All Allegiance America

Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 30, 2015





Existential Cellophane

Posted in Poem, Writing Contest by chamblee54 on April 30, 2015








Google Searches And Black Mortality

Posted in GSU photo archive, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 29, 2015








PG was trolling twitter one day when an item caught his eye. @Flyswatter There’s a correlation where racist Google searches and high black mortality rates occur. The tweet linked to an article at HuffPo (the long winded sister of PoPo) with the disturbing title The Connection Between Racist Google Searches And Black Mortality Rates.

“A new study shows a chilling correlation between the number of racist Google searches in an area and the long-term mortality rates of the black people living there. … David Chae … an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, determined how racist a geographic area was by how frequently an epithet for African-Americans appeared in area Google searches. Internet searches are a good way of measuring societal attitudes, Chae said, because people don’t self-censor in their own homes. Areas with the most searches for the epithet “n*****” had the highest mortality rates among African-Americans, found the study, which Chae and seven coauthors published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. “

The article refers to a serious scientific study, Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality. Some people with degrees broke the country into 192 Designated Marketing Areas. In the DMA where people performed more Google searches for the “n-word,” Black people were more likely to die.

“In this study, we investigated the utility of a previously developed Internet search-based proxy of area racism as a predictor of Black mortality rates. Area racism was the proportion of Google searches containing the “N-word” in 196 designated market areas (DMAs). Negative binomial regression models were specified taking into account individual age, sex, year of death, and Census region and adjusted to the 2000 US standard population to examine the association between area racism and Black mortality rates, which were derived from death certificates and mid-year population counts collated by the National Center for Health Statistics (2004–2009) DMAs characterized by a one standard deviation greater level of area racism were associated with an 8.2% increase in the all-cause Black mortality rate, equivalent to over 30,000 deaths annually.”

“This previously developed variable was calculated as the proportion of total Internet search queries containing the “N-word” (singular or plural) using Google from 2004–2007. More colloquial forms of the “N-word” (i.e., ending in “-a” or “-as”) were not included given prior analysis of top searches revealing that these versions were used in different contexts compared to searches of the term ending in “-er” or “-ers” … Area racism was standardized so that a one-unit increase in area racism indicates a one standard deviation higher proportion of Google searches containing the “N-word.””

The study was inspired by a New York Times article, How Racist Are We? Ask Google. In this study, areas where people googled the “er” version of the “n-word” were less likely to vote for Barack Obama. “(I did not include searches that included the word “n**ga” because these searches were mostly for rap lyrics.)” LANGUAGE ALERT Use caution when reading this article. It uses the “n-word,” using all six letters without any euphemizing symbols.

The study claims to have been peer reviewed. It does not indicate the race of the people making google searches for the “n-word that ends in er.” This search statistic, which is not broken down on the internet, is the only measure of “racism” that is used. The mortality statistics for mixed race, and non black POC are not mentioned. Media coverage of sporting event riots was not discussed.

Pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Psalms 70

Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 29, 2015












Dr. King And Mr. King

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Politics, Race, Religion by chamblee54 on April 28, 2015








The other day PG stumbled onto a blog post, about a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This address was deemed “the singularly most-important speech on race in the history of this country.”

PG admires Dr. King. He is also suspicious of superlatives. There were some comments made by Rodney Glen King III. The comments by Mr King were briefer, and tougher to live up to.

While thinking of things to write about, PG realized that he had never seen the actual quote by Mr. King. It is embedded above. When you see this video, you might realize that Mr. King has been misquoted. The popular version has him saying “Can’t we all just get along.” He did not say just.

Mr. King was known to America as Rodney King. His friends called him Glen. His comments, at 7:01, May 1, 1992, went like this:
““People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids? . . . Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it.”
The circumstances of the two comments could not be more different. Dr. King was giving the sermon of his life. There was an enormous crowd, both in person and on TV. His comments were scripted, rehearsed, and delivered with the style that he was famous for.

Mr. King, by contrast, had just seen the officers who beat him acquitted. Cities from coast to coast were in violent upheaval. Mr. King was speaking to reporters without benefit of a speech writer. What he said might be more important. This is a repost. Pictures today from The Library of Congress.










Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Politics, Race by chamblee54 on April 28, 2015

Doug Richards is an Atlanta tv news reporter. He writes a blog, live apartment fire. He was on the scene twenty three years ago. There was a riot downtown. Mr. Richards had a bad night.

PG was working in the Healey building that day. He ran an RMS, or reprographic management service, in an architects office. He had a blueline machine, ran jobs for the customer, and had free time. PG did a lot of exploring, and enjoyed the various events downtown. On April 30, 1992, there was an event he did not enjoy.

The day before, a jury in California issued a verdict. Four policemen were acquitted of wrongdoing in an incident involving Rodney King. The incident had been videotaped, and received widespread attention. The verdict of the jury was not popular. The dissatisfaction spread to Atlanta.

Sometimes, PG thinks he has a guardian angel looking over him. If so, then this thursday afternoon was one of those times. PG went walking out into the gathering storm. He was a block south of the train station at five points, when he saw someone throw a rock into a store front. The sheet metal drapes were rolled down on the outside of the store. PG realized that he was not in a good place, and quickly made his way back to the Healey building.

A group of policeman were lined up in the lobby of the building, wearing flack jackets. One of the police was a white man, who was familiar to workers in the neighborhood. A few weeks before the incident, he had been walking around the neighborhood showing off his newborn baby.

There was very little work done that afternoon in the architect’s office. Someone said not to stand close to the windows, which seemed like a good idea. Fourteen floors below, on Broad Street, the window at Rosa’s Pizza had a brick thrown threw it. There were helicopters hovering over downtown, making an ominous noise.

There was a lot of soul searching about race relations that day. The Olympics were coming to town in four years, and the potential for international disaster was apparent. As it turned out, the disturbance was limited to a few hundred people. It could have been much, much worse. If one percent of the anger in Atlanta had been unleashed that day, instead of .001 percent, the Olympics would have been looking for a new host.

After a while, the people in the office were called into the lobby. The Principal of the firm, the partner in charge of production, walked out to his vehicle with PG and a lady in operations. The principal drove an inconspicuous vehicle, which made PG feel a bit better. PG took his pocketknife, opened the blade, and put it in his back pocket. It probably would not have done him much good.

PG usually took the train downtown. As fate would have it, there was a big project at the main office of redo blue on West Peachtree Street. That is where PG’s vehicle was, in anticipation of working overtime that night. The principal drove PG to this building. PG called his mother, to let her know that he was ok. The Atlanta manager of Redo Blue talked to him, to make sure that he was not hurt.

If PG had not gone back downtown the next day, he might not have ever gone back. He was back at the West Peachtree Street office, and was assured that it was safe to ride the train into town. The Macy’s at 180 Peachtree had plywood nailed over the display windows. A gift shop in the Healey building had a sign in the window, “Black owned business”. Friday May 1, 1992, was a quiet day.

This is a repost. The events of twenty three years ago are mostly forgotten in Atlanta. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

Religion For Lack Of A Better Word

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 27, 2015









@jonathanchait Right-wing evidentiary standards on anti-Semitism are as insanely low as left-wing evidentiary standards on racism ~ Maybe we need to think about the way we deal with racism. There are some problems with your approach. ~ “It is only through fiction that facts can be made instructive or even intelligible.” — George Bernard Shaw ~ “People think that because a novel’s invented, it isn’t true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that.” — Anthony Powell ~“I write fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography, I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn’t.” — Philip Roth ~ That’s got to be the worst sentence I have ever written. Syntactically waterboarded. ~ Except for the shoving by Miss Walmart, the lady was getting the attention she was looking for. It would have been crueler if they ignored her. ~ @strangetinybird If u are trying to make peace w yrself, then u probably need to recognize where u are making war w yrself ~ Just for the sake or argument, how many of those comments were accompanied by video of moving lips? Was there creative editing? The walk was clearly a play for attention. The shoving, and liquid throwing, were not justified, but the rest of the behavior was not really that bad. The woman was trying to provoke, and apparently she got what she was looking for. ~ Why do people get so worked up about racism and gay marriage and ignore trade agreements? ~ KJ ‏@kjmelara I want to have an open dialogue about #AmericanReflexxx Luther Mckinnon ‏@chamblee54 @kjmelara American Reflexxx is phony you never see the moving lips of ppl making the comments KJ ‏@kjmelara @chamblee54 who the fuck is you Luther Mckinnon ‏@chamblee54 @kjmelara are you from Myrtle Beach? KJ ‏@kjmelara @chamblee54 Stay out of my mentions troll. You are blocked from following @kjmelara and viewing @kjmelara’s Tweets. Learn more ~ So glad you survived an event that had nothing to do with you. You are an asshole for marking yourself safe in an earthquake that you were no where close to. Disrespectful and arrogant. ~ Every interaction I’ve had with you has shown you to be a pushy, arrogant, ignorant twat. Thanks for being consistent ~ Hopefully we can hang out in the back yard after dinner. ~ Post successfully updated. Lookin’ good! ~ please relax your binary muscle. You’ll feel better. At least I hope you will. ~ When I count the pages in my #Bible, and divide the total by two, I get one reckoning of the middle. On this page is Psalms 70. Here is a lovely verse. Psalms 70:2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. ~ The Bible talk was off topic. A dance break is more spiritually edible. ~ You might enjoy these pictures. ~ Thank you. Religion, for lack of a better word, is a highly personal affair. It is not always comfortable to talk about. One of my many issues with the Jesus Worship Church is this notion that I should be required to discuss these sensitive matters with people I have not learned to trust. ~ Why am I inside on a beautiful sunday afternoon reading this? ~ God ‏@TheTweetOfGod “I’ll pray for you” is an intellectually dishonest way of saying “Fuck off.” ~ This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. ~ This post is interrupted by a popup ad for “the EVERYDAY SELF-LOVE COURSE Free yourself from toxic self-talk and give yourself the love you deserve!” ~ pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. ~ selah









Psalms 117

Posted in Poem, Religion by chamblee54 on April 26, 2015







American Reflexxx

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 25, 2015







There is a video making the rounds these days. It was produced two years ago, in Myrtle Beach SC. It shows a pretty person, wearing scanty clothes, behaving in a provocative manner. The person, a cis female named Signe Pierce, , wears a mirrored visor. The crowd cannot see her face.

The drama opens with an intoxicated young man hitting on the performer. This is one of the acts that was clearly directed at the performer. In another, a young lady sneaks up from behind and pushes the performer down onto the sidewalk.

There is a lot of talk in the video. Apparently it was recorded by the Alli Coates, who followed the performer around with a video camera. People speculate about the gender of the performer, among other things. Most, though not all, of the talk is not complimentary.

This running commentary is odd. You never see a pair of moving lips to go with the comments. You don’t know when the comments were made. There is very little variety in the voices. How a moving video camera got these high quality sound recordings is a mystery.

The video is getting quite a reaction these days. The person whose facebook posting PG saw went into a purple prose phrenzy. “PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO. Its is the most important experimental documentary i’ve seen in years. Its a devastating & revealing portrait of society’s reaction to an unusual but confident person.People argue that someone willing to attack a stranger based on their appearance must hate themselves, and in this case they’re literally attacking a mirror on legs. I cant do this film justice with a write-up please just check it out.” This technicolor text can be found on a tumblr, Sleazeburger in Paradise.

In real life, Signe Pierce and Alli Coates are a romantic couple. They live together in LA’s Echo Park. “We fell in love in cyberspace, which is rather fitting. … The couple met on Tumblr and OkCupid. Signe found Alli’s photography on Tumblr, and a week later by coincidence (or algorithms), Alli messaged Signe on OKCupid.”

“In our home we have artwork by a few artists that work with cyberfeminist themes, such as graphic design duo Sarah Faith & Nicole Killian and photographer Elizabeth Renstrom. Pam Anderson is the centerpiece of our shrine. The female form is beautiful and should be celebrated rather than shamed, and Pam is a great representation of unapologetic, unabashed femininity. — Signe and Alli”

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. This institution celebrated its 215th birthday April 24. Picture #06661 was taken in Texas, at the Galveston Bathing Review, 1926.

UPDATE The following conversation was on twitter.
@kjmelara I want to have an open dialogue about #AmericanReflexxx
@chamblee54 @kjmelara #Americanreflexxx is phony you never see the moving lips of ppl making the comments
@kjmelara @chamblee54 who the fuck is you
@chamblee54 @kjmelara are you from Myrtle Beach?
@kjmelara @chamblee54 Stay out of my mentions troll.
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Self-Righteous Brain Alleviate

Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 24, 2015












Posted in GSU photo archive, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 23, 2015









At the 20:00 mark of the latest Risk show, Kevin Allison tells a story. He used the word caucasian to describe himself. His friend, who knows about such things, said that you can’t call yourself Caucasian.

The word Caucasian is derived from the Caucasus mountains. This is a region in Asia where Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia exist, not always in harmony. The thinking goes that many different types of people live in this region. It is not accurate to describe people of European origin as Caucasian.

According to wikipedia, the three primary races of mankind are Caucasian, Mongoloid and Negroid. Mongoloid refers to the people of East Asian, while the Negroid people originated in sub-saharan Africa. Both Mongoloid and Negroid are considered tacky, with the latter devolving into the dreaded n-word. Maybe it is natural progress to label Caucasian as politically incorrect.

If you google the phrase “is Caucasian,” the search suggestions are a race, white, an ethnicity, racist, a culture, a color, still used. The ever trenchant Urban Dictionary says Causcasian is “A ridiculous way of saying “white person”. Used mostly by Americans.” PG finds this ironic. The first person he knew who used the c-word regularly was a Black Muslim named John Ali.

The UD has a page for something called the Caucasian Donut. “When an exceptionally large white girl finishes oral sex on another exceptionally large white boy and proceeds to collect his jizz and puts it on a pastry of her choice.” It has an ad, with the slogan Join Hillary for America.

So the c-word, in addition to being pretentious, is scientifically dubious. Most people who use it have never heard of the Caucasus mountains. But is it (cue dramatic music) Racist? This post thinks so.

“Caucasian, literally, refers to people native to the Caucasus, but it has become interchangeable with any number of ‘White’ populations, most of wh1om trace their ancestry to Europe. One gets the feeling that the term ‘White’ fell out of favor and was replaced by ‘Caucasian’ much like ‘Black’ was replaced by ‘African-American’. But the roots of such terminology are a bit disturbing; it was postulated that the natives of the Caucasus exhibited the idealized physical appearance so the Caucasus were believed to be the birthplace of mankind. The logic behind this idea — the assumption that Whites exhibit the best physical appearance — is implicitly racist. Additionally, we now know our species first appeared in Africa, so the biology isn’t any good either. The connotations of the term Caucasian along with the geographical absurdity of using that term to describe all Europeans or Whites are the two main reasons we should abandon the term.”

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Before You Call Out Racism

Posted in Poem, Politics, Race, Religion by chamblee54 on April 22, 2015