Uncles, Fruits, and Nuts
A look at some American slurs

Senator Ted Cruz: ‘as American as apple pie,’ ‘as Texan as a steak’ (AP/Molly Riley)


There is one fruit that is neither racial nor ethnic but political and ideological: “watermelons.” These are certain environmentalists who are “green on the outside, red on the inside.” In my view, a political term of this type is far different from the racial and ethnic terms — far more benign. I also believe “RINO” is different from “LINO.” More about those terms in just a second.

One of the more galling things about the racial-and-ethnic-slur business is this: Not just your own, but people outside your race or ethnicity may tar you as insufficiently loyal to your group. A few years ago, I asked Tom Sowell, “Who has treated you worse in your life? Other black people or white liberals?” He shook his head, chuckled, and said, “It’s too close to call.”

July 1, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 12

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Jay Winik reviews Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream -- And How We Can Do It Again, by Rich Lowry .
  • Charles J. Cooper reviews Saving Justice: Watergate, the Saturday Night Massacre, and Other Adventures of a Solicitor General, by Robert H. Bork.
  • Daniel Johnson reviews Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership, by Conrad Black.
  • John Avlon discusses the friendship between William F. Buckley Jr. and Murray Kempton.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The Bling Ring.
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