Carlin Romano: racist
Posted to www.marxmail.org on February 23, 2006
Each day I take a look at Denis Dutton's "Arts and Letters Daily" to keep up to date with what's on the front burner of an important segment of the conservative movement, although one that does not enjoy as high a profile as Fox News, David Horowitz's Frontpage, etc.
Dutton is a fellow traveler of Frank Furedi's
libertarian sect in
Dutton, a smooth operator, sold his website to the Chronicle of Higher Education a few years ago for more than a million dollars reportedly. This was a time of superinflated dot.com stocks. I doubt that anybody would now pay 10 cents for this idiotic website.
Today, Dutton has a link to an article that appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Carlin Romano, their staff book reviewer who is also a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Since Romano has never struck me as a screaming lunatic in the Dutton/Furedi mold, I was curious what earned him a link in aldaily.com.
Apparently, Romano has joined the Islamophobic
current now coalescing around the Danish cartoons controversy. In an article
titled "Author sees growing Muslim enclaves hoping to rule
Bawer, according to Romano, is a gay,
neoconservative American literary critic from
This trope about Islam boring away from within is of course a throwback to the 1950s when there was a red under every bed and when films like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" played the same sort of role as the Arab-bashing "True Lies" and "Rules of Engagement" play today.
Romano writes that "Karsh and Jamieson serve up further
uncomfortable tidbits." What might be uncomfortable to Romano? Forcing
polygamy on Christians? Burning Jews at the stake? Here's what he is worried
about: "The great English historian Edward Gibbon thought Arabic might
have become the language of
Oooh, what a scary idea. Speaking Arabic! One wonders if Romano
has any idea of the manner in which the filthy Islamic hordes ruled in
British historian Stanley Lane-Pool has written:
"For nearly eight centuries, under the Mohamedan rule,
"Art, literature and science prospered as they then
prospered nowhere else in
"Mathematics, astronomy, botany, history, philosophy
and jurisprudence were to be mastered in
(Introduction to "The Moors in
According to Bawer, liberals in
Bawer asserts that the reality -
confirmed for him by the resistance of European Muslims to assimilation, and
the marked presence in their communities of honor killings, homophobia,
polygamy, marital rape, forced marriage, and intolerance of democracy and pluralism
- is that European Muslim leaders, with demographics on their side, still
harbor the millennial hope of taking power in Europe, and see the European
attitude as both weak and hostile. It is "political correctness," Bawer writes, that has "gotten
There you have it in all its glory. Naked racism vomited on the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer from the literary critic of the Chronicle of Higher Education, the preeminent trade publication of American colleges.
Images of dark-skinned men on the prowl with
"demographics on their side", who are "rapists" and who
want to take power… Where does this come from? It is basically the same sort of
filth that was found in the segregationist press during Jim Crow. Romano even
repeats the kind of rhetoric that prevented Blacks from having the vote in the