Thursday, August 17, 2006
Personal Asides: Another Quiz (Starting off with an Easy One) George Allens Humiliating Racist Epithet (Which We Never Heard of Until Yesterday)
Remember, no search engines. Heres an easy one. Who said this and what was the occasion? Your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars When I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corps and the corps and the corps.
Another. Who said it? You can probably guess. I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king.
Yet another fairly easy one. Who said it and what was the occasion? Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country.
Finally, a tough one. He was a lawyer, representing a plaintiff who sued a neighbor for the killing of his dog. He got a huge jury award for a talk that ended with this eloquence. Its contained in all the textbooks on speech rhetoric. Who said it? (This is tough). If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.
Ive never taken U. S. Senator and former Virginia governor George Allen seriously as a 2008 presidential prospect but this will have to change after Good Morning America wet its collective pants with high dungeon, suffering a pomposity stroke and apoplectic fit over a purported slur he made at a gulp minoritywhich in ABCs hysterical imagination removes him from contention as a future president. Now ask what demagogic slur word Allen used which will separate him from decent men and women.
It was: malaca. O, suffer us not to hear it! Have you ever heard the word malaca and felt your blood run cold? Did colonials fought for freedom since 1776 did George Washingtons troops lay on the frozen ground at Valley Forge did James Madison flee the White House and live in a chicken coop during the War of 1812 did Lincoln look out from the White House windows to see Lees campfires beyond Arlington did Franklin Roosevelt save us from the Depression and lead us to victory in World War II did Ronald Reagan enable us to triumph in the Cold War all of which built our freedomsonly to have their guarantee of free speech defiled when a son of a football coach carelessly tossed out this word malaca to describe S. R. Sidarth, a campaign aide to his opponent, which nullified all progress toward tolerance and rang down the curtain of civility in this nation?
Youve heard and dreaded the word malaca tossed around the public housing projects of Chicago and the red-neck bars of the southwest side have you not? Youve been chilled when you hear malaca especially after you run to the dictionary and find it is, as ABC has discovered, a term of derogation applied to Indian immigrants from Africa and Indian new arrivals, is that not so? It so happens Allens opponent, James Webbs aide is from India and he insists he was insulted. O the ignominy of it! It may not just slur Indians or is a derisive term used to describe African immigrants but can refer to a kind of monkey found in Asia. Youve heard the scurrilous word malaca tossed around promiscuously in this racist city, havent you? Perhaps in heated moments you yourself shouted the word malaca at someone not of your color or gender or religion or ethnic classification and, on reflection, suffered the burning cheeks of guilt. Today, assuredly, the New York Times will editorialize against it, having just learned the word.
O the humiliation of it!
0 the nonsense of it!