All Woke Up: Imperialist surfing

A painfully Woke professor is making waves with his column in The Washington Post  that claims surfing became an Olympic sport after “centuries of U.S. Imperialism.”

That’s right, Jeff Spicoli  looking for some tasty waves, a cool buzz and Pacific Island oppression.

Thomas Earle, who teaches in the Department of Liberal Studies at Texas A&M at Galveston, asserts a man named Alexander Hume Ford used surfing to “secure Hawaii as an outpost of the American empire,” according to The College Fix. This newfound adoration of surfing brought whites to the islands which “strengthen[ed] America’s imperial grasp.” (Never mind that Hawaii has long been thought of paradise.)

All of this occurred after missionaries and business executives dominated Hawaii for “centuries,” a stretch to be sure since American imperialism in the Pacific didn’t really begin until the mid- to late-1800s. But in Woke Land, facts ride second to a good wave of anti-American dogma.

During the Cold War, “surfing and U.S. military involvement went hand in hand, bringing wave riding to places such as Japan, Vietnam and Central America,” Earle wrote. With the assistance of American tourists, this expansion of the sport “became a central part of America’s use of soft power to win hearts and minds.”

Earle concludes that this imperialist history of surfing, now on display at the Tokyo Olympics, compares to the every-four-year spectacle’s “showcas[ing of] international inequities.”

Like the inequity of Carissa Moore  a native Hawaiian taking home America’s first gold medal in women’s surfing in its Olympic debut. She’s being hailed as a hero in Hawaii, the United States of America, and the surfing world.

But to the painfully Woke, even the sport associated with sun and fun is an imperialistic bummer.

 

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One response to “All Woke Up: Imperialist surfing”

  1. David Krantz Avatar
    David Krantz

    “During the Cold War, “surfing and U.S. military involvement went hand in hand, bringing wave riding to places such as Japan, Vietnam and Central America,” Earle wrote. With the assistance of American tourists, this expansion of the sport “became a central part of America’s use of soft power to win hearts and minds.””

    “Charlie don’t surf!” – Lt. Col. Kilgore, “Apocalypse Now”

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