Adios, Ann: Diversity = White

During the entirety of her Adios, America! book tour, Ann Coulter has played racial politics.[1] Bemoaning America’s changing racial demographics,[2] Coulter addresses the consequential cultural transformation of America and offers a political solution: “The way Republicans win is by appealing to their base – whiters, white voters.”[3]

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For Coulter, there is only one path to victory: “You gotta concentrate on winning the white vote, particularly, I’d say, the white male vote.”[4]

Coulter’s demagoguery is virulent and racially tinged[5] as she attacks all things foreign.

Ann Coulter’s America

Last year, Coulter made headlines when she announced, “All countries suck compared to America.”[6]

With just six words, Coulter managed to convey two concepts in a rather polemical fashion. Nativism and xenophobia are two sides of the same coin.

Most Americans love America.[7] Some do not.[8]

Coulter admits, “My ideal world would be without liberals.”[9]

Coulter’s utopia “would look like New York City during the [2004] Republican National Convention. In fact, that’s what I think heaven is going to look like.” Coulter added, “People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America.”[10]

But Coulter goes to an extreme, hating all things foreign.[11] Even soccer.[12] And Christian missionaries![13]

White Saviors of Civilization

Even back in 1996, Coulter lamented America’s changing racial demographics, complaining:

“It’s extremely difficult to come in if you’re coming from a Western European country. However, if you are from a Third World country, ‘Welcome.’ If your genetic ancestors did not invent the wheel, ‘Oh, well, let them come in.’ But they’re the natural Democratic voters.”[14]

Why? Western Europeans were historically white. (By the way, whose “genetic ancestors” did invent the wheel?)

Shortly after 9/11, Coulter stressed the importance of race, “Thank God the white man did win or we would not have the sort of equality and freedom, or life, that we have now.”[15]

The following year, racial superiority again emerged triumphant as Coulter proclaimed, “manifestly, white men have no political power in modern America. They just rush in to save us when the nation is attacked.”[16]

America’s Roots

Coulter’s family roots go back to America’s founding.[17] They were among the first settlers.

Yes, this is personal for Coulter. Her roots are primarily Scottish and Irish – Anglo-Saxon.

Often without prompting, Coulter swiftly segues into her history of the origins of America. She notes that, “We’re a nation of British and Dutch settlers,”[18] adding, “For the first few hundred years, it was 100% British and Dutch, almost 100% Protestant.”

Coulter emphasizes what I consider an important and valid point: “They created America. They were not coming to colonies named America. They were not coming to a country named America. They created that thing. They are settlers. They are not immigrants.”

Even though Coulter claims to be speaking of culture, she is obviously fixated on race as she talks about “white Anglo-Saxons.” Coulter explained:

“I’d say if white Anglo-Saxons have a flaw, it is their tendency to sit quietly while others abuse and denounce them. … Only white Anglo-Saxons always seem to be in the position for apologizing for being white Anglo-Saxons. Well, no: You can come in and you can be part of what is a white Anglo-Saxon-American culture, which is better than the culture that it was created from.”[19]

Why Coulter’s emphasis on the racial aspect of our Anglo-Saxon roots?

However, I fully endorse Coulter’s next two sentences: “I mean we are better than England. Sorry to any British readers, but America did create something even better.”[20]

America is a unique and special place which, sadly, Coulter actually does truly grasp. Nor does she understand its source of greatness. (More on that in my next column.)

Cultural Invasion

But then, in the 19th century, foreigners started the process early on of attempting to fundamentally transform America. Coulter points out that true Americans put those foreigners in their place: “And then, for some crazy diversity, we took different white people from other parts of Western Europe – the Germans and the Italians. And, oh boy, they had to be whipped into shape.”[21]

But those foreigners – as bad as they were – were at least white.

Now, America is beset by a foreign invasion which poses an existential threat to America as we know it. As Coulter puts it, “Immigrants pre-1970 – whole order of difference from immigrants post-1970. I’m sure there were some good, worthy immigrants post-1970, but, by and large, they weren’t good or worthy.”[22]

Now, “we’re being inundated not only with people from cultures different from ours, but particularly cultures that are not as advanced as ours. Thus the drunk driving, the child rape, the Jihad, and I mean – you haven’t asked, but this isn’t a genetic thing, it’s a cultural thing. We have a superior culture and we’re throwing it away importing people from cultures that have never experienced it before.”

Having just insisted this is cultural, not racial, Coulter then admitted, “Maybe there is something genetic involved here, but that isn’t the point, there is definitely a cultural element.”

Notice, Coulter wants only Anglo-Saxon immigrants: “We’re turning away British scientists and Scottish engineers so that we can make room for entire villages from Pakistan, because you get an advantage if your retarded push-cart operator uncle got here first.”

Again, “When you bring people here, you bring those cultures here: that includes honor killings, it includes uncles killing their nieces, not paying your taxes, it involves paying bribes to government officials. That isn’t our culture.”[23]

Yesterday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke in similar terms, declaring, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Trump, like Coulter, assumes there must be “some” good Mexicans.

Quick to demonize and dehumanize, Coulter actually refers to Mexicans as roaches,[24] and she derides “millions of welfare-receiving, assistance-needing peasants” from “peasant cultures” whose “parents were utter peasants,” [25] “from the most primitive peasant societies.”[26]

Race remains a crucial element in Coulter’s formulation:

“The only problem with the fact that [recent immigrants] are brown – well, you’re saying they’re brown, I’m saying they’re peasants – is that they’re piggy-backing on the black experience, and saying ‘that’s racist’ if you tell them to do things our way, and ‘you can just assimilate to us,’ not the other way around.”[27]

She reiterates her complaint in another interview: “This is the problem with taking in poor people who are brown: We’re allowed to criticize German immigrants. If they did the things our current, our recent immigrants are doing, we’d notice it, we’d point it out and complain.”[28]

Coulter is absolutely correct that America is being invaded by immigrants (legal and illegal) who are changing America, politically, culturally, and economically. However, in her latest book, Coulter gets some of her “facts” mixed up and uses exaggeration and polemical hyperbole which are counterproductive and actually detract from her message.

Coulter’s elitist use of “peasant” and similar terms in every interview, and her derogatory insults diminish her message and tarnish her credibility. Promoting racial politics conjures up visions of the Know Nothing Party, America Firsters who represented the xenophobes of their era.

WASP Culture

Coulter insists, “American culture is WASP culture.”[29] But for Coulter, the most important component of that acronym is the beginning: White.

Her emphasis, notwithstanding her protestations to the contrary, are on race:

“It’s a monochromatic WASP country that other ethnicities have come to and for the first 400 years of its existence, (as a colony and then as a country) the ‘wildly diverse’ immigrants were other white western Europeans. That was the extent of the diversity.”[30]

So, when Coulter speaks of culture, she really does mean race.

In reminiscing about her childhood, Coulter revealed, “When I was a kid, all the yardwork was done by especially handsome college students and they made a lot of money in the summer. And they were tan and gorgeous – and now you cannot find a gardener who isn’t a small undefinable brown person.”[31]

A “small undefinable brown person?”

Ann Coulter’s America is exceedingly small and insular. Coulter crows, “It used to be more diverse, admittedly from white, Western European countries, mostly. But I consider, you know, the Scotch, the Irish, the English – I think that’s enough diversity. That really mixes it up for me.”

Truly delusional,[32] Coulter brags, “I am the one who is defending Hispanic immigrants and blacks.”[33]

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[2]               See “Adios, Ann: Fear Mexicans, Not Jihadists” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6A.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs Tonight, FBN, 6/12/15.

[4]               Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[5]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

[6]               Ann Coulter, Heritage Foundation, 7/11/14.

[7]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[8]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[9]               Ann Coulter, USC, 11/10/13.

[10]             Ann Coulter, The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch, CNBC, 10/8/07.

[11]             See “Ann Coulter Auditions for U.N. Ambassador” at http://t.co/R7IDzwnUJ8.

[12]             See “Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois” at http://t.co/uy7FDPu79v.

[13]             See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[14]             Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 8/23/96.

[15]             Ann Coulter, Oregon State University, 11/19/01.

[16]             Ann Coulter, “The Color of Demagogy,” 1/16/02.

[17]             See Chapter 1: “The Seduction of Ann Coulter,” The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf; Chapter 1: “Roots: Ann Coulter’s Christian Heritage,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf; and Chapter 1: “Rising Crème: Narcissism – A Primer,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[19]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[20]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[21]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[22]             Ann Coulter, Boston Herald Drive, 6/4/15.

[23]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

[24]             Ann Coulter, “Bush’s America: Roach Motel,” 6/6/07

[25]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

[26]             Ann Coulter, Boston Herald Drive, 6/4/15.

[27]             Ann Coulter, quoted by Lloyd Grove, “Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America,’” Daily Beast, 5/26/15.

[28]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[29]             Ibid.

[30]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[31]             Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[32]             See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[33]             Ann Coulter, speech, 6/15/15.

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