Charles P. Pierce’s already obnoxious “36 Reasons it’s (Still) Good to be an American Man” slide show for Esquire (Steak! Highways! Football! The word “self-evident”! These things are for men!) crosses the line into offensive territory by listing George Wallace as reason #34. Wallace, if you’ll recall, was the Alabama governor and presidential candidate in the 1960s best known for being pro-segregation. USA! USA! Wait—what?
I know this is probably just link bait, and that Pierce quasi-justifies his choice by saying “George Wallace was one of us, too, goddamn him,” but including George Wallace in a list of reasons to get a patriotic boner for the US is not cool. You know what else isn’t cool? Listing him RIGHT AFTER Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m no “American Man,” but this kind of flippant racism certainly doesn’t make me feel “proud to be a part of it all.”