My oldest son and I were talking about the issue of race and culture the other day and we agreed that there were the WASPs and WASP like and then the rest of the people. Not WASP as in going to a Protestant Church or being White or Anglo Saxon (are not Anglo Saxons, those folks from that part of Germany and Denmark, by definition "White"?). When I think of WASP I think of those traits Mayor Nutter laid down in his talk at Mount Carmel on Sunday. It is like that fantasy movie Cowboys and Aliens. It is all of us against some evil "other". That evil "other" could be space aliens or it could be those who think that life is a contest to see who is the bigger bully.
And, to further make the point that it is not about race, but culture, look across the pond to England, where it is White Anglo Saxons who are acting like hooligans. It is, as Prime Minister David Cameron says, culture. Watch How Green Was My Valley to see another approach.
Here is Mayor Nutter talking about what he learned from his parents as a teenager:
And you know, I know a lot has happened in the 40 years since I was an early teen. I know that some things have changed. But now there are a few things that don’t — or shouldn’t — change. Respect other people. Keep your hands to yourself. Don’t touch what doesn’t belong to you, or what you didn’t earn.On City Life on Monday I was asked who I would favor in a Democratic Party primary against President Obama. Today I know it would be Mayor Michael Nutter.
Regards — Cliff