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Thread #121472 Message #2660541
Posted By: Stringsinger
19-Jun-09 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: Folk Against Fascism
Subject: RE: Folk Against Fascism
There is some good news here. The BNP crap has been tried before, here in the States by none other than that old corporate fascist, Henry Ford. He was a devotee of what he considered to be "American" and presented performances by various people from different countries wearing their native outfits to be run through a special stage machine that wiped out all traces of ethnicity and made them "truly amurican". He was also a devotee of country dance, (English also) and collected fiddlers and their repertoire. He tried to interest his followers in this "wholesome" pursuit as an antidote to their "furrin'" habits. It didn't and couldn't work.
Stirring up hatred for immigrants is a cyclical pastime. It never lasts over the long haul.
We have our spate of crazies here in the States that are reaching the media but although
they are considered "newsworthy" most Americans are disgusted with this xenophobia.
At one point in time, there was a bill to establish the "Square Dance" as the national one of America. Thanks to the lucid and informed understanding of Bess Lomax Hawes, this
ridiculous idea was abandoned.
My point: The more in depth we know of a culture, and the more information disseminated about it, the less it can be appropriated by racists or xenophobes with
Let's know more about English traditional culture and let it enlighten the way and turn the rock over to reveal the roaches.