We realize that New Yorkers hate Texans, but this is going too far. From the NYT:
FOR 50 years, Dallas has done its best to avoid coming to terms with the one event that made it famous: the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. That’s because, for the self-styled “Big D,” grappling with the assassination means reckoning with its own legacy as the “city of hate,” the city that willed the death of the president.
The author of the piece, James McAuley, goes on to say, far down in the article, that of course the people of Dallas did not kill JFK. This, after spilling ink by the barrel accusing them of doing just that. After all, the whole point of the article is to get the people of Dallas to grapple with their painful legacy as a city of murder and hate.
As it turns out, McAuley is one of those self-loathing Texans who studied at Harvard and is now inflicting himself on Oxford (England, not Mississippi). As anyone who has hung around the uneducated, credentialed elite will tell you, the first prerequisite for joining their order is an agreement that people from Texas are ignorant, hateful, bigoted, murdering rednecks. So, McAuley trots out this hateful article to please his new masters, in a vain attempt to join their club. However, if he were truly insightful, he would realize that they will never really let him in: He will never really be a part of the elite. They let him hang around only to prove how tolerant and open-minded they are, and to write articles like this, in order to buttress their own prejudice and ignorance.
In the end, the only person who will have to grapple with a painful legacy will be James McAuley, as he looks back on his life and realizes that he sold-out his heritage by writing this lying, hateful article, all for for the worthless praise of idiots.
Update: Oh, and did I mention the article is hateful?