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May 11, 2021

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sk60

That the cultivation of a chippy, racially paranoid attitude may itself increase the likelihood of pavement collisions and general frustration, and be a self-reinforcing phenomenon, is a possibility that has seemingly eluded Mr Allen,

That.

JuliaM

Maybe a trip to see some African countries would afford enlightenment as to the most racially-conscious method of pavement usage?

Who yields to whom, and on what basis?

David

That.

Well, Mr Allen doesn’t offer any evidence, even anecdotal, to support his claim – none whatsoever – but assuming the phenomenon has any basis in reality, one might want to consider the attitudes of all parties, including those of Mr Allen.

For some reason, this came to mind.

David

Mr Allen’s Twitter feed is pretty much what you’d expect.

For instance, he reminds his followers that the collective term “blacks” is not to be used – I sentiment I share, incidentally, albeit mildly, much as I avoid the term “gays” – but he then happily uses the term “yts” when referring to white people. Again, as so often, our woke-ling seems unburdened by expectations of reciprocation. Which may have some bearing on his claims about pavement use.

The Sage

And later, crossing to the other side of the street on seeing a person of politically preferred pigmentation approaching will also be condemned as racist.

David

It occurs to me that the white devils’ “awkward” and clearly racist use of the pavement may be related to the fact that “whiteness” is “an energetic imbalance caused by a loss of spinal fluidity and awareness of the lower body.”

As noted here.

Sam Duncan

”This is to say that essentially every aspect of our society, including the way we physically move through space, has been shaped by a racist legacy.”

We are all guilty!

(NB: The Meringue, Éclair and Profiterole Authority was rebranded as Patisserie.UK in 2016, in order to promote inclusivity.)

kfg

The substance for Mr. Allen's claim is that when he, as an activist, deliberately and aggressively impeded white students on the sidewalk they did not step aside and kneel to allow his passage.

I have very low confidence that I am making this up.

NJH

Recall being on the pavements of SF and intrigued by the habits of some brown folk to lie across the sidewalks. They appeared either dead or in a deep slumber. Rather than step over them, I walked around these prone impediments. I am now confused as to which action would be considered as the least racist.

David

Previously, racist pedestrian crossing lights.

Penseivat

If Mr Allen insists on referring to white people as 'yts', perhaps white people should return the compliment and use the term 'blx', or would that be racist?

Murgatroyd the Irredeemable

Those racist wypipo need to learn to walk on the sidewalk with the same degree of courtesy and consideration of others that Black people display.

anon a mouse

Nuts.

Andy

Previously, racist pedestrian crossing lights.

LOL. Tip jar pinged.

pst314

That the cultivation of a chippy, racially paranoid attitude may itself increase the likelihood of pavement collisions and general frustration, and be a self-reinforcing phenomenon, is a possibility that has seemingly eluded Mr Allen

This. "Racially paranoid" explains his delusions.

pst314

The substance for Mr. Allen's claim is that when he, as an activist, deliberately and aggressively impeded white students on the sidewalk they did not step aside and kneel to allow his passage.

I have very low confidence that I am making this up.

You are not making it up: I have personally encountered black people who intentionally moved so as to block my path: I'd be walking along the extreme right of the sidewalk (walk/drive on the right here in the States) and a black person would, while staring coldly at me, move across the sidewalk to be directly in front of my path. Sometimes they would say something hostile afterwards.

David

Tip jar pinged.

Bless you, sir. May keys never wear a hole in your pocket lining.

pst314

For some reason, this came to mind.

Yes indeed.

ComputerLabRat

crossing to the other side of the street on seeing a person of politically preferred pigmentation approaching will also be condemned as racist.

That has also been condemned as racist, going back to the Jesse Jackson days. They keep changing the rules or adding new, contradictory, ones such that even if you were to drop to the ground in abject obeisance, prepared to lick the boots of your betters should you be required to, they'd find something racist in that too. Like the guy with the frock and the scruffy beard a couple posts ago, who took offense that some people using his preferred pronouns might not actually believe he was female. The only way to win is to not play, and that option is slowly being taken away.

Having worked at and attended a few universities, I've noticed the younger generations tend to be wrapped up in their own personal worlds, or their phones, and are completely unaware of their surroundings, such that they don't give way to oncoming pedestrian traffic regardless of pigmentation. The assumption seems to be that the other person will move around them.

pst314

Having worked at and attended a few universities, I've noticed the younger generations tend to be wrapped up in their own personal worlds, or their phones, and are completely unaware of their surroundings, such that they don't give way to oncoming pedestrian traffic regardless of pigmentation.

Semisocialized kids being, well, semisocialized kids. But a paranoid black racist will never notice or admit that.

David

Yes indeed.

I suppose it’s largely a question of whether you think Northwestern University - annual tuition $78,000, and with its extensive list of “diversity and inclusion” departments and facilities, and endless blather about “equity” - is actually a seething hotbed of racism against black students, who are, as so often, favoured in admissions. Or whether it’s more likely that Mr Allen is just another self-flattering conformist who’s learned that pretentious victimhood equals status and leverage.

pst314

Or whether it’s more likely that Mr Allen is just another self-flattering conformist who’s learned that pretentious victimhood equals status and leverage.

Or it's worse than that: Many black Americans are racists. And they suffer little or no social consequences from other blacks for being racists.

WTP

For some reason, this came to mind.

Just reading through the comments there I got distracted by an OT discussion twixt Darleen, Sam, (maybe) Squid, others(?) and I with mr. Ten. Quite the doozy of obfuscation that was.

Dis

Remember... "They was kangs…"!

Daniel Ream

they say that I’m a victim of being lied to, and now I believe that everything is racist. The implication here is that I’m too stupid to have original thoughts or my own interpretation of the world

And they're right.

Squires

...re-enacting “the rules of Jim Crow,” which “required Black people to yield to White people whenever possible.”

Narcissists project.

Let’s play a game! Is the following statement more, or less accurate than the original?

Many people walk around campus having unknowingly absorbed many facets of anti-White racism, and the leaders of the institution do little to make us believe that anti-White racism is something worth challenging in the first place.

WTP

he reminds his followers that the collective term “blacks” is not to be used – I sentiment I share, incidentally, albeit mildly, much as I avoid the term “gays” –

I try to avoid this myself and yet every so often I fall into it and cringe if I come across it later. It's kind of like misuse of their/there/they're to/too/two then/than. No matter how much I know better and am annoyed when others do it, I find myself falling into it. The misuse and ignorance is so commonplace anymore. I call it ignorance by osmosis. While generally speaking, I'm no great speller nor wordsmith, years ago I still never would have misused such terms/terminology that is logically discernible. Now effect/affect OTOH...

David

And they’re right.

I suppose victimhood, even laughably pretentious victimhood, can be flattering and seductive. To a certain kind of person. It’s a ready-made identity, an all-purpose excuse, for the young and credulous. And in many environments, especially on a modern campus, it confers leverage and unearned deference, albeit from equally pretentious pinheads.

pst314

For instance, he reminds his followers that the collective term “blacks” is not to be used...

What terms does he think should be used?

...a sentiment I share, incidentally, albeit mildly, much as I avoid the term “gays”

I think of you more as whimsical, David.

brinster

Thinking of buying a powered wheelchair with tasers attached to both handles. Move over, my brother. Or else.

anon a mouse

*queues up "Walk This Way". With Run-DMC*

Jack Klompus

I'll ponder this deep thinking from Kenny next time I'm sitting at a green light waiting for some deliberately slow walking incoherently "rapping" black kid with his pants 3/4 of the way down his ass to finish crossing the street in front of my car.

aelfheld

The search for something, anything to be offended by is become risible.

aelfheld
[I]t’s more likely that Mr Allen is just another self-flattering conformist who’s learned that pretentious victimhood equals status and leverage.

Preaching diversity while imposing conformity is how I believe Theodore Dalrymple put it.

One Smart Fellow

I was sincerely hoping that our racist way of walking could be illustrated in some way, so with Kenny Allen falling short of the mark, I enter this into evidence as Exhibit 1:

https://youtu.be/HHFuTpVvRCI

Joey Williams

If a white person were to step aside/out of the way, wouldn't that then be construed as "avoiding blacks" or "unreasonable fear of blacks"? It's a no-win scenario; whatever you do, if someone *wants* to do so your action/inaction can be viewed as offensive (which is obviously true here).

Mike

As a white man I JUMP at the opportunity to avoid meeting a black man on the sidewalks. I not only "get out of the way" but actually cross the street as well. I feel better knowing it's what the black man wants too. Now, locking the car doors....

John Lewis

I’m reasonably sure I recall this blog mentioning a run of the mill feminist and her less than stunning and brave resistance to oppression by means of deliberately walking into men on the pavement.

We can now therefore add “walking while white” to the previously established hate-crime of “walking while male”.

John Lewis

Please ignore as our host has already linked to it (rather early in this thread TBH).

I’ll get my coat.

David

I’ll get my coat.

It’s in the alleyway. On fire.

pst314

Well I guess I now know whether or not David will ever forgive me my italics.

Joe Ego

Posts like Mr. Allen's are appearing more frequently. I am not sure if this is because black twitter and preceding social spaces were always full of similar content and it is now bubbling up as our moral betters hire more (apologies to our host) blacks, or if that increased hiring coincides with their severe education in racial animus.

I am similarly curious about the recent publicizing of anti-(east)asian violence in the US. Personally, I believe this is not a new phenomenon and people of all races have long been abused by the significant portion of irrationally and impulsively violent african descendants living among us. That seems the simplest explanation for the countless crimes in the last several decades as well as many events further in the past. But politicians and broadcasters are very insistent that this is a recent problem caused by the Orange Man hating on poor, meek China. Well, I guess San Francisco is MAGA Country now!

Nicolas

which groups feel most “at home,” whose “norms, values and perspectives” are legitimated, and “who inhabits positions of power”

If some people feel at home, that means that some people will feel more at home in a given place than others. And for those not at home, so much will be an uphill struggle, so many routine transactions fraught with unforeseen complexities, so many social norms needing to be explicitly explained and still not grasped as well as the envied majority who implicitly understand them.

Minority complaints about being structurally oppressed are a shout from the rooftops that assimilation is impossible - that our civilization is more difficult for outsiders than we can ever comprehend, that being tolerated as a minority is a rebuff to their esteem, that their inclusion in majority spaces leads not to contented adjustment but to the heaping up of envy and the spiteful wish that if I can't feel at home then nobody should feel at home.

Sad stories about the lived minority experience where nobody can pronounce your name or recommend a suitable hair product are an argument for separate countries and separate institutions so that whoever is unhappy being a minority (which is most people most of the time, especially when the novelty wears off) has a place to go where they can be at home and in the majority.

Joe Ego

I do have one more comment more specific to Mr. Allen and his... ilk. What is the status of our relations with Liberia? Are they still accepting our expatriates? Maybe we could arrange a swap with S. Africa?

If people insist the country is so terrible then the most peaceful solution is they should be helped to leave. We should similarly deal with those who are the source of this education. They want to play the "America is a bunch of ideas" game then people who disagree with the ideas should be banished.

David

I am similarly curious about the recent publicizing of anti-(east)asian violence in the US.

The moral contortions have been routinely grotesque.

NTSOG

@ JE: "If people insist the country is so terrible then the most peaceful solution is they should be helped to leave."

Intellectual giants such as Kenny "and his ... ilk" remind me ever so much of fools floating in a life boat after their ship has sunk in the open ocean and then drilling holes in the bottom of the boat on whose integrity their lives depend.

WTP

remind me ever so much of fools floating in a life boat after their ship has sunk in the open ocean and then drilling holes in the bottom of the boat on whose integrity their lives depend.

Yeah. With the rest of us sitting in the same boat too chicken shit to try and stop them. Or even so much as speak up about it.

pst314

Via Ann Althouse, an obvious truth: "The facts are plain: the idea that 'acting white' is a myth is, itself, a myth."

"Acting white" was an obviously real problem when I was a teen, 50 years ago. Liberals have loudly, and endlessly, denied that it is a real phenomenon, because to admit its existence would force them to admit that not every problem can be blamed on racism and "the system" and that some problems can be solved only when black people change how they think and act.

Cloudbuster

In the immortal words of the Brothers Gibb,

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I'm a woman's man, no time to talk

Steve E

"The facts are plain: the idea that 'acting white' is a myth is, itself, a myth."

Thank you for that. A well reasoned, interesting piece. And yes, please can we get rid of the words "systemic-racism".

I went to high school in Canada in the 70s. When I started there were less than 10 black students. When I left after 5 years (we had grade 13) there were perhaps 40 or 50 kids. The early years were kids who were born in Canada. In the later years they were mostly immigrants from the Caribbean. So most of these kids had their founding experience somewher outside of Canada. I'm not saying there wasn't racism--there was--but it wasn't systemic and certainly hadn't shaped these kids. Still I heard more than once in my years at that school a black kid say to the teacher when something hadn't gone his way, "it's because I'm black."

Jay Guevara

Laying out the claims by University of Richmond sociologist Bedelia Richards

Sociologist? Say no more. But a sociologist of melanin? Please. And yes, I will have fries with that.

Jay Guevara

that some problems can be solved only when black people change how they think and act.

Begs the question.

Jay Guevara

I do have one more comment more specific to Mr. Allen and his... ilk. What is the status of our relations with Liberia? Are they still accepting our expatriates?

More to the point, does their cuisine still feature captured enemies and political opponents?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcrimes-taylor-idUSL1334959020080313

Steve E

Oh, oh. Good thing David's asleep.

Steve E

That fixed it.

pst314

Begs the question.

That change is possible?

Cloudbuster

There certainly is systemic racism in the US. Against Whites.

pst314

Oh, oh. Good thing David's asleep.

Unclosed tags in the comment thread!


Farnsworth M Muldoon

NYC honors African culture with art.

pst314

NYC honors African culture with art.

Future generations will spit on our intellectual elites. And justifiably.

Steve E

NYC honors African culture with art.

Looks like a wood carving my aunt brought back from the Virgin Islands in the early 70s. She bought it in a local tourist market for a couple of bucks.

Daniel Ream

NYC honors African culture with art.

Uatu the Watcher could not be reached for comment.

Zionist Overlord #73

I wonder if Mr. Allen's conscience is stricken by the fact that he is culturally appropriating the concept of Original Sin.

David

And they’re right.

Having been mocked for his unargued assertions and casual racism, Mr Allen is now complaining that people, presumably white ones, “don’t want to engage” with his unargued assertions and casual racism. The truth of his claims is, he says, “obvious.” An attitude that would, I suppose, explain the lack of evidence or any reciprocal standard, and the apparent disregard for any expectation of such. It occurs to me that if your immediate environment is one in which race-based claims aren’t subject to challenge or scepticism, even when sweeping and rather dubious, it must be quite unnerving to encounter these things for the first time.

randian

People at this predominantly White school would not move out of our way on the sidewalk

Is Mr Allen a member of the nobility, such that he can expect that any part of the sidewalk is his to occupy, and the peasantry are obligated to yield their location on the sidewalk to him?

This is remarkably similar to the Islamic rules for dhimmitude, in which etiquette demands that should a Muslim and a dhimmi meet on the street the dhimmi must step aside, the better to remind the dhimmi of their inferior status. Perhaps this explains the popularity of Islam among blacks.

pst314

This is remarkably similar to the Islamic rules for dhimmitude, in which etiquette demands that should a Muslim and a dhimmi meet on the street the dhimmi must step aside, the better to remind the dhimmi of their inferior status. Perhaps this explains the popularity of Islam among blacks.

Heh. You may have a good point there. "We waz kangs!"

Another feature of dhimmitude, equally relevant to this comparison, is the criminalization of any request for a relaxation of the rules of dhimmitude. Thus, it is a capital crime for Christians and Jews to assert that they are entitled to equal treatment before the law. Similarly, whites may be punished for denying that they are racists or are conspiring against blacks.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Somewhat related problematic names are found.

Unrelated, "Hockney, who now lives in France, recently started creating art using his iPad..."

I would have guessed Microsoft Paint.

pst314

Somewhat related problematic names are found.

I wonder what names they found objectionable. But really, if they are going to harass other people then they should be harassed and hounded and abused. It would be only fair.

David

But really, if they are going to harass other people…

That’s precisely what it is. They’re not pious; they’re just flexing.

pst314

That’s precisely what it is. They’re not pious; they’re just flexing.

Flexing their political muscles? Or is there some British meaning that escapes me?

Regardless, there should be consequences for being a fascistic thug.

David

Or is there some British meaning that escapes me?

In the sense of showing off, or more specifically, attempting to intimidate or dominate.

[ Added: ]

I mean, imagine thinking that the measure of being a good person is to randomly appoint yourself the Boat-Naming Police and to needlessly aggravate people about whom you know nothing whatsoever, beyond the fact that they own a boat. To become King Prodnose.

Instead of, I don’t know, doing some shopping for an elderly neighbour.

[ Added: ]

The point being there’s not a lot of status attached to, for instance, picking up groceries for an elderly neighbour or doing something useful but rather humdrum. Whereas ‘protesting’ about insufficiently progressive boat names can be milked for in-group status, farcical as it may sound.

And which hints at the motives in play.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

... people about whom you know nothing whatsoever, beyond the fact that they own a boat.

What do you need to know ?

It is common knowledge that anyone who owns a boat is a filthy rich white male capitalist oppressor and the fact that the guy lives on a leaky 25ft day sailer because his wife got the house in the divorce only reinforces his misogyny.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

At least she double bagged it....

David

At least she double bagged it....

Now that’s the kind of thing that can only go well.

anon a mouse

Uatu the Watcher

Jobu's arrival.
Next up, bats to lose fear of curveball...

Governor Squid

At least she double bagged it...

There are times when I wish Darwin could be a little more efficient in his work.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile in the Emerald Isle, No need to double bag if you have a handy wicker basket.

pst314

There are times when I wish Darwin could be a little more efficient in his work.

It's times like these when I wonder how humanity ever managed to create an industrial civilization, much less get into space.

anon a mouse

much less get into space.

It's a conspiracy, man.

Daniel Ream

"It's times like these when I wonder how humanity ever managed to create an industrial civilization, much less get into space"

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein

pst314

It's a conspiracy, man.

A conspiracy of dunces? Or are the space aliens making us stupid with those chemtrails?

pst314

Speaking of chemtrails, I have a couple extra rolls of tin foil if anybody wants to buy them.

Jay Guevara

That fixed it.

Posted by: Steve E | May 12, 2021 at 02:17

Thanks!

Sorry about that.

Steve E

Thanks!

You're welcome. I've been there before.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

US Consumer Product Safety Commission, a day late, a dollar short.

Darleen

US Consumer Product Safety Commission, a day late, a dollar short.

Or ... what's that saying about barn doors and stolen horses?

pst314

At least she double bagged it...

Sigh. Perhaps some people are too stupid to be allowed to drive. Much as this woman appears to be too crazy to be allowed to drive.

ComputerLabRat

Much as this woman appears to be too crazy to be allowed to drive.

Oooh - bring on the Non-binary Baristas of De-escalation! That oughtta go down a treat.

Steve E

Much as this woman appears to be too crazy to be allowed to drive.

I'm not sure what the worst part of that video was. The crazy lady or the crazy spectators. They can see she's the problem and still they hector the police. And...not one of them offered to help with the baby. The guy who says he's a cop should face discipline from his own police force.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Much as this woman appears to be too crazy to be allowed to drive.

This one popped up in the sidebar list of that video, You can't arrest me, I'm parked!

Darleen

Oooh - bring on the Non-binary Baristas of De-escalation!

Wonder which non-binary barista of pallor could have handled this man -- who decided to make a stop while on his way to Anger Management classes.

NTSOG

Recent reasons given to Police by suspects stating why Police cannot arrest/penalise said suspects:

1. I'm a teacher

2. I'm a nurse.

3. This car is mine and it's not stolen

4. I'm parked

5. I can scream and swear very loudly

6. I'm calling my lawyer

7. You're a murderer

David

while on his way to Anger Management classes.

For those who missed it, the barista who will save us.

abi

"Chippy"?

David

“Chippy”?

Captious and resentful; being overly sensitive and needlessly quarrelsome. See also, having a chip on one’s shoulder.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Chippy”?

Chippy; noun, colloquial:

1) UK: Shop that sells fried battered fish and french fries.

2) US: Woman of Availability.

David

UK: Shop that sells fried battered fish and french fries

I’m trying to picture the response in my local chip shop were someone to ask for French fries.

anon a mouse

US: Woman of Availability

Texas: Bovine scat...*see tossing, cow chip*

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I’m trying to picture the response in my local chip shop were someone to ask for French fries.

I was translating the English into English...

David

[ Sudden hankering for extra-crispy cod and curry sauce. ]

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