The lack of WASP advocates online

It would seem that there are enough Americans of English, or predominantly English, descent that there should be more blogs and websites which advocate for the English-descended American. But I’ve found few in my travels around the Internet. And on the many blogs I regularly read, (including comments, of course) there are precious few people who seem to care to speak up for Anglo-Saxon Americans as the latter are being criticized and raked over the coals for their/our supposed failings.

Why is that? The obvious explanation would be that most Anglo-Saxon descended Americans are so demoralized that they believe their own bad press. Many have absorbed all the negative stereotypes and respond by self-deprecation and self-abnegating ‘humor.’

I have come across a few blogs, including one Tumblr blog, which seems to be a compendium of stereotypes about New England Brahmin WASPs. The point of view is that being a ‘WASP’ amounts to wearing certain brand names of clothing (all high-end preppy stuff), playing polo, and what used to be called ‘gracious living.’ All superficial, all about image above substance. I’ve seen other blogs supposedly about WASPs with a similar theme. They have a kind of cookie-cutter quality to the content, as if there is not a real human being behind them.

That’s the stereotype they present, but there is certainly far more to being a ‘WASP’ than that. As I am constantly laboring to point out, WASPs are not necessarily upper-class, moneyed, and at the top of the heap in society. There are a great many more people who are of Anglo-Saxon descent who are ordinary people, not privileged, not snobs and spoiled society types. And can we please dispense with the idea that WASPs only inhabit New England, when it’s been pointed out that New England is not majority English by descent, except perhaps in rural areas?  I’ve cited data here and elsewhere in comment sections that English-descended Americans are a decided minority in most parts of New England, and have been for some time, since the mass immigration began in the early- to mid-1800s.

Anglo-Americans live in all parts of the United States. Boston has long since ceased to be ‘WASP central’. The Brahmins of fable are no longer the influential group they were long ago.

Note: Speaking of the lack of voices speaking for WASPs online, this came up in a comment thread at Steve Sailer’s blog, here. The whole thread is worth reading. I left a comment there in a reply to FKA Max, including the link to this blog, but it remains to be seen whether my comment will be approved.

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