One of the most common tropes in American cultural production is that of the haunted Indian burial ground.
As early as the 18th century, one of America’s first poets, the Huguenot Philip Freneau, in his mournful and slightly spooky meditation, “The Indian Burying Ground,” crafted the image of an allegedly enlightened Westerner at an Indian graveyard meditating on the simpler and wilder lives of the Native Americans who once populated the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.
In the wake of the late 1960s cultural revolution, American horror master Stephen King modified the trope of the Indian burial ground as a gruesome memory of the carnage wrought upon the natives by the never ending stream of settlers who displaced them. In his grisly 1983 horror novel Pet Sematary (which recently has been remade into a film by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer), King depicted a small town doctor who was terrorized by spirits hidden in an Indian burial ground that had the ability to reanimate corpses.
The theme of the spirits of the indigenous peoples of North America coming back to haunt those who built the most powerful nation in the world upon their land is, in many ways, a profound evidence of the quintessentially American desire for justice, but it is also a symptom of the great Achilles heel of Westerners in general and Americans in particular: guilt.
Since the country’s inception, Americans have attempted to provide a system in which all citizens were treated fairly and were given equality of opportunity.
The failures (both real and imagined) of America to treat all of its citizens justly have been exploited and manipulated by the New Left and its even more unruly postmillennial offspring the woke Left for almost 60 years.
A case in point is failed Democratic congressional candidate Saira Rao, an Indian not from the home of bobcats and bison, but from the fabled land of tigers and elephants.
Perhaps hoping to become a member of the new, diverse face of the Democratic Party represented by the now-notorious squad, Rao, a first generation immigrant from India, ran last year against Diana DeGette, the powerful Democratic incumbent of Colorado’s 1st congressional district.
Unlike Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), however, Saira Rao did not have a recently rigged ethnic voting block to help her topple an older stalwart of the Democratic Party.
As a result, Rao was trounced by DeGette, who took nearly three quarters of the vote in the Democratic primary.
Rao was not one to bow out gracefully from the race, however. Oh, no.
Instead, the failed and humiliated candidate pulled an old trick out of the leftist play book: blame white people.
Indeed, Rao has done nothing since her loss but make crude and racist comments on Twitter about her would-be constituents, the people of Colorado, and Americans in general, but white Americans especially.
In doing so, Rao has embraced a new level of “wokeness” that supersedes even the standard angry liberal woman Twitter rant.
As a general rule, since the election of President Trump, liberal women, usually after a glass of wine or two (or, if they are especially angry and/or in the mood for a 1980’s Bartles and Jaymes throwback, a wine cooler or two), pop a Xanax, and then tweet out some wild screed about “white people.”
This racist tweet invariably will trigger a swarming of internet trolls who lob their own racist tweets at the aforementioned wine box cat lady. After another glass of wine and maybe a snarky comment making a Harry Potter reference for her cats’ (plural) amusement, she will block a number of the trolls and then unceremoniously delete the initial offensive tweet.
It must be mentioned that crying takes place at some point during this odd woke Left internet ritual.
Rao, however, has taken cat lady woke Left posting to a new level.
Virtually every day presents us with a new offering from Rao—a new tweet about her favorite ethnic group, providing what she proudly calls public service announcements or “PSAs.”
Here is a very important PSA from July 20: “White people don’t get to decide what’s racist.”
Perhaps this is one of the policies Rao would have implemented if she would have been able to make it past the Democratic primary, or perhaps she is letting off some steam.
On the other hand, many of Rao’s racist Tweets are not simply about letting off steam; she has achieved some important “firsts” in the history of the internet.
As she boasts, Saira Rao is the first person to ever call white women racist, tweeting:
White women are losing their minds over being called out for racism. It must be devastating to be seen for who you are after all these centuries.
— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) July 27, 2019
There are some days when Rao, perhaps feeling a bit puckish, likes to spice up her tweets with riddles, enigmas, and “deep thoughts.”
Some days, it is enough for Rao simply to tweet out the phrase “White People” and wait (hope?) for the trolls to arrive.
Her most curiously confusing tweet is probably this gem:
White fragility is white supremacy. White privilege is white supremacy. White feminism is white supremacy.
— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) July 31, 2019
The fact that the White House is painted white, of course, merits an all caps denunciation for her more than 20,000 followers.
In the end, Saira Rao’s racist tweets would merely be the target of humor and derision from conservatives in an earlier era.
However, as we near the 2020 election and the third decade of the 21st century, it’s quite clear that the new woke left wing of the Democratic Party, of which Saira Rao is a telling symbol, has adopted the mantra of racism and anti-Americanism as its platform.
The Democrats are no longer the party of the working class, or even of McGovern-era civil rights activism; they have allowed themselves to become the party of a new violent and cruel identity politics that has no place in the strong, peaceful, and secure America that conservatives must reforge.
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