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Friday, January 16, 2004
Thanks to our usual anonymous source, we have the newest Klosterman piece, entitled "What Warren Sapp, Daryl Hannah, and Dave Eggers Have in Common, Or, What's With All the Freakin' Pirates?"
I'm kind of disappointed with Chuck for his borderline racist, and certainly bigoted, take on pirate culture and pirate heritage. As you may know, I am of buccaneer stock myself, and I find that I have to be constantly vigilant against hate speech directed at my culture. Klosterman's depiction of my people as violent and inhuman is typical. You'd think by now enlightened people would have had enough schooling to realize that history is written by the victors, and you can never trust what those victors say of the conquered. Buccaneers were a vital indigenous culture all but totally genocided by imperialist Western powers, simply because they were an irritating disruption to their exploitative raiding of the New World, a revolutionary monkey wrench in their capitalist machine. You'd think guys like Klosterman would want to celebrate that, but no: over and over again, they defame and demean my culture and my heritage as somehow "lower" than the supposedly enlightened modern-day American empire. I'm sure I don't need to tell you, dear readers, how much of a laugh that is.