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Hate-Music Songbird Takes Issue With Our Review

By Sonia Scherr on September 24, 2009 - 8:31 am, Posted in Racist Music

Charity Pendergraft has responded to our earlier post about her white-power sister act.

Pendergraft’s verdict: “I found the article very amusing.”

She didn’t intend it as a compliment. Pendergraft, 18, and sister Shelby, 16, singing as Heritage Connection, have released two CDs and perform at white nationalist events. Among other things, Charity Pendergraft took umbrage at our description of the sisters’ “thin, quavering voices.” “[T]hose who have heard us sing live would agree that our music, lyrics and vocals are anything but ‘quavering,’” she wrote on the sisters’ blog.

She also didn’t like the way we poked fun at her fondness for Mexican cuisine. (Charity had written in an earlier blog post that she’d eaten enchiladas for dinner and loved “Spanish” food.) “Doesn’t she [the author] know the difference between Mexican food and Spanish food?” she sniffed. “Or for that matter the difference between Mexicans and Spaniards? First Spaniards are white and second Mexicans are a mix of indian, white, and negro. I believe she needs to do more research. True native food in Mexico was a mixture of roasted and/or boiled lizard, rat, and boiled root vegetables. No, I’m not trying to be mean, just telling the truth. It took the creativity of the white Spaniards to make the food of ‘Mexico’ edible.”

We took Pendergraft up on her suggestion that we do more research and contacted Jeffrey Pilcher, a history professor at the University of Minnesota and the author of ¡Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity. Here (in part) is what he had to say about the origin of enchiladas:

“The claim that anything valuable in Mexican culture must have been introduced by the Spaniards is an old and pernicious myth. In this case, it’s presumably a reference to the cheese on top. But the word ‘enchilada’ means something that has been put in chile, and that something is of course a corn tortilla. Needless to say, both chile and tortillas were eaten for at least a thousand years before the Spaniards arrived. The Florentine Codex written in the sixteenth century by indigenous scribes under the direction of Fray Bernardino de Sahagu’n describes ancient Aztec enchiladas. The Mayas still eat an entirely pre-Hispanic dish called Papadzules, meaning ‘food of the lords,’ which is an enchilada made with two different sauces, one of pumpkin seeds and the other with tomato and habanero chiles. Instead of cheese, it is garnished with boiled and chopped turkey eggs. Delicious.”

  • Sarah

    The originators of the ancient empires of the Americas, were white and thus it is most probable that any creative eating, apart from cannibalism, that the Spaniards came upon when they entered the area was a carryover of better, pre-human sacrifice days. I would go to the effort of including source material, but not much chance for an actual intelligent investigation. Use google and do your own research.

  • JoeBuddha

    Yeah, enjoy your boiled beef (salt, no pepper, natch), turnips, and cabbage. Some hard bread and maybe some fish and you have solid White European cuisine unsullied by abominations from non-whites. I think even cheese was developed elsewhere, though I wouldn’t swear to it. Spices, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Noodles, Corn, all swarthy human food, and therefore not worthy.

    You know it’s like having spoiled children. If their tantrums didn’t involve hurting or killing other people or even bombing large buildings, I’d say just ignore them until they decide to grow up and enter society. Being a LOSER is not destiny, but a choice.

  • Melitaea athalia

    *notices that lots of Italian dishes have tomatoes in them*

    *also notices the similarity between southern European cuisine and Arabic cuisine*

    *notices that Northern European cuisine is rather bland at best, um, except for the cookies.*

    Who made what edible now?

  • Don Quixote

    The debate itself is invalid because it is based on the false premise of biological race. In fact, biologists, geneticists and physical anthropologists have long since busted the myth of biological race. It turns out that:

    a) There is more genetic variety within so-called “races” than across “races”.

    b) We probably all share a common ancestor, who was most definitely African and most-definitely dark-skinned.

    c) Your skin color has to do with how far your ancient ancestors lived from the equator. There is absolutely no correlation to mental capacity.

    d) “Race”, therefore, is strictly a social construct designed to establish and maintain unequal power relations.

    That’s it people! A social construct…, an invention of the creative imagination of the mind of man. We’re more alike than different. Therefore, all debates based on the notion of race are automatically nonsensical and complete exercises in futility. Time to change the discourse, don’t you think?

  • Carter

    Whoever said that a lot of this stuff sounds (musically) the same – hit it right on the head! I was listening to some of it and it’s garage-band-same-song crap. What’s more many of them use the typical 12-bar blues progression that metal hides behind grinding distortion pedals turned up to the max. That’s rather cute; as we well know where blues progressions came from.

  • Tezuka fan

    Meso-American culture has been eating basically the same thing for thousands of years, maybe longer. If what Charity says is true, Spaniards went back in time, went to a Paleolitic city in the Americas, made the food there (which included rats brought from another time trip) edible, and left. All without killing, converting, stealing everything and everyone. Also, when they came back some time later, they were shocked to see people they never saw before or ever heard of on this continent they didn’t know existed.

    I know I’m just being silly, but my point about rats and “eating basically the same thing for thousands of years”, kind of makes Charity seem silly.

  • paula barnoskie

    I always find it funny that the people who hate Mexicans sure love Mexican food! And yes, They need to check their DNA. Spanish, Mexican, Italian, French, little white European girls. We all hail from the same African blood. Hmmm…Wonder what they eat their, I am sure the girls would love it!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Actually many Mexicans are just as European as Spaniards. As usual the experts on “race” can’t seem to even define what that word means.

  • Kate De Braose

    People who promote their favored culture as beginning with themselves or their own ancestors are definitely barking up the wrong tree.

    There is DNA evidence that humans first developed in Africa and that all humans have sprung from 17 females from that continent.

    When those precious little white girls crow about being special, we can all just laugh heartily at their naivete.

  • Joe

    You forgot potatoes, however chocolate in the form we know it today was unknown in the new world at that time.
    The bitter chocolate drinks are nothing near the modern incarnation of chocolate that started with Van Houten’s inventions.

  • beholder

    Maybe we are being too hard on these white nationalist warblers.

    Surely something can be said for the contribution of the pork rind to world cuisine.

  • JoeBuddha

    You know, for such good looking girls, they sure are ugly!

    To build on the above comment, agriculture in the Americas was far in advance of Europe when it was “discovered”. As an example, the Potato Famine was due in part to European monoculture. The Incas would never have had that problem. Also, the practice of propagation by cuttings was highly sophisticated in the Carribean islands, and Corn was developed, not found, by the American natives. If you think the only good stuff in the Americas was developed by Whites, you’re very sadly mistaken.

  • Gregory

    Corn (maize), tomatoes, chilies and chocolate, amongst many other things, were developed in the Americas thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. Those same foods are now staples of cuisines around the world. So, not only is Ms Pendergraft a crap singer, she is also a poor historian. I shouldn’t be surprised to find out that she is a terrible cook as well.