I was reading Roland S. Martin’s lengthy condemnation of Rep. Paul Broun when I had to stop and see if what I think I just read was what I just actually read.
While explaining how awesome he was for dressing down a black audience for not recognizing all the money then President Bush had thrown at the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Martin writes:
It’s perplexing to me that folks are just unwilling to set an audience straight.
In 2008, while speaking at an election forum in Houston, a fellow speaker made a comment about the work being done by President Bush in Africa, especially as it related to malaria and HIV/AIDS. The mostly black audience of 1,000 barely responded.
I grabbed the mic and scolded them for their silence, saying it was shameful that their dislike of President Bush would allow them to not be thankful for the billions he earmarked for the Motherland to eradicate the deadly diseases. Then, and only then, did the audience begin to clap in approval.
Before go on, I want to define the term, so everyone understands what we are talking about.
Here’s what I can find:
A homeland (rel. country of origin and native land) is the concept of the place (cultural geography) to which an ethnic group holds a long history and a deep cultural association with —the country in which a particular national identity began. As a common noun, it simply connotes the country of one’s origin.
When used as a proper noun, the word, as well as its cognates in other languages (i.e. Heimatland in German) often have ethnic nationalist connotations:Fatherland, Motherland, Mother country, each having some distinct interpretation according to nationality or historical usage.
So when Martin uses “Motherland” as a proper noun, he is showing ethnic nationalist tendencies to the entire continent of Africa, claiming it as his place of origin.
Not Texas, where he was born.
Anyone else have a problem with this?
Let’s add a little perspective. On my mother’s side, I have German roots. If I were to describe Germany as “the Fatherland,” that would be as troubling.
After all, I was born in America. That is my country of origin.
Martin’s use of the term “Motherland” in its proper form shows his set of priorities. He does not see himself as an American first, nor does he see any black American as an American first. He sets them aside according to the color of their skin. Which is typical of the left.
In their eyes, we are not Americans, we are groups to be separated and treated differently, while screaming for equal treatment.
It’s sad to me that anyone in America today feels the need to categorize themselves according to the density of melanin in their skin and go so far as to reject their nation of birth because of it.
I don’t believe in ethnic nationalism. I will, however, promote cultural nationalism, “a form of nationalism in which the nation is defined by a shared (inherited) culture, as opposed to, for instance, its ethnicity or its institutions.”
In my eyes, it isn’t the ethnicity of America that makes it great, but the culture and the set of beliefs at its foundation.
Cross posted at All American Blogger.