Peggy Noonan Has Lost Her Mind
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This post, written by Melissa McEwan, originally appeared on Shakesville
Shorter Peggy Noonan: Americans need to speak a common language or my condescending superciliousness might not be as deeply appreciated by brown people as it should be.
Actual Peggy Noonan: â€œSuddenly in my sight thereâ€™s a young woman standing on a street grate. She is short, about 5 feet tall, and stocky, with a broad brown face. She is, I think, Latin American, maybe of Indian blood. â€¦ I wanted to say somethingâ€“I donâ€™t know what, find out where she was from, encourage her. I said hello, and she looked at me and I patted her arm and said, â€˜Happy Fourth of July, my friend.â€™ She was startled and then shy, and she smiled and made a sound, and I realized: She doesnâ€™t speak English. â€˜God bless you,â€™ I said, because a little while in America and you know the word God just as 10 minutes in Mexico and you learn the word Dios. And we both smiled and nodded and I left. I went into Bloomingdaleâ€™s and wrote these words: â€˜We must speak the same language so we can hearten each otherâ€™.â€
Shorter Melissa McEwan: Hurl.