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America's browning stirs fear

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Recollect the sixth century when Irish monk Saint Brendan sailed to North America. Then reminisce to the Tenth Century Vikings, when Leif Erikson sailed to “Vinland” (now Newfoundland), and next to the Fifteenth Century Chinese — each staking questionable claims to having “discovered” this continent.

Now think back nearly half-a-millennium. The “red” man inhabited the continent, later to be labeled America. In the late 16th Century a “white man” encroachment began. “White” is defined as: “… descendants from any of the white racial groups of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”

Those “whites” transported deadly diseases, new religions, strange laws and unfamiliar customs … overwhelming the “red” man and nearly extinguishing his way of life over five centuries.

Certainly, as a race, these aboriginals rebelled and fought valiantly for 500 years to hold on to their dignity and identity — only to be told by the “white” Anglo-Saxon Protestant: keep your place. America is no longer your land or legacy. We, the “white” man, have conquered you. Live on the reservations we have assigned you and do not interrupt the dominance of our “white,” superior society.

Lest you don’t grasp where this piece is headed, let me express my thesis. To align with erstwhile “color coding” in America: the “graying” of America, the “greening” of America — we’re morphing, precipitously, into the “browning” of America, where “whites” are feeling the point of the shift. And it ain’t comfortable.

Let’s grow up and not shout racist comments or immature remarks about xenophobia and call the cards as they lie: America is changing essentially and radically. The power and influence of the “white” man is diminishing. And he “don’t” like it. He doesn’t want to be shoved, figuratively, onto the reservation and follow the flow of a “browning” culture with different attitudes and mores.

John R. Cleary

Winterville

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