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July 28, 2021

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Rafi

"Dear fellow white people…" is never a good sign.

David

“Dear fellow white people…” is never a good sign.

No, there’s not much good down that road.

Ms Delgado now seems oblivious - or wishes to appear oblivious - as to why such behaviour might be considered odd, a little contrived and condescending. Though I notice her bewilderment, or feigned bewilderment, now carefully excludes the racial aspect, formerly the whole point of her post.

David

And then there’s the assumption that if a black person is sitting in a coffee shop, someone is likely to direct a racist comment at them. Presumably, “the best thing” would be to not only smile at people and say ‘hi’ based on their skin colour, but also to loiter for as long as it takes until someone makes a racist comment, and then protest, while declaring your “solidarity” with the Magnificent But Put-Upon Brown Person.

Nikw211
    ... at a coffee shop, park bench, in line at Target ...

Apparently, what happens when a woman who sells imported European antiques from her French Farmhouse Lifestyle Boutique in Los Angeles tries very hard to imagine where one's regular customers might typically encounter black folk.

David

what happens when a woman who sells imported European antiques from her French Farmhouse Lifestyle Boutique in Los Angeles tries very hard to imagine...

Heh. “I style.”

Nikw211
    ... at a coffee shop ...

Ms Delgado recommends a a coffee shop. Wonder if that was the one she had in mind?

David

I’m now picturing Ms Delgado patrolling local coffee shops and park benches, looking for a black person to smile at and say ‘hi’ to.

Liz

Can I pat them on the head?

David

For some reason, this came to mind.

David

It’s the fact that it takes what might otherwise be a nice touch of humanity – those occasional small acknowledgements with strangers (say, when you’ve both seen or overheard something quite funny) - and then, by ostentatiously racialising it and framing it as a duty, makes it contrived, condescending, self-conscious, and weird.

Nikw211

For some reason, this came to mind.

And these are the anti-racists?

David

And these are the anti-racists?

The tweet in question, now deleted, got over 25,000 likes. There are lots of these creatures.

Mags

Some of the replies may entertain.

https://twitter.com/TeddyOist/status/1420141048337154048

David

It does rather capture the dynamic.

Ex Wykehamist, Lincs.

Waving and smiling at people to whom one hadn't been introduced was damn' bad form in my day.

PiperPaul

The tweet in question, now deleted, got over 25,000 likes. There are lots of these creatures.

How many were bots though?

Lancastrian Oik

Waving and smiling at people to whom one hadn't been introduced was damn' bad form in my day.

Which is why sometimes those of us who weren't educated at public school....

Forget it. Let's not go there, eh?

Burnsie

"And to cross check anyone who makes a racist comment. Obv."

Well, obviously! A liberal savior's gotta do what she's gotta do!

Honestly, these people are something else.

anon a mouse

Honestly, these people are something else.

They're like yesterday's macadamias. Nuts, they are.

Thankfully, Twatterbook allows all of us to know and steer clear.

Sam

Literally shaking!! Smiling...meaning people can see your face...in the middle of a PANDEMIC?!? Then further spreading death by saying "hi"?! Geez, if you want to murder brown and black bodies so bad why don't you just get it over with and kneel on their necks!! I can't even can't even right now

aelfheld

Delgado forgot to capitalise 'black'.

Governor Squid

Thankfully, Twatterbook allows all of us to know and steer clear.

True, it's a good warning sign for us. Problem is the tens of thousands of poor souls who don't recognize the warning signs and instead seem to think this is behavior worth emulating and championing for others.

Say what you will about the conditions in Bedlam, but at least the people paying to gawp at the inmates weren't trying to convince their friends back home that it was the sort of behavior they should all aspire to.

asiaseen

Most situations the interpretations:
Man smiles at:
Woman "are you trying to get in my knickers?"
Man "are you gay?"
Child "My god, a paedophile on the loose"

Woman smiles at:
Man "good try buddy, but no"
Woman "must be a lesbean"
Child "frustrated motherhood"

As for the myriad of genders... way too complicated

WTP

Geez, if you want to murder brown and black bodies so bad why don't you just get it over with and kneel on their necks!!

Well, you really need to first shove some fentanyl down their throats or nothing much is going to happen. Oh, you'll piss them off for sure but no serious damage.

Squires

If I want to show support & solidarity for the poor and oppressed I’ll kill a fucking commie, like any good Christian.

Bruno

She's a white woman in her 50's who's evidently become hyperaware that anything she does could be interpreted as "Karen".

A Karen is haughty and overcautious about boundaries. So she's rehearsing these overcompensatory scenarios where she's ingratiating and ostentatiously careless about boundaries.

A more realistic Karen scenario is along the lines of a stranger (who's probably a neighbor so don't want to make too much of a fuss) following her into her apartment building's elevator at 11pm, or where she turns a corner in a park and finds herself in the midst of vibrancy. Before she has any choice in the matter, her own boundary has been overstepped, there's a feeling of menace but plausibly deniable, and there's no safe crowd to withdraw to.

So she imagines a mirror image of the scary Karen scenario - where she's among a safe crowd in broad daylight, and she initiates something to include the "other" upon whom badwhites have been projecting their own racial bad intent.

ccscientist

I am not young. In my entire life I have never seen a racist incident. Not one. No one saying a bad word or pushing past a black person or refusing to serve them. Nothing. I have however been assaulted by a black man, chased by 2 black men, threatened a couple of times, and witnessed dangerous looking individuals (not all in the same day of course). You can do the math.

Em

https://americanmind.org/salvo/thats-not-happening-and-its-good-that-it-is/

The third purpose is to enforce the new caste system. Those who get to impose fresh irrational indignities on the rest of us are the upper caste. Those who object, or even have reservations, are lower. The latter are not allowed to harbor, much less express, any doubts. Whatever humiliation the upper caste has planned for us, we deserve and must meekly accept. Hence when said pervy 50-year-old actually does start waving around “her” equipment in the girls’ locker room, if any parent dares object, let ’em have it with both barrels. That thing that ten seconds ago you said would “never” happen? Now it’s righteous punishment for the retrograde.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

This probably belongs in Friday Ephemera....

WTP

In my entire life I have never seen a racist incident. Not one. No one saying a bad word or pushing past a black person or refusing to serve them.

Oh, I've seen a few. Nothing terrible, at least not white-on-black. Seen much worse the other way around. In a professional environment a coworker had a superbowl party and invited everyone in our department but the big black guy. He was a good, kinda funny guy and I had a good rapport with him. I didn't know that he hadn't been invited and I happened to be sitting right next to this girl on her first day back at work after the party when Dave stopped by to ask. Everyone had been talking about the game/party as is usual, especially as nearly everyone who didn't have to work that day was there. Everyone remotely sociable, that is. I wanted to crawl under the console and hide when she told him she didn't invite him because there wouldn't be any other black people there. She went into systems administration and management years later after I left the company. I still see her on Facebook. She is now, of course, a wokey-karen.

Richard Cranium

I happen to be 62 years old now. My very first year of public school in 1965 was fully integrated, unlike many places in the US northeast.

That was in Giles County, Tennessee, albeit not in Pulaski (the county seat). I went to school in the county seat prior to middle school (hey, it was a long time ago).

As it so happens, white kids sat in the back of the bus (at least when I went to the local school, which has been shut down now for many years); the black kids insisted upon it.

For context, the original KKK started in Giles County, Tennessee. In Pulaski, Tennessee.

Given that I was 6 years old at the time and thought that anyone not in my family was weird (my nearest neighbor was a mile away and that required walking up a hill on a road steep enough such that you could coast on a bicycle at >40 MPH downhill), the color of their skin didn't make them specially weird.

sH2

Dear Fellow White People...

Anything after that is bullshit. Every. Damn. Time.

David

Anything after that is bullshit. Every. Damn. Time.

It’s a pretty good indicator of someone prone to neuroticism and habitual pretension. An unserious person. Without the word fellow, it generally indicates malign intent.

These categories may overlap, and often do.

David

At the University of Illinois-Chicago:

The student filed a complaint against [the professor] with the school’s Bias Reporting Tool, which allows campus community members to report one another anonymously for things said in private conversations or within classrooms.

When you resent expectations of competence and punctuality - and you want to be the victim, and therefore star, of your own gratuitous drama.

Sam Duncan

“allows campus community members to report one another anonymously for things said in private”

Not, you'll note, things done; things said. How can anyone not see that this is tyranny in vitro?

David

Not, you’ll note, things done; things said.

I suppose it’s the fact that what would once have been considered a self-indulgent aggravation and personal shortcoming – a sign of immaturity, flakiness, etc. – is now commonly indulged as something to not only tolerate but actively encourage.

Good will not come of this.

David

This:

asiaseen

It's easy for those who are ... from wealth to think their environment made them intelligent.

HMQ Vic was reputedly several short planks short and subsequent in-breeding since has not improved the situation. But that hasn't stopped them from amassing a bob or two. Even alleged unofficial out-breeding doesn't seem to have helped a certain semi-Royal Duke

anon a mouse

first shove some fentanyl down their throats

Domestic or imported?

Sam

From Glamour, who helpfully explains why it's amazing that [B]lack women aint no ways rested with Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, and the Revolutionary Power of Black Women’s Rest

“Black womanness sits at the intersection of society's most marginalized identities,” says Duanecia Evans Clark, cofounder of of The Creative Summer Company. “To show up in today's world as Black and woman requires that we are hypervigilant for ourselves and our families. After all of that vigilance, we have no choice but to demand rest of ourselves and the sisters around us.”

Who needs a gym membership when exercising hypervigilance is free?

“In 2021, rest is more revolutionary for Black women than it ever has been, and for no other reason than we finally have the choice,” says Evans Clark. “Our ancestors fought for this moment. We owe rest to ourselves, but we also owe it to them for the centuries they could not.”

You see, they've come so far for this moment. But...how can they rest now when There's Still So Much Work To Be Done(tm)?

Rest for [B]lack women is not a trend but a birthright—a revolutionary stance in itself.

Well, not a stance, strictly speaking, but follow the link for more edification on how it's totally a great thing that Olympic glory was missed because, darnit, Black womaness still doesn't have a proper PTO policy.

David

Rest for [B]lack women is not a trend but a birthright—a revolutionary stance in itself.

A little racial narcissism goes an awfully long way.

Sam
For any Japanese reading, this is how [Olympic race-baiting] works: when they win, we are humbled by their greatness and must perform dogeza as they insult our nations upon the podium. When they lose, it is our fault for poisoning the air with invisible, system racism and we must perform dogeza.

The (very good) Soviet Men blog weighs in on the Olympic scene, if the Glamour article linked upthread didn't tire you out on the subject.

Jacob

A little racial narcissism goes an awfully long way.

That.

ComputerLabRat

Black womanness sits at the intersection of society's most marginalized identities

Hold up there, pardner! Ain't that a bit transphobic?? There's no intersection there if "woman" has no meaning - anyone can be a woman if they decide they are. Or maybe it's not transphobic when magical blackness is involved, but if, say, a person of pallor like that Harry Potter author claims some definition about biology, then it's worthy of death threats.

Also on the topic of Simone Riles - when I clicked on the tweet David linked above, in the "More Tweets" underneath was one from Melissa Chen: https://twitter.com/MsMelChen/status/1420451363037736965

That is exactly what Equity means. Hobbling Michael Jordan (or LeBron James for the young 'uns) is also an example of Equity. Funny how that aspect of Equity never gets mentioned, and probably would be decried as RAAAAcist if it were.

Sam

Funny how that aspect of Equity never gets mentioned

Well naturally one doesn't perform the Prestige before the Pledge and Turn have been completed.

Clem
Simone Biles continues to push the bounds of gymnastics — and physics — but she's not getting rewarded adequately for her other-worldly feats.

https://www.unz.com/isteve/black-fragility/#comment-4804986

There seems to be an emphasis on “physics” in writing about her. I wonder if this is an unconscious (implicit bias?) tendency to attribute whenever possible and however obliquely powers to blacks (in this case STEM cognitive ability) that the reporters at all these woke publication know in their hearts blacks don’t have.

The only thing I've enjoyed in the Olympics so far is the Austrian amateur, a math professor in her day job, winning the women's road race in cycling. And she seems to have actually used her STEM skills to optimize her strategy. It's like a throwback to Dr. Roger Bannister.

Governor Squid

The Norwegian dude winning the triathlon was pretty good, too. You need to see footage of him in motion to understand, but his running style was super awkward and clumsy. Just not fluid at all. Dude is all power and no finesse. It had an almost hypnotic quality to me.

Governor Squid

Redsteeze remarked that the promo posters for House of Gucci look like they could be from a remake of Clue (Cluedo for you Imperials), and now I'm laughing so hard I think I might have peed a little.

Sam Duncan

“Black womanness sits at the intersection of society's most marginalized identities,”

Does it, though? Does it really?

pst314

At the University of Illinois-Chicago:

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education gives U of I a red flag for free speech.

pst314

Rest for [B]lack women is not a trend but a birthright—a revolutionary stance in itself.

Considering just how massive so many Angry Black Women are, I would think they are already getting more rest than is medically advisable.

pst314

Does it, though? Does it really?

And note how deeply hostile to Christianity so many white liberals are--highly revealing of the falseness of their mask of tolerance and love.

Baceseras

"to show solidarity"

Who the hell wants to put that kind of baggage on anything as simple as "hi" and a smile?

pst314

Female perv breast feeds male perv in nappy on public transit, and angrily demands that everyone else "mind their own business" as if doing it in public wasn't the point. This sort of behavior should have painful consequences.

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