The Left’s Fantasies of Cultural Ghettos

IMG_1484American diners eternally immersed in the 50s where Elvis is always on the jukebox dot the world from London to Tokyo. Rockabilly is bigger in Japan and Germany than it is in America. Replicas of the Statue of Liberty are scattered all over China and a generation of Asian filmmakers influenced by American films has come to Hollywood to make movies that are then redistributed around the world.

America has always been a machine for mixing and remixing cultures. Americans have Greek, Jewish and French first names, music that combines Celtic and African influences, and movies where British directors hire Australian actors to portray ordinary Americans. Any group trying to untangle that mix and patent their “contribution” would have as much luck as a divorcing couple trying to sort out their individual belongings after sixty years of marriage.

To whom does the lowly hamburger belong? To the Germans whose urban name it carries, the Mongols who invented it, the Russians who introduced it to the Germans or the Wisconsin man who began selling it that way? It doesn’t really matter. What really matters is how the burger tastes.

If the Jews and Greeks began calling in all their cultural debts, we would all be poorer for it.

In recent years, cultural protectionism has gone from being the obsession of beleaguered European states doling out millions in absurd cultural grants to another weapon wielded by professionally outraged minority activists who lay exclusive claim to what they consider their culture.

Minority authors claim the exclusive right to write about minority characters. Minority filmmakers claim exclusive rights to minority stories. Gay associations demand that gay characters must be played by gay actors. Transgender activists demand that transgender characters must be played by transgender actors.

If you want to make a movie about a disabled man, break the actor’s legs first. If you want to tell a story about a half-Indonesian half-Colombian transgendered environmental activist in a wheelchair, you had better find one of those or you’re a wicked racist, ableist, transphobic colonialist appropriator.

We live in a strange world in which the UK, which is rapidly losing its identity to excessive immigration, provides tax breaks to makers of video games based on their ‘Britishness’. Meanwhile Salon Magazine runs a silly article in which Randa Jarrar, an Arab woman, bemoans white women belly dancing as an offense against her “brownness.”

It’s unclear if she would be comfortable with suitably brown women from Latin America taking up belly dancing.

The denunciations of cultural appropriation never work in reverse. No one is going to complain when Egyptian writers plagiarize French novels or half the world churns out even worse imitations of truly terrible American pop music. Katy Perry wearing a Kimono is a hate crime, but the Rockabilly dancers in leather jackets and poodle skirts twirling in Toyko’s Harajuku Park aren’t going to face condemnation.

American caricatures of Japanese or Mexican costumes are offensive, but Japanese and Mexican caricatures of Americans are ordinary. The compass of offense, as usual, only points in one direction.

If Randa Jarrar, who is offended by white female belly dancers, decides to dance a waltz, there would be no talk of cultural appropriation. When Paul Robeson sang an aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute, no European-Americans rose to protest the thoughtless theft of their cultural treasure.

America’s multicultural society is already dysfunctional enough without self-appointed custodians of belly dancing culture drawing red lines and declaring everything that they can lay claim to off limits.

It is particularly ironic that Jarrar, a woman from a culture which comfortably pilfered math from the Indians, religion from the Jews and science from the Greeks is insisting that belly dancing should be the private property of her culture. If every culture that contributed to the Arab world got to call in its chits the same way, Randa Jarrar and her compatriots wouldn’t have a whole lot left except belly dancing.

And maybe not even that.

The fallacy of the cultural appropriationists is to assume that their culture originated in some primal source. That is rarely the case. The American example is only a faster and more vivid demonstration of how cultures blend and mix, passing on ideas, customs and dances.

It is entirely possible that belly dancing actually originated in India. In that case, it’s Randa Jarrar who is the cultural appropriationist. But that’s a facile way of looking at it. Whatever the origins of belly dancing may be, there is little doubt that the Arabs added to it. In the same way the white women that Randa Jarrar moans about will eventually add to it as well. For all I know, they already have.

Successful cultures don’t pout when someone plays with their toys. Instead they incorporate those innovations and build on them. It’s only insecure failed cultures that jealously lay claim to the foods and dances that their ancestors lifted off another tribe a hundred years ago and demand exclusive rights to them in perpetuity.

On college campuses, Muslim activists accuse Jews of culturally appropriating their Hummus and Pita. A variation of Pita was likely the original “unleavened bread” that the Bible describes the Jews bearing out of Egypt during the Exodus, but like belly dancing, cultural possession has become nine tenths of the politically correct law.

The United States has never been bogged down before by arguments about whether the Germans or the Mongols ought to lay claim to the hamburger. America was built on the philosophy that the hamburger was here and that everyone ought to enjoy it and find ways of making it better.

That is what distinguishes successful cultures from failed cultures.

The culture war of those crying cultural appropriation, stamping their feet over white privilege and claiming to be offended by kimonos and belly dancing is a reactionary attack on the cultural exchange that made America into a culturally rich and tolerant nation. The ideal of the culture warriors is a society of ghettos where all culture is locked away in a preserve whose use has to pass a cultural review board.

A culture that is locked away dies. And a culture is not just carried by its people, but also by its friends and its enemies. When Rome destroyed Israel and took away its sons and daughters as slaves, their culture spread across Europe and the Middle East. When Randa Jarrar visits a mosque, the prayers that she recites have their distant origins in religions carried along by Israeli refugees to Arabia.

The Jewish refugees who returned to Israel from Morocco, Syria and Egypt brought along with them Arab songs and poems. And then Arabs listened to bootleg recordings of Ofra Haza singing their songs even as their countries remained in a state of hostilities.

The interplay of cultures isn’t always a good thing, but it is the current along which a society moves. Those who cry cultural appropriation aren’t protecting a culture; they’re carving out a career of killing it. An America of cultural preserves in which we could no longer tell each other’s stories, eat each other’s foods and sing each other’s songs would become a balkanized society with no tolerance and no future.

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  • johnlac

    As usual, Greenfield is right. What American would get offended if they find some foreigners square dancing or doing some other recreational activity associated with the U. S. ? Who cares? Similar complaints have been lodged against Americans (Paul Simon) for going to foreign places and adapting their musical ideas for his music. This while virtually every country in the world has people playing jazz or rock and roll. The truth is ideas and cultural influences can’t be imprisoned by self-appointed defenders of cultural containment.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      As usual, it’s a double standard.

    • uptownsteve

      Why are righties complaining about a black girl playing Annie?

      • Daniel Greenfield

        Why are you complaining about everything?

        • uptownsteve

          Why can’t you answer Greenfield?

          • iluvisrael

            It’s because he doesn’t represent those who are complaining – then again, you brain challenged bigots always stereotype – ya may wanna work on that stevie

          • uptownsteve

            Are you crazy? What is this article but a complaint of white victimhood?

          • Notalibfool

            Uptownsteve why are you such a RACIST? What are your posts besides complaints of YOUR alleged victimhood?

          • uptownsteve

            I’m not the one complaining NLFool. I don’t have a problem with white folks rapping, black folks singing opera, Japanese square dancers or Samoan football players. But you guys have a problem with a black President.

          • Notalibfool

            I don’t have a problem with a black president. I have a problem with a traitorous, America-hating coward who happens to be the president.

            When you use the race card it demonstrates that you have no argument whatsoever.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Who here has a problem with President Carson?

          • laura r

            steve would, he would call him an uncle thom. cant win w/steve a la.

          • uptownsteve

            That’s because you know it’s never going to happen.

          • American Patriot

            We could have a President Herman Cain or a President Ben Carson one day. We could even have a President Luis Fortuno one day. That would be your worst nightmare because conservative minorities would disprove your most outrageous lies about American politics. Get your facts straight.

          • uptownsteve

            A black Republican can barely get elected Congressman. And when they do they lose after a term. And that’s because white conservatives won’t vote for them. The GOP is the white rightwing party and has been that way for 40 years.

          • American Patriot

            Yeah right. You are just saying that because you are jealous of them. By the way, Tim Scott was reelected to his U.S. House district seat in South Carolina prior to being appointed to the Senate to replace Jim DeMint. He won by a landslide. If Republicans didn’t like Scott, then why did he win over his Democrat opponents twice? The GOP is becoming more inclusive every day as more minorities are tired of the left’s BS propaganda. Many minorities who were once Democrats are switching to the Republicans. This trend has increased in recent years, especially under the presidency of your beloved incompetent president. With the Freedom Center’s Go 4 the Heart campaign, the trend will only increase over time. Meanwhile, it is quite uncommon to see a Cuban American Democrat elected into Congressional office. With the exception of Bob Menendez (Senate) and Albio Sires (House of Representatives) in New Jersey and Joe Garcia (House of Representatives)- who does not even represent a majority Cuban American district- in Florida, can you name any other Cuban American Democrats in Congress? Anyway, the American people are getting tired of the left and its destructive agenda. That’s a fact.

          • uptownsteve

            Bulldookey. The minorities in the GOP are a small clique of hustlers and sellouts who tell white conservatives what they want to hear and have no connection with their own communities. The Cuban American Republicans are white people. Most hispanics in America are people of color and are Democrats.

          • American Patriot

            That is BS. There are other light-skinned Hispanics who are Democrats, just like there are darker-skinned Hispanics who are Republicans. Look at Raul Labrador, who is a Representative in Idaho. Also, if you really want to get into an argument about sell-outs, look at Tim Wise, who is a sellout who tells black racists what they want to hear. Wise, unlike Labrador, does not have any connection with mainstream America. Learn from facts, you dunce.

          • uptownsteve

            Raul Labrador and Tim Scott. That’s all you got. Some minority representation in the GOP. LMAO!!!!!!

          • American Patriot

            Careful who you mock, you dunce. Remember this quote from Mohandas Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

          • uptownsteve

            Gandhi represented a majority nation. Labrador and Scott are two GOP tokens of color.

          • American Patriot

            Gandhi overcame the world’s largest empire by using nonviolence and civil disobedience. That took great courage. Labrador and Scott are trying to follow his example in an abstract way. They and other conservative minorities (which are increasing in numbers) are standing up to the left and its destructive agenda. We are tired of the left’s nonsense. We are also tired of race-obsessed loons like you posting lies about politics., Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            You’re dreaming. There is no increasing number of GOP minorities. Most people of color realize exactly what the GOP is about and that’s why, with America’s changing demographics, the GOP is going the way of the Whig party.

          • American Patriot

            Sure it is (sarcasm). What you advocate for is a one party system where left-wing Democrats control everything, just like a totalitarian regime. The truth is that more minorities are leaving the Democratic Party because it is controlled by the radical left. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            Prove that GOP minority representation in 2014 is any more than the 8% it’s been for 40 years.

          • American Patriot

            Chris Christie received about 21% of the black vote and 48% of the Hispanic vote in the New Jersey gubernatorial election last November. Also, I recalled that in George W. Bush’s two presidential elections that the black vote was more than 10% and, in the 2004 election, Bush received about 44% of the Hispanic vote nationwide. Never doubt anyone, you dunce.

          • uptownsteve

            Dummy, you are talking about one state, New Jersey, where Christie to his credit made a concerted effort to court the black vote. And still only got 21%. Bush courted black pulpit hustlers with his Faith Based Initiatives and got about 11% of the black vote. Big friggin deal. Hispanics went for Obama by well over 70% in both elections.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Are you trying to apply the paper bag test to politics?

          • uptownsteve

            Not me. I’ve voted for dozens of white candidates, What black have you ever voted for?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Roy Innis, Bill Thompson

          • eli

            Idaho, one of the top most conservative (and whitest) states elected a Hispanic Congressman (Raul Labrador). I heard a grand total of zero racist comments during his campaign. He’s a Tea Party Rep. and I’ve talked to him at Tea Party rallies, filled with supposedly racist white people (many carrying guns- the horror) and the people there loved him. I doubt anyone there would have had an issue with a black candidate, either- so long as he was conservative. Most conservatives I know love Thomas Sowell, Ben Carson, and Clarence Thomas, just to name a few examples.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Never say never

          • uptownsteve

            I say never. What black have you ever voted for, conservative or not?

          • American Patriot

            I voted for John Burnett to be New York City’s comptroller in last year’s citywide election. I vote based on skills, unlike you, you dunce.

          • laura r

            here we go again. how did BO get into this? there YOU go w/the whining victim again. boring & predictable.

          • American Patriot

            Why don’t you understand the fact that the incompetent radical president is mixed-race (who is not directly related to the historical African diaspora in the Western Hemisphere)? Why do you have a problem with conservative minorities? Why do you always smear other people with the race card?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Why do you keep asking questions you don’t want answered?

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            That is the entire point, isn’t it, Daniel?

            Steve doesn’t actually want to hear answers to his questions or accusations. His entire purpose on this website is to disrupt a thread, push people over the edge, and drown the message in an article.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Steve suffers from poor self-esteem. This is his version of ‘fighting the man’.

            It temporarily boosts his self-respect when he tells us he’s a millionaire and we’re all trailer trash.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            In American society, “trailer trash” are looked down upon, and people who have made their way in the world are resented and hated.

          • uptownsteve

            You won’t answer because it will toss your whole fraudulent argument out of the door.

          • American Patriot

            You are the one with all the fraudulent arguments, uptown loon. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            You haven’t produced a fact yet. You say “Americans” are tired of the left. Can you please explain why Democrats have won the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 national elections?

          • American Patriot

            Because they resort to smear attacks, knowing that Republicans won’t fight back. That’s why Go 4 the Heart is working to ensure that Republicans win future elections by telling the truth about what the left has done to the American people: http://go4theheart.org/

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Can you explain why the Left stands to lose the Senate, this year, and why Obama’s favorables stand at 38%?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Why do you keep insisting that you’ve won an argument when you don’t even know what the argument is about?

          • American Patriot

            Because that is who he is, Mr. Greenfield. Uptownsteve never likes to acknowledge that he is wrong in almost everything regarding politics. He is just like many of his fellow leftists ruling the Democratic Party. Uptownsteve simply likes to state that he is always right when he is not.

          • uptownsteve

            Okay, indulge me. What is the argument about? I bet you don’t answer.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Shouldn’t you know what the argument is about before you begin it?

      • Debbie G

        Would blacks like it if a white woman wanted to play Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks?

        • uptownsteve

          Tubman and Parks were real people. Annie is a fictional character. Try again.

          • Debbie G

            Nice logic.

          • uptownsteve

            I know. Thanks.

          • Debbie G

            Hey Steve, why don’t you play Annie? You’re a guy but, hey, who says you can’t?

          • uptownsteve

            Oh, that was clever. Can you count to ten as well?

          • American Patriot

            She was being sarcastic, you dunce.

          • uptownsteve

            So was I, Einstein.

    • The March Hare

      And in reality, the African group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was a collaboration, something all musicians do. On the recording “Homeless”, Simon composed the music and chorus and Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo composed the Zulu introduction and main (non-English) part of the song. It brought the group to the attention of the world and they became in great demand and sold many, many more albums and went on world tours which they are still doing today. Other African groups followed with international success as well. The big stink was by Artists United Against Apartheid that he had “broken the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world”, but It was the culture of the repressed people and not of the apartheid regime and the South African government.

      • uptownsteve

        LIES. The Artists Against Apartheid Movement was a protest against artists who played in the Apartheid supported resort of Sun City in Boputuswana, a colony of South Africa. Paul Simon was not one of them.

        • The March Hare

          But, they accused them of breaking the boycott.
          From Wikipedia entry for Ladysmith Black Mambazo:

          “Graceland was released in late 1986, and although both Joseph Shabalala and Paul Simon were accused of breaking the cultural boycott of South Africa,[14] the album became a huge success and sold 16 million copies[15] and further boosted Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s international image.”

          (Joseph Shabalala was founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

          [14] Simonson, E: “On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom”, interview with Paul Simon on the Apartheid system. New Video Group, 2004

          [15] Classic Albums – Graceland (interviews with Paul Simon), Harcourt Films – Isis Productions, 1997

          • uptownsteve

            Artists Against Apartheid was a boycott against Sun City, a racially segregated resort in the South Africa supported colony of Boputuswana, I have no animosity toward Paul Simon. He recognized the beauty of the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, incorporated their idiom into his compositions and exposed their brilliance to the world. I own the “Graceland” album and think it is beautiful.

          • The March Hare

            What I said still stands. It has nothing to do with the fact that they still got accused.

            From the Wikipedia entry for “Graceland (album)”:

            Much of the album was recorded in South Africa, and it features many South African musicians and groups. Simon faced accusations by organisations such as Artists United Against Apartheid,[4] anti-apartheid musicians including Billy Bragg, Paul Weller and Jerry Dammers[5] and the then Ghanaian Ambassador to the United Nations James Victor Gbeho[6] that he had broken the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa, which was in its final years at the time. Although supported by the United Nations Anti-Apartheid Committee, as the album showcased the talents of the black South African musicians while offering no support to the South African government, even the ANC protested the collaboration as a break in the cultural boycott.[4] However Simon also received praise for encouraging South African music from Hugh Masekela, one of South Africa’s most prominent musicians and an exiled opponent of apartheid, who subsequently toured alongside Simon and Miriam Makeba.[5]

    • laura r

      frank sinatra in spanish, ive heard it all.

  • George of the Jungle

    The society encompassed by the USA has barely had 300 years to cobble together a culture and set of traditions to uniquely call its own. But in their insane hatred, the real agenda of the leftist culture warriors is to utterly destroy even what few traditions we have. Their march through the institutions has been the most evilly brilliant strategy ever devised, because a society without a primary culture is automatically no society at all.

    Any viable nation, including the USA, is NOT just a “proposition nation” of vague ideals. A true nation is one with a strong primary culture, religion, and traditions, and a populace that understands as much and strives every day to keep those traditions alive. This must also include enforcing whatever laws are necessary to ensure that the main pillars of those traditions are never undermined. But all of this is what even so-called conservatives can’t seem to grasp, and consequently they have never engaged the leftist enemy on the correct battlefield.
    For all intents and purposes our society is now effectively dead, and Western Civilization as a whole is not far behind.

    • Judahlevi

      I disagree that a nation needs a “primary culture, religion and traditions” in order to remain viable.

      It is more important that a nation have the structures in place to promote individual achievement, civility, private property, and free speech. It needs a government whose only real responsibility is to protect private property, enforce laws equally, and provide a system which leverages self interest.

      Promoting self interest and private property rights is more important than a common culture or religion.

      • George of the Jungle

        You can disagree with reality all you want, but among all your other logical errors you are attempting to put the cart before the horse.
        Thousand-year old cultures like Thailand are thriving, while the USA is on death’s door. Your list of important things can never take place within a vacuum, instead it absolutely requires reification. Whether the instantiation of such things is ultimately successful is intimately connected to the type of culture within which it is placed, but that first means there must be an acual thriving culture to begin with. It cannot work only on some lofty intellectual plane, i.e., as some set of propositions devoid of existing traditions in an amorphous proposition nation. People like yourself, when put into positions of power (or allowed to vote and therefore put others like yourself in positions of power), simply end up destroying existing viable societies, in spite of whatever good intentions you think you might have. The rot insinuates itself slowly at first, but ultimately ramps up to an exponential pace, at which point the damage to the society is irreversible. That is now the point the US finds itself in, if it could actually be recognized by its citizens, including especially if people such as yourself would ever wake up and shake off their narrative-driven fantasies, most of which are hard-core leftist in origin.
        I ask you again, wake up, look around, and see what reality actually has to tell you, shake off your mental shackles and start to learn something (unless of course you are actually being disingenuous, and you already know damn well what is happening and are therefore in league with it).

        • Judahlevi

          “Reality” is always an interesting word like “truth.”

          I know people get defensive when someone disagrees, but culturalism in the US is not helpful, it is harmful. Values are more important that cultures – and having been to Thailand – the US will never be like that country nor was it designed to be.

          The values of Western Civilization are worth keeping and promoting, but that does not necessitate that everyone share the culture. Universal values for economics and political structure which are most effective for human beings is where the emphasis should be.

          We would probably agree on values, but not necessarily on culture and religion. That is OK.

      • Joe Crowe

        I think you just defined our ‘primary culture and traditions’ which have, til lately, been the key to our viability.

    • Joe Crowe

      American culture is actually nicely understood globally (albeit not universally; propaganda takes its toll) as being a culture of flexible adaptabilty and gestalt cultural appreciation (in unalloyed defiance of the term ‘appropriation’). It is generally judeo-christian in principle and character and ethics (goal-wise, if not always reality-wise) and our traditions (now ridiculously labelled by the left as being ‘myths’) include: a healthy dose of suspicion of power, a strong sense of individualism and empowerment of the individual. It is the desire to live-and-let live with minimal legal, governmental, or societal interference, the ability to succeed and to define success variously. It is the liberty to exist, speak freely, live freely and co-exist freely, the liberty to associate or disassociate, to give by charitable choice and not by violent force. It is the liberty to be free to celebrate or free to have the freedom to not participate. It is the inherent right to reinvent oneself for the betterment of oneself and for the achievement of transcendent self-actualization and independence without being diminished by systematic socially-engineered cultural agitation.

      This agitation is one that promises to reward the descendants of an oppressed people by giving them the means and self-justifications to become an oppressor themselves (despite the warnings of the dehumanization involved on boh sides of the whip). This agitation is an oppression of its own which does not help – not even the people this ‘revolutionary’ mindset intends to help. It is hatred in essence, it is anger in action, it is vengeful in nature, it is destructive in result, it is totalitarian in scope.

      Our society, perhaps Western Civilization itself, is indeed up against the wall, but there are plenty of Americans who are of the sort to refuse the last cigarette and any other offers of comfort (merely guilt appeasement for the executioners, in actuality). They scoff at the blindfold, as if to say, “Use it to weep for what you have lost when you realize what you have done”. America seems to be on death’s door. But a grim smile lurks on the lips even in this dark hour; the moment is nothing; America’s eyes have always been on Posterity.

      What is most important is that America as an ideal is an ideal that still thrives… because America’s ideal is the realization of the longed-for notion that is in the heart of every human being that has ever lived: a desire to be free to choose your own destiny and to have institutions in place with the purposes of making such a seemingly impossible dream a distinct if distant possibility and if that can’t be done to get out of the way and place those self-deterministic reigns of such a wild horse into your own hands (if you have the courage and faith to take those reigns toward the better horizon). If it sounds dreamy and mystical or even mythical, perhaps it is. That does not mean it is not possible. To be American is to dream Big and learn when we fail to achieve perfection that it is not always in the doing, but often it is in the trying that we become more human.

      America was bound to happen and only happened in America by chance (unless by Design – another concept entirely). Someone somewhere – perhaps not in these geographical bounds will remember America’s Grand Experiment and they will think of the idea of ‘America’ (wherever they may be) as they long for independence from some new brand of tyranny (or old brand of tyrannies: autocratic, despotic, authoritarian, philosophical, fascist) or from some altered version of this fairly new and virulent strain of deception-oriented cultural-social tyranny which subverts the very words we use.

      We now live with a Beelzebub-tyranny, a sugar-coated tyranny, a fly-covered and fly-feces-smeared tyranny. What we need to do is remember America here and remember it now and make it our own. Many people the world over remember this America. Perhaps that concept of America is no longer our reality, perhaps that is just another Big Lie they want us to believe.

  • Servo1969

    Sadie Marquardt from Sheboygan, WI, how dare you steal Randa Jarrar’s culture!
    How dare…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YamDoDK71Ds

    Say, how do you do that?

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    We are faltered by imitation. And sometimes we’re amused when foreigns try to “act cool” in the American style. Of course, we’re secure in our culture as is Europe. Those that have an inferiority complex, as Greenfield points out, whine about being “copied” or “adapted.”

    Another trend I notice is names of nations. We use English names for European nations. We don’t use Deutschland, Italia, Hellas, etc. We use our language as they use their language when speaking about us. Neither is offended. However, for third world nations we use their word: Ceylon becomes Sri Lanka, Burma becomes Myanmar. Bombay becomes Mumbai. It is as we were saying “you’re so pathetic we’ll give you one thing … what would you like to be called?”

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And it’s limited to some nations. Namely those that push the most grievances and make the most noise. We don’t call Japan, Nihon.

  • Tradecraft46

    What the Left wants is to create isolated communities, then act as a self-serving middle man to each. In isolation people are malleable and and suspicious. That is why the Left tries to explain everything as racism. You demonize the other then protect the innocent. All very Biblical if you like that sort of thing. A bit arrogant to the rest of us.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That’s exactly right. Divide and conquer.

    • The March Hare

      In fact, that is the purpose behind Marx’s desire to break up the family unit. It makes people isolated and without a family to depend on, they will depend on the government. Isolated people are easier to control.

    • uptownsteve

      The Left wants to create isolated communities?? LMAO!!!! Why is the Democratic party racially diverse and totally representative but the GOP is practically all white?

      • Tradecraft46

        Because the party wants to be the mediator between the groups. The Republican believes that bottom up rather than top down solutions. Whites believe in that tradition while minorities see themselves as wards of the state.

        Boy are you dishonest or stupid.

        • uptownsteve

          And you are a racist. How dare you suggest the millions of working taxpaying black Americans are wards of the state. You clowns prove my point every time.

          • Tradecraft46

            I think blacks are a barely break even enterprise.

            I am a culturalist not a racist. If blacks or minorities have trouble it is their culture which is an act of choice. Many groups have come from worst and done better.

            I personally don’t think I should pay for the life style of others, and I suggest that many blacks feel the same way, but have been overawed by clowns like you.

            You see, I am glad you are so feisty: people will see things as they are.

          • uptownsteve

            I won’t even waste time with a racist idiot like you. There are blacks, like myself, who could buy and sell an inbred goober like you ten times over.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            That must be why you spend all your time trolling the comments section of a website.

            That’s how you earned your vast fortune.

  • Tommy Friedman

    Excellent article!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • mtnhikerdude

    Daniel , the only good news this week was the Hamas Bozo who blew himself up and I have a date with a hot mama this afternoon.
    I am 77 and it seems my Country will cash in its birth certificate before I cash in mine .Sad

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Don’t despair. History isn’t really linear. It’s filled with unexpected turns and twists.

  • Infidel4Ever

    It’s all about power and control, as usual.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes it is.

  • Sniper’s Oath

    Truth in a well timed article sir. You have a knack for subtle but heavy realties of the cultural entanglement of America today.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you, I try to reach people in different ways

  • kasandra

    These people don’t care about “cultural appropriation.” If they did they would eschew antibiotics, anesthetics, air travel, etc. What they care about is the relentless criticism of the West. Any club will do for them right on down to belly dancing.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      What they care about is building a career based on another kind of affirmative action.

      • laura r

        i knew it. sue op. they will find a way. open mouth disease, the beat goes on.

    • andreaofla

      Tell them to turn in their cell phones and the keys to their Mercedes.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    The melting pot was tossed out by the left, including its liberal faction. Instead of American exceptionalism as model/example, the light of the world, we have re-segregation and a narrative that makes us the worst country ever. See http://clarespark.com/2013/02/27/american-exceptionalism-retold/. “American exceptionalism, retold.” The painting is by a Latino who has turned the famous image of “American progress” into a surrealist nightmare.

    • Drakken

      We are no longer a melting pot, we are now a boiling pot under pressure, and when it finally blows, the left will finally understand to their horror, the law of unintended consequences.

      • UCSPanther

        But yet, they are blissfully ignorant regardless of the signs and portents.

        It’s like they took a bunch of random chemicals, mixed them all together and put them in a sealed container. Something is going to happen, and it is not gonna be good.

        • uptownsteve

          Tell me, what exactly changed from when immigrants came to the US from all over Europe bringing their distinct cultures?

          • UCSPanther

            Quit your whining, ethnix.

            You will see what we are talking about soon enough…

          • uptownsteve

            OOoooooohhhh. Are you suggesting “race war” again? I got news for you. You guys are in the minority. Progressive whites aren’t going to join you. Combine them with blacks, hispanics and Asians and you lose.

          • Notalibfool

            No Setevie, YOU lose. You are the biggest RACIST posting here. Why are you so full of hate? Are you trying to compensate for something, little man?

          • uptownsteve

            LOL!!!! Calm down dude. It’s just a messageboard. And the name is STEVE.

          • Notalibfool

            Calm down? I’m not upset, young ‘un. Just amused by your ignorance. :)

          • uptownsteve

            Why are you drooling all over your keyboard?

          • Notalibfool

            Would you rather I drool all over you?

          • UCSPanther

            The British had some effective ways to defeat rebellious natives, and they conquered India with a relatively small force.

            The real question, is that if you will be able to hold your rabble of gang hoodlums, welfare parasites and spoiled rich kids together long enough to face our united front.

          • uptownsteve

            Once the Indians decided to resist, the Brits saw the wisdom of just leaving before they got their arse’s handed to them. Most of you clowns are scared to death to come into black neighborhoods. And keep thinking blacks are just hoodlums and welfare grubbers. You’ll be very surprised.

          • UCSPanther

            You trying to play internet tough guy now?

            You are a loser.

          • uptownsteve

            You’re the one intimating race war. C’mon with it tough guy.

          • UCSPanther

            Like I said, go slam some malt liquor and keep fueling your delusions.

          • UCSPanther
          • UCSPanther

            And the reason we don’t step into your ‘hoods, is that they are cesspools with nothing there that any normal person would want.

            Who would want to go shopping in Detroit now. hmmm?

          • Drakken

            Little does our resident ghetto rat understand how easy it is to block off said ghettos from the rest of us.

          • Drakken

            Wrong as usual, the Brits had more bullets than the Indians had bodies, perhaps you should look up Gen Sir Charles Napier and see what he did, you might learn something ghetto rat.

          • laura r

            you & your stuff. enough. im from 2 cities which are 70% blk hispanic & other. you dont thrill me, you are just part of the scenery. no big deal. actually youre boring. take your ego home w/you.

          • Drakken

            The did a great job in Kenya putting down the Mau Mau rebellion, it’s called a whiff of grapeshot. The Belgians in the Congo were even more ruthless.

          • UCSPanther

            I know Asians quite well too, and I don’t think you could win them over.

            They are a pragmatic people, and I also understand that they don’t like Black gang hoodlums either…

          • uptownsteve

            They don’t like white racists either. Where are the Asian Republicans?

          • UCSPanther

            It’s all about race, isn’t it?

            Go slam back some more malt liquor. You’ll feel better.

          • Notalibfool

            Of course it’s all about race for little Stevie. He is after all a racist.

          • Drakken

            If you think whitey is racist, you haven’t been to an Asian country. I suggest you go there, I sure you can show those mean nasty racist Asians the error of their ways.

          • Drakken

            Hmm you flunked lunch and simple math didn’t you kaffir? We make up 78% of the population, you blacks less than 13%, thrown in the Hispanics which don’t tolerate your nonsense and are openly hostile to blacks in general. As for the libtarded 30% of whites? Future Darwin Award winners. Asians Despise YOU people above all else. Yeah, you surely will win and we are a minority. Dumbazz!

          • laura r

            beware when those whiteboys come down from tennesse they will be fierce. they train in prison they train in the military. watch out PJ boy.

          • Drakken

            White Europeans brought you everything you enjoy today, it is called the 21st century and a ghetto rat like you cannot comprehend that simple fact.

          • laura r

            america the melting pot dummy.

  • Prophetik Soul

    I understand your point. But when you come from a minority group that has been marginalized in the U.S. like African Americans, much of what have been created and shared has been at this group’s expense. Sharing cultures for me isnt the issue and it cant be living in the interconnected 21st century. But when media companies use the lowest common denominator to sell culture, it can get distorted. But this isnt just on the left. I have witnessed many conservatives folks get upset when a movie (Thor, Lord of the RIngs, etc) whose story may have developed through European culture add in people who are brown and black.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      African-Americans have both taken and given to the culture. Often the exchanges were unfair to them, e.g. black songs made white, but those exchanges also made progress possible, even the unfair ones.

      They paved the way.

      Yes some white people get upset when characters they think of as white are played by black actors and black people get upset when a character that is black in a book becomes white in a movie.

      It’s never a one way street.

      Lowest common denominator corp media marketing is a problem, unfortunately we have a monopoly with media in the hands of a few companies that shove dirt down on everyone.

  • Habbgun

    Cultural appropriation is a Leftist game. The Left sells everyone and every culture out to the collective that they control. They run interference with minorities by pretending to look out for them by creating a mock culture they stand up for but when real predations occur these same people justify it. Every committed minority Leftist is in some way a plant and a mole. They buy street cred with easy targets to yell racism out and then bow to their betters and tell their own people they have to do so as well.

  • B Spitz

    Daniel, I enjoy your analysis very much and I thought this one was particularly insightful. However, I find most of your writing quite gloomy. Can you take a shot at giving us some more hopeful, positive scenarios for the future? Can you turn that intellect to some concrete solutions as opposed to just showing us the negative? Thanks

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      When I was a kid, back in the 1950′s, my parents were strong fundamentalist/evangelical Christians, and part of the revival movement which had a boost because of Billy Graham.

      A husband/wife evangelistic team came to our church, around 1959. In the first 30 minutes of preaching, the husband roared “hellfire and damnation”. In the second 30 minutes, the wife preached the simple “love of God” for His children. It was an effective combination.

      Daniel roars what could be seen as the negative, at FPM. A secondary purpose of his work could be to attract the trolls (I notice that they hate him with a passion that is sweet to see!).

      So, I guess what I’m saying is to let Daniel “roar” the negative. There’s plenty of other writers at FPM. Daniel serves a strong purpose here, by exposing the vapid views of the Left, and comparing them to the traditional.

      • Drakken

        You know your over the target by the amount of flak you get.

    • liz

      What, is he supposed to do everything, now? He’s only doing 110% already, and awesomely! Don’t distract him.
      Great article, btw.

      • darnellecheri

        :) Nice.

    • Geoffrey_Britain

      Here’s a hopeful, positive scenario for the future and one that does not ignore the negative.

      Ultimately, the left cannot win, for they cannot build. They can tear down. They can indoctrinate. They can institute a reign of terror. They can rule for many decades as Castro has but build something that lasts? No, no more than the Soviets did. By definition, to build one must work with what is, with reality, with human nature as it exists, not as we would wish it to be.

      Look upon what Castro has built; The Only Way Out Is Exile [http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/only-way-out-exile]

      Does anyone here imagine that the American left, free to do as it pleased, could do any better than Castro?

      They cannot, the left cannot because their ideology’s idea of perfected humanity consists of its complete denial. It is literally a rejection of the reality within which they exist. As ultimately, all ‘isms’ of the left do, to one degree or another.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I’ll try to keep that in mind, but I don’t think the future is doomed, a lot of what I do just involves exposing the left.

      And that’s going to be negative by definition.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    “An America of cultural preserves in which we could no longer tell each other’s stories, eat each other’s foods and sing each other’s songs would become a balkanized society with no tolerance and no future.”

    What would lead anyone to imagine that the progressive left wants America to have a future?

    “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”- George Soros

  • gringa Cathollic

    Belly dancing has always seemed like almost a slutty dance to me. If the muslims or whoever wants it, they can have it. P.S. call me as much of a prude as you want

    • David

      You’re a prude. :)

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Not defending it as an artform, just pointing out the absurdity of the attack.

    • Johnny

      Bell dancing, one step above twerking and one step below the old butt flashing in can can.

      • laura r

        im good @it, a great figure shaper.

    • darnellecheri

      :0 Funny.

    • Drakken

      I agree, fat girls should not being doing such things, it will scar and scare the children for life.

  • carltjohnson

    What most do not get is; America is NOT a multicultural nation, it was intended to be a nation of one culture…made up of many…now do you get it?

    • Drakken

      We are now because of leftist regressive insanity, on our way to Balkanization, and the left will look on in complete horror as they get their due. The left continues to try to change human nature, but human nature has a very nasty brutal habit of biting back.

      • uptownsteve

        You seem to have forgotten about Jim Crow, Japanese internment and Native American reservations. You righties are insane.

        • Hass

          You sound like an uptown latte sipping wanker.

          • carltjohnson

            I will try and reach out to him anyway, All of mankind needs to be awakened, wouldn’t you agree?

          • Drakken

            The time for that has come and gone, too late.

          • carltjohnson

            I so hope your wrong but fear you might be right. I must try anyway.

          • Drakken

            I hope that I am wrong as well, but as history has proved time and time again, nasty brutal times are ahead. People are sticking their collective heads in the sand, in the vain hope that it will all go away, they ignore history at their peril.

          • carltjohnson

            Agreed

          • Debbie G

            This I gotta’ see…….good luck Carl!

          • carltjohnson

            Thanks, not having much luck with this obstinate, propagandized, disempowered and unenlightened Marxist supporter. Those that stand with tyranny will be the first to be taken away…Ha Ha… so the story can never be told.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Don’t forget the Philippines War. Also Carrot Top.

        • Notalibfool

          You probably don’t know this Steve but the Japanese internment was ordered by one of your beloved Democratic presidents. Wouldn’t be surprised if there were Democrats behind Jim Crow laws and the reservations as well.

          You lefties are naive.

          • uptownsteve

            Like righties complained about the internment. And the southern segregationists were conservatives who mainly bolted to the GOP after the Civil Rights movement.

          • Notalibfool

            Sure they were. Ever here of the Democratic senator who was a proud Klansman? That fellow never bolted to the GOP.

          • uptownsteve

            But Byrd renounced his past racism and was one of the first Senators to endorse Obama’s Presidential candidacy. Reagan, Lott, Thurmond, Shelby never did renounced their racism as they bolted to the GOP.

          • Notalibfool

            You have a twisted and childish view of history. After (or if) you graduate from high school and get a job you might begin to see the truth.

          • American Patriot

            What a load of BS! Reagan despised racism, you dunce. Besides restoring American leadership on the world stage, Reagan also improved the middle class, including creating a larger black middle class; signing legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday; and supported statehood for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. While Thurmond was indeed a racial segregationist in his younger days, he eventually renounced racism and made efforts to make a turnaround (did you know that Thurmond even voted in favor of confirming Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice? Without Thurmond’s vote, Thomas might have not become a Justice in the High Court). While I don’t know much about the other guys you listed (other than the fact that Trent Lott made the mistake of repeating Popular Democratic Party propaganda against Puerto Rico statehood, a tactic I call the “partisan argument”), you seem to ignore the fact that your beloved Jimmy Carter referred to himself as a “redneck” while running for governor of Georgia in 1970 and while serving the said office, he referred to his racist lieutenant governor, Lester Maddox, as the “essence of the Democratic Party”. Also, look at all of the smear attacks the left uses against conservative minorities. The contemporary left are the real racists today. Get your facts straight.

          • uptownsteve

            Reagan kicked off his 1980 POTUS campaign by making a speech about States Rights in Philadelphia, MS, the site of the murders of 3 civil rights workers. Reagan opposed the Civil RIghts Act of 1964, saying it was “unfair to the South”. Reagan initially opposed the MLK holiday and was forced to sign it by strong support in the Congress, mainly from Democrats.

          • American Patriot

            You are a dunce. I don’t know what else to say. In your world, a rigged election is a free and fair election and vice versa, opposition to preferences is intolerance, a black (or any other minority) conservative who loves their country is an “Uncle Tom”, a race traitor and a sell-out while a white leftist (like Tim Wise and Bill Ayers) who denigrates their country for the pleasure of left-wing bigots of any ethnicity are “progressive” and “social justice” (which is code for Communism) advocates, American patriots and true liberals (classical liberalism is modern conservatism) are bigots, black hate groups like the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party are “civil rights” organizations, Nation of Islam supporter Keith Ellison is a “man of the people”, heroic Ronald Reagan is a bigot while self-describes “redneck” and totalitarian appeasing lunatic Jimmy Carter is a “progressive” advocate of tolerance and “social justice”, anti-white bigots like Eric Holder are “civil rights” activists and white leftists who insult conservative minorities based on their ethnicity and politics are not racists. You need to get your facts straight, Mr. Elijah Muhammad II. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            How has Tim Wise denigrated America? Wise is a white man who tells the truth about racism and you hate him for it. And are you actually suggesting that the only blacks who love this country are conservatives? Sounds pretty racist.

          • American Patriot

            Wise hates other white people. He is ashamed to be light-skinned. Meanwhile, Tim Scott and other black conservatives tell the truth about how inclusive America has become and you hate them for defending their country. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            Absolute garbage. Produce one anti-white statement from Wise. Wise is anti-racist. Tim Scott and the other black conservative hustlers have no connection with their own people. Sowell and Williams for instance have consorted with white supremacists. That’s why you love them..

          • American Patriot

            Why don’t you read these links, you dunce: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/guideDesc.asp?catid=162&type=issue , http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1226 , http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=357 , http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=359 , http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1465 , http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1258 and for the profile of your beloved Tim Wise: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1874. By the way, Tim Scott and other conservative minorities believe in tolerance and justice for all, while your beloved Tim Wise has consorted with black supremacists. Wise has no connection with the mainstream American people. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            Not ONE anti-white statement. NOT ONE! You just can’t deal with his truth.

          • American Patriot

            Wise has consorted with black supremacists. That’s a fact.

          • uptownsteve

            LIES. Name one.

          • Notalibfool

            “LIES. Name one.”

            Uh, pretty much everything you’ve ever said is a lie.

          • carltjohnson

            You are wrong about the south, check real history, not revisionist history. Oh, and it was the gop that tried to get civil rights passed in the fifties but were shut down by the democratic party.

          • American Patriot

            Most of the southern segregationists formed their own party, the American Independence Party (which doesn’t exist anymore) when they lost their battle against civil rights reform during the 1960s. Meanwhile, the New Left movement took over the Democratic Party leadership at the national level around the same time, destroying the classical liberalism of that party at the national level. Today, the GOP is the classical liberal (modern conservative) party while the Democratic Party has gone much more left-wing over the past four decades. Get your facts straight.

          • laura r

            one party system dummy.

          • Lightbringer

            Definitely behind the Jim Crow laws. After Reconstruction, after the Union troops pulled out, there was no federal government to protect freed Blacks in the South. Since Republicans represented the Union and the hated Lincoln, the South was overwhelmingly Democrat and determined to put Blacks “back in their place”. Hence a series of laws that were designed to do that. All conceived and implemented by Democrats and enforced by their militant wing, the Ku Klux Klan. Thanks, Democrats!

          • The March Hare

            You got that exactly right.

        • Drakken

          Keep provoking white folks dumbazz, you will find that the response won’t be to your liking.

          • laura r

            is stevie white? or 1/2 white? freshman in college?

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Or just a ‘bot?

          • uptownsteve

            You don’t represent all whites. I keep telling you that.

          • American Patriot

            And you don’t represent all blacks. Somehow, I don’t think you even are black. You are simply posing as an angry black nationalist in order to catch people off guard. If anyone is the racist, it is you. Quit projecting.

          • uptownsteve

            Never said I did. I am hardly a black nationalist. I am a husband, father, homeowner, taxpayer and a veteran. I am also a proud, informed black man who has no problem speaking truth to bigots.

          • American Patriot

            Sure you are. You have never denounced Elijah Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan, the late Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Malik Zulu Shabazz, Ayo Kimanthi (a.k.a. the “Irritated Genie”) or Keith Ellison because you support those people, you dunce. You also support the Communist extremist group the Black Panther Party, which the New Black Panther Party hate group got their name from. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            I don’t play the denunciation game. Have you denounced Ted Nugent, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Louis Gohmert and Donald Trump?

          • American Patriot

            None of the people you mentioned have advocated for the things the people I listed advocate. By the way, you hate Glenn Beck because he exposes the truth about how fascists are left-wing and not right-wing in nature. I suggest you watch Revolutionary Holocaust documentary to learn the truth.

          • uptownsteve

            LMAO!!!!!! Your racists are GOOD racists, huh?

          • American Patriot

            You are a dunce. Meanwhile, you have never denounced even one black supremacist or other left-wing bigot. Learn from facts.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Can you point to one statement that Beck or Limbaugh has made that is actually racist, or is this one of those “everybody knows” arguments?
            I don’t know who Gohmert is and pay no attention to what Trump has to say about anything.
            And for what it’s worth, I think Nugent’s mongrel remark was way over the top.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            That explains why you have so much trouble speaking truth here. I sure hope you are not infecting your kids with the bigoted and ignorant garbage that you are tossing into this thread.
            And I hope they can read and analyze better than you can.

        • carltjohnson

          All of witch were created by progressives. You can check their voting records, articles, documents and books written at the time if you really care to. If you do not mind being wrong. I do not mind being wrong and sometimes hope I am. In this case, I am not.
          I understand their mind set and the 3 laws of matter these Marxist live by.
          They are not human nor conscious in the same sense the majority of us are.
          Please wake up, swallow your pride and join the rest of us in this viscous fight for conscious human life.

        • carltjohnson

          All of witch were created by progressives. You can check their voting records, articles, documents and books written at the time if you really care to. If you do not mind being wrong. I do not mind being wrong and sometimes hope I am. In this case, I am not.
          I understand their mind set and the 3 laws of matter these Marxist live by.
          They are not human nor conscious in the same sense the majority of us are.
          Please wake up, swallow your pride and join the rest of us in this viscous fight for conscious human life.

        • American Patriot

          You seem to have forgotten about American POWs in Imperial Japan during World War II, Marxist Robert Mugabe’s anti-white, neo-apartheid farm policy (as well as other issues) in contemporary Zimbabwe, and the forced labor camps for the indigenous Miskito people in Sandinista Nicaragua. But of course, you ignore those atrocities because you admire the thugs if they share your left-wing, anti-American agenda. You obviously have a double standard.

        • Bklyn Farmer

          Another thumbs down lefty Stevie

        • laura r

          wheres the japanese camp? love the fact you are current. get back into the dorm.

          • uptownsteve

            So when was this period of love and harmony among all cultures in America? What did I miss?

          • laura r

            north east before the 3rd world invasion.

          • uptownsteve

            Racist.

          • laura r

            turned neigborhoods into filthy ghettos. 3rd world is the new black but worse. if thats racist, what ever. im calling it for what it is. arrest me & take me to your campus gulag.

          • uptownsteve

            When have there not been ghettos in American cities? There was a time when white ethnics were the inner city ghetto dwellers.

          • laura r

            true. but they were better kept than any somolian/cambodian area. most europeans know where the trash can is.

          • Notalibfool

            There you go again with your favorite word. Do you enjoy having such a limited vocabulary?

    • uptownsteve

      And exactly what culture is that?

      • carltjohnson

        Speaking a common language, acting like responsible human beings, having spirited factual conversations, self reliance, helping other within our communities, pursuing our own happiness without harming others and creating or producing value that will create an abundance that will inevitably be shared with others. Need I go on?

        • Lightbringer

          Beautiful summation of what anyone calling himself an American should strive towards.

          • carltjohnson

            Thank you. It is only after intense research and questioning that I have discovered The real America and can finally appreciate that idea, the ideal, the experiment and the forefathers that implemented it.
            Self rule…it’s a beautiful thing and can only be achieved through empowerment, not dis-empowerment. With determination, discipline, thought and control, not a total lack thereof.

        • uptownsteve

          Empty platitudes. You seem to have forgotten this country had slavery, Jim Crow, child labor, etc….

          • Debbie G

            Empty platitudes? Seems to me we have been successful in getting rid of slavery, Jim Crow and child labor.

          • uptownsteve

            carltjohnson claims the values he stated were what American culture was founded upon. That obviously is not true. America is a work in progress.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Duh. Any culture that is not a work in progress is dead.

          • laura r

            give it already same speech. change the channel. old.

          • uptownsteve

            I know how much the truth hurts.

          • Notalibfool

            How? You have no idea what the truth is.

          • American Patriot

            And you support Communist totalitarianism and black supremacy in Zimbabwe, where your beloved Robert Mugabe has been persecuting white Zimbabweans since the 1980s. While America has overcome its past flaws, Marxist Zimbabwe is still an underdeveloped country with an oppressive dictatorship. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            Who said anything about Zimbabwe? I think Mugabe is a thug.

          • American Patriot

            No you don’t. You admire that thug Mugabe because he shares your anti-white, anti-democracy and anti-Western hatred. Learn from facts.

          • uptownsteve

            Produce ONE anti-white statement I’ve made.

          • American Patriot

            Practically every comment you make on Front Page Magazine. You constantly use the race card to smear your political opponents and you say the nastiest things about conservative minorities (as well as other conservatives), while praising left-wing loons like Tim Wise, who is ashamed of his own skin color. Learn from facts.

          • carltjohnson

            No thanks to the King of England and later…the idiocy of progressive Marxist humanoid thought-less-ness.
            It seems you stand with those that have created these problems…

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Had. And fixed them.
            Remind me which country has had no flaws.
            Or which one has a record to be prouder of.

      • laura r

        jewish. now give a speech on that one.

        • ahad_ha_amoratsim

          A nechtuggeh tog.
          Besides, we could be here until Tisha b’Av before stevie gives a speech worth hearing.

      • Bklyn Farmer

        Thumbs down Stevie.

      • laura r

        judeo christian & a few others.

        • uptownsteve

          So there is no place in this country for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims or atheists?

          • laura r

            yes but muslims should be minority

          • uptownsteve

            They are, dummy.

          • Notalibfool

            You love calling people names, don’t you Steve? Or should I say dummy? Would racist moron fit you better? Sheep?

          • American Patriot

            Actually, that would be in your beloved Islamic Iran where (with the exception of Islam, which is that country’s official religion) all other religions are banned. Learn from facts.

  • Hass

    Thank you Daniel, as usual, your insight always makes great reading.

  • CowboyUp

    I get tickled when Mexican grievance mongers get upset over Americans wearing Sombreros and Panchos, yet more Mexicans wear American Western attire than their own. American Indian grievance mongers do the same.

  • cacslewisfan

    White women belly dancing is an offense to her brownness? Wow. The Left owns racism and wants to force everyone to be as racist as they are. Unbelievable. Great article.

    • laura r

      yet its a hip thing to take a bellydancing class. they have it @ the gyms.

  • uptownsteve

    Yo righties. The United States of America has NEVER been just about conservative white people. Get used to it or get out.

    • Notalibfool

      Yo lefty: If America you think America treats minorities so horribly, go to Cuba for some “fair” treatment. :) Or Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.

    • UCSPanther

      Trying to make an army out of Blackstone Rangers, Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords is a venture in futility.

    • Drakken

      You first kaffir.

    • Bklyn Farmer

      Stevie, thumbs down jackass.

    • laura r

      wrong. most of the USA was conservative. east & west coast liberal. that changed over the last 25 yrs.

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      So who said otherwise, except in your fevered mind? Certainly not Mr. Greenfield.

      They have very effective meds these days to help your control paranoia. It might work better than whatever you’ve been self-medicating with.

  • uptownsteve

    This article is total nonsense and classic Greenfield racist demagoguery. Al Jolson became famous for performing in black face. White actors routinely portrayed Native Americans and Asians in movies. White artists play jazz, blues and reggae. The first hiphop group to sell a platinum record were the Beastie Boys. Three Jews. Greenfield is just appealing to the white victimhood that permeates this cesspool.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      “White artists play jazz, blues and reggae.”

      So does that mean musicians should only be able to perform music that they can lay a racial claim to?

      • uptownsteve

        Obviously not. You are making a false argument. The US is a model of cultural cross pollination.

        • Hass

          So, what about all the Asians, especially Japanese who imitate American Culture, are they racist?

          • uptownsteve

            I’m not the one complaining about cultural ownership. Greenfield is.

          • Guess

            Did you even read this article?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Uptownsteve doesn’t read articles. He knows that they’re racist without reading them.

            He’s also pretty sure that A Tale of Two Cities is about the oppression of black people and so doesn’t need to read it.

          • Bklyn Farmer

            Better yet do you know how to read? Thumbs down vote Stevie.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          ” The US is a model of cultural cross pollination.”

          That was my point, what’s yours?

          • uptownsteve

            Once again that you are making a strawman argument. American culture is cross pollinated drawing from the cultural influences of all the immigrants who came here.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            “American culture is cross pollinated drawing from the cultural influences of all the immigrants who came here.”

            That’s my point. What’s yours?

            You should read articles before denouncing them.

          • laura r

            he just likes to talk to you, making conversation. using the argumentative approach. meanwhile he respects your intelligence, likes the putdowns.

          • Drakken

            Rooted in Western Civilization, your welcome.

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            No, that’s exactly his point. Along with the fact that those whose cultures contributed to the cross pollenization are being silly at best and racist at worst when they complain that other ethnic groups are using things tht the complaioner’s culture contributed, and how dumb and counterproductive it is to demand that those forms be reserved to the descenandts of those who brought that form to these shores.
            Doesn’t your knee get sore from all that reactionary jerking?

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            That he can’t read, can’t think, and is only marginally better at name calling?
            Just my guess.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Once again the educational system fails the neediest among us

    • iluvisrael

      yeah, things back then weren’t as diverse as today’s basketball teams

      • uptownsteve

        Or today’s hockey teams. What’s your point? The next white baller who plays at the level of a Larry Bird will make more money than Bill Gates.

        • Drakken

          White man maybe can’t jump, but black man sure as h*ll can’t skate.

          • uptownsteve

            Ever heard of black Olympian skater Shani Davis?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Sigh. More cultural appropriation

        • Bklyn Farmer

          I want my thumbs down vote counted

    • Drakken

      Reading comprehension isn’t your strong point is it shortbus? Just more black grievance theater from a ghetto rat, how quaint and amusing.

    • laura r

      times are changing, it’s not PC.

      • uptownsteve

        What’s not PC? White folks still play jazz, blues and rap. What are you talking about?

        • laura r

          thats what the artical was ABOUT dumbdumb. read it before going into “audomatic” yapper mode.

  • uptownsteve

    Who is responsible for balding white boys shaving their heads? Michael Jordan. Greenfield is full of it.

    • iluvisrael

      I guess all the folks out there with missing teeth just copied moms mably

      • uptownsteve

        Yeah, and all drug addled perverts copied Rush Limbaugh.

        • iluvisrael

          sarcasm stevie, sarcasm – but as the great Carol Burnett once said, “You’ve got to have a I.Q. to have a sense of humor.”

          • uptownsteve

            So you didn’t think my comment was funny?

          • Bklyn Farmer

            Where is my thumbs down vote

    • Daniel Greenfield

      You began drinking early in the day

      • uptownsteve

        Nah, you can’t handle the truth. Spike Lee has influenced American language with phrases like “24/7″, “You da man” and “good to go”.

        • Drakken

          Step away from the crack pipe boy, you might hurt yourself.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Spike Lee’s Absolut Brooklyn influneced the gentrification he whines about

          • laura r

            meanwhile what if marcy projects moved to park & 67? spike, where are you?? moved again?

  • wileyvet

    Millennia of human migration and the dissemination of new ideas from one part of the world to another has produced the world we live in today. As I see it, only what we call Western Civilization was willing to take whatever good idea, regardless of its origin and incorporate it into its own culture. Primitive or failed cultures are a result of geographical isolation, ignorant and superstitious beliefs, or self segregation due to a belief in cultural or tribal superiority, thus isolating yourself from new and improved ways of doing things. If one wishes to remain tied to just the meager accomplishments of small disparate ethnic or cultural groups, then your world would indeed be limited to an extremely small set of experiences and knowledge. We in the west have produced a veritable cornucopia of choice and opportunity, greater than any period in history or any one place, to pick from whatever suits your fancy. To be able to cross centuries and thousands of miles of cultural cross pollination is amazing, instead of being mired in a one trick pony culture, based on ignorance.

  • BE

    “Except oops, wait a second, this isn’t an original design by Paul Smith!
    They are in fact Peshawari chappals (slippers) that have been made and sold in Pakistan for the last, oh, 200 years?”

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/21357/paul-smith-shoes-and-cultural-appropriation/

  • Father Dacius

    America would do well to better internalize the Scots-Irish culture of the Appalachians and their suspicion of authority in general.

  • laura r

    no leftist should be allowed to wear anything from india. or practice buddism.

  • herb benty

    That is the whole point of “Multiculturalism”… destroy or nullify the Host.

  • joshuasweet

    we invented fire so you have no claim on it now pay restitution or stop using it!

  • cacslewisfan

    I commented on this article yesterday, but the more I think about it, the more I realize how toxic the ideology Daniel Greenfield describes is. I spend time with a large number of Indians as part of an after school program for my children. It is shocking to me how prejudiced they are against white Americans, but not so much against whites who came from another country. What is weird is that they don’t even see anything wrong with it, and are totally up front as if this is a cultural norm in the US. The “ghettoization” Daniel describes is tearing America apart.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The left tells minority students that the behavior is not only appropriate, but trains them to it

      • uptownsteve

        This is a joke. The reason for the existence of FOX TV, rightwing talk radio, black conservatives and the modern GOP is to convince rightwing whites that their hatred, fear and contempt for people of color is not racist but totally reasonable because wez so terrible, criminal, unpatriotic and lazy.

        • cacslewisfan

          I have a very multi ethnic family and know many people from all over the world. My half Japanese cousin went to Japan to visit relatives and she was asked if she loved her white daddy. I have heard Pakistani Muslims belly laugh when they hear Black American Muslims greet each other with, “As-salamu alaykum.” Indians proudly displaying the flag of India on their cars, when they were born in the US. I had a Greek uncle who basically used the US to perpetrate credit card fraud and smuggle and then ran away to Greece, never to return. On the other hand, I have an Indian uncle who came to the US when he was 30. He is extremely patriotic, and says the US is home, not India. No matter what, I take people as individuals. When you read what I have written here, does it sound as if there might just be some racism on the part of non-whites?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          You mean the network owned by a guy who was married to an Asian woman?

        • eli

          How many conservatives do you actually know in person? I’m asking because, if you talked to conservatives, I think your obvious hatred and false accusations of them would diminish. The best advise I ever got was from someone who told me that if you hate someone, get to know them- then it’s harder to hate them. I get that liberals and conservatives disagree about what policies are best for America but just because we disagree does not make conservatives racist.

          I’m sick of being called a racist just because I’m conservative. I believe in a limited government, I believe in following the Constitution. I believe the free market is the best way to increase a country’s standard of living and get people out of poverty. That doesn’t mean I hate someone because of the color of their skin.

          I watch Fox, I listen to Glenn Beck, and I don’t hate, fear, or have contempt for people of color. If you don’t like conservative policies, attack those policies, don’t attack conservatives and stereotype them all as being fearful racists because it’s simply untrue.

    • seewithyourowneyes

      I’ve had similar experiences. Last year I met three very pretty 20-something Russian girls at a party. All three were married to paunchy, balding 50-something American businessmen of very modest success. The Russian girls talked all evening about America’s shortcomings. “Oh,” one said, “Rich Americans have no taste. Even in Aspen they use bare wood instead of painting it properly!” Another, who claimed she’d been a doctor back in Russia, complained endlessly about the intellectual inferiority of her fellow students at the junior college where she was now studying to be an untrasound technician. Russians were so much smarter. Etc, etc.
      The rest of us stood there with frozen smiles and said nothing.

      • Atikva

        You missed the opportunity to tell these morons that the door OUT of America was wide open, and that it could be opened even wider if necessary. As an American citizen who emigrated from Europe, I would not allow anyone to talk about my chosen country in this fashion. Shame on you for keeping mum.

  • GinoMachiavelli

    Needs a boyfriend. Fast.

    But boot camp, and shave first…

  • Red Baker

    The left is constantly making up crazy claims. They should be called “crazy”.

  • Atikva

    Belly dancing as a cultural activity? You must be joking!