Regarding John Derbyshire’s response to my recent post on the increasing ghettoization of Christianity, one might add that this ghettoization goes beyond Christianity. One could give many examples, but I’ll limit it to a few.
Children’s entertainment: One of the most popular children’s shows in the USA right now is Dora the Explorer, some low-brow mestizo form of entertainment that teaches kids Spanglish and was dreamed up by Latino-savvy consultants. We’ve come a long way from D’Aulaires, Sutcliff, and Marshall in a short span of time.
Perhaps even worse is the degradation of Thomas the Train, which was once a rather innocuous British book series turned television series that taught lessons such as not to lose your temper. In recent years, however, the Thomas the Train television show has been completely Americanized, which of course means ghettoized, replete with tribal African rhythms:
For adult examples of ghettoization, just watch NFL football, which has turned into a showcase for black thugs.
And then there’s the exporting of America’s ghetto culture.
In particular, I think of the 2005 riots in France, where many of the African rioters were wearing American ghetto clothing (e.g. NY Yankees hats on sideways, etc.) and flashing gang signs at the cameras.
Has America reached rock bottom?
Perhaps we’re reaching the terminal stages of what Alexis de Tocqueville labeled the “tyranny of mediocrity,” where this final stage of American depravity culminates in what Elizabeth Wright more recently called the “negrophilia” of American entertainment.
Of course, this isn’t meant take away from the ghettoization of Christianity, which is a more global phenomenon — occurring not only in the USA but also in Africa and Latin America. The empowered wretched of the Earth are coming home to roost.