Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Othering Your White Uncle Was Just the Beginning

 

I nominate Matthew Boose’s article, Apologize to Your ‘Racist Uncle,’ for Post of the Counter-Revolutionary Moment. Some hard and tragic truths are spoken here:

“But nobody defended him. After all, he didn’t go to college. He never worked at a think tank. He wasn’t an expert. He watched Bill O’Reilly. What did he know about politics? Political correctness, he failed to understand, was about decency, not control. “Reverse racism” was incoherent; you can’t discriminate against white people! Your uncle didn’t understand how racial hegemony works. He hadn’t read Angela Davis (or a facsimile of a facsimile of Angela Davis, anyway). He was just uninformed, or maybe he was just selfish. He was afraid of losing his advantages. He was irrationally afraid of Muslims and Hispanic immigrants. He bought a gun to compensate for his insecurities. He was the butt of every comedian’s joke, a stereotype of ignorance and hatred.

But there was something pitiful about him, too. True, he was at the top of a hierarchy, they said, but that was a fading reality. In truth, he was the one type of person left in our society it was still okay publicly to despise, and with relish. And it was precisely because of this that he felt deeply what many others only sensed but could not express given their fear of losing respectability.”

I see this othering of average whites in the unprotected class everywhere. My diocesan Catholic newspaper published a column by the local CEO of Catholic Charities (a white man) that sounds like a confession written by a Stockholm bank hostage.

“As brothers and sisters in Christ, we must address the ways in which we are complicit and seek reconciliation. We must confront intolerance and compel ourselves first, and then our neighbors to rectify it.” [emphasis mine]

Appalling. I literally groaned reading it.

Our very lefty (white) neighbors’ daughter put a Black Lives Matter sign up in her bedroom facing our house on the opposite side of the street. She’s 16 and has lived as our neighbor since she was two. Played with my daughters. Irrationally feared our friendly, but enthusiastic dogs. Helped decorate our home for Christmas when Little Miss Anthrope was in the hospital having brain surgery in December 2013.

BLM is an organization that hates us. Hates us for being white and “privileged” and an intact family and, mostly, for me being a practicing Catholic. I’ve considered putting a sign up in our window facing hers that says:

Bullies,
Leftists, and
Marxists

But, I’m too civilized and I have a strong desire for peace that, I’m increasingly convinced, the Left will never, ever give us.

How long, oh Lord?

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    I think Matthew’s uncle should kick Matthew’s pimply ass.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  2. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    I think Matthew’s uncle should kick Matthew’s pimply ass.

    And then accept his apology.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:26 AM PDT
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  3. Unsk Member

    Political correctness, he failed to understand, was about decency, not control.

    Tell that to the over twenty people who died as a result of the BLM riots.

    But also, that saying truly expresses the really insane, out of this worldliness and magical thinking of the brainwashed Left who seemingly can’t imagine the brutal consequences their “decent” politically correct actions have on the really “decent” people of America. The lack of empathy for their innocent victims is one of the hallmarks of the Left.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  4. RightAngles Member

    Political correctness, he failed to understand, was about decency, not control.

    How is making lists of words we are and are not allowed to use (in some cities, on pain of huge fines) not about control?

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    • June 27, 2020, at 10:45 AM PDT
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  5. Barfly Member

    Western Chauvinist:

    Bullies,
    Leftists, and
    Marxists

    But, I’m too civilized and I have a strong desire for peace that, I’m increasingly convinced, the Left will never, ever give us.

    How long, oh Lord?

    Until we make it hurt, I’m afraid. It’s the nature of the Fall to devote increasing effort to denying reality until it breaks through.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 11:06 AM PDT
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  6. Weeping Member

    Western Chauvinist: I nominate Matthew Boose’s article, Apologize to Your ‘Racist Uncle,’ for Post of the Counter-Revolutionary Moment. Some hard and tragic truths are spoken here:

    A very well-written article. I think the author sums things up very well.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  7. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist:

    Bullies,
    Leftists, and
    Marxists

    But, I’m too civilized and I have a strong desire for peace that, I’m increasingly convinced, the Left will never, ever give us.

    How long, oh Lord?

    Until we make it hurt, I’m afraid. It’s the nature of the Fall to devote increasing effort to denying reality until it breaks through.

    A title for another post: When Things No Longer Are What They Are. . .

    Men, women, marriage — the Left lies about everything. It’s how you know it’s of the devil.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  8. Doctor Robert Member

    Still waiting for apologies from my nieces, nephews, and a couple of my kids.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 12:39 PM PDT
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  9. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Still waiting for apologies from my nieces, nephews, and a couple of my kids.

    My brothers are waiting for theirs, too.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 1:09 PM PDT
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  10. Western Chauvinist Member
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    https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/cancel-culture-comes-for-the-catholic-church

     

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    • June 27, 2020, at 2:44 PM PDT
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  11. Jules PA Member

    Western Chauvinist:

    I’ve considered putting a sign up in our window facing hers that says:

    Bullies,
    Leftists, and
    Marxists

    Or go light hearted with words and pictures

    Blueberries 

    Lemons

    Marshmallows

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    • June 27, 2020, at 3:02 PM PDT
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  12. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist:

    I’ve considered putting a sign up in our window facing hers that says:

    Bullies,
    Leftists, and
    Marxists

    Or go light hearted with words and pictures

    Blueberries

    Lemons

    Marshmallows

    That’s raaaaaacist

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    • June 27, 2020, at 3:22 PM PDT
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  13. Percival Thatcher
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist:

    I’ve considered putting a sign up in our window facing hers that says:

    Bullies,
    Leftists, and
    Marxists

    Or go light hearted with words and pictures

    Blueberries

    Lemons

    Marshmallows

    That’s raaaaaacist.

    Must be, because it’s funny, and comedy is racist.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 3:57 PM PDT
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  14. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    And yet, when the white collar corporate salaryman father of that 16 year old BLM supporter looses his job because somebody thought he told a bad joke, the uncle will still be plodding each day to his unexportable job as a plumber/pipefitter/ house framer/cabinet maker.

    Life often evens things out at the end.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 4:45 PM PDT
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  15. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Western Chauvinist:

    I’ve considered putting a sign up in our window facing hers that says:

    Bullies,
    Leftists, and
    Marxists

    “Bureau of Land Management.” Such a sign will confuse and infuriate her.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 4:49 PM PDT
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  16. Western Chauvinist Member
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    And yet, when the white collar corporate salaryman father of that 16 year old BLM supporter looses his job because somebody thought he told a bad joke, the uncle will still be plodding each day to his unexportable job as a plumber/pipefitter/ house framer/cabinet maker.

    Life often evens things out at the end.

    The parents have experienced their own health crises, so I don’t think the father is working (probably on disability) and the mother is a public school teacher. They’re deep into the administrative state. 

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    • June 27, 2020, at 5:43 PM PDT
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  17. Lois Lane Coolidge

    I’ve never been frightened by it all before. Now I am frightened.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 6:45 PM PDT
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  18. TallCon Coolidge

    “Political correctness, he failed to understand, was about decency, not control. “Reverse racism” was incoherent; you can’t discriminate against white people!”

    Was there anybody on the right (the George W. Bush right, the Mitt Romney right, the squishiest of Rob Long right, take your pick) who said that? A more concrete example please.

    I see the point but I feel some bases are being stolen.

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  19. Western Chauvinist Member
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    TallCon (View Comment):

    “Political correctness, he failed to understand, was about decency, not control. “Reverse racism” was incoherent; you can’t discriminate against white people!”

    Was there anybody on the right (the George W. Bush right, the Mitt Romney right, the squishiest of Rob Long right, take your pick) who said that? A more concrete example please.

    I see the point but I feel some bases are being stolen.

    I think you’re reading into it. He’s not saying “the entirety of the Republican Party establishment and the whole spectrum of conservative pundits and intellectuals” were sitting across from Uncle pounding on the table at Thanksgiving thinking (or saying) those things. He, the nephew, was. The GW Bushes, Mitt Romneys and Rob Longs of the world were preoccupied with Tocqueville and tax cuts. 

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    • June 27, 2020, at 7:30 PM PDT
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  20. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    I’ve never been frightened by it all before. Now I am frightened.

    #MeToo. I’m pretty sure my brothers and husband and even the white women I know, including myself and my daughters are now the objects of hate. People are going to get hurt. Maybe killed. And the response might very well be epic, and not in a good way. 

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    • June 27, 2020, at 7:36 PM PDT
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  21. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    TallCon (View Comment):

    “Political correctness, he failed to understand, was about decency, not control. “Reverse racism” was incoherent; you can’t discriminate against white people!”

    Was there anybody on the right (the George W. Bush right, the Mitt Romney right, the squishiest of Rob Long right, take your pick) who said that? A more concrete example please.

    I see the point but I feel some bases are being stolen.

    I think you’re reading into it. He’s not saying “the entirety of the Republican Party establishment and the whole spectrum of conservative pundits and intellectuals” were sitting across from Uncle pounding on the table at Thanksgiving thinking (or saying) those things. He, the nephew, was. The GW Bushes, Mitt Romneys and Rob Longs of the world were preoccupied with Tocqueville and tax cuts.

    Although, yeah, there’s long been an undercurrent of disdain for average white Americans coming from the protected class of both Left and Right. It has been highlighted by their reaction to President Trump and his voters.

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  22. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    We live in a society that is driven by class warfare disguised as racial strife and political correctness.

    We have the gentry class of liberals and conservatives who see more in common with each other, just like the union contractor and the small business owner see more in common with each other. The uncles at the table are the symbol of working-class values. 

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    • June 28, 2020, at 2:53 AM PDT
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  23. Manny Member

    I’m sick of it all. This is not going to end. We need to resurrect the Tea Party as a counter to BLM and the likes. They are just taking advantage of our lack of organization. 

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    • June 28, 2020, at 4:47 AM PDT
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  24. Lois Lane Coolidge

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    I’ve never been frightened by it all before. Now I am frightened.

    #MeToo. I’m pretty sure my brothers and husband and even the white women I know, including myself and my daughters are now the objects of hate. People are going to get hurt. Maybe killed. And the response might very well be epic, and not in a good way.

    People have already been hurt, right? I no longer think that Americans care most about freedom or civilization though. I think Mao would conquer the whole country in a summer.

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  25. Lois Lane Coolidge

    Manny (View Comment):
    I’m sick of it all.

    Yes. I am, too. I just don’t see how to stop it. It’s certainly not with the 2020 election. If Joe Biden is elected, there’s an endorsement of this behavior, which is disgusting. If Donald Trump is re-elected, these forces will not quiet.

    I don’t know how it ends.

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    • June 28, 2020, at 4:59 AM PDT
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  26. Manny Member

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    I’m sick of it all.

    Yes. I am, too. I just don’t see how to stop it. It’s certainly not with the 2020 election. If Joe Biden is elected, there’s an endorsement of this behavior, which is disgusting. If Donald Trump is re-elected, these forces will not quiet.

    I don’t know how it ends.

    A Trump landslide might give the left enough pause to police itself. But other than a solid electoral repudiation, I don’t see it either. 

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  27. TallCon Coolidge

    Manny (View Comment):

    I’m sick of it all. This is not going to end. We need to resurrect the Tea Party as a counter to BLM and the likes. They are just taking advantage of our lack of organization.

    Those parchment worshipers? What did they ever do? 

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  28. Judge Mental Member

    TallCon (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    I’m sick of it all. This is not going to end. We need to resurrect the Tea Party as a counter to BLM and the likes. They are just taking advantage of our lack of organization.

    Those parchment worshipers? What did they ever do?

    I can take care of this whole problem. I just need a few thousand dedicated troops, and @bossmongo to lead them. Then *I* can stop the whole thing.

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  29. Manny Member

    TallCon (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    I’m sick of it all. This is not going to end. We need to resurrect the Tea Party as a counter to BLM and the likes. They are just taking advantage of our lack of organization.

    Those parchment worshipers? What did they ever do?

    Sorry, I’m slow. What’s a parchment worshiper?

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  30. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Manny (View Comment):

    TallCon (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    I’m sick of it all. This is not going to end. We need to resurrect the Tea Party as a counter to BLM and the likes. They are just taking advantage of our lack of organization.

    Those parchment worshipers? What did they ever do?

    Sorry, I’m slow. What’s a parchment worshiper?

    Constitution, I believe. Problem is, the Tea Party was only ever loosely organized and faced opposition within the Republican party establishment from the get-go. It was also willing to sacrifice conservative, founding principles to save Social Security (and other entitlements). It’s not enough to know what you’re against. You have to be able to articulate what you’re for — in the conservative case, a government that secures our (natural) rights, not our retirement.

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