Subs! Subs!

Wilde’s uncle was John Kingsbury Elgee, who emigrated to New Orleans in the early 19th century and owned a sugar plantation with 515 slaves. Elgee was the brother of Wilde’s sister, Speranza, and “an Elgee family trait was a fondness for white supremacy”, Mendelssohn writes.


Also, the idea that someone in the 19th century might have been racist by modern standards. How much of a surprise is this? It’s like asking whether they had bad teeth by our standards, isn’t it?

10 thoughts on “Subs! Subs!”

  1. “White supremacy” despite being a leftist fantasy crime on the contemporary scene–as with “all men are rapists” etc–is nothing compared to support for the death cult of socialism with one 150 million murders –so far on its conscience. If the fuckers had one that is.

  2. “Elgee was the brother of Wilde’s sister, Speranza,” If he was Wilde’s sister’s brother, then he must have been Wilde’s brother not uncle surely? Or am I missing something here?

  3. an Elgee family trait was a fondness for white supremacy

    Like rolling your tongue and curly hair?

    “He has his mother’s eyes and his father’s disdain for the negroes!”

    He doesn’t stand on all the right sides of history.

    Imagine being an Oxford academic and unironically believing that history comes with a “right side”. What a profoundly stupid woman.

    Comrade Putin – plz nuke us now.

  4. Academic’s ignorance of presentism should be a discharge offense.

    Prof Michele Mendelssohn is an embarrassment to Oxford. And to the schools that awarded her her degrees. Seriously, presentism is freshman history stuff. Mendelssohn’s assertion is juvenile.

  5. “an Elgee family trait was a fondness for white supremacy”

    I thought we were supposed to accept people’s genetic traits?

  6. Michele Mendelssohn is the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible who has nothing to declare but her lack of wit.

  7. Shouldn’t she be celebrating the fact, if fact it be, that he therefore wouldn’t have pursued black bum boys?

    Anyway, everyone is racist in one or other meaning of that term.

    (Except me, of course – my wife is of Frog descent which proves I’m no racist, dunnit?)

  8. So, racist trumps gay now?

    They should remake ‘The Trials of Oscar Wilde’ with The Marquis of Queensbury ( played by an Actor of Colour, naturally) as the hero.

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