And one more thing: white supremacist propaganda in the American media | Cinema / TV


Ashley Spurgeon is a lifelong TV fan – no, an expert – and with her recurring TV and pop culture column “And Another Thing”, she’ll tell you what to watch, what to skip and what to watch. more thoughtful.

I’ve done a lot of reading about the attempted coup on Capitol Hill, in which a few thousand white supremacists – some with apparent dreams of murder, others realizing their lifelong fantasies of youthful resentment – acted on orders from the President Donald Trump to try to prevent the United States Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden. Perhaps you had the bad luck to attend this event live, on television. If you’ve watched CNN, you may have heard a disgusted and distraught Anderson Cooper complain that after the insurgency ended, these people had returned to lower-middle-class destinations like Olive Garden and Holiday Inn. Called out on his elitist reflex assertion that his (mine, our) white American comrades who would dare to smear our sacred traditions belong to a stickier underlay than Cooper or the people who watch CNN, the descendant of Vanderbilt (annual salary, $ 12 million) backed down and claimed, “I was discussing crime.”

First of all, someone other than me is going to have to write the essay on Anderson’s use of the word “denigration”. proliferation – this excuse is clearly full of crap. Since there is no love lost on my side for the “Gravitas!” Great Men in Loafers, I really, really liked this recent article from Vulture: “Print, frame, hang this image in the National Portrait Gallery.Where Cooper was sickened and distraught, black writer Jim St. Germain found a particularly entertaining aspect of the attack on Congress, namely this photo of Adam Christian Johnson stealing a podium. St. Germain’s reaction was informed by a critical eye, as well as a mental Rolodex of images to be drawn for cultural context – he very clearly draws a line between Johnson’s display and the literal character of Jim Crow. He also said this about the photo:

In the background, you can see a huge painting of George Washington displayed in a pompous gold frame. This is the America that whites think we live in – a beacon of democracy, a paragon of dignity. But photography itself is the America black people know. An America where ignorant whites walk away with your shit and smile, sure they know nothing bad will happen to them. An America built on the theft of work, land and life. Joe Biden on Wednesday insisted the ridiculous and violent scene unfolding on Capitol Hill was “not who we are.” It may be his truth, but it is not mine.

Biden’s statement that this is “not who we are” is the same as Cooper “exposing” crime – obvious untruths, told for our own white comfort. Is it any wonder that the average citizen, of any color, finds it difficult to analyze the reality of the lie? Pompous-Gold-Frame America sells you this story: That all men are created equal except three-fifths of humans whose work we control by force. Ah, but don’t worry, we are a nation of laws! That’s why we are passing laws like the Indian Removal Act of 1830, legal laws passed by our revered white lawmakers who really, really wanted more white people to have land.

Unlike Gloria Vanderbilt’s son Anderson Cooper or President-elect Joseph Biden, I’ve never had a problem thinking about how I, a little white girl raised in America, was propagated into white supremacy, the knowledge and the certainty that this land is my land. In my opinion, one of the worst things a white American can do is be a Cooper or a Biden, clutching his pearls and lying to each other about how your family and country raised you. Obviously, it starts off very, very young, and one of my earliest memories of explicitly white supremacist propaganda was reading the Little House series of books.

The Little House in the Great Woods and the Little House on the Prairie were my favorites, and the parts that stood out to me were the physical and tactile descriptions of food and clothing. Pour maple syrup on the snow, tear off the small pocket of your dress because you filled it with too many stones. This is how a child reads. As an adult, if I’m not charitable, I might rename The Charles Ingalls books “Get a Job”, but hey – why move to the east coast and easily find work in a (dangerous, immigrants) when can you expect your duly elected representatives to genocide the natives?

Not that the Ingalls family waited: American Masters – Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page, is available to stream on PBS until January 27, and it delves into the truest stories behind the tales of Manifest Destiny 4 Kidz, like how the first “Little House” they built was 100 percent illegal, so maybe don’t be so afraid of the Native Americans whose house you decided to take over. (If you want a perfect example of the weak weaponry of the white woman for the benefit of her race, look no further than Caroline Ingalls. Even as a child, Ma sucked.)

Peacock has the Little House TV series available, itself a weird little entry into TV history – remember the very special episode episode in which the little girl is raped by a stranger disguised as a clown? But I think the best way to approach white American history is to honestly not try to dress it in pompous gold frames. I was on my own as a childhood reader, but a blog series published by the Nashville Public Library a few years ago titled “Tackling Racism in Children’s Books” reviewed Little house in the meadow. It involves active parent involvement, reading with the kids, and stopping to explain the context, or ask questions about why some characters think they have more rights than others. Yeah, it’s work. But it’s worth it. The truth always is.


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