Sunday, September 29, 2013

Minnesota Kittens

It's been said many times before, but clearly needs repeating: If a cat has kittens in an oven, it doesn't make them biscuits. In our early days in America, we all were British, so it seemed like becoming an American basically involved a boat ride. That is, "American" was for all practical purposes a British subgroup. We started getting immigrants from elsewhere, mainly Germany, and such people as Benjamin Franklin were worried that too many German immigrants would skew our culture and turn us into something else.  He was right, of course.  As it happened, German immigration tapered off enough that his feared results didn't materialize after all, but he was right to caution everybody about it. It seems ironic in retrospect, because of course German culture and British culture are practically identical by current standards.

But the conventional wisdom is that, never mind the immigrants themselves, their offspring, born in America, are unequivocally Americans, no matter how they end up, and no matter how ridiculous the idea may be. We're all into the Ellis Island Myth, about how immigrants come here wanting to be Americans, and how they bring their children up to be Americans. That was never 100% true, although a lot of European immigrants did have that attitude. They didn't want to be Germans or Irishmen or Frenchmen or Poles any more, they wanted to be Americans, so they made damn sure their kids were imprinted with that goal, too.

Now? Forget it. We have a doublethink situation, where the old Ellis Island Myth is held up as gospel, but at the same time the idea of assimilation is considered bigoted or something, and multiculturalism is the new goal. Got that?  We believe in assimilation and in anti-assimilation simultaneously.  Doublethink is itself a liberal value.

To get to the point, then, if you have a Chinese born in Denmark, a Chechen born in Ireland, or a Somali born in Minneapolis, you have respectively a Dane, an Irishman, and an America.  And when they rape somebody or blow something up, that's what the news media will call them.  And the news consumer, not being hip to all this, shakes his head and wonders what made a Danish guy spy for the PRC, why an Irishman went on a killing spree, or why an American murdered dozens of people in a Kenyan shopping mall.

You see, the conventional wisdom is that a full-blooded Somali, born in the US and brought up as a Muslim, and taught to hate non-Muslims in general and Americans in particular, is just a regular American, like Archie or Jughead, and calling him a "Somali" is just plain bigotry. From the Occidental Observer:

On the Somali “Minnesotans”

In the incredibly unlikely case that you have not yet heard, Jihadist terrorists based out of Somalia struck a mall in Nairobi, Kenya — with death tolls running quite high. Then came the uncomfortable news that three of the terrorists were from… Minnesota. After that, the media chips fell where you would guess — the Somali-American community officially condemned the attack, then there was fear of reprisal, then Ms. Pamela Geller threw a polemical fit. What would you expect?

Moving beyond pundit reactions, it is worth noting some of the background to this. Like the rest of America, Minnesota started receiving an influx of Somali immigrants in the 1990s, and quickly became host to more of them than anywhere else in the New World. Since, “those of Somali descent are not asked about their ancestry during the census,” the exact number of them is hard to determine, some say 30 or 35 thousand, others say at least one hundred thousand — regardless, most of whom live in Minneapolis. Despite the media’s best attempts to portray these recent events in a “how could this happen?!” way, this is not the first time Somalis from the Twin Cities have gone to Africa for the glory of Allah. The list keeps getting longer too, and with each new addition, the ones preceding it must be forgotten. For example, the recruitment video specifically targeting Somali Minnesotans that came out last month is now being described as having “caused little stir.” The video’s obvious ineffectiveness is of course being noted now that there is something to indicate the opposite; much like how the conviction of four Somali Minnesotans earlier this summer for aiding al-Shabab has been completely forgotten. (Read the rest HERE.)

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