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I am posting this here because it seems that Starville Methodist Church is actually Starville CME Church

https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/crime/suspect-in-custody-after-shooting-at-starville-methodist-church/501-54e381fc-cefe-4004-b9ca-8b5ab3fffbb4

Totino's Fortnite Training Room (DJP), Sunday, 3 January 2021 18:33 (seven months ago) link

Here’s a good old ‘AnTi-RaCiStS aRe ThE rEaL rAcIsTs’, courtesy of the Hungarian government:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/05/budapest-black-lives-matter-artwork-rightwing-backlash

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 14:09 (six months ago) link

update on Miya Ponsetto, the nutjob who tackled a kid in nyc: she's been arrested after doing an interview with gayle king
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/nyregion/arlo-hotel-keyon-harrold.html

Over the course of the interview, which was conducted remotely, Ms. Ponsetto grew increasingly agitated and confrontational. At one point, as Ms. King pressed her on taking more responsibility for her actions, Ms. Ponsetto held up a hand to the camera as if to silence her.

“All right, Gayle,” Ms. Ponsetto said. “Enough.”

(Her lawyer) Ms. Ghatan then leaned over to her client, whispering: “No, stop. Stop.” Capt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said that Ms. Ponsetto had been arrested in Piru, Calif., a small town about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles where she has been living.

Ms. Ponsetto was driving to her neighborhood at around 4:30 p.m. local time when deputies and New York police officers pulled her over, Captain Buschow said. Ms. Ponsetto refused to get out of the car at first and slammed a door on a deputy before being pulled from the car and taken into custody, he said.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 January 2021 16:31 (six months ago) link

actually, apologies for "nutjob" as she's probably dealing with genuine mental issues.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 January 2021 16:57 (six months ago) link

I watched that interview. That girl is not dealing with any mental issue deeper than being a pampered 22-year-old who's never been told "no" in her life.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 8 January 2021 17:24 (six months ago) link

I'm not going to pretend like I can reliably identify who is mentally ill and who isn't from a distance but I am pretty comfortable in saying actions have consequences and I am glad this woman was arrested.

Totino's Fortnite Training Room (DJP), Friday, 8 January 2021 17:59 (six months ago) link

yeah, even her lawyer had to tell her to quit being an ass during the interview. and for some reason she felt she had the authority to actually approach civilians and demand they show her her phones, but only picked the Black customer to actually accost and tackle.

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 January 2021 18:17 (six months ago) link

i'm comfortable saying that anyone who reacts to being pulled over by the cops by slamming the door on them - or who unprovoked tackles a child! - is probably not doing well mentally. and that's not an excuse or justification for her behavior in any way but i do feel like i should be more careful about calling people "nuts".

i am also pro "actions have consequences," especially right now.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 January 2021 20:38 (six months ago) link

Lol I don’t need to know anything about her mental health, she’s racist as shit and she seems horrible in every way. That interview, Jesus.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Friday, 8 January 2021 21:33 (six months ago) link

In the wake of neo-confederates storming the Capitol I've been thinking a lot about the "this is not who we are" debate/memes and certain differences between right and left. I remember hearing once the observation that the driving emotion of the right is anger, while the driving emotion of the left is guilt. I'm sure it's an oversimplification, but it's interesting how it feels like the counterbalance to the boastful "we are great" attitude of the right is the baleful "we are terrible" attitude of the left. Which, I mean, we are. But humanity is terrible. I sometimes feel like the American left discourse around racism as America's original sin takes on a religious quality (I mean, duh, "original sin") and I'm not always sure whether it winds up helpful. Or maybe it does, overall, but it can take detours where white people on the left undergo all kinds of ritual self-flagellation and introspection that I'm not sure advances things. Guilt can certainly have good outcomes, in fact some guilt is necessary to having a conscience. But something still feels very sackcloth-and-ashes about a lot of today's white discourse around racism. Surely it's better than the opposite. I'm sort of wondering aloud really, I don't have a definite take on this.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 14 January 2021 22:44 (six months ago) link

I don't know the right way to deal with this but it's not great that there is a whole industry now catering to "anti racist allies" which seems to have a primarily therapeutic purposes for the "anti racist" on a personal level- like this is how acknowledging your privilege will make you a better person and relieve you of your burdens etc. despite all the theatrics it's a hell of a lot easier to acknowledge one's privilege than to actually try to dismantle it and there's way too much of the former that doesn't even seem to acknowledge that the latter is also necessary

the religious thing is just the most accessible language we have for something this huge but it's a problem if anti racism becomes about seeking personal absolution instead of changing the world whatever language it's wrapped up in

I think the guilt is baked in and won't go away as long as colonialism and white supremacy still structure the world- the right wing response is actually pretty attuned to this I think, more than the left, their denial and projection is actually functional

as#d,.F:ddz;,c#,;;,;,;,sdf' (Left), Thursday, 14 January 2021 23:42 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I think that last point is important. There’s a recognition among conservative “thinkers” that national myths serve a political purpose and also make people more comfortable in their own lives. I guess my question is whether national guilt/sin serves an equally powerful purpose - does it spur people to action or just to therapeutic steps as you put it? I would hope maybe it’s both. Of course there’s an inherent imbalance between a side that tells you to be more selfish and a side that tells you to be more selfless - the former is the path of less resistance.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 15 January 2021 02:13 (six months ago) link

I don't know the right way to deal with this but it's not great that there is a whole industry now catering to "anti racist allies" which seems to have a primarily therapeutic purposes for the "anti racist" on a personal level

heh, this goes back to the Catholic Church selling indulgences.

sarahell, Friday, 15 January 2021 02:38 (six months ago) link

the religious thing is just the most accessible language we have for something this huge but it's a problem if anti racism becomes about seeking personal absolution instead of changing the world whatever language it's wrapped up in

I think the guilt is baked in and won't go away as long as colonialism and white supremacy still structure the world

see there's kinda the crux of it though ... like, is that even possible (for colonialism and white supremacy to not structure the world)? And that goes back to the sinful nature of humanity issue that is tied up with the colonialism and white supremacy ...

sarahell, Friday, 15 January 2021 02:43 (six months ago) link

so from one perspective an answer could be no which is why the world and humanity (if both are taken as colonial constructions) must be abolished

from a perspective that takes the world and humanity as givens there would still have to be reparations but I don't see how there could be any point at which people could say it's sorted and the world is fixed now

wrt national guilt spurring people into action my family is german and that country has gradually become better at rhetorically acknowledging the awfulness of one specific period of its history (don't mention namibia)- to the extent that there is sometimes a twisted form of national pride over how good they are at apologising for their past (which is nevertheless firmly in the past) meanwhile the world has been irrevocably changed and Germany is (relatively) thriving again. then you have fringe weirdos like the Antideutsche as well as more mainstream liberals whose apparent rejection of the legacy of nazi antisemitism just becomes an excuse for islamophobia and uncritical support for US foreign policy. and those for whom all this shame is humiliating, who demand an unapologetic nationalism to make Germany great again. guilt seems to be a factor in all of these responses and if this example is anything to go by it's not encouraging as the only motivator for "reconciliation" (a euphemism). which obviously isn't to say that shamelessness would be better

don't get me started on britain and its weirdly aggressive combo of nostalgia and denial that characterises its attempt to suppress any guilt over how it got rich (because everyone knows, really)

Left, Friday, 15 January 2021 21:55 (six months ago) link

The idea of associating the left = guilt implies the left is mainly white people. A start might be following black ideological leadership imo

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 15 January 2021 22:02 (six months ago) link

yeah we're pretty much talking about white people in the race thread ... Deej otm

sarahell, Saturday, 16 January 2021 06:51 (six months ago) link

Journalists will never fucking change.

Just an observation about the media:

We’ve gotten dozens of request from political reporters asking to be connected with veterans who became right-wing extremists.

But we’ve gotten zero interest in the perspective of POC troops who had to cope with extremists in their units.

— Alexander McCoy (@AlexanderMcCoy4) January 21, 2021

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 22 January 2021 18:29 (six months ago) link

inserts "pretends to be shocked.gif" here

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 22 January 2021 18:44 (six months ago) link

I would like to see a similar rundown for other ethnicities.

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:49 (six months ago) link

So, did he call a student the n-word or was he participating in a discussion where he introduced the n-word as an example of a certain style of rhetoric, because if it was the latter I am much more inclined to think the NYT did the right thing

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 29 January 2021 17:31 (six months ago) link

i think that's likely the question being had in the boardroom right now and i'm assuming it's the latter as well.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 January 2021 20:07 (six months ago) link

Nothing new here:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/xd5bdd/nazis-chic-is-asias-offensive-fashion-craze-456

pomenitul, Monday, 1 February 2021 14:52 (six months ago) link

In 2016 Sony Music had to apologize after Japanese girl band Keyakizaka46 wore black capes and hats similar to the SS uniform during a stage performance.

Two years before that, South Korean pop group Pritz said they never intended to look like Nazis when they dressed in black shirts with red armbands in a music video.

this is fascinating to me

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Monday, 1 February 2021 14:53 (six months ago) link

btw I'm not clicking on a Vice link on the rolling thread about race, that is taking irony several steps too far

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Monday, 1 February 2021 14:53 (six months ago) link

xp
wth is going on with Vice's "more like this" algorithm

rob, Monday, 1 February 2021 14:53 (six months ago) link

Haven't been keeping up with Vice's latest transgressions, sorry.

Try this instead:

https://www.cnn.com/2016/12/27/asia/taiwan-nazi-school-asia/index.html

pomenitul, Monday, 1 February 2021 14:55 (six months ago) link

that 2016 CNN article is quoted in the 2018 CNN article I posted

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Monday, 1 February 2021 14:58 (six months ago) link

lol I guess CNN was like "nailed it the first time"

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Monday, 1 February 2021 14:59 (six months ago) link

That's not Hitler on the cover of the book, it looks like a waxwork... of Bruno Ganz.

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Monday, 1 February 2021 15:06 (six months ago) link

color me unsurprised: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/entertainment/morgan-wallen-record-sales/index.html

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Monday, 8 February 2021 14:22 (five months ago) link

smith college again:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html

sarahell, Friday, 26 February 2021 08:43 (five months ago) link

https://www.espn.com/soccer/ac-milan/story/4324640/zlatan-ibrahimovic-to-lebron-james-do-what-youre-good-at,-stay-out-of-politics

I don't follow soccer but I've seen this guy's name before. If anyone needs to shut the fuck up, it's him.

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Friday, 26 February 2021 18:47 (five months ago) link

In a February 2011 interview, Ibrahimović stated that the boxer Muhammad Ali is one of his role models, going on to say: "One of my idols in sport and outside the sport also..he believed in his (principles) and he never gave (them) up."

good thing Muhammad Ali never did any politics

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Friday, 26 February 2021 18:56 (five months ago) link

You can tell Ibrahimović follows his own advice. He proudly doesn't use his brain for anything outside of playing his position.

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:04 (five months ago) link

I’m sure Zlatan is 100% cool with this totally apolitical incident:

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11863/12227404/zlatan-ibrahimovic-uefa-opens-investigation-after-ac-milan-striker-racially-abused-at-red-star-belgrade

pomenitul, Friday, 26 February 2021 19:05 (five months ago) link

ibrahimovic is an obnoxious idiot

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:10 (five months ago) link

Ibrahimovic is a mouthy fuckhole

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:34 (five months ago) link

he was in MLS last year, lots of fans grew to hate him statewide

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:34 (five months ago) link

😕

I love Black history.
But the 1619 Yoga Project is a little too much for me. pic.twitter.com/V1TffnyCTl

— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) February 27, 2021

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Saturday, 27 February 2021 21:06 (five months ago) link

oh no

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Saturday, 27 February 2021 21:12 (five months ago) link

it's hardly the most upsetting element of the video, but that CADENCE

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 27 February 2021 21:17 (five months ago) link

Uhh...

pomenitul, Saturday, 27 February 2021 21:26 (five months ago) link

the cheerful warmth of the tone and cadence makes it sound that getting on boats to become slaves was a nice thing for black people to do .... yeah, ughhhhhh

sarahell, Saturday, 27 February 2021 22:46 (five months ago) link

Meanwhile, over at Oberlin:

https://www.facebook.com/1569723009914148/posts/2922254581327644/?d=n

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Monday, 1 March 2021 16:18 (five months ago) link

I think code-switching is an extremely valuable skill to have and also something virtually everybody does. Thanks to racism, it’s marginalized when non-white people do it.

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:52 (one month ago) link

something virtually everybody does

Seriously. The idea that it's something only black people do is absurd. Anyone who's ever consciously stopped themselves from saying "fuck" in front of their boss, raise your hand.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:07 (one month ago) link

Totally. Everyone does it! And also, AVE is a language with internal rules and consistency and it follows forms that other languages also have! That's really exciting info, right in the teeth of ppl who say it's bad or wrong SAE.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:11 (one month ago) link

I read a fascinating essay on the grammatical and syntactical structures, covering some of the same ground as that video and more besides, not long ago; can't remember where, or I'd post a link.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:19 (one month ago) link

codeswitching is something i've always linked to intersectionality in something that everybody does. & for interrelated reasons.
Nobody is monolithic, let alone artifical groups of people. YOu have people you have to be more formal with and people you can be far less formal with to look at this in its simplest form.
You also have people you have shared more past experience with so you can feel likeyou can let your hair down and mask slip with. Or don't need to try to conform to a supposedly given norm with. & others you feel far more vulnerable with and therefore want to be much more guarded around.
I thought that was human nature.
There just seems to be more pressure on black people and other minorities to be more guarded. I think there's less understood forgiveness or something. Wonder if there will be a point when that is not going to apply. Would make society a better place if there was l;ess of taht tension. & less hoops to jump through.

Stevolende, Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:23 (one month ago) link

OTMing the last DJP/unperson/in orbit. Plus, a lot of the people who bitch about AAE use lots of it on a regular basis, whether they're conscious of it or not.

I teach classes at work and I do not care how people speak in my class if it makes them comfortable - it makes for a more comfortable training environment. I tend to use very relaxed speech too.

I always find it ironic that the people who bitch the most about AAE and/or "broken" English (hate that term) are usually poor speakers themselves.

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:24 (one month ago) link

Here's a friend of mine who has made a career out of studying the linguistics of AAVE with a 30-minute video she recorded for DuoLingo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5xzlGHqv7w

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:26 (one month ago) link

omg opening tab for later!

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:29 (one month ago) link

I read a review of a book looking into the way languages are spoken within a family if more than one language is spoken i the home. Which was talking about different family members speaking different languages with different other family members. Like the relationship between family members including which language they felt comfortable speaking to each other. Father to daughter being different to mother to son and possibly different again with the interaction between the different configurations of that grouping.
Would like to know more about that. Presumably differs with each family and will have some historic reasoning behind it within the family.

I can remember hearing my dad talk 3 different languages within the space of a sentence. So wish i had that fluency. He had a tribal language, a lingua franca for the country or presumably group of countries and teh colonial language he grew up being taught. I think Luo the tribal language must sound different enough to Swahili which is very arabic influenced. & the other language was English. THink he may have had fluent French on top of that, wouldn't be surprised if that didn't stretch to at least a smattering of Spanish too.

Stevolende, Thursday, 17 June 2021 14:11 (one month ago) link

that pbs video was good indeed, thanks

Nobody talking about the discovery of Indigenous children's remains in residential schools in Canada? Hope this does remain a conscious thing for people. I was mainly aware of Canadians as having a stereotype of being squeaky clean nice progressives until last year.
Then was hearing a lot about racism there from people on webinars who were based there both indigenous and black populations had long standing history of it.
That the |Green book needed to include entries on parts of Canada and there had been a lot of violence against indigenous. as well as attempts to have indigenous children fostered out to white families so they lost contact with their traditions etc which was an intentional policy in the 1960s

Stevolende, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 16:05 (one month ago) link

Residential schools in AK were the same; most rural villages are still suffering badly from the legacy of trauma and abuse and having whole generations deliberately cut off from their native language and cultural traditions.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 16:09 (one month ago) link

Stevolende, there's some talk on the Canadian politics thread.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 16:11 (one month ago) link

Genocide was enshrined into the very purpose of the Residential Schools of Canada pic.twitter.com/H9qdEzErUq

— The Serfs (@theserfstv) June 24, 2021

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 16:14 (one month ago) link

To make the connection even clearer, the line famously used by the founder of one of the first residential schools was "Kill the Indian and save the man."

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 16:20 (one month ago) link

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/08/entertainment/blackfishing-explainer-trnd/index.html

I'm mostly posting this because of how hard the picture of Iggy Thee Stallion made me laugh

an eco-conscious Music Box (DJP), Thursday, 8 July 2021 18:03 (three weeks ago) link

yikes

Is this a New Jersey

KEEP HONKING -- I'M BOBOING (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 8 July 2021 19:53 (three weeks ago) link

I keep thinking about how Usher gave us Justin Bieber and T.I. gave us Iggy Azalea and it makes me shake my fist southward and shout "ATLANTA YOU WRONG FOR THIS"

an eco-conscious Music Box (DJP), Thursday, 8 July 2021 20:07 (three weeks ago) link

Besides “everyone”, I assume?

Karl Havoc (DJP), Thursday, 15 July 2021 12:06 (two weeks ago) link

that piece is staggering imo

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 26 July 2021 17:11 (one week ago) link

map do you like this is revolution podcast

criminally negligible (harbl), Monday, 26 July 2021 17:17 (one week ago) link

i will check it out!

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 26 July 2021 17:23 (one week ago) link

i think it is the episode from a couple days ago that talks about the cosby show, look on youtube. was listening to it this weekend and didn't finish because their episodes are lonnggggg but i think you would like it.

criminally negligible (harbl), Monday, 26 July 2021 17:27 (one week ago) link

super interesting, thanks for that map

(I am bad at podcast listening but will have a look at that one)

rob, Monday, 26 July 2021 17:32 (one week ago) link

There's a ton of Black pop culture made by people from poor backgrounds. Entire bookstore sections' worth of romance and crime novels written by and for poor Black people. But Bertrand Cooper doesn't read them, nor do the white people he's lecturing in his piece. So that just gets completely overlooked.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 26 July 2021 17:37 (one week ago) link

The piece might benefit from more clearly establishing that he's talking about the kinds of esteemed cultural products (HBO series, elite magazine gigs, Oscar winners, etc.) that cross over to widespread success and are therefore taken as a sign of a culture industry successfully "diversifying." I'm not convinced ignoring historically disregarded/disparaged art like romance novels means he's overlooking something crucial here

rob, Monday, 26 July 2021 17:49 (one week ago) link

Then the piece is just another part of the circle-jerking elite cultural ecosystem it purports to criticize. He’s basically a Black J.D. Vance, the way he talks about his upbringing in a way perfectly calibrated to thrill and terrify the Helen Lovejoys in the audience.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:01 (one week ago) link

cool

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:14 (one week ago) link

Entire bookstore sections' worth of romance and crime novels written by and for poor Black people.

wrt crime novels there's a history of these authors dying poor and getting screwed by their white-owned publishers as well

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:20 (one week ago) link

also correct me if i'm wrong but black crime fiction, afaik, only truly shaped pop culture as we know it through its repeated reference in rap music (which, black music is deliberately excluded from this essay for probably obvious reasons)

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:34 (one week ago) link

Thought this might be interesting but gave up on it after a while cos I just found it annoying

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A live, online, interactive event with Lionel Shriver, Tomiwa Owolade and Inaya Folarin Iman on contemporary censoriousness in literature.
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‘More than one way to burn a book’: literary censorship in the 21st century

Online Drop-In Event: Monday 26th July 7-8.30pm (BST)

Speakers: Lionel Shriver and Tomiwa Owolade

Host: Inaya Folarin Iman

News this month that a school in Edinburgh is to cease teaching Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, on the grounds of its ‘white saviour narrative’, should make us ask, was Ray Bradbury right when he said, five decades ago, that “there is more than one way to burn a book, and the world is full of people running about with lit matches”?

While we may have moved on from the prudish attitudes towards sexuality and profanity which saw works like Lady Chatterley's Lover banned, it is worth pondering whether the old matches have been fully extinguished. Perhaps more overt, state censorship carried out by authoritarian regimes, such as Turkey, Hungary and Thailand, blinds us to the subtler ways in which censoriousness operates in publishing in the Anglosphere. This can manifest itself through accusations of cultural appropriation and stereotyping in the creation of characters on the page, or demands for ‘cancellation’ due to personal misdemeanours in the author’s own life.

We are delighted to be joined by two eminent speakers, the novelist and columnist Lionel Shriver and the writer and critic Tomiwa Owolade, to explore the differing threats from de jure, or legally imposed, censorship, and de facto censorship, perpetrated by individuals and private companies. We will consider whether our current cultural clashes shackle or stimulate the literary imagination and ask, is one person’s ‘censorship’ another person’s ‘sensitivity’?

Lionel Shriver: A prolific journalist with a fortnightly column in The Spectator, Lionel Shriver has written widely for the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Times, Prospect, the Financial Times, Harper’s Magazine, and many other publications. She has published the bestselling works of fiction The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, Big Brother, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the Orange-Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (a 2011 feature film starring Tilda Swinton). Her most recent novel is Should We Stay or Should We Go (2021). Her work has been translated into over 30 languages.

Tomiwa Owolade: Tomiwa is a writer and critic who lives in London. His work has appeared in the Times, Spectator, Evening Standard, Unherd, Quillette and Literary Review, among other publications. He holds degrees in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London and University College London, and has written extensively on books, politics and racial identity.

Stevolende, Monday, 26 July 2021 18:37 (one week ago) link

99% of authors in the history of publishing have gotten screwed by their publishers and/or died poor.

also correct me if i'm wrong but black crime fiction, afaik, only truly shaped pop culture as we know it through its repeated reference in rap music (which, black music is deliberately excluded from this essay for probably obvious reasons)

Well, who the "we" in the phrase "pop culture as we know it" is, is kind of the whole fucking point (and exactly what this writer is getting wrong). This is about who's reading what, and why. No, EL Griffin's Hood Love and Loyalty is never gonna be nominated for a National Book Award, but it's not because the author didn't go to the right college.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41E7JjKKjAL.jpg

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:42 (one week ago) link

99% of authors in the history of publishing have gotten screwed by their publishers and/or died poor.

oh man, didn't realize publishing was operating at such a loss

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:43 (one week ago) link

Thought this might be interesting but gave up on it after a while cos I just found it annoying

Interesting as what? As an example of hideous anti-woke right wing garbage?

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:45 (one week ago) link

oh man, didn't realize publishing was operating at such a loss

One Stephen King pays for a thousand writers whose books sink to the bottom of the ocean unread. Wait till you find out how many actual copies you need to sell to have a New York Times bestseller. (Triple digits will do it.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 26 July 2021 18:47 (one week ago) link

sometimes i feel like On Here i've read a completely different article or post. or i read too fast, but i thought he was acknowledging the existence of content produced by people from poor backgrounds and pointing out how they don't get boosted because they are presumed to be unpalatable to white people, regardless of how popular they actually are, and the big media companies can still say they are doing diversity without offending anyone important.

criminally negligible (harbl), Monday, 26 July 2021 19:02 (one week ago) link

actually delete the first sentence, i shouldn't apologize for how i read it

criminally negligible (harbl), Monday, 26 July 2021 19:02 (one week ago) link

off topic but

John Oliver has a net worth of 30 million dollars. He could heal many wounds just with his own wealth, yet he chooses not to. It’s almost like he’s full of shit. https://t.co/QiRbLZedST

— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 26, 2021

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Monday, 26 July 2021 19:14 (one week ago) link

this guy has truly figured it out

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Monday, 26 July 2021 19:15 (one week ago) link

Charles Murray, everybody!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7QIxCNX0AQFpvV.png

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 26 July 2021 21:25 (one week ago) link

excellent contributions itt keep it up

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:06 (one week ago) link

sometimes i feel like On Here i've read a completely different article or post. or i read too fast, but i thought he was acknowledging the existence of content produced by people from poor backgrounds and pointing out how they don't get boosted because they are presumed to be unpalatable to white people, regardless of how popular they actually are, and the big media companies can still say they are doing diversity without offending anyone important.

― criminally negligible (harbl), Monday, July 26, 2021 8:02 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

also, someone with basic reading comprehension skills would be able to tell that he is detailing his experience being the black-poorest with a double intent. yes it establishes his credentials, which is probably important considering the topic of the piece, but he also describes his experience in a way that strips it of the kind of romantic authenticity that others are capitalizing on. flattening that into the grotesquerie of "a Black JD Vance" is an impressive fart even for unperson.

i'm really curious / interested if any of the grant or application programs for minority creatives he describes will ever include a clearly defined "poor person" category.

anyway, by all means keep embedding charles murray tweets itt it is very interesting content

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:26 (one week ago) link

though what i would really be interested in is unperson telling us all why he hates poor people so much

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:32 (one week ago) link

unfortunately i was thinking about it some more while i was walking and the article would make no sense logically if the writer was unaware that there is content created by and for black people! like it kind of sounds like that's what he'd prefer to see more of.

criminally negligible (harbl), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:00 (one week ago) link

anyway it's nice to see that expressed in the elite circle jerk culture ecosystem

criminally negligible (harbl), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:01 (one week ago) link

ugh insert "poor" in that xpost

criminally negligible (harbl), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:04 (one week ago) link

the article would make no sense logically if the writer was unaware that there is content created by and for (poor) black people! like it kind of sounds like that's what he'd prefer to see more of.

He came up with exactly one example — Moonlight, a movie with a budget of $1.5 million according to its director. If he really wanted to make the point that he wanted to see more content by poor Black creators, it would be a simple process of listing some books and saying "More like this, please." (Or allowing music to be part of the discussion.) But he's only concerned with what wins National Book Awards and what gets written up in the Atlantic.

The sentence "A decade of unprecedented interest in Black arts and letters has now passed—the greater portion of it bought with footage of people possessing Floyd’s particulars lying dead on the tar—and still you cannot walk into a bookstore to find a shelf named for Black authors raised in poverty." is absurd bullshit. First of all, the last time I went into a physical Barnes & Noble, there was no section for Black authors at all — their books were shelved alphabetically with everybody else's. But when there have been separate sections (and when I worked at Barnes & Noble 20+ years ago, there were), there's absolutely special consideration for "Black authors raised in poverty" — they call it "urban fiction," and it's books like the one I mentioned above, the kind of books this author has zero interest in promoting, by authors whose names he'll never bother to learn, because the readers of Current Affairs would never let such a thing stain their fingers, and he'd rather attack Colson Whitehead and Roxane Gay (whose name he misspells in the piece) for being rich. (I didn't know Gay came from money until reading this. It doesn't change my opinion of her work one way or the other. I used to know one of Whitehead's sisters, a little. She came to a reading I gave for my first book.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:27 (one week ago) link


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