A Cautious Man
September 09, 2007
The Pimp's Main Prophet
After completing the post below, I realized that I really get peeved by Michelle Malkin's antics. I guess that, with all the racial animosity politics practiced by a not-insubstantial portion of the right wing, she stands out. I realized why that is, when I saw a piece from her the other day, entitled "Brown like Geraldo, but not down with Geraldo". It's ostensibly another round of an escalating war between Ms. Malkin and Geraldo Rivera, over immigration. Whether the animosity is real, or trumped up for Faux News purposes, is beside the point. In that piece, Ms. Malkin admits to what her role is, in the racial hatred portion of the right wing -
Geraldo says he “cringes” whenever I’m on Fox. I’ll tell you exactly why. It’s not because of any principled objection he has to the arguments I’ve made in my books (which he hasn’t read), columns, blog posts, and tee-vee appearances. It’s because the mere existence of conservative-thinking minorities who reject his tired old brand of identity politics threatens his race/ethnic-card-playing schtick. He can no longer dismiss all immigration enforcement proponents as racists without looking like a fool or tool, because there are countless, vocal numbers of them like me who have skin as brown as his.

So, that's the game. She's "brown", so she can be a means to deliver some of the most virulent, bigoted arguments based on stereotypes and hatred. It has required some compromise, on her part. For example, she used to be the proud daughter of Filipino immigrants - that's how she identified herself in older versions of her biography on her website. Today, her online bio contains no mention of her parents, or the "I" word - she's simply "Philly-born, South Jersey-raised" now.

She consorts with people who, frankly, seem to be the type that would despise her, and any other non-European who would have the audacity to marry someone of European ancestry, or have children with a mixed ethnic heritage. Recently, she seems to have played down her association with "VDare.com", a nativist website that she once featured prominently on her "Immigration Blog" section. The fact that she seems to have hidden and scrubbed that part of her website is telling. After all, "VDare" is the project of Peter Brimelow, an immigrant from England, but also a Eurocentric nativist -
He described the role of race as "elemental, absolute, fundamental." He said that white Americans should demand that U.S. immigration quotas be changed to allow in mostly whites. He argued that spending tax dollars on anything related to multiculturalism was "subversive." He called foreign immigrants "weird aliens with dubious habits."

He worried repeatedly that his son, with his "blue eyes" and "blond hair," would grow up in an America in which whites had lost the majority.

At one point, he wrote that if one enters an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room, just like entering the New York subways, "you find yourself in an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored."

Hardly a hearty welcome for Ms. Malkin, her parents, or her kids. Ms. Malkin will also heartily recommend columns written by, as she puts it, "the brilliant Diana West", equating "creeping amnesty" with "creeping sharia". Funny thing, that Diana West column that Ms. Malkin recommended also contains this gem:
All of which is to say that creeping sharia, both at home and abroad, is still a present danger. But so is creeping amnesty. And strikingly, the amnesty scenario begins to mirror, if even in a cracked way, some of the demographic changes that historian Bernard Lewis predicted will turn Europe Islamic by the end of this century. That is, as America increasingly loses its European-descended majority on one side of the Atlantic, Europe, too, increasingly loses its European majority on the other.

That's right. Ms. Malkin recommends as "brilliant" a piece that bemoans the fact that the "European-descended majority" is shrinking.

What's my point? It's simply that Ms. Malkin and her "brown-ness" is being spent in the service of racists. She does their dirty work, saying the things they want to say, but don't want to be seen to be saying, because they'd be "outed" as racists if they did. Here's a classic Malkin performance, making her "creeping sharia" argument about the installation of foot-washing facilities at an airport. The poor guy who came on the program actually tried to have an intelligent discussion, but Ms. Malkin at one point actually mocks how he speaks.

So, to conclude. Ms. Malkin has found a sure route to fame and fortune. She hires out her "brown-ness" to racist, nativist movements, and thereby makes them more comfortable with their race hatred. She is, quite frankly, a "comfort woman" for right-wing racial politics.

Yes, I know that Ms. Malkin doesn't like analogies to prostitution, when refering to her work. But, while the "comfort women" of World War II were prisoners and were abused, she appears to embrace her role and the remuneration it provides. So, I guess I'll respond in the way that she responded when asked about suicides among Guantanamo prisoners (none of whom had been charged or convicted).



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