 'victim' status, when the truth is that you are a 'victim' of liberal victimology. Take a leaf out of Condi Rice's book. Get the needle out of your arm, and that soul-killing rap noise out of your ears. Listen to the late Beethoven piano sonatas. May I recommend Opus #s 109, 110, and 111? We honkies want you to be successful. And we don't care what color you are. It's not about color anyway. It's about behavior. Work hard, practice the ancient virtues, and be successful. If you can't make it here, you can't make it anywhere. Don't let Brother Jesse tell you otherwise. Don't get mad, be like Rudy Giuliani. Can you imagine him making a big deal about being called a greaseball, dago, goombah, wop, guinea . . . ? Do you see him protesting Soprano-style depictions of Italian-Americans as mafiosi?