Thursday, May 24, 2012

Remember Desi Arnaz?

Steve Sailer reminds us that "the all encompassing, prevalent, institutional, personal racism of the Anglo (non Latino white) majority" spoken of by Matthew Yglesias is "what caused the tragic lynching of Desi Arnaz in 1951 during the attempted filming of the first episode of the never-aired 'I Love Lucy' series" — The Lynching of Desi Arnaz (1917-1951). Mr. Sailer retells the ugly, but largely forgotten story:
    As fans of Noel Ignatiev no doubt recall, a mob of furious whites in the studio audience, enraged at Arnaz laying his Spanish Cuban hands on the fair Lucille Ball, spontaneously tore the bandleader limb from limb. Historians sometimes speculate that if it weren't for the virulent white prejudice against Spanish Cubans miscegenating with whites, "I Love Lucy" might even have become something of a hit.
Commenters remind us that "Lucille Ball was part Irish-so she wasn't really white" and "that Hispanics weren't invented until the Nixon Administration, so ol' Desi made it in under the wire."

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