Thursday, September 02, 2010

Quote of the Day


"Glenn Beck's rally was large, vague, moist and undirected -- the Waterworld of white self-pity"

-- Christopher Hitchens in Slate

My God, how I'm going to miss this guy if he doesn't survive his current battle with cancer. It will be a smart people tragedy like nothing we've seen in years.

Hitchens goes on to make a terrific point about how Beck's seemingly unfathomable appropriation of MLK's legacy and the civil rights movement in general -- which so many people rightly mocked over the past few weeks -- is really nothing more than an attempt to provide confirmation to the doughy, Middle-American doofs who worship him that, as whites, they're the new minority.

4 comments:

Deacon Blue said...

I love how the more clueless segments of my fellow pale brethren really do think they are a minority or about to become one...when the real dynamic is that all other races COMBINED will relatively soon outnumber whites in the U.S.

Which is a far cry from being a real minority.

Because it's not like Latinos/Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, etc. have a good history of banding together under a unified agenda to beat on Whitey.

The color of "The Man" won't be changing any time soon.

Anonymous said...

http://facts.kff.org/upload/jpg/enlarge/8C_Distribution_of_US_Population_by_Race_Ethnicity_2007.jpg

Wow look at that. Took me 3 seconds with google. But the right has seldom paid any attention to pesky things like "facts" and "data" or anything else that requires book learnin'.

Anonymous said...

Brains turn me on. I want Hitchens sometime, so I really hope he lives. I'm like a smart guy groupie!

Lisa said...

It's not just that Hitchens is smart. There's plenty of smart people out there, left and right, doing and saying stupid shit. But he has this amazing talent for speaking whole truths about things in an eloquent, dignified, and even lyrical way. He's brilliant.