Tomatoes love bullshit. That’s why when I plant my garden at the bottom of every hole I put a couple shovelfuls of steer manure. The past couple of days I have been shoveling a lot of steer manure. Maybe that’s why I recognized the aroma so quickly. This is fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.
A handful of self-proclaimed white nationalists interrupted an appearance by an author at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Northwest Washington on Saturday afternoon, chanted “This land is our land” and then exited to a chorus of loud boos.
The men walked in as author Jonathan M. Metzl, a psychiatrist and director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, was discussing his new book, “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.”
Metzl’s book explores how some lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who promise to improve their lives but who promote policies that place white Americans at greater risk of illness and death. His research found that people in states that rejected Medicaid expansion and blocked the full Affordable Care Act lived shorter lives and states that made it easier to buy guns saw hundreds more firearm deaths.
About 10 white male protesters walked into Politics and Prose shortly after Metzl began his talk at 3:30 p.m., videos posted on Twitter show. They gathered in front of Metzl, and an unidentified man with an electric megaphone declared, “You would have the white working class trade their homeland for handouts.”
The crowd began booing, and the man continued talking. Eventually, the group left the store.
Amid the booing, the man added, “But we, as nationalists and identitarians, can offer the workers of this country a homeland, their birthright, in addition to health care, good jobs and so forth.” The booing got louder. He then started the chant of “This land is our land,” and the men walked back out.
No one was hurt, and no damage was done to the store, said co-owner Bradley Graham. “The audience was not particularly receptive,” Graham said. “We just let them have their say, expecting they would leave, and they did.” It doesn’t often happen here. It’s a sign of the times.”
Politics and Prose is a bookstore in the Washington DC neighborhood of Chevy Chase in the northwest part of the city. The bookstore calls itself independent, but good luck finding anything by Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh on their shelves.
For those of you who don’t know Washington DC (like me), Chevy Chase is an “affluent” neighborhood that borders Chevy Chase, Maryland. Politically it leans so far left that it is laying on its side. In other words, it ain’t the kind of trailer park where you might expect to run into a few white supremacists.
The whole interaction did not last for more than five minutes said filmmaker Catherine Wigginton, who said she stepped into the store after seeing the men approaching from along Connecticut Avenue.
“As I was standing outside I saw them march up,” Wigginton told News4. “The whole thing was very fast.”
She had been in the area as part of the same conference that brought Metzl to Politics and Prose, the Antiracist Book Festival at American University, where she was promoting her film “I’m not Racist…Am I?”
Uh huh. Sure, sweetie. If you say so. Were the wearing red MAGA hats and waving nooses while chanting “This is MAGA country!” too?
The book “Dying of Whiteness” was released in early March. Nobody noticed. Amazon has it ranked #898 in books. I haven’t read it (and won’t, unless someone pays me to read it) but at a glance, it’s the usual Leftist tripe about white people in flyover country.
Why do many working-class white Americans support politicians whose policies are literally killing them?
This is the question sociologist and psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl tries to answer in his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. The book is a serious look at how cultural attitudes associated with “whiteness” encourage white people to adopt political views — like opposition to gun laws or the Affordable Care Act — that undercut their own health.
The book is not about racism at the individual level, though you can certainly read that into it. For Metzl, the key question is how did a politics of racial resentment become so powerful that it overwhelmed even the basic instinct for self-preservation? To get answers, he spent years talking to voters in Southern and Midwestern states, asking them to explain their political choices. The answers aren’t terribly satisfying, but they are instructive.
So the author holds a promotional appearance at a liberal bookstore to talk about Nazis and lo and behold, some real Nazis show up! And they are filmed (while behaving like Leftists) by someone whose Twitter bio states she is a “Writer & doc filmmaker.” And then they walk out and vanish into the ether.
I call “BULLSHIT!”
Even Jussie Smollett is shaking his head and going, “Dude, this story smells fishy as hell.”
Below is a clip of the author discussing his book.