Ann Coulters musings about the World Cup and how soccers popularity being a sign of Americas moral decay suggests that she and I must both be from Texas of the 1900s.
The Ku Klux Klan used to march through our downtown main drag, and whos to say who was under those white hooded robes. Signs of the Old South and slavery were rampant in Texas. Hanging of blacks and Latinos often drew outrage from the safe distance of the pages in “The New York Times.”
Was it any wonder then that conformity to being white or attempting to look white, blue-eyed with blonde hair, was so rampant that it was one of the few ways to make it in the American society of that time?
Soccer balls also didnt exist in Texas unless you counted the cojones of castrated steers.
That Texas doesnt exist anymore, except in the jumbled up mindsets of a few people. So I have to wonder if Ann Coulter isnt really one of those Texans who claim to have been born in New York.
I say that because every so often she writes something that makes you wonder what reality she lives in. Obviously its not a reality, but a mistaken illusion of an America that that once excluded individual sports icons like Jackie Robinson, until he and others proved that the reality of an America that included them was far greater than one that excluded them.
For what she is only now coming to realize is that this was never an America that belonged to the Ann Coulters of the world–but only a cheap motel suite full of mirrors they rented for a while from the rest of the world.
Thats why almost everything happening in America today winds up appearing foreign to her, most recently seeing that the World Cup and soccer have elicited an exciting brand of American patriotism from all parts of our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country that has surprised many and turned television ratings and social media on their ear.
I dont know what I was more surprised by: Anns feeling that soccer signals our nations moral decay, or her utter ignorance about sports–not realizing how soccer as a team sport with individual standouts is just another of our athletic games that are part of our pop culture and not some creation from another galaxy.
How can she, as a media person, be blind to the fact that the World Cup has captured the imagination of American sportswriters and commentators, from the famous at ESPN to the obscure at the smallest weekly, in a way that perhaps happens only during footballs Super Bowl week or baseballs World Series?
And that the stories from World Cup have spanned heroic individual achievement and failure, glorious team triumphs and defeats, and celebrate international brotherhood that exceeds anything to be found even during the Olympics?
So you have to wonder if Ann Coulter wasnt just putting us all on, for as social critic Ashley Burns put it:
There is basically no way that this hilariously and pitifully ignorant screed wasnt written as parody, because it had me cracking up from her very first point about how there is no individual glory in soccer.
But sadly, I suspect Ann was sober and serious, and this anti-soccer rant was just an extension of the anti-immigrant, anti-anything (thats not of the homogeneously white, straight, or conservative positions) moat she has dug out to surround her pitiful existence.
And to that I am reminded of what a dear teacher in Texas once told me about dealing with racism and xenophobia:
There is nothing wrong with America that cant be corrected with another generation or two of obituaries about people such as Ann Coulter.