Skip to comments.New frontiers in hypersensitivity:State Department officer says‘holding down the fort’is racist
Posted on 08/31/2012 10:45:44 AM PDT by massmike
John M. Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State, wants Americas diplomats to know that common phrases and idioms like holding down the fort are, in fact, deeply racist.
Robinson, who also serves as director of the Departments Office of Civil Rights, used his Diversity Notes feature in the July/August issue of the official State Magazine to examine the hateful roots of everyday sayings. In one recent public relations kerfuffle at Nike, Inc., he wrote, the company torpedoed a sneaker called the Black and Tan.
What a wonderful celebratory gesture and appreciation for Irish culture. Not! wrote Robinson, an adult.
Robinson notes that Black and Tan, in addition to being an enjoyably robust alcoholic concoction, can refer to the brutal Protestant militiamen who ravaged the Irish countryside in the early 20th century which is why Irish bartenders always get so upset when you order one.
In an effort to avoid offending those notoriously fragile Irish sensibilities, Nike pulled the shoe from stores.
Robinson would like us all to learn from the sneaker companys inadvertent racism and really start watching what we say. For example, did you know going Dutch is a reference to Netherlanders apparently well-known parsimoniousness, and that your widowed neighbor, sweet old Mrs. Rasmussen, cries every time she hears you use it?
And did you know using the phrase holding down the fort is the linguistic equivalent of scalping a Cherokee? According to Robinson, the phrase dates back to American soldiers on the western frontier who wanted to hold down all that land they stole.
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He’s wrong, wrong, wrong. And FOX just ran with it like the analysis was legitimate.
To this perverted Obama State Dept.,
the ONLY thing acceptable is
the crucifixion of innocent Egyptian Christians,
the rocket murders of innocent Israeli children,
and the beheading of innocent Americans.
Then they bow and pray to their idol of Arafat,
the murderer of a helpless handicapped American.
How about “stick your PC BS where the sun don’t shine”
Mitt first act as President ==> get rid of this nitwit John M. Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State
Black and Tan is also a breed of Coondogs.
According to Pissy Matthews it is a racist dog...
John M. Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State
Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard the phrase “beclowning themselves.”
Now, it comes to mind on a daily basis.
The first Black and Tan that I ever had was at an Irish bar--and it was the bartender who suggested it. If I remember correctly, it was made from Guinness mixed with Harp lager.
“Chief Diversity Officer” must be newspeak for “Political Officer” the Soviets had.
Yes, yes, and yes again.
It’s getting more and more often that I have to check and see if this crap is satire.
Ho, my comrades! see the signal waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.
"Hold the fort, for I am coming," Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, "By Thy grace we will."
See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!
See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow!
In our leaders name we triumph over evry foe.
Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!
"Hold the fort, for I am coming," Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, "By Thy grace we will.
Bring back the spoils system!
Coondogs are racist dogs.
Coons Rd. was a street running through the campus of Occidental college that was named in honor of Arthur Gardiner Coons, an influential president of the college. However, last year, some "activists" complained that "Coons Rd." was racist. The administration caved in, and the name was changed to "AGC Rd.," after Coons' initials.
For a totalitarian state to be really successful and permanent, the language itself must be controlled so that certain thoughts are literally unthinkable, because the citizen will not have the words to express the concepts the State does not like.
Certain words can simply be eliminated from schools and media, or, the definition of a word can be changed through schools and common use by media outlets.
I can see these tactics being used daily in the progressive’s panic to control this election. There are now literally scores of words that are thoughtcrime to use because they are “racist”.
Let me guess. This guy is from Chicago with connections to Valerie Jarrett?
According to Alan Colmes (FOXNEWS 1:20 CDT), ‘watermelon’ is a racist term, too.
Eliminate the Office of Human Rights. Obviously, these over-paid paper-shufflers don’t have enough to do if they are analyzing idioms for racist content. Sheesh....talk about searching for victims under every bush......
Late 19th century it was also applied to a mix of dark beer and pale ale.
As a natural development the term was applied to the Royal Irish Constabulary Auxiluary when it was formed in 1920, for the obvious reason.
Then Ben and Jerry thought the Irish association would be a a good peg to hang a special St Paddy's Day ice cream on. Ah, "Progressives" heart in the right place, left of centre, but terminally ignorant.
Probably can’t fire him, but he could eliminate all Diversity positions throughout the Federal Government, then eliminate enough positions in general so that people were forced to find other work rather than waiting for the Civil Service jobs to open up. Of course, I could see the same stuff coming out of a State Department Chief Protocol Officer.
The Battle of Allatoona Pass
October 5, 1864
Sherman, who during the fighting had signaled “Hold the fort,
for we are coming.” had done so as a ruse. No men leave his stronghold
at Kennesaw Mountain during the battle.
“It is just as big a thing to take offense as it is to give it”
George Orwell clearly saw this too.
This is an example of “folk etymology,” where some person or group comes up with a logical-sounding supposed origin for a word or phrase and tries to convince others the phrase shouldn’t be used because of its original meaning.
The article references the notion that “rule of thumb” refers to the size stick a man can use to beat his wife. Not. It goes back many centuries and refers, fairly obviously, to a craftsman using his thumb or another body part as a rule(r) to get consistent sizing.
Another example popped up recently where homos claim the term “faggot,” with its dual meaning as a stick of wood and a gay person, originates from the long history of burning gay men to death, as in “throw another faggot on the fire.” Unfortunately for this neat theory, faggot for stick goes back many centuries, while as a term for gay men it didn’t show up till the 20th century, when not many gays were being burned in England or USA. Also homosexuals were seldom burned. We hung ‘em.
Mr. Robinson comes up with a variant of “fake but accurate,” in which he agrees these terms may not actually have these origins, but we should be careful not to use them anyway.
Which sounds pretty niggardly to me.
(not that there is anything wrong with being fat)
Near Charlotte, NC there is a lake called Lake Norman. It was named after Norman Cox. They decided to name the lake, Lake Norman. LOL