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July 08, 2020

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Nikw211

Heavens, a button. I wonder what it does.

Heavens, an empty glass.

[ Raises eyebrow meaningfully in direction of the good stuff on the back wall while bringing out jam jar full of loose change ]

David

Heavens, an empty glass.

One Smoker’s Cough.

Coming up.

Joan

White people like to exert control over nearly everything everyone does

He sounds a bit racist.

David

bringing out jam jar full of loose change

Bless you, sir. May your modish, terribly modern toilet roll holder never detach from the wall at a critical moment, resulting in what sounds like a muffled struggle and an amused knock at the door enquiring as to your wellbeing.

John

Any fule kno that the continued excellence of a blog is directly proportional to the well-being of its host’s coiffeur.

Ping.

Lancastrian Oik

Titania on splendid form again: "Only a bigot would disagree"

David

Any fule kno that the continued excellence of a blog is directly proportional to the well-being of its host’s coiffeur.

It’s actually difficult to convey in words just how glorious my hair now is. I keep stroking it.

Ping.

Bless you, sir. May you never find yourself embroiled in a discussion as to whether the timers of microwave ovens should have one-second increments instead of five or ten.

Mike

The only racism I've seen in the last 10 years is people like Mr. Kaufman whining about their life. Maybe Nigeria has a better system to "allow you" to cross the road. In fact I'm sure they do and he should move there as soon as he and the "boys" can get a flight.

Mike

I realise that White people like to exert control over nearly everything everyone does

And he's complaining about the 'unintentional racism' of crossing lights...?

Deus Vulture

And if it were a Little Black Man against a white background, he would be whining about slavery and the Little Black Man being forced to perform an endless chore of maintaining traffic signals.

Alice

Black fragility?

David

And if it were a Little Black Man against a white background...

As so often, it does seem that the conclusion was determined well in advance of any actual thinking, and regardless of particulars. For some, victimhood, however contrived, is like jewellery.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Send him to the former East Berlin...

Of course then he would probably offer up as screed as to why "STOP RED MEN" is a dog whistle for the East German genocide of native Americans and/or why the man going boldly forth signifying progress is in not proud Communist red.

Hal

Send him to the former East Berlin...

My question over time has been why the white figures instead of the traditional green. A very minor bit of googlemancy suggests wanting to have other than green for directing pedestrians, so that the drivers don't get confused by an additional green light.

And I just lobbed a near random question at someone nearby: She thinks that yes, if she had a sea of red lights here and there, and then something flashed green, yes, she might take it as a green light for directing a vehicle.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

My question over time has been why the white figures instead of the traditional green.

First reason is as given above, white on black (I denounce myself) offers the most visibility is all lighting situations, same reason why white numbers/letters on a black background are preferred for instrument panels and gauges.

Second reason is that there are anomalous trichromats and dichromats among us, the latter of whom have an especially hard time discriminating between red and green - also why "WAIT/WALK" and the stand/walk figures as opposed to just a light.

As far as red/green being confused with a traffic signal, that the streets of East Berlin weren't perpetually jammed with the twisted wreckage of Trabants and Wartburgs means either that was never an issue, or they were just better drivers.

Oswald Thake

This button possesses a fatal attraction. Oh well, easy come, easy go. I may as well have a pint of Old Thompson's Ferret Strangler and that sausage roll skulking behind the (overflowing) till. Skol!

David

This button possesses a fatal attraction.

It’s seductive, isn’t it?

Oh well, easy come, easy go.

It’s for the best. Bless you, sir. May your enemies be obliged to drink soup out of a carrier bag.

John

My visit behind the newly toppled iron curtain left me in little doubt that Trabbies were valued, looked after and driven with a considerable degree of care. When stuff is scarce people tend to be very careful when using it.

PiperPaul

"a Little Black Man against a white background"

Wouldn't that be worse? Black figure surrounded by whiteness?

J West

"And why doesn’t this seem to bother them? It certainly bothered me."

Very simple, you have chosen a mental disorder to hide behind whilst the others have remained normal. They see the cross walk light for what it is .... a f**king crosswalk light to control traffic so that your racist butt won't get run over ... even though it seems that it should get run over as a wake up call.

When you look for and see racism in pretty much everything, it might just be time for you to go back to Africa where there are almost no horrid white people to haunt your stupid butt.

David

Needless to say, the implausibly sensitive Mr Kaufman seems to regard being black as his job, the basis for his career and media profile. “As a black…” being a go-to sentence-starter.

pst314

It’s actually difficult to convey in words just how glorious my hair now is. I keep stroking it.

[reaches for bottle of hamster urine]

pst314

And if it were a Little Black Man against a white background, he would be whining about slavery

Engineers don't design lights that way because they would have inferior visibility and require more illumination. Come the Revolution, of course, surviving engineers will do whatever the leftist shites demand.

Burnsie

As a Black dad, I was struck by the language at play. How is it possible that well into the 21st century, parents all over Manhattan — well-meaning, #BLM-marching parents — are teaching their children to ask “little White men” for permission to cross the street? And why doesn’t this seem to bother them? It certainly bothered me."

The word "pedestrian" comes to mind.

Ironic, ain't it?

Hal

Needless to say, the implausibly sensitive Mr Kaufman seems to regard being black as his job,

Oh.

Dear.

Judging from the Medium picture, black according to whom?

To the African child who called me white man I said calmly, "No, I'm not white. I'm Black like you." Three women standing several feet behind him burst out laughing as if it were the funniest thing they'd ever heard.

---See the search result and then click on it for the full page excerpt. . . .

David

Oh.
Dear.

He also uses the term “white adjacency.” Unironically, I mean.

Karl

A great deal is revealed by the fact that in Kaufman's mind, colours are capitalised.

Governor Squid

The word "pedestrian" comes to mind.

Oh, well played, Burnsie. I actually chuckled aloud at that.

Barkeep! May I request that Burnsie's next cocktail get the ice cubes without the flies frozen inside? You can put the surcharge on my tab.

Dr Evil

You just couldn't make up nonsense such as this and be thought credible.

David

I suppose a thing to bear in mind is this. If your worldview, or professed worldview - the thing on which you hang your social identity and career - becomes sufficiently pretentious and absurd, it’s hard to walk back any claim, even laughable ones, without a serious risk to your ego – the whole thing could come unravelled. And any demurral has to be rationalised as either ignorance or wickedness. Racism, in this case, or privilege. And so, the pretension becomes entrenched and unshiftable, a mental tic. A kind of trap.

I mean, you wouldn’t want to spend much time in a head like that.

David

Barkeep! May I request that Burnsie’s next cocktail get the ice cubes without the flies frozen inside?

[ Reaches into Karl’s drink, up to the knuckle, scoops out ice cubes and relocates them in Burnsie’s drink. ]

We’re having issues with the freezer.

Karl

[shrugs]

Well I foolishly requested two fingers of the house gin.

MC

@Hal
Reading that a man who spends his entire life moaning, agonising and wasting everyone's time about race is openly laughed at when he tells Africans that he's black amused me know end.

Sam Duncan

“Send him to the former East Berlin...”

I was about to mention British crossing signals. Presumably they're racist against Martians.

Killer Marmot

We need a specific word for people who obsess over trivialities rather than taking on ACTUAL SERIOUS problems; those, in other words, who look like they're terribly concerned but are little more than a distraction.

Hal

We need a specific word for . . . .

Juniors?

Hippogryph

Mr. Kaufman quotes the lady speaking to her children: “...we need to wait for the little White man to appear before we can cross the street.”

Now that's some carefully considered, strategic, *dishonest* use of capitalization! To impute racism to a "friend", no less.

I was wondering in the first part why Mr. Kaufman was capitalizing "White", when leftists usually capitalize "Black" but leave "white" lower case. And then, I saw.

David

Now that’s some carefully considered, strategic, *dishonest* use of capitalization! To impute racism to a “friend”, no less.

Well spotted.

[ Plunges hand into Burnsie’s drink, scoops up remains of ice, drops it into Hyppogryph’s glass. ]

Sam

Mr Kaufman

Why does he still keep his slave name?

aelfheld
[...] well-meaning, #BLM-marching parents [...]

On the evidence, this seems oxymoronic.

Sam

It is a frustrating and ultimately radicalizing phenomenon that the dark specter of racism is always descending from our systems and institutions yet only lands on "banal necessities". Why, it's almost as if the entirety of Project Left is to rile up the troops without them noticing who the general is.

aelfheld
As far as red/green being confused with a traffic signal, that the streets of East Berlin weren't perpetually jammed with the twisted wreckage of Trabants and Wartburgs means either that was never an issue, or they were just better drivers.

Another possibility being a much smaller pool of vehicles available to wreck.

aelfheld
You just couldn't make up nonsense such as this and be thought credible.

Fiction bears the burden of plausibility.

Joe Ego

Black fragility?

As I've been fond of saying for many years: Projection ain't just a river in Egypt.

What was once a throw away line on black twitter is now the book to be seen with! It is ridiculous how stressful a situation can become when people realize they are in the presence of someone who will actively seek to be offended by everything around them.

The worst part is people have been training themselves to be offended, including your own school or company trying to inflict this on you. The second worst part is the forced integration - everyone will agree a "whites only" space is somehow terrible, but minorities require their own spaces where they aren't required to undergo the stress of pretending for white people.

Steve E

Why does he still keep his slave name?

Hmmm Kaufman...would that be the East African Kaufmans or the West African Kaufmans? Kaufman is the Smith of the African phone book.

Karl

We need a specific word for people who obsess over trivialities rather than taking on ACTUAL SERIOUS problems

It isn't really those people who are a problem. I'd be delighted for students to protest to their university's Diversity, Inclusion and Equity department about the perceived sexuality of their dorm room door handles - seeing either semi-erect penises, or flapping vaginas depending on their proclivities.

Where the problems start are when these mentally deficient children get degrees in "feminist urban geography" and start trying to impose their "solutions" on the rest of us. And for those we have numerous words, starting politely with social justice warrior and progressing rapidly to spoiled, preening, screeching, shit-bag.

Thomas LaBelle

Sheesh. Did the person say "little WHITE MAN" or "LITTLE white man"? Big difference.

Karl

Did the person say "little WHITE MAN" or "LITTLE white man"?

I heard "little white MAN". But that's me. Living under the appendage of the patriarchy.

randian
But my heart still sinks at the spectre of teaching my sons to ask a White man for permission to do — well, anything
What will those sons do should they end up working for a white supervisor?
George

No, I'm not white. I'm Black like you.

I am genuinely puzzled by the extent to which Americans of any degree of African ancestry, however marginal, have internalised the truly racist 'one drop rule'.

Joe Ego

Hmmm Kaufman...would that be the East African Kaufmans or the West African Kaufmans? Kaufman is the Smith of the African phone book.

We'll let him choose and then deport him accordingly.

Sam

I am genuinely puzzled by...[fill in cognitive dissonance fad of the day]

I get this a lot from my wife, who was previously apolitical but dove in head first when attacked by her peers for mildly supporting Trump and therefore being racist/etc.

This site especially is great for spelunking the lurid depths of insane minds inflicted with the collectivist virus, but it's only interesting from the perspective of the sane and rational. To rationalize (as it were) the left's worldview as a leftists would is quite simple and straightforward: me good, you bad, gibs me dat. It is the logic of a thief or brutal conqueror but without the honesty.

We gaze upon them in wonder, amusement, and horror. But to seriously apply enlightenment standards and protocols to their worldview is like meekly asking the demands of a screaming toddler in that it both misses the point and is ultimately counter-productive to resolving the situation.

ruralbob

Isn’t the simple solution just to eliminate crossing signals altogether? Sort of like eliminating city names, sports team nicknames,etc.? I’m sure if we work hard enough we can get this all straightened out!

Daniel Ream

to seriously apply enlightenment standards and protocols to their worldview is like meekly asking the demands of a screaming toddler

It's why although our gracious host pointing out the lack of reciprocity inherent in leftists is a good thing inasmuch as it demonstrates the point to the sane and rational yet uninformed, we shouldn't make the mistake of treating leftists rationally. The only possible response is to tell them to sit down and shut up or they'll be removed from the room since they can't behave like adults.

Karl

Sort of like eliminating city names, sports team nicknames ... the police.

I'm actually all for this self-destructive idiocy, just as long as it doesn't affect me. See, this is the genius of the American republic. It ought to be possible to let the madder states just get on with imposing their ideological lunacy pour encourager les autres. Unfortunately for America, they seem to be determined to take the whole country down with them.

Steve E

I’m sure if we work hard enough

As we've seen, some just aren't willing to "do the work."

fnord

Needless to say, the implausibly sensitive Mr Kaufman seems to regard being black as his job, the basis for his career and media profile. “As a black…” being a go-to sentence-starter.

There is a difference between a Black Professional and and a Professional Black, the first requiring ever so much more effort. The second, as far as I can tell, nothing more than the flapping of gums.

fnord

And for those we have numerous words, starting politely with social justice warrior and progressing rapidly to spoiled, preening, screeching, shit-bag.

I'm leaning more and more towards "pre-corpse".

David

I’m still laughing at screeching shit-bag.

ACTOldFart

But ... but ... by renaming the "little white man" as "bright lights man" he is committing a terrible act of discrimination against dull people everywhere

pst314

Is "little white man" sizeist?

Hal

I am genuinely puzzled by the extent to which Americans of any degree of African ancestry . . .

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, you are not my brother . . . .
Rick Henwood

I suppose Mr Kaufman will next be wondering why The Little White Man walks away while the Black Man does all the work.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Men+working+hiway+sign&ia=images&iax=images

Rick Henwood

Also very presumptuous to call the workers "Slow".

Bob

"No, I'm not white. I'm Black like you."

You should visit Australia where people who are whiter than Albino Swedes claim to be Aboriginal - usually because their grandfather lived in the same street as an Aboriginal person a century ago, or something. They're called "Fauxboriginals", and their increasing numbers are due to that little box they can check on applications to go to the front of the class, top of the list, get the government grant etc.

David

our gracious host pointing out the lack of reciprocity inherent in leftists is a good thing inasmuch as it demonstrates the point to the sane and rational

The non-reciprocal aspect is, shall we say, quite common - practically a signature of woke posturing. And so, above, Mr Kaufman wants us to believe that he, being black, is “bombarded” with racism, every day, everywhere, even by a plainly innocuous comment made at a traffic crossing. Racism is bad, see? And he does while ascribing to a friend racism, or at least the doing of racial harm – by slyly suggesting that she, the friend, used the word white as a racial descriptor, rather than, as seems more likely, an unremarkable acknowledgement of a traffic light’s colour when talking to a child. And Mr Kaufman badmouths his friend, baselessly, for status and personal gain, while himself making sweeping and ludicrous racial comments about “white people,” all of whom, we’re told, “like to exert control over nearly everything everyone does.”

Taken at face value, leftist politics is often unrealistic, contradictory and bewildering. But if you consider the kinds of psychology in play, it becomes a little easier to fathom, though no more attractive.

Squires

There was recently an opinion piece that pointed out two conspicuous features of the race-hustling celebrity:

1) They are half white.

2) They come from middle-or-above income families, and have been raised within mostly white social networks.

The short of it was that these jackasses have fuck-all in common with the stereotypical black community, yet in the white environment they are used to they are seen as black - not white. And they desperately desire validation. From white people.

And what is the laziest yet still surefire way to acquire validation from a bunch of white rubes?

Jonathan

Mr Kaufman simply wants us to know that as a Black/ Jewish 'Man of Color' living in New York, his daily life is such a nightmare that he has declared himself the winner of the oppression Olympics and could he please have some of those sweet, sweet diversity bucks?

Personally, I'd suggest he writes a book about his experiences; provisionally entitled: ' My Struggle'.

Catchy, yes?

Heavens, a button. I wonder what it does.

Just how expensive was that haircut?

Anyway, consider your fancy tickled.

David

Just how expensive was that haircut?

Hey, I’d have walked on hot coals to look this good.

And bless you, sir. Should you be faced with the decision of what to do with a deceased hamster, and should you opt for returning its remains to nature, i.e., the woodland at the end of the garden, may you never find that this moment of great solemnity and poignancy is undermined somewhat as, due to inadequate throwing skill, and the aerodynamics of an expired and stiffened hamster, said object ricochets off a tree, and then a second tree, to darkly comical effect.

Burnsie

[ Plunges hand into Burnsie’s drink, scoops up remains of ice, drops it into Hyppogryph’s glass. ]

Damn. Those cubes added such an interesting bouquet.

Are you supposed to drink the fly?

David

Are you supposed to drink the fly?

[ Digs out Burnsie’s bar tab, adds amuse-bouche. ]

PiperPaul

Is it Spanish?

Karl

Quite a thoughtful article in Quillette about yet another ludicrous mob-led cancellation in yet another cowardly institute of lower ignorance. The authoress Margaret Wente makes some good points, as well as some howlers - like "...the most important paper in the world, the New York Times".

Snort! Perhaps she was being ironic?

Karl

Is it Spanish?

Spanish is extra.

pst314

"And Mr Kaufman badmouths his friend, baselessly, for status and personal gain..."

The older Mr Kaufman gets, the fewer white friends he will have, until the only ones left are people as damaged as him. An ugly fate.

pst314

Mr Kaufman reminds me of some memorable Pratchett characters:

“That’s right,” said Brother Plasterer. “My landlord oppresses me something wicked. Banging on the door and going on and on about all the rent I allegedly owe, which is a total lie. And the people next door oppress me all night long. I tell them, I work all day, a man’s got to have some time to learn to play the tuba. That’s oppression, that is. If I’m not under the heel of the oppressor, I don’t know who is.”

Lancastrian Oik

You should visit Australia where people who are whiter than Albino Swedes claim to be Aboriginal

Mrs. Oik and I travelled to Oz last November. We met up with some Aussie friends in Perth and visited a few places dotted around Western Australia, ending up in the splendid town of York. At lunchtime on the first day we were buying sammiches* from an excellent Vietnamese bakery when a massive punch-up between two rival Aborigine clans erupted outside. The bakery/deli had a couple of small tables each seating four either side of the front door; as we went in they were all occupied. There was a man who was clearly Aboriginal (and the baby daddy), a couple of younger mixed-race teenage boys with white skins and curly red dreadlocks, with the remainder being dreadlocked and tattooed white women, who struck me as, er, skanky in the same way as our own distaff underclass (I denounce myself).

Their enemies in the band who rolled up and started proceedings were of pretty much the same demographic; the two alpha males squared up to each other, deploying ludicrously telegraphed MMA-style roundhouse kicks which didn't connect, which was fortunate since once-seated baby father had an infant in a sling. The women and kids got right down to it, though, getting stuck in with kicks and punches, accompanied by screeching obscenities and much hurling of furniture and food and drink.

Mrs. Oik and I watched open-mouthed and aghast, our Aussie friends muttered something like "That's bloody typical- they've eff all better to do than drink and get into fights". After about ninety seconds sirens could be heard in the distance, so the participants ceased hostilities and legged it. The Vietnamese ladies picked up the furniture and spillages and as we left we greeted by a splendidly suntanned local lady of a certain age who had been picking up her her shopping next door. "What a waste of a bloody nice sandwich", she offered, along with "Welcome to York".

My niece, a nurse who works in A&E in Sydney, reckons that Aboriginals (real ones or just hangers on) are an absolute nightmare to deal with.

* I understand that it is now mandatory to use this term around here.

David

Not entirely unrelated: Today’s words are psychological poison.

Via Darleen.

Karl

My niece, a nurse who works in A&E in Sydney, reckons that Aboriginals (real ones or just hangers on) are an absolute nightmare to deal with.

I have a friend who was training to be a doctor and given a rotation in hospital in Paisley. Apparently this is valuable because it's one of the few places in Britain where trainees can become proficient in handling machete wounds. And there's not an aboriginal in sight!

I note a certain ginger commonality with the group in your description however. I can only conclude that the damn Scots are to blame. Again.

Mari

How does Mr Kaufman know that it's a little white MAN?

Pixies Three

psychological poison

https://www.takimag.com/article/a-whole-new-breed-of-white-people/

The 1977 ABC miniseries Roots — despite its slew of historical inaccuracies and outright fabrications — injected lethal doses of guilt into white America’s collective unconscious when it first aired. But over 40 years later, its main narrative remains welded into the public consciousness: There has been a lot of suffering in America, all of it perpetrated by whites and all of it suffered by blacks.

American whites have heard this narrative their whole lives. This nuance-free reading of history, with one side purely evil and the other purely good, has escalated in severity over the years. Many, if not most, American whites have even internalized it. But it has not been their experience. At all.

Their entire lives they’ve been told who they are, and they know it’s not true. It may have been true 100 years ago—at least for the whites who weren’t dying on the battlefield or getting blasted to bits in coal-mine explosions—but it has never been true for a moment of their lives. They have never known the slightest taste of the “white privilege” they’ve been accused of enjoying. The only identity allowed to them is one of self-abnegation and shame. In fact, “allowed” is too gentle a term — this identity is being forced on them.

Sam

And they desperately desire validation. From white people.

Yeah, reminds me of the African Warlord thing where they attain power by fighting against those evil imperialist Europeans only to move into the marble-columned mansion and don the full Colonial administrator jacket, albeit blinged out with enough medals to signify their importance, of course.

Or the other way round, like Ghandi's desperate and unfulfilled wish to be British leading to his activism towards kicking them out.

pst314

"Yeah, reminds me of the African Warlord thing..."

Remember the late 80's BBC/PBS documentary series The Africans which in part justified traditional African folkways which were behind so much of the corruption and backwardness?

Karl

You know how Idiocracy was supposed to be a dystopian comedy right?

Kanye West announces he really is running for president (he's some kind of popular hipper hopper, apparently).

Some choice take-aways:
- That he’s never voted in his life.
- That he’s suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine, terming vaccines “the mark of the beast.”
- That he believes “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”
- That he envisions a White House organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda in Black Panther.

Cometh the hour. Cometh the man.

Governor Squid

Today’s words are psychological poison.

Man, how I hope I get invited into one of these struggle training sessions! I think silence, cognitive dissonance and anti-blackness are the only traits on that list that I don't exhibit regularly, and I'm pretty sure the trainer would disagree with me on the last. Of course, I'd have to make a running gag out of replacing "internalized" with "intrinsic" every time I referred to IRS.

Remember, you get bonus points if you make the trainer cry!

Oh, and here's a little something for you, barkeep. There may be more where that came from, if you can lay your hands on a real lime for my next Dark and Stormy.

David

Oh, and here’s a little something for you, barkeep.

Bless you, sir. May your tangerines never underwhelm.

Steve E

Snort! Perhaps she was being ironic?

No she was in earnest. In Canada, when you write for the Globe & Mail (Grope & Flail, Mop and Pail) you believe you are writing for the most important paper in Canada. The only possible higher calling could be to write for the New York Times.

Sam

May your tangerines never underwhelm.

What a coincidence - that's on my family crest.

Adam

Small illuminated stylized humanicon with or without a front hole.

Good lyrics, but hard to dance to.

David

What a coincidence – that’s on my family crest.

And like all the blessings, obviously, a true story.

Feel my pain.

Daniel Ream

That he believes “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”

You might want to look into the history of one Margaret Sanger.

No she was in earnest.

Also a coward. You have to wade through her facile attempts at self-deprecation to get there, but after making much of the "cowardice" of Massey Hall in its response to the mob, she acknowledges that she ultimately quit. If she had the courage of her convictions she'd insist they formally oust her.

Karl

At a time when San Francisco is drowning in human faeces and used hypodermic needles, before more recently being systematically destroyed by rioters, murderers and looters, the SF Human Rights Commission has the answer - the Karen Caren act!

Finally they can prosecute the real criminals, like this horrifying case of attempted defamation:
In June, a white couple called the police on James Juanillo after accusing him of defacing private property. Juanillo was stenciling “Black Lives Matter” on the wall in front of his Pacific Heights home.

Sam

You might want to look into the history of one Margaret Sanger.

This is the danger candidate Yeezy (B-IL) poses to Project Left, not the nonsense about him stealing black votes and swinging the election. American blacks are (1) only 13% of the genpop, (2) register and vote at lower relative percentages than other groups, and (3) are largely concentrated in urban areas inside states that are locked one way or another. NY, CA, IL and arguably TX are locked and a 100% turnout of blacks voting in unison won't swing them in either direction, and that's a ton of electoral votes I just listed.

Unfortunately, it's never been about blacks, their welfare, or even their voting preferences for the Dems, as per usual. It's about using them as shield, sword, or cudgel as needed.

But...if even a few people (black or otherwise) start actually questioning the institutions who've promised racial equity for generations yet consistently deliver urban hellscapes then the entire Project is at risk. EG, rightwingers have been trumpeting the "PP as black genocide" angle for decades with the typical results. But if someone they can't outright ignore starts complaining...

Karl

Also a coward.

[Sigh] Yep. It's endemic. Even the most ardent defenders* of free speech have to begin their battle with a litany of mealy-mouthed mea culpas.

"The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy." ...blah blah blah ... racist ... blah blah blah ... sexist ... blah blah blah ... literally hitler.

So stunning. So brave.

* Some hyperbole may apply

Karl

For those of you with a strong stomach, Jessica Valenti (I know, believe me I know) has a characteristically* reasoned, honest and balanced response to the Harper's Letter opposing cancel culture.

* May not contain reason, balance or honesty.

Governor Squid

How long do you think I'd be gone before my employer realized I wasn't working from home? Or rather, that my home wasn't where they thought it was.

Karl

Newsweek is a premier news magazine and website that has been bringing high-quality journalism to readers around the globe for over 80 years.

Why is Jodie Comer Being Canceled? She Might Have a Pro-Trump Boyfriend

I just can't keep up.

WTP

"Remember, honey,” she said to her daughter as we waited for the light to turn green, “we need to wait for the little White man to appear before we can cross the street.”

They call me a reality denier all the time, so it doesn't really bother me anymore. Just saying for context... I do not believe this conversation, in this manner ever happened. Reads like stilted dialog from a lame episode of a 1980's family sitcom. Like the one with those little twins playing the same character, or that one where a bunch of tweener girls did that stuff while that middleaged fat lady rolled her eyes. You know the ones.

Steve E

I do not believe this conversation, in this manner ever happened.

Was waiting to cross the street with my son when he was four. He liked to push the walk button and did so then waited dutifully for the light to change. When the walk signal came on he exclaimed, "White man walking!"

Steve E

Oh, and what makes it even cuter, is my son is adopted from Guatemala and definitely looks like he has some Mayan dna.

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