October 28, 2009
In a much publicized rant that sent chills up the legs of millions of liberals,
oops, progressives, Janeane Garofalo emphatically exercised her opinion
of the millions of 'tea-party'
protestors: "This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism,
straight up. Its is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks."
Anyone who has read Thomas Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals,
knows that Garofalo's statement is either demonstrably false, or just plain racist.
Sowell, a fellow at The Hoover Institution and a prolific author (who happens to
be black himself) actually documents the origins and evolution of the redneck culture.
He makes the excellent, and unchallenged point that the inner-city culture celebrated
by many blacks today is, in fact, derived directly from the redneck culture - which
had its origins in England.
People migrating to America's south from the largely fringe areas of England, the
Scottish Highlands and Ireland brought with them certain cultural values: Proneness
to violence, aversion to work, neglect of education, sexual promiscuity, improvidence,
drunkenness, lack of entrepreneurship, lively music and dance, style of religious
oratory, touchy pride, boastful self-dramatization and vanity. These traits describe
what came to be known as the redneck culture, and the people who exhibited these traits were labeled rednecks
During the civil war era, 90% of blacks in America lived in the south. They adopted
many of the traits associated with
this 'redneck culture,' which they then spread across America as they migrated after
the civil war. As Dr. Sowell so persuasively
argues, these cultural differences were the actual basis of what we today label
racism. Originally, what we now consider
racism was an objection to cultural differences, not skin color.
Fast forward to the 1960's. Along came the liberals. Social do-gooders who ushered in the welfare state
and altered the criminal justice system to conform to their own version of social
justice. This allowed many of these counter-productive cultural traits to flourish. Among both blacks and whites.
Many of the traits that are associated with the redneck culture have since died out in England, and many parts of the south.
But many of the black Americans who chose to follow the media anointed spokespersons
for blacks, Revs. $harpton and Jackson, have kept the redneck culture alive in many
parts of America's inner-cities
and ghettos. They mistakenly believe they are celebrating their own African-American
Anyone who dares object to these negative cultural traits is routinely accused of
Which is apparently a worse offense than allowing and fostering generations of blacks
to adopt racism against all whites. (As author David Horowitz outlines so well in
his book, Hating Whitey.)
So Janeane, for the sake of the social justice you so ardently advocate, I expect
you should publicly apologize to all blacks for calling them rednecks. You were
dissing conservatives, you were dissing millions of black Americans, many of whom
were among the tea-party protestors. As this video clearly shows.
Three very public mea culpas should be sufficient. As atonement, we suggest you
attend Hillsdale College for a full semester. Being one of the only two colleges
in America that accept no federal funds, you will be exposed to courses on American
History, the glories of Western Civilization and the value of capitalism. And a
refreshing lack of liberal orthodoxy.
hold our breaths. Most conservatives remain grounded in facts and reality.
The same reality the left continually redefines
to suit their own purposes. We know that as long as one is a vocal supporter
of leftist ideology, no explanations, facts, or mea culpas are required. Almost
makes me want to
be a liberal.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
She migrated to South Carolina years ago and is a fan of the refreshing and superior
cultural traits exhibited by the majority of southerners and, unfortunately, not
outlined in above article due to space constraints.
This article may be reprinted, with attribution.