Dirty Book

Oprah Winfrey “picked” a book called American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Her virtual book club fell in line, couldnt wait to  get it, slavered over the advance blurbs.
I haven’t read it. This post is about the “American Dirt  controversy”.
The book is about a Mexican woman who flees over our border with her kid after a cartel kills her husband.   The title, and Winfrey’s endorsement, lead me to believe that her experiences in El Norte  maybe aren’t all she hoped, but I dk;  the controversy isn’t about that, it’s about the fact that Cummins, who initially admitted to being white,  dared to write about Mexico and aBout a Mexican woman.
For a white person  to notice that Mexican cartels kill people is apparently the first outrage.
Although: how else establish the mis en scène?   I mean if the heroine had a happy, peaceful life in Mexico, why would she risk the arduous illegal border crossing, the barbed wire which, if you look closely, you can see adorns the very pretty bright blue and white cover of the book?

Along these same lines, I read that it is okay for women seeking asylum to claim that all  women, per se, are a “persecuted group” in Mexico and Central America!  Because that’s s’posed  to be the criterion to claim asylum, and it’s the only way a woman can get in if what she’s  really fleeing is domestic abuse by one man.

So, um , all Mexican and Central American men are abusers?  Y’mean, like,rapists?  We don’t have to speculate about what happens if a white person postulates that about even a tiny portion of the Mexican population….

To the Left, all other countries are superior to ours, which doesn’t really even deserve to exist: “No border! No wall! No USA at all!” So, contrary to the old cliché about illegal immigrants seeking “a better life” here, I reckon the only acceptable way to explain their desperate clandestine sneaking across our border would be that they selflessly want to  import, to us wretched American citizens,  the vastly superior,  “good“  lives they had in the shi—uh, shining cities—they came from.

At least, that would be the only acceptable way for a white author to  handle the issue.

Ms. Cummins revealed, after the flak began flying,  that she has a Puerto Rican grandparent.  This was received by the woke as BOTH an attempt to brag about a not-good-enough “Latinx “ connection (I mean Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1917! So that hardly counts) AND as proof that she was initially ashamed   of her abuel/o/a,  which despiséd connection is, she now realizes,  her only slim chance to escape universal obloquy.

Okay, I get it: no authors can ever write about any ethnic group of which they are, not only  not a member, but also  bearing the emblematic physical characteristics of the  particular ra—sorry: “non-existent social construct “ about which  they are writing.

Oh yuh, I’m woke; you can turn off the snooze alarm.

I just can’t decide whether the most socially acceptable  response would be to buy and read the book, which would make me complicit in the author’s clearly white supremacist presumption—or to boycott it, which would be to demonstrate that as a white person the subject-matter just…doesn’t..interest  me.

Right now I’m reading Italo  Calvino’s  The Cloven Viscount.  And developing a lotta fellow-feeling for the eponymous gent.

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4 thoughts on “Dirty Book”

  1. Hypatia:
    …the only acceptable way for a white author to  handle the issue.

    I don’t see how any new book can manage to be interesting at all, considering the multiple layers of screening in place at the publishing houses.  Unless it is self-published, aren’t books getting scrubbed and sanitized now?

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  2. MJBubba:

    Hypatia:
    …the only acceptable way for a white author to  handle the issue.

    I don’t see how any new book can manage to be interesting at all, considering the multiple layers of screening in place at the publishing houses.  Unless it is self-published, aren’t books getting scrubbed and sanitized now?

    Are they?  It would sure make sense.  We need an American Samizdat!

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  3. Seems the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is now scoring films on their wokeness before allowing them into Oscar competition, so naturally book publishers will steer the same direction. I think I wrote a couple years ago about the Caldecott award for excellence in children’s book illustration going to an ugly book about ‘artist’ Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose claim to fame was he produced ugly graffiti art, was Madonna’s boyfriend before she was famous, and was virulently anti-cop. The awards industry – ‘Big Awards’? –  is rife with progressives, and awards often make books & movies big money, at least for now they do.

    When some people in my town decided 3 years ago to produce ‘The Bucks County Book Festival’, with the ostensible goal of promoting reading & writing especially among children, I hoped desperately that it wasn’t actually some woke event masquerading as a literacy campaign. Wrong. This year’s ‘featured speaker,’ about whom the bookstore staffs have a thrill going up their collective legs, is Ibram Kendi, talking about his book “How to Be Anti-Racist.”

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