Name Calling In Politics
By: Guest Authors
By: Darryn Tomlinson
Nothing divides Americans more than the delicate subject of race. More than any other nation, American politics are, and always have been a racial minefield littered with the language of vilification and in recent decades, one upmanship. And while the nationalist white American right have long been condemned for use of invective remarks and ugly stereotypes, there has I believe been a conspiracy of silence surrounding the abusive and often degrading language peddled by liberal and left wing agitators in the quest to devalue and belittle political opponents.
On the issue of race, there is perhaps no single pejorative used in American political and social life today that is more divisive and demeaning than the phrase, “Uncle Tom”.
This slur is used by Afro-centric blacks and white liberals alike, and is aimed at black people they believe seek to curry favour with white America rather than defending some black nationalist/leftist cause.
The intent of the left is to humiliate and silence anybody in American society who dares to express him/herself, politically and socially, as an individual rather than part of leftist racial/radical agenda.
The aforementioned pejorative traces it’s origins to the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. And symbolizes what black nationalist Malcolm X called the “house negro” as opposed to the “field negro”; seen as less compliant toward the slave master.
The target of such verbal attacks are invariably black conservatives who choose to not go along with the status quo on matters of race and economics, or those who prefer the social and cultural nature of the Republican party as opposed to the Democrats, and are therefor seen as a threat to the monolithic black Democrat vote.
If the left start to bleed black voters, they lose America.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin centres around the character of Uncle Tom, a noble slave who is portrayed by Stowe as ever faithful and eager to please his white masters; always accommodating, and never quick to anger; hence the controversy that surrounds this particular epithet in our modern age of black pride and white guilt.
There is perhaps no greater insult for a black person, than to be called a “house negro” by his/her own brethren. Even the infamous N word, which has lost much of it’s sting in recent years, in part because of it’s use in modern urban black culture, is now seen in some quarters as a word representing nd sometimes even as a term of endearment within black culture.
Partly thanks to her book, Stowe, an abolitionist and liberal, helped to foster many stereotypes about black African people, that together with modern aspects of American social and political life, from inner city crime to affirmative action, persist to this day.
Other pejoratives directed at non-whites who refuse to play the “hate whitey” game, do not have the kind of history associated with the name of Stowe’s character, but are nonetheless used with the same intent in mind, to silence and humiliate those voices opposed to the white radical leftist and Afro-centric agenda.
But there is one rather disparaging phrase we almost never hear from any quarter, left or right, that like the aforementioned slur directed at non-whites, suggests a sense of self-hatred within those it is aimed at. The phrase, “White Coolie”.
The White Self Hater
What is a “White Coolie”? Google the phrase “White Coolie”; an explanation is hard to come by. Nor will you come across a host of articles about “White Coolies” the way you might if you were you to enter the words “Uncle Tom” in Google search instead.
Other than an interesting account of the suffering and inhumane conditions experienced by Australian nurse Betty Jeffrey, interned by Japanese forces in the Dutch East Indies during World War Two, in her book, ‘White Coolies’, this pejorative simply does not exist in popular media culture.
Yet the belittling pejoratives aimed at non-whites considered disloyal toward their particular racial groups flourish. Why?
One explanation could be the quiet acceptance, on both the left and centre-right, of white self hatred within western society.
When confronting issues of race and ethnicity, the white liberal and leftist mindset is quick to place the interests of non-whites over that of white people, in almost all aspects of society, simply BECAUSE of skin colour.
Socio-economic considerations, white poverty and unemployment, or the taboo issue of black on white crime, usually take a back seat to the concerns of even relatively wealthy non-whites, illegal immigrants, and migrants from the developing world.
This situation has, until fairly recently been a mainly American phenomenon; with Americans of the Black African race the main beneficiaries of this paternalistic nurturing.
In recent decades however, with the exportation of “American multi-cultural values” to various western nations, along with the importation of non-white migrant communities, the obsession the left have with mollycoddling non-white communities has spread far and wide.
Certain native communities within the western world, such as the Aboriginal population of Australia or the Maori of New Zealand, are also accorded special consideration in matters of economic and cultural wellbeing; although being indigenous populations, it is perhaps more understandable.
But many have begun to argue that walking on eggshells around non-white migrant communities has in fact lead to the segregation of these communities from the mainsteam of western society.
Nothing changes the fact that many white liberals, including those with power and influence, believe race should play a prominent role in western society, so long as the beneficiaries of such policies are black and brown. For the left, especially in America, this way of thinking has become more of a religion than simply just another political cause.
The Religion Of The Left
The obsession and fascination many white liberals have with certain aspects of black American culture, and in particular, the “ghetto culture” promoted by TV channels such as E Television or MTV, also play a part in the development of a “white coolie” mindset.
Racially charged comments and quips made intermittently by American comedian and political commentator Bill Maher on his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, are a good example of white liberal racialism. Opining about the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 30 2010 during a monologue, Maher said: “I thought when we elected a black President, we were going to get a black President”. He is not alone.
Many liberals within the media and entertainment establishment consistently play up the “ghetto” image of black America, irrespective of the harm inflicted within the black community because of stereotyping.
Scratch the surface of the white liberal mindset just a little, and it’s becomes plain to see that a great many white liberals, especially in America, believe in precisely the same stereotypes about black people as their white right wing American opponents; namely that black people are all a bunch of “ghetto thugs” and “bad a$$es” with a penchant for violence when they don’t get what they want.
The one difference of course, is that much of the white liberal establishment, exemplified by people such as Bill Maher, believe this to be a good thing. That black Americans should BE those things. That to be “really black”, they must hold steadfast to these nasty stereotypes, least they end up betraying their race.
I believe people, (on either side of the political spectrum,) who resort to name-calling when trying to win an argument, do so because they simply cannot defend a certain cultural or ideological position. They know that flinging pejoratives at opponents can at least silence the argument.
And the longer people accept the current attitudes, the worse it will get. Much worse.