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The Irrational Racism Of Theodore Roosevelt

Last night I wrote of a political code for racist nationalism that has been used in past Republican presidential contests, and is already being activated in the 2012 election. It’s found in the old KKK motto, One Country One Flag One Language.

kkk code one country one flag one languageIt’s not just current politicians who have spoken in code to appeal to sentiments favored by the KKK. Theodore Roosevelt used the meme of One Country One Flag One Language so habitually that he eventually began to roll the ideas out automatically without realizing the absurd inconsistency of demanding loyalty against foreigners while insisting on the use of a language of foreign origin. In 1919, when the KKK was the height of its powers, Roosevelt wrote,

“We have room but for one flag, the American flag… We have room but for one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room but for one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”

(“soul”, rather than “sole” is the spelling chosen by Roosevelt, perhaps a play on words)

How, if Theodore Roosevelt wanted to ensure that the American people had an American nationality, did he imagine that this nationality could be achieved with a European language, brought to the North American continent by an empire determined to keep North America in a mere colonial state, under European power?

Roosevelt’s blind spot for the foreign English language shows that, when bigotry is at stake, simple logic is readily abandoned.

6 thoughts on “The Irrational Racism Of Theodore Roosevelt”

  1. Tom says:

    Speaking of “irrational”, how about our proficiency in math (and science)?

    ignorant voters breeds ignorant leaders

  2. jark says:

    “Loyalty to the American people,” not “Loyalty to WHITES ONLY WHITE POWER WHITE POWER WHITE POWER.” He started out racist on a racist globe but changed his mind and defied everything about racism later in life.

    1. aidan says:

      doesnt matter if he was leading a country as a racist

  3. Joel says:

    I agree with jark. TR was originally a “Progressive” Republican who was very racist like all Progressives at the time. Margaret Sanger, Woodrow Wilson, all originally wanted to exterminate “race mongrels” and “useless eaters” as illustrated in their many publications of the “Progressive Era” that seems ignored in today’s history classes. He slowly changed to a moderate and gave up his racist ideas after he couldn’t win the votes of the conservative Republican Party

    Republicans first called themselves “conservatives” when they had created their party in 1856 on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal”. Their first national platform declared slavery was illegal “in all our National Territory” by the Founders in 1776. It took the Republican Party nearly 100’s to finally end slavery in the U.S. at gunpoint against the Democratic Party. All civil rights movements were originated with and through the Republican Party. Democrats only capitulated after they began losing influence in Washington after the GOP was able to embarrass them.

    Conservative Republicans today still adhere to the same principles the Republican Party founded itself on. Progressive Republicans and Democrats today still view every issue as a racially motivated cause, trying to pander to still racist voters. Read up on the history of Planned Parenthood and other key “Progressive Movement” institutions and you will find out our “Progressive” teachers and politicians have lied in the most disgusting ways.

  4. Mike H says:

    Joel, This is because one desires the progress “of” something. To speak in favor of progress (or, rather “Progress”), without an object or end is a thing of intellectual obscurantists and power-hungry knaves — and the credulous dupes of both.

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