Abolishing America (contd.): What Gilmore`s Latest Grovel Means About The “European-American” Place In The Multicultural New Order

Gilmore
Surrenders Over Confederate History Month…

In a rare fit of courage,
Virginia Gov. James
Gilmore
last week put his name to a proclamation
declaring May to be “European-American Heritage
Month,” but alas, the fit did not endure. [VDARE
note: the Proclamation has now vanished from the
gubernatorial
website,
although Virginia Beer Month and
white
canes – for
the blind – are still honored.
]
By
the following morning, the governor`s aides had
discovered that the request for the proclamation
came from what the press called a “white
separatist group”
led by former Ku Klux
Klansman David Duke. The proclamation was quickly rescinded,
and the aides insisted (Washington
Post,
May 11) that actually, the governor had
never really signed it anyway, you see, because it
was really signed by an electronic pen, so it was
really all the fault of the pen, you know, and the
governor had nothing to do with it.

What a relief. For a moment we
were led to believe the governor might be in cahoots
with the Klan and assorted extremists of one kind or
another, but even the state leader of the NAACP
has expressed forgiveness. “I think it was probably
an honest mistake,” says leader, who calls himself
King Salim Khalfani (no extremist he). Every now and
then these dim-bulb European-American types step out
of line, you know, and it`s lucky they have King
Salim to set them back on the straight and narrow,
where European-American Heritage can be kept in its
proper place, which is nowhere.

I myself have mixed
feelings

about “European-American Heritage Month,” but the
recent episode with the governor has helped sort them
out a bit. Dedicating a month to
“European-Americans,” also known as “white
people,” may seem entirely proper these days, when
whites or Euros or whatever you want to call them are
routinely vilified as nothing more than a gang of pirates,
bigots, and woman-beaters. Maybe letting the dwindling horde of Euros have
their own month would be nice, affording them a chance
for once to tell us something good about themselves
and making them feel a little better about losing
their country.

Then again, losing their country
is exactly what European-American Heritage Month is
about. Gov. Gilmore`s short-lived proclamation noted
the “significant contributions” that
“European-Americans” have made “in the fields of
medicine, science, engineering, technology, business,
law, and government.” That sounds swell—except it
leaves out a few other significant contributions such
as discovering North and South America, conquering and
settling them, and creating a new civilization and new
nations and governments on and in them.

European-Americans,
that is, didn`t make “significant contributions”
in various “fields.” They invented the fields
themselves, and they created
the country
in which the fields flourished. The
problem with European-American Heritage Month is that
it demotes and distorts the paramount role of
European-Americans in creating American civilization
to a role as being merely one more color in the
multi-ethnic and multicultural rainbow from which the
new mythology purports that American civilization
derived. Multiculturalists ought to welcome
European-American Heritage Month precisely because it
obliges European-Americans to deny the whole of their
real heritage.

What,
then, does it tell us when the governor of Virginia
denies even the diminished role that European-American
Heritage Month recognized? It tells us that virtually
every other group—blacks, women, homosexuals,
as well as an endless
parade
of ethnicities of one hue or another—can
have its role in contributing to American history,
civilization and government recognized by an official
proclamation, but European-Americans can`t. It tells
us that European-American heritage, so far from being
duly commemorated as a legitimate part of the
multicultural mosaic, will be eliminated
completely—the cultural equivalent of genocide.

The governor (or his aides or
maybe the electronic pen) will reply that it wasn`t
the concept of European-American Heritage Month that
they rejected but the group pushing for it. But what
kind of group do they think is likely to push for
European-American Heritage Month, and how do they
think any group that does push for recognition of
European-Americans and their heritage will be
portrayed by the press? In the narrow
vocabulary
that prevails in public discourse
today, any organization that champions the rights,
identity, or heritage of “European-Americans” (let
alone “whites”) will be denounced as “racist,”
“white supremacist,” “white separatist,” or
“extremist.” The permitted vocabulary contains no
other terms to describe such groups or their beliefs.

In fact, European-Americans
concerned about their future as well as their heritage
ought to be grateful for Gov. Gilmore`s
speedy act of cowardice in rescinding his own
proclamation. What the governor`s action reveals is
that all the cant about European-Americans having
their own legitimate and acknowledged place in the
multicultural spectrum of the future is so much
fertilizer, that European-American heritage has no
more place in a multicultural future than the
shrinking number of European-Americans themselves.

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May 21,
2001