WASP problem

WASP problem

The above was found on a Tumblr blog, though I can’t cite the exact source. I saved it  for my own files a while back,  just because it was so true.

Some years ago on my other blog I was haughtily informed by a commenter who said she was in Europe — Italy, I think — that Americans in general had ‘no race and no culture.’ In a sense that is true now, because the very meaning of the name ”American” has been purposely stripped of all meaning, and our culture has been so muddled by ”multiculturalism” and the forced, artificial introduction of alien ways and customs that it really has very little content anymore.

But despite that sad fact, it is not true that English-descended Americans or ‘WASPs’, which term I don’t really like, have no culture or traditions. Everything that used to be considered quintessentially American was for the most part based in the original culture of the colonists — who were English. Our culinary customs, our language, our childhood games and nursery rhymes, the old-time dances and ‘traditional’ songs, most had roots in England, or to a lesser extent, in Scotland.

For instance, my mother, who had New England colonial roots, always cooked roast beef dinners on Sundays. The games she taught us when we were children were games that have a long tradition in England: ”I spy with my little eye…” or ”Heavy, heavy hangs over thy head”. And with my Southron family, a lot of their idioms and quaint phrases — so often ridiculed by Northerners who thought them to be just ignorance, did in fact come from various English dialects. Maybe that will be the subject of a future post or two, as I especially love language in general, and our English language particularly.

I do mean to make a case that we do have a particular culture and a set of traditions here and that it’s part of a concerted propaganda effort to make Anglo-Saxon Americans feel alienated and to believe there is no Anglo-American culture.

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One thought on “WASP problem

  1. oldatlantic

    Having lived in Northern cities, I have experienced the attitude you describe VA. Sometimes the animosity is clear, particularly from a certain group.

    One quirk I have noticed in my family, who have English roots, is a tendency to mis-interpret on purpose. It is often the subject of droll humor in English comedy. This is not exclusively English, but I seem to notice it more in us. Perhaps this tendency is part of our problem.

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