Wait! Yes, you! Were you about to go buy some stamps? Be careful! According to the American Thinker, American stamps are "childish, silly, and racist"! Now, does that sound like something you'd want to support? Would you want to put "blacks no one has heard of" all over your nice envelope? The Thinker, an ironic title if ever there was one, certainly would NOT. We here at Bitch are henceforth renaming the conservative think tank the American Douchebag.
Polar bears, lots of women and blacks no one has ever heard of. There's Julia de Burgos (who?), Mother Teresa (an Albanian saint), Oscar Micheaux (a black guy I never heard of), Kate Smith, Katharine Hepburn, Love, Pansies in a Basket, the Year of the Rabbit, Forever, a Navajo necklace, Anna Julia Cooper (a black woman I never heard of), Adopt a Shelter Pet, Butterfly, Tiffany lamps, Chinese bracelets, Kwanzaa, Mary Lasker (who?), Richard Wright (another black guy), playing cards, balloons, daisies, cherries, all the NFL Teams, Hollywood personalities, the Simpsons, and don't forget...you guessed it...the all-important-never-thing-that-one-cannot-know-too-much-about...wait for it... Negro Baseball Leagues.
Okay. Do some deep breathing exercises, and when you get back we'll talk about this.
Ready? Me neither. But here goes. Let's start with the "blacks no one has heard of" business. Lumped right in there with the women folk and the polar bears. UGH, ENOUGH with drowning polar bears, amiright? (It actually hurts my brain to try and see from this douchebag's point of view, so that can't happen anymore.) Fraser does not know ANY of the African Americans currently on stamps, despite, for example, Anna Cooper being perhaps the most prominent black scholar in American history, and Richard Wright being a critical voice in American literature who also, I don't know, won the Guggenheim Prize in fiction. But it strikes me that Alan Fraser probably has not checked out Native Son from the library quite yet.
I wish I could tell you that Fraser is a fringe conspiracy theorist writing for a radically racist, ignorant organization (well, okay. He is, they are), but the Thinker actually has a great deal of influence in conservative media circles. Limbaugh quotes them regularly and considers them "one of [his] favorite and most thoughtful blogs." A quick side note: Does anyone ELSE believe that Limbaugh would burst into flames if we as a country just IGNORED him for awhile? Seriously. I'm not linking you to his page in part because I can't stand that his name still comes up as someone people listen to. But they do, and he listens to the Thinker. The happy ending to this week's decree is that it's easy to take action against the Thinker. Contact them on their website and let them know racist, misogynistic language will not be tolerated. Or better yet, write them some letters. And put that cannot-know-too-much-about Negro Baseball League stamp on the envelope. Alan Fraser and the American Thinker, you are in a douche-y league of your own.