Exterminationist anti-whiteness

In a July 2009 entry I quoted Maureen Dowd on the Sonia Sotomayor hearings:

A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not know that a gaggle of white Republican men afraid of extinction are out to trip her up.

I continued:

Dowd simultaneously predicts white men’s imminent extinction and mocks them for being afraid of it. (Would that they were afraid of it! Imagine the politics we’d have if Republican politicians were concerned about the white race. But of course they are not. They are resolutely race-blind and allowing their race to be dispossessed, yet they are called racist anyway.) The statement has two parts: You white men / Republican white men are going to be extinguished, and you are ridiculous and contemptible for being afraid of extinction. You are so worthless, so subhuman, that I won’t even grant you the human dignity of fearing your extinction.

This type of psychology is familiar from anti-Semitism. “We’re going to eliminate you Jews, who are the disgusting enemies of mankind, and you are ridiculous and whiny for objecting to your elimination.”

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August 21

Paul T. writes:

Re: “A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences” vs. “a gaggle of white Republican men afraid of extinction.”

“The richness of her experiences”—that’s what life is supposed to bring you, right? So implicit in Dowd’s formulation is that conservative white males, or perhaps white males generally, aren’t really alive—they’re gwae-lo, as the Chinese say; white ghosts. Not really people. People have lives, “rich experiences”—Hispanic and black people have lives, are fully human.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 20, 2011 10:40 AM | Send

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