How would you react if somebody wrote to you about the illiterate, ignorant genetic traits of Africans, or Jews?
I wrote a disparaging post about President Bush and his policies a few days ago and of course I got the usual deluge of criticism.
Not a problem. I’m a grown-up now and I don’t cry or run away.
But then I received this from one of my critics, Effinayright, in West Newbury, Massachussetts:
You really do think the sun shines from your fundament, donÃ¢â€â„¢t you. Or is a case of you spending WAAAAY too much time at the village shabeenÃ¢â€¦.
Bottom line: Bock, an anonymous twit, does not define or validate US national security concerns. We went to war for OUR reasons, which are not subject to YOUR veto or your limp-wristed waving them off as inconsquential..
And of COURSE IrelandÃ¢â€â„¢s never waged an Ã¢â€Å“aggressiveÃ¢â€ war on foreign soil : for centuries it was filled with bog-hoppers ruled by D-list British Ã¢â€Å“noblesÃ¢â€ who found it quite easy to cow an illiterate and ignorant populace, genetic traits Bock obviously carries to this day.
But we also note your little dodge with that Ã¢â€Å“foreign soilÃ¢â€ bit: I suppose youÃ¢â€â„¢ve forgotten that recent unpleasantness with the North, which certainly sees itself as Ã¢â€Å“foreignÃ¢â€ to Eire. Quaere: Do you still burn votive candles in front of Gerry AdamsÃ¢â€â„¢ portrait?
What do you reckon guys? Suppose this American had referred to the illiterate, ignorant genetic traits of Africans, or Jews? How would that go down?
Is this kind of racial slur a normal way to conduct debate in the United States?
Is this what Americans think of the Irish?
I realise that my original post was aimed at Bush, and it was intended to make people laugh, but anyone who knows this site will be familiar with the kind of thing that goes on here.
I was a bit disappointed with all the taunts: “you are a knuckle-dragger”, “you are an idiot”. I had hoped for a better standard from Americans, but I can live with that. As I said, I’m a grown-up, and playground insults don’t hurt me.
However, I thought that comment from Effinayright revealed a great deal about the mindset behind the insult.
It suggested Ivy-League disdain and contempt for cultures he considers inferior.
And if he can be so dismissive of my culture, which is strong in America and unafraid of his kind, imagine how he would treat Iraqis at the wrong end of his gun.
Effinayright continues to shout abuse but he’ll receive no platform here, unless he apologises unreservedly for his pathetic racial insults. Is it a New England thing?
Maybe his hero, Mark Steyn, will give him space to fume.
Then we had the splendid Nomennovum, who started out by claiming to be Irish-American. When challenged on his spelling of an Irish-language phrase, here’s his reply:
You spell it your way, IÃ¢â€â„¢ll spell it mine. Go look it up. ItÃ¢â€â„¢s like Arabic, dude. The Irish, the illiterates that they were, did not invent the Roman alphabet. So, they hardly know how to spell in their native tongue.
Interesting comment from a true Irish-American, wouldn’t you say?Ã‚ Someone with a lot of pride in his culture.