- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2001

As Satchmo wrote
"But there was more to Louis Armstrong than the legend. The same man who told off [President] Eisenhower [for his initial unwillingness to force the desegregation of Little Rock schools] scrawled another set of fighting words onto a grade-school note pad as he lay in a Manhattan hospital room in 1969.
"As always with Armstrong, the syntax was homemade, but the meaning was clear as a high note: 'Negroes never did stick together and they never will. They hold too much malice Jealousy deep down in their heart for the few Negroes who tries … they know within themselves that they're doing the wrong thing, but expects everybody just because he is a Negro to give up everything he has struggled for in life, such as a decent family a living, a plain life the respect … And the Negro who can't see these foolish moves from some over-educated fools' moves then right away he is called a White Folks Nigger. Believe it the White Folks did everything that's decent for me. I wish that I can boast these same words for Niggers …
"Granted that jazz scholarship is a comparatively young field, it is still decidedly odd that so many scholars and critics have been so slow if not positively reluctant to grapple with the sometimes uncomfortable implications of what Armstrong wrote about his life and work, which does not always mesh neatly with his good-humored public image."
Terry Teachout, in "A Face of Armstrong, But Not the Image," in the July 29 New York Times

Limousine liberal
"Teach-In speaker Kirkpatrick Sale is the godfather of bioregionalism. Sale defined a bioregion in a 1993 pamphlet based on a 1983 speech titled Mother of All: An Introduction to Bioregionalism.
"For him a bioregion is a 'part of the earth's surface whose rough boundaries are determined by natural rather than human dictates, distinguishable from other areas by attributes of flora, fauna, water, climate, soils and land forms, and the human settlements and cultures those attributes have given rise to.'
"The crucial feature of bioregional localism is that each bioregion must be completely self-sufficient, with no inter-regional trade allowed. 'Just as nature does not depend on trade, does not create elaborate networks of continental dependency, so the bioregion would find all its needed resources for energy, food, shelter, clothing, craft, manufacture, luxury within its own environment.
"The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of bioregional thinking. Bioregionalists refer to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia as 'Cascadia.' What would happen if Cascadians were forced to subsist only on food native to the region? Wheat is not native to that bioregion, nor are apples, nor are potatoes (wheat comes from Mesopotamia, apples from central Asia, and potatoes from the Andes). Surely all those Microsoft and Boeing wage-slaves could not live off of the native salmon, whales, and roots and berries that supported the Northwest Pacific Coastal Indians before the coming of Europeans."
Ronald Bailey, writing on "Rage Against the Machines: Witnessing the birth of the neo-Luddite movement," in the July issue of Reason

Reparations nightmare
"How big a reparations check should Tiger Woods get?
"Applauded as one of America's most prominent black athletes, the champion golfer actually is only part black. He coined the word 'Cablinasian' to reflect his Caucasian, black, American Indian and Thai heritage.
"As someone who is 25 percent black, Woods arguably deserves at most one quarter of any sum Washington might deem sufficient to compensate a typical black American for the allegedly lingering effects of slavery. …
"Who should pay Woods whatever reparations fee might be appropriate? Should the descendants of former slaveholders send him money? They cannot be held responsible for a brutal, immoral institution that went kaput 138 years ago. And how would they even be identified? Some intermarried with Yankees white and otherwise. Does this get them off the hook, even a little?
"It would be even more pernicious to force the progeny of Union soldiers to hand Tiger Woods anything. Many of these Americans lost their great-great-great-grandfathers and other relatives from Shiloh to Gettysburg in the North's struggle to defeat the South and to end slavery."
Deroy Murdock in "A Bean Counting Nightmare to Avoid" in the July/August issue of the American Enterprise

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide