"When Postal Service fans get aggressively upset over a black opening act, that's evidence of a bigger problem" —On so very many levels.
It has been really fun to watch reporter Andrew Rice follow the story of a homeless shelter being proposed in Carroll Gardens. It is basically his Silent Spring.
Last week, Onion A.V. Club writer Noel Murray complained about the trend of people rejecting things—food, films, music—as being “for white people.” “The ‘white people are square and bland’ gag is an old one, and for the most part, it’s both harmless and healthy,” Murray wrote. “But increasingly, people aren’t sniping about ‘whiteness’ to be funny, or even defiant—at least not entirely. They’re using the term as a form of criticism, meant to be dismissive. … ‘That sounds like music for white people,’ is another way of saying, ‘That can’t be any good.’ And I do have a problem with that.”
To some degree, we trio of black people agrees [...]
First they came for the hip hop websites, when Homeland Security seized the servers of popular websites OnSmash and RapGodfathers, due to "copyright" claims. But though that was a huge deal, the WHITE MEDIA couldn't sustain much interest or outrage. Now the government has come for the white people Internet, so attention will be paid! Last night, the FBI raided a data center that included hosting for Curbed, Eater and Instapaper, all of which cater to the iPhone and garlic scapes set, allegedly and supposedly in an attempt to grab info on some servers used by LulzSec, the "computer hacker group" who recently messed with PBS [...]
Man, I wish the Lionsgate movie about that one GQ article about some white dude named Devin who tries to make black friends that's been picked up by Oprah and Chris Rock and the people behind Tyler Perry movies was slated to be made not by the rightest, most correctest people ever but by regular white people. Not just any white people but British white people because sometimes even the most otherwise politically correct English dudes says things like "Nigerians make fantastic parking attendants" at normal speaking volume instead of whispering it like American white people do. It would be SOOOOOOOOOO uncomfortablefunny.
"And here I am today at Howard, a historically black college. Here I am, a guy who once presumed to discuss a section of the Civil Rights Act. Some have said that I’m either brave or crazy to be here today. I’ve never been one to watch the world go by without participating. I wake up each day hoping to make a difference. I take to heart the words of Toni Morrison of Howard University, who wrote: 'If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.'" —If you've been waiting for the sketch comedy bit where Rand Paul [...]
"Every thanksgiving I listen to [Fleetwood Mac's Rumours] and watch The Big Chill. I feel like it's made me understand white people a little better." —I can't argue with this logic.
"Just a few minutes of listening to mainstream rock music such as Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes is enough to make white students focus on the interests of other whites at the expense of back people and latinos. White students who listened to Top 40 pop – made by artists such as Gwen Stefani and Akon – were fairer towards other ethnic groups. The researchers, who tested 138 students with different genres, say the finding shows that because rock is associated with white people, people unconsciously favour their own race after listening."
"In a newly published study, three University of Oklahoma researchers report there is a higher rate of accidental deaths among whites (but not nonwhites) in the American South and West — regions where a 'culture of honor' makes backing down from a challenge problematic for many males. Writing in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, they conclude men living in these regions 'might be more prone to engage in risky behaviors that sometimes lead to death,' because this willingness 'signifies that one possesses the "manly" attributes of strength and courage.'"
Last week's terribly important discussion of the US junkfood industry's consistently laughable attempts at strawberry flavorings resulted in one or two name drops of Glico's Pocky in the comments section by people up on their game. Pocky, for those who don't know, is a really thin, long biscuit stick far spindlier in diameter than a Grissini (those prepackaged breadsticks) but not dissimilar in texture/pallor and dipped in chocolate.
I'm relieved that the parties are less racially polarized than some polling suggested.
— Franklin Foer (@FranklinFoer) November 7, 2012
Oh yes? You don't want to buy the argument that white people are tribally clinging to a raft built by rich fellow white people, in part as an attempt to float away from the scary brown gay immigrants?
So then what happened last night? "Mr. Obama won despite losing the support of white voters by wide margins. Overall, he lost this group by 19 percentage points, even larger than his 12-point loss in 2008," says the New York Times. Now American politics has an [...]
So the Brooklyn baby boom for the white hipster crowd is in full amazing swing. Saturday in Carroll Gardens is Dadurday! So many bearded tattooed dads in cool kicks. And this crowd (ages 26 to 35, essentially) is relentlessly nuclear. These couples live alone with their one-and-a-half kids. So many scooters with matching helmets. And they are split between renters and owners.
Now, what I can tell you about this amazingly traditional set is that, as they approach 40, about half of them will be getting divorced. I'm sorry! But yes.
The stages of urban young adult life are: marriage boom, baby boom, divorce boom, believe it. It happens [...]
How stupid are magazines? So stupid that the writers of the pieces for those magazines now tend to take to Twitter to denounce the packaging, headlining and illustration. (The illustration—Michael Vick whiteface—ESPN promptly removed; you can see it here.)
In any event, if you read the actual ESPN piece by Touré, [...]
In the wake of the devastation of last week's weather—178 tornadoes in two days! Hundreds dead, many missing—states from Tennessee to Alabama to Texas are beset with looters, we hear. Seven in Ohio! Three in St. Louis! Two in North Carolina! Maybe 20 all told in Alabama! Literally, perhaps three dozens of people have been arrested for looting in the past week.
(Can we have a sidebar? "In Alabama, businesses are prohibited after disasters from increasing the price of items for sale or rent by 25 percent or more above the average price charged in the same area within the last 30 [...]
Finally! Black people explain to slow white people what and what not to do: "If you write an article that results in a mass of people denouncing your article and possibly yourself as racist, it's not going to be for some arbitrary reason. Though it won't be comfortable, you need to accept the idea that you may have done what it is you are being accused. Calling the large group of people whom you offended irrational is not going to help." Ha, you think? (via)
I've been in a weird mood since waking; my mind is cycling frantically through thoughts on mortality, tragedy, and the futility of all that we do in the face of the overwhelming brutality of existence. I'm tempted to blame the weather, because it's pretty obvious that the last thing I need is any further self-reflection. Still, it's hard to read a sentence like this At first, the Harvard Club "freaked the kids out a little," said Mr. Polsky, who belongs to the club. "There were animal heads on the wall, and white people."
and not be more than a little bit cheered. I'm going to dust myself off, paste [...]