Appropriate Appropriation

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Aristotle explained the difference between dialectic and rhetoric.  Higher learning has been a White Male tradition for thousands of years.  White males in monasteries preserved the knowledge until White males at universities could share it with other White males.  For anybody else to go to college is cultural appropriationand it’s got to stop.

I notice, by the way, that the author skips right over the historical context for the pasta he thinks his culture would claim.  That belongs to the Chinese.  He’ll have to go back to eating clams on sea weed or something more authentic.

Joe Doakes

If you’re reading English and are not descended from, well, the English, it’s time to go back to your own ancestral tongues.

I’m a quarter Scots, so I’ll grandfather in.  Og jeg snakker lille Norsk, so jeg er OK..

8 thoughts on “Appropriate Appropriation

  1. It strikes me that many on the left especially have divested themselves of that cultural appropriation already, though they won’t admit it. If you catch my drift.

  2. Non-whites cannot be guilty of cultural appropriation for the same reason that non-whites cannot be racists.

  3. Sorry, I’m terribly confused by cultural appropriation.

    Which of my “ancestral tongues”? German, Norse, English, Irish, Onondaga? Or one of the even less represented tongues?

    And does the “one drop” rule apply as far as non-whiteness, implying I have to go with that culture, despite the fact that I was a blond haired, blue eyed youth?

    Ah, screw it! I’m an *American* and we’re proud to be mutts. Don’t believe me? Read what I put when asked to define my race on the last census form.

  4. Who invented the smart phone that they suggest using as proof of ancestry? How did they get to the store to purchase said stuff? What if you are married? Can you then claim your spouses genetic background, or will separate meals be required? Overall, I’m feeling pretty good on what I’ll be able to purchase if this lunacy starts up. However, I’d agree with Nerdbert – I’m American. No hyphen included. Which means I’m a mutt from a melting pot.

  5. Speaking of appropriation, this just in from City Pages:

    “Author Les Lester wanted to bring his love of black history to kids. So he pitched Twin Cities Public Television — the local PBS affiliate — an idea for a new talk show. … Every week for six weeks, he and a guest would discuss notable black legends throughout world history, including King Tut and the last queen of Hawaii.”

    Wait, what? Oh, yes….

    This more of the “We wuz Kangs and shit” you hear from uneducated black losers desperately searching for an honorable history. They can’t name their fathers, but they *know* they are direct descendants of Tutankhamun.

    Negro history changers have struggled for years to get their “Ancient Egypt was a black nation” myth to take root; it hasn’t, outside nightclubs, Democrat caucuses and evidently, City Pages editor’s desks.

    But Queen Liliuokalani was pure Hawaiian. Her lineage is as well documented as any monarch. These rent seeking poverty pimps have taken her dark complexion and flat nose as evidence she was Negro…and the dimwits at PBS were evidently on-board with that egregious revisionist history until the price got to high.

    How to describe how deeply I despise the left?

  6. Being the direct descendant of King Tut would be a neat trick, as the best science we have suggests he died at about age 18 without siring any surviving children–his widow wrote letters appearing to ask for a levirate marriage, and his dynasty ended with his death and a campaign of damnatio memoriae by his vizier. His corpse also shows clear signs that he may have been suffering from the consequences of inbreeding by his ancestors.

    Which is, for reference, probably one of the things that caused the royal line of Hawaii to end as well, and which of course (on another side of racial divides) plagued the aristocracies of Europe as well.

    If you guessed I’m not all that impressed by claims of descent from royals, you would be correct.

  7. BB I think it was Dole pineapple that put an end to the Hawaiian royal line…or maybe it was C&H.

  8. Swiftee: yes, but only after they’d failed to breed for many generations. My kids read a very interesting biography of Liluokalani (sp?) that pointed that out. They were loved by the people, but there simply weren’t enough of them to maintain a dynasty.

    PM, am I getting that halfway right?

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