I was reading a column by George Will in the Washington Post about the use of the name Redskins by the Washington NFL football team. One of his points was quite poignant to me because I plan to put out posts next week about the Boston Globe’s attack against Mayor Marty Walsh over the issue of diversity on his staff.
George Will wrote: “The federal agency [U.S. Patent and Trademark Office] acted in the absence of general or Native American revulsion about “Redskins,” and probably because of this absence. Are the Americans who are paying attention to this controversy comfortable with government saying, in effect, that if people are not offended, they should be, so government must decide what uses of language should be punished?” (my emphasis)
I’ll paraphrase Mr Will in posing my question: “Are we comfortable with the Boston Globe’s mau mauing of Mayor Walsh because there is not perfect diversity among his staff and in his hiring policies after he has been in office less than a half year and more so by it suggesting to the people who are most interested in diversity and who are not bothered by the Mayor’s efforts to date that they should be offended by them.”
I also plan to discuss the globbering of Patricia Campatelli. Her matter is the prototypical example of how the Globe performs globbering. It has been doing this for many years. Its act is like one of those old vaudeville acts performed at the Old Howard in Scollay Square. (The article about the Old Howard is delightful. It is well worth reading if the name Rose la rose means anything to you. So also is the one about Scollay Square.)
A vaudeville act is repeated over and over again with the strict sameness. After watching the act a few times repeat customers know what to expect, the jokes get stale, they tire of them and the hook comes out. The Globe’s act is a similar in one respect since it has long ago worn thin to those aware of it. Yet the hook never comes because it is not there to entertain us but to rile us up.
Unlike the vaudeville acts which were motivated by fun where no one was damaged and all knew that the offerings were put out there for everyone’s pleasure or titillation the Globe acts otherwise..
The Globe is a different sort of villain than the vaudevillian. Its act is quite serious. It is designed to filch reputations, destroy livelihoods, and sic prosecutors against a person out of favor. The articles on Campatellli will be here in Monday and Tuesday’s first edition.
The other subject relating to Mayor Walsh will be here for the afternoon edition through Wednesday and over on the Hub Gab site. It will discuss the return to the Globe of its ancient bias against an inner city Irish politician. Some suggest that bias could no longer exists because there are some Irish in somewhat prominent positions on that paper. When I hear that I recall one of the few conversations I had with my grandfather Pa Connolly.
I was going on how the WASPS were really cruel to the Irish immigrants. Having come over to the U.S. from Connemara he could speak from experience. He corrected me. He said: “the worst people to the Irish were the Irish.” In recent years that was made clear by Judge W. Arthur Garrity, a Boston Globe favorite, who had a great animus toward the Irish of South Boston. In his rashness he instituted a mindless busing system of the students of working class Boston families. The adverse effects of his rulings can still be felt 40 years later.
I’d have to suggest that the anti-Irish attitude of the Globe toward the descendants of the immigrant Irish is so much a part of its DNA that it may never be washed away. Like a hidden disease in a body, it lurks in dark corners until the right moment to come out.
Yet those Rock and Roll fans who remember the song “Henry Got Flat Feet” know that it came out in response to the song “You Gotta Dance With Me Henry” They might see some hope in that Henry has now taken over the Globe. This might be in response to that destructive DNA. Perhaps he might be able to chase out.
So as we lead up to our national holiday you may enjoy tuning in here so that you will be prepared with ammunition for the 4th of July festivities.