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The Fulford File, By James Fulford | What Are You Doing New Year's? In France, They're Burning The Place Down
In France, for Muslim immigrants, the answer is: "Setting Cars On Fire".
"Youths in depressed suburbs of French cities have been torching hundreds of vehicles on New Year's Eve and Bastille Day since the early 1990s. Police say the annual rite has turned competitive, with youths tracking the news in the first days of the New Year to see which neighborhood did the most damage.
"I have decided to put an end to the competition, the sweepstakes, and will [no] longer publish the number of burned vehicles," Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said this week, adding that publishing statistics encouraged vandalism." [France Steels Itself for Annual Muslim Car Burnings, Atlas Shrugs, December 31, 2010]
Since the number is not going to be published—not as an MSM decision to suppress it for ideological reasons, but as an official French government decision—I'll just note that last year, the number was one thousand, one hundred, and forty-seven cars, and that's just on New Year's, without even a riot happening.
There used to be a similar tradition in Detroit, but it happened around Halloween, and was called "Devil's Night." ['Devil's Night' Fires Decline By More Than Half in Detroit, New York Times, November 3, 1991]. It has calmed down slightly over the years, down to 41 fires this year, down from a high of 810. But that, of course, is not precisely the result of immigration, but of internal migration.
But with people coming from all over the world, including some very uncivilized parts of it, knows what the future holds in that regard?
While they may not be burning down the place, they're changing it.
She translates Auld Lang Syne as "old times past" and collects reactions to it from various people, but she may not get it that nostalgia for a past America is now verboten. You see, it turns out that in the past (specifically before the Immigration Act of 1965), America was much whiter. And how could anyone legitimately be nostalgic for that?
See, as a typical example, Racism, Right-Wing Rage and the Politics of White Nostalgia, by Tim Wise, dailykos.com, August 17, 2009, and Wise's more recent An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum, in which he wrote:
"[Y]our kind—mostly older white folks beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nostalgic fantasy of what America used to be like—are dying. …
"And in the pantheon of American history, old white people have pretty much always been the bad guys, the keepers of the hegemonic and reactionary flame, the folks unwilling to share the category of American with others on equal terms.
"Fine, keep it up. It doesn't matter.
"Because you're on the endangered list.
"And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving….
By then, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it."
G. Gordon Liddy is the author of When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country, which was attacked, almost automatically, with comments "along the lines of "this was a free country, yes, except for blacks, women, Latinos," etc." (You can view the actual comments here.)
The conventional wisdom about nostalgia is that it's caused by a rose-colored view of the past and the fact that we were younger then, but it really wasn't better.
But the truth is that, between demographic changes, and government interventions, it may turn out that "old times past" really were better.
But that doesn't mean that we should give up. Tim Wise's demographic projection, above, requires that there should be no change in current immigration policy, and no enforcement of immigration law. That's something that can be changed.
So sing Auld Lang Syne in the regular Scottish/American style, not the salsa version, or Trinidad and Tobago Soca version.
And remember, even if you are actually Scottish, to give to VDARE.com, so we can keep fighting in the New Year.
Previous New Year's Columns
- 12/31/00—Happy New Year* From VDARE!
- 12/31/01—Happy New Year – Unhappy Old Nation? By Sam Francis
- 12/27/02—View From Lodi, CA: A Patriot's New Year Resolution, by Joe Guzzardi
- 12/31/03—Happy New Year from VDARE.COM! by James Fulford
- 12/31/04—Happy New 2005!
- 12/31/06—The Fulford File: Happy New Year 2007! by James Fulford
- 12/31/07—The Fulford File: 2007 In Review—An Interesting Year, by James Fulford
- 12/31/08—The Fulford File: Happy New Year 2009!
- 12/31/09—The Fulford File: Happy New Year—VDARE.com's Decade In Review