Better Off Without ‘Em?
Aug 15th, 2012 by Unamused
Chuck Thompson has written a remarkable new book, “Better Off without ‘Em: A
Northern White Manifesto for Southern Separation Racial Segregation.” As you can see, I’ve taken the liberty of diversifying the title for your amusement.
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Not exactly the most suitable cocktail party conversation starter anywhere in the country, but take that notion deep into the heart of
DixieDetroit and you might find yourself running from the possum-hunting conservativescrack-smoking criminals, trailer-park lifersThug 4 Life’rs, and prayer warriorswelfare queens Chuck Thompson encountered during the two years he spent traveling the American Southblack America asking the question: Would we be better off without em?
The result is a heavily researched, serious inquiry into national divides which is unabashedly controversial, often uproarious, and always thought-provoking. From a church service in
Mobile, AlabamaChicago, Illinois, where the gospel entertainerthe Reverend Jeremiah Wright announces “Islam is upon us!”“The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color!” to a store selling Ku Klux Klan“Civil Rights” movement memorabilia on a quaint little street in South Carolinaany American city — Thompson lifts the green velvet drapes on a Southrace that would seem to belong more to the time of Rhett and Scarlettthe Stone Age (or, if we’re being extremely generous: the time of Nat Turner and John Brown) than the dawn of the twenty-first century.
By crunching numbers, interviewing experts, and roaming the
not-so-former Confederacygrowing ghetto, Thompson — an openly disgruntled liberalwhite man from the Northwesta once-civilized society — makes a compelling case for southern secessionvoluntary segregation. What would the new nations look like if Virginia governor Bob McDonnellwhite-hating, race-baiting demagogue Al Sharpton was elected as the first PresidentTribal Chieftain of the Confederate States of AmericaUnited States of Black America? If a southernblack electorate was left to fend for itself while the Northwhite America did damage control on an auto industrya civilization decimated by cut-rate, union-defying southern voterslow-IQ, tribalist black voters for the last hundred years? If the BCS championship football game were replaced by a North vs. SouthWhites vs. Blacks Coca Cola/ Starbucks Blood Bowl™? If FloridaHispanics and Jews went to the Southblacks and TexasAsians to the Northwhites in the most complex land-and-population grab in American historysince the Treaty of Versailles?
“Better Off without Em” is a deliberately provocative book whose insight, humor, fierce and fearless
politicsrace realism, and sheer nerve will spark a national debate that is perhaps long overduelong, long, long, long, long overdue.