Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society

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In an updated second edition of her follow-up to the cult classic Cunt, Inga Muscio asserts that the history taught in schools and perpetuated in all areas of life in the US is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to maintain gross inequities. With Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil, it’s Muscio’s turn to take Americans on a tour through our history, from Columbus to today. Whose country is this? Has democracy ever really existed? With her trademark ability to deconstruct reality and expose ...

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Overview

In an updated second edition of her follow-up to the cult classic Cunt, Inga Muscio asserts that the history taught in schools and perpetuated in all areas of life in the US is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to maintain gross inequities. With Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil, it’s Muscio’s turn to take Americans on a tour through our history, from Columbus to today. Whose country is this? Has democracy ever really existed? With her trademark ability to deconstruct reality and expose truths that allow us to see our culture and ourselves more clearly, Muscio delves deep to answer these fundamental questions. Includ- ing chapters such as “God Told Me To Kill You,” on religious intolerance from the 1600s to the 1800s, and “Postage Stamp Redemptions,” in which she challenges the myth that White supremacy and imperialism in the US ended with the civil rights movement, Muscio offers new perspectives on our history that might shock even the most ardent alternative history buff. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609805203
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 790,538
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Feminist, anti-racist advocate and provocateur, INGA MUSCIO is the author of Cunt: A Declaration of Independence and Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and has an extensive lecture schedule across the nation.

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PART I: ROOTS
 
Introduction
 
 
Since I was a child, I’ve experienced history as a study in disconnectedness. I was blessed with parents who had actual history books in the house, so I was never reliant on the pap that’s passed off as history in schools.
            Still, though, it took me a long time to understand that U.S. history, alone, is at least eighteen mall-sized libraries crammed tight with books, films, music, zines, art, and microfiche up the ass. In my country, though, history is presented as one big book, and everyone is expected to read this book, memorize the facts, know them, love them, and move the fuck on. Similar to some of the reactions I saw to “Acrimony of Cunts,” this take on U.S. history fogs out everything that people living under the constructed perspective of learned white supremacist racism do not wish to see.
            In the genuine, authentic, normal history of the U.S., indigenous people are not slaughtered, raped, and forcibly displaced. They’re just “removed.” Slavery was a few bad apples in the back-ass South, and that has all been cleared up. Ditto the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and every other atrocity that has somehow managed to seep into the U.S.’s mainstream collective consciousness.
            Meanwhile, all white men are heroes and brave and noble and so are some white women and no on Nat Turner, but yes on Harriet Tubman.
 
 
So yeah.
            One starts to wonder why exactly it just so happens that almost every U.S. street, building, and landmark that isn’t named after Rosa Parks, Pocahontas, César Chávez, or Martin Luther King Jr. is named after a white person.
            Is it some kind of bizarre coincidence that superficially portrayed good and noble white people are almost exclusively the gods and heroes of U.S. history?

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Steven E. Flusty, PhD
Preface
 
Part I: Roots
Introduction
Columbus and the New World Order
God Told Me to Kill You
Five Hundred Years of Servitude
Manifest Destiny Variety Show
Postage Stamp Redemptions
Reckoning
 
Part II: Branches of Oppression
Introduction
Tiptoeing Around Noah’s Big Drunk Ass
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo, Catch a Cracker by the Toe
Cards on the Table
Waving to Stevie
Full Spectrum Dominance
Opiate of the Asses
The End
 
The Imagination Reclamation Resource Guide
A Glossary of Examined Terms
Endnotes
Acknowledgments
 
Bios
 
Credits

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