Just Look At This Asshole: New Jersey Deli Owner Celebrates “White History Month”
Meet Jim “Jimbo” Boggess — the owner of one Jimbo’s Deli in Flemington, New Jersey. He is causing a bit of controversy around town due to the fact that he decided to put up a sign in his deli reading “CELEBRATE YOUR WHITE HERITAGE IN MARCH, WHITE HISTORY MONTH.”
Boggess seems to believe that there is some cabal of people out there trying to prevent him from being happy about being a white person or something, stating “No matter what you are — Muslim, Jewish, black, white, gay, straight — you should be proud of what you are. I shouldn’t have to feel bad about being white.”
Call me crazy, but I am going to guess that a dude named Jimbo who puts up a damn “White History Month” sign in his deli is in no danger of feeling bad about being white. I would also imagine that he is well aware that this sign is probably not going to be endearing him to anyone other than White Nationalists anytime soon.
And it hasn’t! Although Boggess claims that “some people” (or figments of his imagination) have been taking pictures of the sign and “quietly” giving him the thumbs up, pretty much all his neighbors think he’s pretty gross.
Former customer Bhakti Curtis is appalled and trying to go through legal means to have the sign removed. He says, “A business can’t go putting racist signs in the window because everybody has a right to go in that store. Everybody! And have a right to buy something from that man and not feel demoralized or degraded.”
John Puckett, who owns a bagel store a few doors down says the sign is “an embarrassment” that “makes us look like a town full of inbreds.”
But Boggess will not be deterred. He says it’s his right to “express himself” and that if there’s any racial discrimination going on, it’s against him and his sign. He says that it’s not fair that other groups have their own celebrations when white people do not. He says “I just want to be included. Why is this such a big deal? I don’t get it.”
I imagine there are a lot of things Boggess doesn’t get. However, it may surprise him to know that March — in addition to actually being “Women’s History Month” — is also Irish-American Heritage Month, as designated by Congress in 1995. October, for the record, is both Italian-American History month and Polish-American History Month, and May is Jewish-American history month. There are, in fact, many white history months to choose from.
Also, he might like to know that in at least six states in the south, April is officially Confederate History Awareness Month. Which I’m gonna say is definitely a holiday month for white people only–and real specific white people at that. I mean, you’re probably not going to see too many Jews or Italians or Greeks celebrating Confederate History Month anytime either.
Not to mention the fact that pretty much every month of the year is White History Month anyway. At least in schools, where children are primarily taught about shit a bunch of straight white dudes did.
I don’t know what it is that Jimbo and his fellow White History Month enthusiasts think a White History month is gonna even do for them anyway. What? Are they just gonna sit around a deli congratulating each other on being white people? Will that make them feel better? Do they need an official month to do that? Do they think if they had a White History Month that they could say creepy racist shit without worrying about other people pointing that out? What is it that they want here? Are they just mad that people of other races have something they don’t?
There is a part of me, honestly, that really doesn’t give a fuck about Boggess’s sign. In fact, I think it’s helpful of him to let people know that they should never, for any reason, spend their money at his stupid deli. I hope it leads to him going out of business. I mean–look at the dude. He’s a twerp. What else has he got? He probably has nothing else to be happy about other than being white. Which, let us just say, is a weird thing to be excited about.