Jonathan Zimmerman, “On ‘Maybellene’ and General Tso’s Chicken” (The Chronicle of Higher Education):
we continue to imagine that every current-day practice descends from some kind of cultural Garden of Eden, where each ethnic or racial group existed in unalloyed form. . . .Don’t overlook the link to Ralph Linton’s “One Hundered Percent American.”
Indeed, the mostly left-wing quest for cultural purity bears an eerie echo to the right-wing fantasy of national purity.
[As far as I can tell, Linton’s essay was published in 1937, not 1936.]