Thursday, July 26, 2012

Romney and Anglo-Saxons

We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special ~ unnamed Romney adviser
I've said before, I love the way Romney and his people have at generating stupid sound bites. This one is dumb on so many levels.

It's blatantly racist, insulting every American of Latino, Asian, African, Native American, Jewish, and Slavic heritage. It's grammatically childish - you're special because you're special. And it puts the rest of the world on notice that unless your are Germanic and speak English you are unimportant.
Then there is the whole completely outdated terminology. No educated person uses "Anglo-Saxon" to describe Britons any longer. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes (everybody always forgets the Jutes) were Germanic invaders of Britannia in the fifth century AD. They were partially supplanted by Viking invaders in the ninth century and fully conquered by Normans from France in 1066.

In the 19th century the term was used in both Great Britain and the United States (and in early Mormon literature) to claim racial superiority and dominion over the dark skinned races. Mormons believe that Anglo-Saxons are a lost tribe of Israel and therefore have a special relationship with God. The term is also favored by the neo-Nazi British National Party.

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