There is a video making the rounds. It supposedly proves the existence of racial profiling. The only thing this video proves is the gullibility of people.
It opens in a city park. It is a bright, sunny day. A young man is trying to break a bicycle chain. He uses a saw, and bolt cutters. He spends over an hour on the job, and a hundred people pass by. No one makes an issue about it. A reporter talks to people, and gets their reaction. No one suspects anything.
To begin with, a real thief is not going to spend an hour working on a bike. He probably won’t openly operate in a sunny city park. There probably is not a reporter nearby. The bike is chained to a short road sign. It would be easy to lift the bike over the sign.
The first actor goes away, and the second actor comes in. The shadows don’t seem any different in the park. The second actor is dressed similarly to the first, except for the extra melanin. Yea, this is about how the white guy gets away with inept thievery, and the black guy gets questioned.
Soon, there is a crowd around the young black man. People are asking him whether he owns the bike. A man “whips out a cell phone, and calls 911.” He is standing next to the actor, who continues to saw.
It gets better. The actor rides off in the bike, then it is chained back to the sign. The experiment begins again. An old white man confronts the actor, and picks up the tools. What happens next? If you have ever caught a thief, you know that at this point all hell breaks loose. The thief will start yelling, or pull a knife, or start major trouble. But in this video, the bike thief actor says, politely, “Please sir, please sir, don’t touch my stuff sir”.
This video is a scripted piece of entertainment. It is a fantasy. It has nothing to do with the reality of crime and theft. It is not even very good acting. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. This is a repost. UPDATE: When this feature was originally posted, PG was immediately unfriended by the person who posted the video on facebook.
Another issue with the video is the business of staging fake crimes, to illustrate videos about social justice issues. There is enough crime already. Police don’t need to be bothered with people staging fake crimes to make their point about social justice issues.
There is a rumor that Fox News turkey Sean Hannity was booed out of a Wawa sandwich shop in downtown Philadelphia last night. The story is almost certainly not true. This does not stop people from believing. @AngryBlackLady “that’s the most amazing story I’ve ever heard. LMAO. My Philly peeps don’t fuck around.”
ABL posted an 18 part tweetathon about the incident. The source was @EmoNegro1. “Join me as I tell the stories very important people don’t want you to know about! #SATIRE” The last word of that profile is important. Here is the story.
@EmoNegro1 “01-My sources told me what REALLY happened to make Sean Hannity get booed out of the Wawa! ~ 02-Well, my source says Sean Hannity came up in the Wawa, cut everybody in the line & demanded they make him a cheesesteak hoagie. NOW. ~ 03-So Sean Hannity cuts everybody in liine & starts demanding they fix him a cheesesteak hoagie RIGHT NOW & people weren’t happy! ~ 04-So this black guy (who I think was a DNC attendee) said “Ay, the line starts back there.” ~ 05-Hannity told him he was in a hurry, he had a very important job to get back to & to let Tanikqua fix his sandwich so he can get back to work ~ 06-The Wawa worker’s name was Ashley. Ashley told Hannity, sir my name is ASHLEY and he had to order his hoagie from the computer station & his number would be called when ready. ~ 07-The black guy in line said “What you not gone do is disrespect people up in here & what you not gone do is cut people in this line.” ~ 08-So Hannity said “You sound like a Black Lives Matter guy, are you a Black Lives Matter guy? Are you from Ferguson? Are you from Baltimore?” ~ 09-That’s when everybody head turned around. One lady said “Hey what does Black Lives Matter have to do with you cutting in the line?” ~ 10-Hannity said “This is the culture of lawlessness the Obamas & Black Lives Matter have taught you people.” ~ 11-That’s when it was on. One lady said “You people?” while somebody else said “Put some respeck on Barack name” ~ 12-And Hannity was hollering for the manager, but sadly for him the manager on duty was black and told Hannity to leave. ~ 13-No white people in the Wawa came to Hannity’s defense, either. They all just looked away. They weren’t trying to have their ass beat! ~ 14-The people started booing Hannity & telling him to get the fuck outta there. ~ 15-Hannity told them “Do you know who I am? I’m Sean Hannity!” Well that didn’t help matters any! ~ 16-The manager told Hannity he needed to leave before he called the police & Hannity said Oh NOW you people want to call the police! ~ 17-My source says the manager gave Hannity a look like “You Tried It!” and hustled him out of the door! ~ 18-And that’s the story of how Sean Hannity got ran up out of the Wawa in downtown Philly!”
Many people are not familiar with @Wawa Is Barbwa Wawa an investor? When PG asked Mr. Google about Wawa, he was directed to Wawa Asian Spa. “Don’t walk, run from the Wawa Spa. $60 for massage plus almost double extra for tips. 2 minute massage then wants to get to business and rush you out of there. Masseuse was 35+. Definitely not worth the money.”
Sean Hannity worked in Atlanta before he hit the big time. One day, the “great american” rode in a parade downtown. PG followed him around for a few blocks, with a blank stare. Finally, the announcer said “are we having fun yet?” Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. “Return of W. E. “Pusseyfoot” Johnson to Westerville, Ohio, from London, England, April 24, 1920″
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On the other hand, two-wrongs-make-a-right rhetoric is out of control for both liberals and conservatives, white and black, police and BLM, and any other competing identity groups that engage in questionable logic to make their point. ~ like thrift store, where you wade through mountains of garbage only to find a few gems ~ “My point here is, first, the Constitution is, according to its reading, an anti-slavery document; and, secondly, to dissolve the Union, as a means to abolish slavery, is about as wise as it would be to burn up this city, in order to get the thieves out of it. But again, we hear the motto, ‘no union with slave-holders;’ and I answer it, as the noble champion of liberty, N. P. 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An MF writer (Melissa A. Fabello) at Everyday Feminism chimes in today with Why Grammar Snobbery Has No Place in the Movement. She means a social justice movement, not a bowel movement. The two movements have a similar aroma.
With more and more people using written english, there are more grammar mistakes. Some people enjoy pointing these out. The EF post says that such behavior is elitist, privileged, and yes, racist. The distinction between written, and spoken, is not made.
“So, if a person wrote a Facebook comment that said “That their was an example of cissexism,” a prescriptive grammarian might comment back, “I think you mean ‘there,’” and a descriptive grammarian might respond, “You understood what they meant.” And while both schools are accepted forms of linguistic thought, it’s important to note that any time we create a hierarchy by positioning one thing as “better” than another, we’re being oppressive.” (“That there” sounds clumsy and ignorant, even using the correct “there.”)
“Ghanaian blogger Delalorm Semabia, in a conversation about the eradication of “the Queen’s English” in Ghana, explained, “The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking.” And this is precisely where we need to start this conversation. As educated (and – okay – snarky) activists, we’re quick to respond to “According to the dictionary” arguments with “Who wrote the dictionary, though?” We understand that a reference guide created by a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal system does nothing but uphold that status quo. Similarly, we have to use that line of thinking when talking about the English language: Who created the rules? And who benefits from them? As per usual, what this comes down to is an issue of privilege (of course!). In fact, grammar snobbery comes down to an intersection of multiple privileges.
…You’ve probably never given much thought to this, aside perhaps from believing that you speak “correctly” and that everyone else who speaks a different type of English than you do speaks the language “wrong.” And perhaps you’ve noticed how often “those people” are people of color. And we (as a society) denounce any form of the language that isn’t “white” enough. Umm, that’s racist.”
English is a living, evolving language. Spoken english changes faster than written english. The written form, devoid of vocal inflection and facial expressions, is more dependent on rules of grammar to communicate.
As different people use english, they develop different ways of speaking. Many of the phrases that are common today began as slang in ethnic populations. As time goes on, these phrases become accepted as standard english. (Some see this use of “other culture’s expressions” as cultural appropriation. PG is neutral in that debate.)
The rules for written english are slower to change. At what point do we criticize the grammar of others? It can be a useful rhetorical tactic, along with -splaning what the person really meant. Or do we just accept that some people are not privileged enough to use good grammar? (There is a certain condescension in excusing the bad grammar of others because of their background. “Oh, they can’t help not knowing that, because they is a poor oppressed POC.”)
In the list of grammar nazi privileges, MF quotes Kurt Vonnegut. PG likes to research quotes, and found a reddit page about the passage. The full quote (MF only used one sentence.) “First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I’m kidding.” And yes, Kurt Vonnegut does use semicolons in his work.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. “Photographs taken at a horse show in Atlanta, Georgia, 1937.” UPDATE: There was an twitter exchange with the person who tweeted about the article: Knowing the difference between there and their is not oppression. ~ Not everyone has the luxury.
When you publish a list like the one below, you are placing a target on your back. Above the bulls-eye is the word hypocrite. PG does not claim to take all of these suggestions. What follows is a goal to work for, not a script for situation comedy. This is a repost, and should not melt any snowflakes. Most people will think it is about someone else. If your head starts to hurt, skip over the text and look at the pictures, from the The Library of Congress.
When in doubt, shut up.
A halo is best worn over one ear.
If you want to be forgiven, forgive. If you want to be understood, understand.
There are few situations that cannot be made worse with anger and loud talk.
You have two ears and one mouth. Listen twice as much as you talk.
A douche is a hygiene appliance. The verb form refers to using this device for cleaning purposes. Neither the noun, nor the verb, is appropriate as an insult.
A sentence has one period, placed at the end. Do not place a period after every word to make a point. You should find another way to show that you really, really mean it.
Not everyone enjoys the sound of your voice as much as you do.
Ass is a noun. It refers to either a donkey, or a butt. It is not an adverb, nor an adjective. Do not place ass between an adjective and a noun.
Before you “call out” somebody for “racism”, drape a towel over your mirror.
The third commandment says to not use the word G-d “in vain”. The G word should only be used for worship, and respectful discussion. Improper uses include expressing anger, swearing, selling life insurance, and pledging “allegiance” to a symbol of nationalism.
I’m With The Banned hit the innertubes recently. It is the story of how “a radical queer feminist leftist writer *burdened* with actual principles” attended the “Gays for Trump” party at the Republican National Convention. It is 2876 words of overwrought prose. In an effort to get this material to the public, here is a condensed version.
This is a story about how trolls took the wheel of the clown car … swank black trollmobile to the gayest neo-fascist rally at the RNC. … Milo Yiannopoulos is a charming devil and one of the worst people I know. … the clown car of the billionaire demagogue who, with ghoulishly oedipal glee, Milo calls ‘Daddy.’ … Milo slides into the front seat, all bleach and bling and giant sunglasses—I won’t get to see his eyes all evening. … According to the law of the wild web, the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give (An ironic comment when used to describe Milo Y. Maybe the old saying is true… those who talk the most, do the least.) … A choreographed performance by a career sociopath who will claim any cause to further his legend. Milo Yiannopoulos is the ideological analogue of Kim Kardashian’s rear end. … the delighted Twitter martyr’s Reservoir Dogs strut through to the VIP room—a carpeted ballroom on the seventh floor of hell full of manic trolls and smug neo-fascists from every slimy corner of the internet. … Over by the bar, Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right leader, is having a nice chat with two republicans of the sort who look like they’ve been poured into their suits. I realise that I have stumbled into a den of goblins. … most obviously disturbed member of the neo-right suicide squad in attendance. … And there is Daryush Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V, self-styled leader in the “neo-masculinity” movement, author of a suspicious stack of sex travel guides and headline-hunting nano-celebrity in the world of ritualised internet misogyny. … he’s negging me. … crucible of A-list internet con-men is playing. It’s the game of turning raw rage into political currency, the unscrupulous whorebaggery of the troll gone pro. (At some point, Hunter S. Thompson observed that “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” This has devolved into “the unscrupulous whorebaggery of the troll gone pro.) … These people do not have personalities, they have haircuts. Ugly ones. … The news draws cheers from the assembled Gamergate goons whose masculinity is so fragile that they believe the new Ghostbusters film to be an active identity threat. (This might be a reference to the recent spat between Milo Y. and Leslie Jones. This was the presumed reason for twitter banning Milo Y. The promotion of that movie has morphed into an SJW cause.) … They ventriloquise the fear of millions into a scream of fire in the crowded theatre of modernity where all the doors are locked, and then they watch the stampede, and they smile for the cameras. … This is an evil place, airless and soulless as the inside of Pamela Geller’s head. … … weaponised insincerity is applied to structured ignorance. … culture war is being run in bad faith by bad actors who are running way off-script, and it’s barely begun, and there are going to be a lot of refugees.
One of the comments said “G-d, I hope everyone in America reads this.” Pictures today are from the Library of Congress. “Anti-Saloon League at Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 1921”
“Michael Moore is afraid and is convinced that Trump will win. Prove him wrong!” The comment supplied a link, Michael Moore Gives 5 Scary Reasons Why Trump Will Win. Against his better judgment, PG made a comment. There was a reply.
I can offer four more. A Health crisis for Hillary Clinton. Alienating white voters by screaming racist too often. Choosing an idiot as Vice President. An economic meltdown. ~ Number 2 on your list explains everything that is wrong with the US – a singular refusal by white people to admit they’re racists, especially the really racist ones. ~ You just gave me an idea for a blog post.
This post will focus on scary reasons one, three, four, and offer number five. Number two is a bunch of number two. The national obsession with OPRAH (other people’s racial attitudes hello) produces more heat than light. It is summertime. More heat is not needed.
HRC is 68 years old. She has been married, to a notoriously unfaithful man, for 41 years. If you google “Hillary Health,” you get replies from the likes of Brietbart and RedState.
There is at least one plausible story, Secretary of state faints, sustains concussion. Dec. 15, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday. … The State Department said Clinton was dehydrated because of the virus, fainted and sustained a concussion. She will continue to work from home in the week ahead and looks forward to returning to the office “soon,” the statement said.
In the next few days, HRC will announce the VPOTUS candidate. This is an important decision. The past few elections have run the gamut, from safe politicians (Al Gore, Joe Biden) to blithering idiots (Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin.) (A google spell check on Quyale produced the search suggestion “dan quayle once said “i am not a potted plant.”) A third category might be secret boss in waiting, or Dick Cheney. So far, HRC has run a smart campaign. It will probably continue, at least for VPOTUS.
In September 2008, the economy went to hell. We are still recovering. When the stock market lost 800 points in one day, the election of BHO was all but assured. Hopefully, and probably, this will not happen this year. However, in an election as goofy as this one, anything is possible.
Reason five is war, terrorism, natural disaster, oil spillage, or anything else that kills a lot of people. There is no telling what the Illuminati has planned for this fall. Whatever it is, we might not know the truth until after November 8, when it is too late. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.