Racist conservative says Americans are wimps, delicate beautiful wimps
The book is a self-published number, written by Brooklyn Judge John H. Wilson, called The Hot House Flowers. The Boston Herald describes it thus:
Unhappy with the children’s books on the market, a Brooklyn criminal court judge has written a picture book that uses a horticultural metaphor to deplore the perils of unchecked immigration.I'll leave the obvious racism and the problem of it rearing its ugly head in a criminal court judge to the good people at the Legal Aid Society. Of course it's racist to compare immigrants to weeds.
In “The Hot House Flowers,” ... an envious dandelion releases her seeds into a hothouse, where they grow and eventually use up so much water and food that there’s none left for the plants that were already there.
In the end, the master of the hothouse - clearly standing for God - removes the dandelions, and when the original dandelion tries to send more seeds in, the hothouse flowers trample the seeds so they can’t grow.
But what's even more telling is the accidentally accurate depiction of conservative, "real" Americans as hothouse flowers. As anyone with half a brain knows, a hothouse flower is one that can't survive on its own and has to live a pampered, greenhouse life. Dickens used the term to describe Mrs. Witterly in Nicholas Nickleby, according to the OED, writing that she was "of a very excitable nature, very delicate, very fragile, a hothouse plant."
Doesn't that sound like a lot of the phony-tough conservative Nancy-boys who growl "stay the course" then whimper "just leave me out of the fight"?