The term ‘cultural imperialism‘ is associated with the left; whether or not it was, like word-weapons such as ‘racism’ and various other ‘isms’, coined by leftists, I don’t know. It does seem to be used almost exclusively by leftists/SJWs to describe what they consider White cultures ‘imposing themselves’ on People of Color, usually through colonization in the past, but nowadays the popular media (music and movies, primarily) spread ‘American culture’ — which is not of European/White provenance, but of black and/or Jewish origin.
Are we Americans culturally colonized, or are we the colonizers? If we are still ‘cultural imperialists’, then what about the millions of immigrants and other assorted flotsam arriving hourly on our shores? They are bringing their culture, for better or for worse, to our country, and it’s being presented to us as an ‘enriching’ and ‘vibrant’ improvement over our bland, colorless native culture.
Susan D. Harris at American Thinker writes about how the Mexican pagan holiday ‘El Dia de los Muertos’, or the Day of the Dead, is taking over Hallowe’en. I’ve noticed that for some years, and I believe I complained about it some years ago on the old blog, and I’m still complaining about it to my friends, who are now starting to notice. Susan Harris does a good job of examining this phenomenon, and she explains why, though many Christians object to Hallowe’en (yes, I do use the old-fashioned spelling) because of its pagan influences, the Day of the Dead is even more morbid in its symbolism and less Christian in its ”theology” insofar as it has a theology.
“Whatever it may have grown into, the Halloween fright night Americans came to know and love never involved anything even close to human sacrifices, or any solid belief in keeping departed souls scared off or welcoming others.”
My intention here isn’t to examine the merits or lack thereof of Hallowe’en, but to note the way in which our country is being ‘colonized’ or conquered in a cultural sense as well as in a political and demographic sense. In this case it’s the Latino influence, and the many Americans who somehow believe ‘Mexico is a Christian country’ or even ‘a Catholic country’ should be made aware of how much of heathenism still pervades Mexican and Latin American culture.
Some Americans, women especially it seems, see something like ‘The Day of the Dead’ as something cute and colorful, and many of the gewgaws and decorations are geared toward children. It’s likely that the multicultists who run the school system are pushing ‘enriching’ customs like this to the children, and the parents don’t object. I suppose anyone who did object would be regarded as a ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobe’.
Foreign immigrants have carte blanche to push their cultures in the public sphere, and White people can object — and risk being identified as a ‘hater’ because any criticism of nonwhites and their culture has to be ‘racism’.
This Mexican celebration may be ‘harmless’ as the usual ‘nice’ Whites say, but it’s just one aspect of the incursion of foreign customs — holidays, music, and food — that are now beginning to eclipse our own. European (or simply ‘White people’s) foods are being displaced from the grocery shelves to make way for various exotic products. There are quite a few people here in my area with roots in a certain Northern European country, and the two grocery stores here stopped carrying those foods to make way for an aisle full of Mexican and Asian foods. Soon our traditional foods may have to be ordered as ‘specialty foods’ online.
Trivial? Maybe, but our culture consists of many threads, and food is one important part of our way of life, and of our memories, and our sentiments. Likewise our folk-celebrations and holidays, and our Christian traditions reflect our history and help define who we are. But now? We are becoming acculturated to the ‘newcomers’ not vice versa. We are the colonized. They are the ‘cultural imperialists’ though they posture as ‘victimized, helpless’ people. We, however, are too easily imposed upon, and maybe our endless thirst for novelty and the exotic, and the cachet attached to those things, is doing us in, weakening our will to remain ‘who we are’.