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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

"Hi. My name is Russ, and I'm a WASP . . . "

Some academics from Harvard and the Universities of Virginia and Washington developed a test, the "Implicit Association Test," here, that alleges to test for one's preference for African Americans versus European Americans.  I took the test . . . (for the results of my taking the test, go to Burkean Canuck).

UPDATE:  Evidently this test was featured on, ugh, "Oprah," yesterday, with Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point) who indicated that when he took the test, he showed a "moderate preference for European American."  Gladwell retook the test, and the result was the same.  He was more than a little perturbed in that Gladwell's beloved mother is Jamaican.  Another guest who also took test who was herself an African American also got the same result on the test.  The implication drawn was that American media culture so shows a preference for "European American" that anyone in that culture will get the same result.  That they have so imbibed on the media culture that they are suffering from something like -- What? -- an addict state.

Hence, my header.

As for the commenters who have questioned my WASP credentials let me make the following observations:

  1. It's not generally an asset either to claim or to admit to being a WASP;
  2. The original sense of the acronym, WASP, was as here (in Webster's) or as Wikipedia puts it, here, (and in this instance, I think they get it right):

The original use of WASP denoted either an ethnic group, or the culture, customs, and heritage of early Western European settlers in what is today the United States. The New England Yankee elite were almost exclusively of English extraction, although some early German immigrants, largely Protestant, arrived in the Dutch colony of New Netherland.

In addition to being Protestant, WASPS are generally members of the Presbyterian, Lutheran, Congregational, Methodist, Episcopalian (that is, Anglican in other countries) and Baptist churches.

As Webster's points out, as originally intended, it was *sometimes* used disparagingly.  As to me, I assure you . . . Whether I like or not, I am a WASP from a WASP family that first took a hit on their net worth in the Depression of the 1870s.  The Depression of the 1930s left my relatives with just the farm in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. when it took out the bank my great-great grandfather founded.

And, for that other commenter, I can assure him that I may be a rare creature:  a WASP who (still) believes in Jesus.  That being the case, I have more in common on certain foundational matters with the thousands of new Canadians who likewise believe.  On this last point, I highly recommend Philip Jenkins's The Next Christendom and his later The New Faces of Christianity.

Finally, while my Catholic friends have heard me describe myself as "the last self-conscious Protestant in Canada," they also know I have "no truck or trade" with anti-Roman Catholic sentiments or actions.

And I grew up on a farm in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta . . .  :-)

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"Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for European American compared to African American."

That is my result, and it's probably accurate. I am Caucasian and I live in a Caucasian world.

This test proves nothing in my opinion other than it may confirm what we already know about human nature. That is 'likes attract'.

You thoughts?

Posted by: Yanni | 2007-06-06 5:28:52 PM

How does the test show Mr. K. is Anglo-Saxon? And why does Mr. K. use the racial, ethnic, and religious slur, WASP, showing contempt European American diversity.

For instance N. Keung at the Toronto Star writing about what used to be the Boy Scouts of Canada.

"If those pictures challenge your mental image of the Boy Scouts, nothing would make John Plumadore happier. His job with Scouts Canada, created two years ago, is to help make scouting more culturally inclusive.

While the core values haven't changed, the increasingly diverse face of scouting is part of how the organization is reinventing itself, after decades of slow decline in which the traditionally WASP organization lost its cachet — and thousands of members."

WASP values - "white, male, [and] Christian organization" are bad. Diversity is good.

Now, for example, "Scout groups (which collectively claim 27,000 members) are organized by ethnicity and religion. Broadening the notion of "Duty to God" seems to work for many faith groups who find the Scout motto fits their values.

"Their principles really struck a chord with Judaism and other religions," says Rabbi Yonah Vilenkin, who initiated Canada's 18th Jewish Scout group in February at his Tzivos Hashem Centre.

"We all believe in different gods, but the values that Scouts Canada promotes simply complement every religion," he says.

Ethnic and religious customs can be blended with even the most traditional Scout skills.

Knot-tying, for example: Vilenkin's group teaches kids to tie knots for a tallit, or prayer shawl. Planting trees may lead to a discussion about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

"The kids are learning all these things without realizing they are learning because it is so much fun," says Zieper's mother, Debi Kisluk, of Thornhill. "He goes to a public school and mixes with other kids, but it's nice for him to have a good core group of Jewish friends at the Scouts."

It's ok to be ethnocentric and exclusionary if your are a Jew, Hindu, Muslim or whatever, that's good. Howver, if you are Anglo-Saxon Protestant and exclusionary, that's very, very, very, bad.

Posted by: DJ | 2007-06-06 6:27:03 PM

I took the test and unfortunately made too many mistakes to detemine if I am a good whitey or a knuckle-dragging conservative. So, I guess I am just a dumb whitey,but I do cringe at the black crack dealers that hang around my neighbourhood a little more than the rare white one.Oh well,another "mark of colour" on my progressive report card.

Posted by: wallyj | 2007-06-06 6:53:31 PM

Both I and my wife had strong preferences for Europeans. My wife came from a small town in southern Alberta where there were no "Africans", only one Chinese and one Japanese family.

My Dad was a career military man and I never met anyone who wasn't white until I was 13 years old.

When my family moved to Calgary I met my first non-white people, among them were Black people.
As our neighbourhood was a new and fairly upscale suburb, everybody, regardless of color, was financially successful. However, the blacks, not the other non-whites, had family problems(marital) that made them stand out. The black kids also had attitude problems in school. The "African" father of the family who lived on our block was a lawyer and my mother taught the black girls to play the piano.(I don't remember if they had any talent)

So, Russ, if you're a Protestant(the 'P' in WASP) why haven't you ever spoken out against the Papacy.
That IS the definition of Protestant you know, Russ. And having a bias toward "Africans" isn't a particularly WASP characteristic. What makes you imagine you're a WASP, Russ?

Prot·es·tant [ próttəstənt ] (plural Prot·es·tants)



1. member of church rejecting papal authority: a member or adherent of any denomination of the Western Christian church that rejects papal authority and some fundamental Roman Catholic doctrines, and believes in justification by faith. The formulation of Protestants' beliefs began with the Reformation in the 16th century.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-06-06 6:55:15 PM

I ain't easy being green is passe.
It ain't easy being white is more the norm of the day.

Posted by: Yanni | 2007-06-06 7:19:41 PM

Re: latest cover of the WS. All I can say is very poor taste for a magazine aspiring to the level of Macleans. I know who reads the WS magazine by and large and you can too by reading the WS media kit. It is clearly Alberta readers by and large and I can tell you many of those readers are former Alberta Report readers.
They are going to be none to pleased to see some girls tight ass on the front cover, even if it is a cartoon character. Its just poor taste to make the point they were trying to make and people will laugh at the magazine.

Posted by: Merle | 2007-06-06 10:40:45 PM

Lighten up Merle, Albertans like a pretty butt just like any other red blooded men. As for the women folk, it will give them something to aspire to.

At least it's not a she male, or gay butt as one might more likely expect to find on McLeans cover.

Get a life.

Posted by: Yanni | 2007-06-06 11:14:58 PM


Are you one of those guys who doesn't like girls?

Posted by: set you free | 2007-06-07 8:06:18 AM

Protestant also means to profess one's faith. I would prefer "professants" although that is more meaningful in French.

Romans 10:9,10

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Man is not saved by works like many people had come to believe when Luther, using the Bible, proved that man is saved by faith.

Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2007-06-07 9:08:51 AM


NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE in their right mind would aspire to be on the same level as McLeans.

Posted by: Gerry Atric | 2007-06-07 10:06:10 AM

I endeavor to be somewhat normal and "red blooded" but I agree with Merle regarding the recent WS cover art.

The wide road of popular culture has done us no good whatsoever.

In the competition for market share, WS will win with "smart" and "sound" and "conservative" rather than "trendy" or "edgy" or "Liberal."

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-06-07 10:08:14 AM

Gerry Atric - NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE in their right mind would aspire to be on the same level as McLeans.

Wouldn't The Western Standard aspire to be on the same level as MacLeans's circulation numbers?

Posted by: Mr. Blonde | 2007-06-07 10:11:10 AM

Circulation numbers and content are two different things. Canadians in general have been exposed to the Left-Lib media exclusively for at least two generations. It's high time for periodicals like WS
to hit the market. If they're in it for the profit motive only, there's lots of better places to invest.
I'll take quality over quantity any day.

Posted by: Gerry Atric | 2007-06-07 10:23:39 AM

No book is more widely circulated than the bible, and it is read by almost no one.

One thing about the Standard, you can bet it is read from cover to cover. That means something.

The droids who skim through McLeans in the dentist's office are just bored and frightened as most skimmers of McLeans are.

The Standard is a rallying tool for the disenchanted and pissed off patriots. Yes, Canada has patriots too, and they are not found at Multi Culti picnics mixing it up with the destroyers of our great western culture. Most of our people are at work creating wealth and raising their families.

To suggest that the Standard has done a bad by putting a picture of a nice ass on the cover is so small mined and petulant that I am surprised anyone would would actually admit to being that stupid and judgmental .. 'mental' being the operative part of that word.

It may have been done to attract some of more shallow Canadian leftists to check out the mag and wise up a bit.

Sex in sales is not a new thing.

Posted by: Yanni | 2007-06-07 11:07:24 AM

Posted by: Rémi Houle | 7-Jun-07 9:08:51 AM

It's all there in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.

Something the Orthodox Church has known and practised for 2000 years.

Posted by: set you free | 2007-06-07 11:43:11 AM

The question, however, was not if Mr. K. was a WASP but how a test to determine Euro-preference defines him as a WASP and why he chose to use it in a derogatory manner, as in...Hi, I'm Russ and I'm an alcoholic...Why is he buying into the multicult/MSM desire to defame his own people, especially younger people, by using terms like WASP or whitebread as slurs?

Posted by: DJ | 2007-06-07 12:44:04 PM

maybe it's a bit of sarcasm...

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2007-06-07 10:36:34 PM

I don't think klansmen 'get' sarcasm.

Posted by: the real 'Anon' | 2007-06-08 10:28:52 AM

....or humour either. I guess the struggle for das volk makes you kind of dour.

Posted by: the real 'Anon' | 2007-06-08 10:30:00 AM

the real:

Yeah, guess the lack of humor explains quite a bit...

Posted by: Markalta | 2007-06-08 1:50:32 PM

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