As I tried to suggest in my last post, I think that the "notion of racial transcendence" that is "the ultimate goal" of "the new [pop-]cultural mainstream" consists not in "transcendence" of race at all, but in obsession with it: in the obsessive idealization and celebration of African-Americans, qua African-Americans, Hispanics, qua Hispanics, Asians, qua Asians, American Indians, qua American Indians, etc. - i.e., anybody and everybody except white gentiles (and especially white gentile males) - who, qua white gentiles, are to be relentlessly and blatantly caricatured and denigrated.
"Successful network-television shows...feature wildly diverse casts, and an entire genre of half-hour comedy...seems dedicated to having fun with the persona of the clueless white male. The youth market is following the same pattern...Pop culture today rallies around an ethic of multicultural inclusion that seems to value every identity - except whiteness."
This has led to a grotesque sense of cultural bankruptcy among susceptible white youth - especially those with elite educations:
"Matt Wray, a sociologist at Temple University...has observed that many of his white students are plagued by a racial-identity crisis: "...to be white is to be culturally broke. The classic thing white students say when you ask them to talk about who they are is, "I don't have a culture." They might be privileged, they might be loaded socioeconomically, but they feel bankrupt when it comes to culture...They feel disadvantaged, and they feel marginalized. They don't have a culture that's cool or oppositional..."
Might this sense of cultural bankruptcy be an understandable response to their being...well...relentlessly and blatantly caricatured and denigrated? (Not to mention poorly educated in their own history and culture!)
Oh, no. White kids are just upset because they're losing power:
"'We used to be in control! We're losing control!'"
So it's not enough to make white kids, and especially white boys, feel guilty about their cultural heritage (of which they know little or nothing). Once you've got them feeling guilty, you drive the knife in: your guilt feelings are merely a cover for disappointed power-lust!
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Unfortunately, Hua Hsu's portrayal of mainstream popular cultural rings quite true to me, and is confirmed practically everytime I turn on the television, go to the movies, or overhear what my niece and nephew are listening to on their Ipods.
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