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This could be another hoax, but it appears legit. From USA Today:

Adidas pulls all white sneaker created for Black History Month in wake of Twitter backlash

Charisse Jones, USA TODAY Published 4:02 p.m. ET Feb. 5, 2019

Adidas has pulled a sneaker it was selling in honor of Black History Month after the all-white running shoe was slammed on Twitter.

The shoe, part of the company’s Ultraboost line, was included in a broader collection of clothing and sneakers inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, but critics said the sneaker’s color, and even the material apparently used to create it, made for a tone-deaf tribute.

“@adidas Releasing an all white sneaker in a Black History Month collection ain’t it,” one tweet read.

Another post said “I walked into a @JDSports today to look at the Ultra boost shoe @adidas. I was told by an employee that these shoes were made to celebrate black history month Confused the employee proceeded to tell me that the shoe was also made of cotton? Hence the all white. I am disgusted.”

In a statement about its Black History Month collection, Adidas said that “toward the latter stages of the design process, we added a running shoe … that we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how Adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.”

Fight the White!

For some reason, I’m reminded of this 1993 New York Times oped by Conan O’Brien reviewing the first night of his TV show:

Op-Classic, 1993: O’Brien Flops!
By CONAN O’BRIEN

There has been much speculation about the new “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Little is known about the new host, and even less about the show’s format. Last week, this writer had the opportunity to watch a test show in Rockefeller Center’s legendary studio 6-A. …

Mr. O’Brien’s guests that evening also included the deputy director of New York’s wastewater collection bureau, the editor of the NBC inter-office newsletter and a man who could eat oranges without getting any juice on his shirt (although he failed to do so on camera). Inexplicably, all the guests were introduced at the same time. Mr. O’Brien then asked each, in turn, his favorite color. To every answer, he snorted that the chosen color was “for girls.”

 
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  1. trelane says:

    I agree with the Adidis decision to withdraw this racist product. An all-white shoe made of cotton introduced during Black History Month festivities is simply disgraceful, appalling and disrespectful. Shame.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @WowJustWow
  2. Tiny Duck says:

    We aren’t going to talk it anymore

    https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/02/07/davis-marks-evil-is-banal/

    We are going to fight the evil

    • Replies: @fish
  3. Anon[227] • Disclaimer says:

    How much cuck can a hard cuck cuck if a hard cuck could cuck hard?

    As much cuck as a hard cuck could cuck if a hard cuck could cuck hard.

  4. Anon7 says:

    What is this bulls***. In the 70’s before they started making fancy leather uppers for sneakers, everybody wore white converse All Stars.

    Limousines for the feet.

  5. J.Ross says: • Website

    The stereotypical and original athletic shoe to die for is the Air Jordan, most models of which are mostly white, because the NBA had a rule about shoes being 51% white for visibility.

  6. Mr. Blank says:

    Gee, I wonder why they ever thought black people might like blinding white shoes.

    Lines from the 2002 song “Air Force Ones,” by Nelly, et al:

    I like the all-white high top strap with the gum bottom
    there’s somethin’ bout ’em that’s dirty, that’s why I got ’em
    I leave ’em strapped and laced and come up out ’em
    the last person who touched ’em I damn near shot ’em.

    Now don’t nothing get the hype on first sight like white on whites
    them three quarters them lows they all tight
    the only problem they only good for one night
    ’cause once you scuff ’em you fucked up your whole night.

    Now where the boxes where I keep mine (keep mine)
    You should beep mine (beep mine)
    Maybe once or twice but never three times
    I’m just a sneaker pro
    I love Pumas and shell toes
    but can’t nothing compare to a fresh crispy white pair.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  7. @Anon

    Hey! You keep that commentary over at Marginal Revolution, where it belongs.

  8. Lot says:

    Adidis products seem to be identical to other gym clothes brands but 50-100% more expensive.

  9. And if Adidas had responded to the outrage with “By the Way, They’re Free,” then

    • LOL: Abe, George Taylor
    • Replies: @Jack D
  10. songbird says:

    I have a racially-sensitive solution for Adidas: make them all pink.

  11. Anonymous[156] • Disclaimer says:

  12. Dr. X says:

    Jefferson nailed it 238 years ago:

    “The following are the most remarkable alterations proposed:

    …To emancipate all slaves… when they should be colonized to such place as the circumstances of the time should render most proper…

    It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state..? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race..”

  13. Anon[227] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder who did this.

  14. Just one week into Black History Month and I’m already exhausted. Looking foward to March — Women’s History/Frozen Foods Month

    • Agree: Dtbb
    • LOL: fish
  15. Anonymous[689] • Disclaimer says:

    OT:

    RE: THE STREET RAT FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY

    She doused herself with gasoline and self immolated.

    (Before staking La Raza racial claim to America.)

    Epic stuff. So much crazy. Also horrendous weirdo sentence constructions…..

    “BECAUSE FOR!”

    !!!!!

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  16. @Anon

    Yeah, or take it over to Slate Star Codex where it’ll at least do some good

  17. J.Ross says: • Website

    A few days ago there were helicopters flying over Los Angeles as part of an exercise.
    https://abc7.com/military-exercises-rattling-nerves-around-la/5123060/
    Some of them landed on a building.

    This building is owned by a muckity-muck connected to the billionaire-collecting NXIVM sex and trafficking cult.
    https://postimg.cc/9RzqNbQW
    And occupied by Wells Fargo, which has since reported bizarre outages and logistical failures.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  18. JimB says:


    Celebrating black history month.

    Or dressed up in doctor’s coats to honor abortionists.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @MB
    , @Mr. Anon
  19. Paul says:

    Perhaps blacks finally can understand the outrage many whites feel when seeing, in an advertisement, a white person in an automobile (a white invention culturally appropriated by blacks) that is black in color. That day cannot come soon enough!

  20. @Anonymous

    RE: THE STREET RAT FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY

    She doused herself with gasoline and self immolated.

    Son, can we get a link up in this piece?

    • Replies: @Hail
  21. I find the name sneaker to be offensive, like some criminal sneaking through the night, being marketed mostly to black young men. Need a new name, but I’m worn out.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    , @Reg Cæsar
  22. @Anonymous

    They probably saved some lives by pulling that item off the shelves. Wearing that in a mixed neighborhood might get you killed.

  23. J.Ross says: • Website

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman said Thursday that his committee’s Russia investigation has yet to find evidence of collusion. The committee staff has interviewed more than 200 witnesses from multiple countries and reviewed over 300,000 pages.

    “If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/07/richard-burr-senate-russia-investigation-1156624

  24. @JimB

    Celebrating black history month.

    Or dressed up in doctor’s coats to honor abortionists.

    Splatter them with red spots, for Dr Gosnell. Kill two birds with one stone.

  25. On the other hand, white sneaks would match the tighty-whities perfectly:

  26. @Anonymous

    Bazooka Joe ought to sue Gucci.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @MBlanc46
  27. Would it be better or worse if the sneakers were black?

    • Replies: @passive-aggressivist
  28. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    You know for a fact it makes no difference.

    And giant corporations will continue to shill for this stuff regardless of manufactured outrage/blacklash.

    Anti-white/”diversity” mongering is THE corporate mandate. That these for-profit ventures largely go unquestioned by the progressive left proves that the power to exact socio-ethnic vengeance is their only motive.

  29. fish says:
    @Tiny Duck

    Ohs Tinys……

    Hey babys……Lendert gotchu a pair ob new kix! Dey’n be Didas…..dey all white! Dey all fo U.

    Lenderp “He be generus” Pitsz

  30. @Lot

    All God’s Chillun Got Adidas?

    Thanks a lot, Lot, for dredging up some long-repressed memories of this classic bit:

    • Replies: @Lot
  31. fish says:
    @Anonymous

    Yeah……Gucci just couldn’t wait to drop trou and bend over like Tinys do fo Lenderp to atone for this grievous transgression.

  32. MB says: • Website
    @JimB

    They’re Dims.
    Just missing the white hoods to go with.
    Didn’t order from Amazon in time for Prime.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  33. Tom-in-VA says:

    It’s a good thing that they pulled them, or something like this could happen.p

    • Replies: @Bragadocious
  34. @Buffalo Joe

    “Felony Flyers” I think is the moniker given to them by Chicago PD.

  35. Jack D says:

    I really have no idea how the Conan O’Brien piece ties in with the white sneakers for Black History Month, but I heartily recommend that everyone click thru and read the whole thing. It brought tears of laughter to my eyes. If Kafka did stand-up comedy, this is how he would write.

  36. I’m reminded of this 1993 New York Times oped by Conan O’Brien reviewing the first night of his TV show:

    Conan O’Brien has been on the air for 25 years? Gaaah…

  37. J.Ross says: • Website
    @International Jew

    Yes, year-round fun, not like those seasonal cameras hewn by the Nephilim that relied on the sun being at a certain sky position.
    —–
    They’ve done it, they’ve finally published the gayest and most tone deaf article illustrating Trump Derangement Syndrome.
    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a26016237/dc-restaurants-bars-republicans-democrats-donald-trump/

    [DC nightlife in t]he Trump era is different [because, as frequently previously noted, Trump ate the sun]. Washington feels more like occupied territory [the first real description I ever had about “occupied territory” was a Palestinian Detroiter I met in high school talking about how you get summarily executed if you wander outside during curfew, and the curfews are never officially ended, there is no all-clear siren, just throwin’ that out there, Ryan Lizza, writer for Esquire, the one crying about his lobster Thermidor, I honestly hope the Russian Air Force turns your glittering imperial capital into Dresden and your favorite gay club is ashes], and every social interaction [Mergatroyd!] is fraught with ideological and even moral [and even more still, fake, and even furtheringmorestmost, competely self-imposed] questions about whether it is appropriate to mingle with people who defend the indefensible: lying [in Washington, DC?! Aux armes, citoyens!], attacking reporters as enemies of the people [or, maybe, just maybe, pointing out that you professional liars are prone to exaggeration], putting children in cages [see? And the children in question are the rape toys of coyotes, and this guy wants to make the coyotes’ lives easier], assisting in the cover-up of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi [you remember him, he was a spy for Qatar and a Riyadh government faction member who lost bigtime in the recent Saudi coup; swamp dwellers and journalists are still claiming that he was a journalist].

    And regarding “people defending the indefensible,” his brief historical sketch of life on Earth before Trump ate the sun did include the era of segregation and its defenders:

    In the Kennedy and Johnson eras, official Washington took its cues from the White House: Glamorous dinner parties were in vogue under JFK.

  38. J.Ross says: • Website

    More from Esquire article about what baby tastes like:

    Take Juleanna Glover, one of the city’s most well-known hostesses. Her home has become a sort of oasis where the list is scrupulously scrubbed of most Trump guests. And Glover is no left-winger; she worked for John Ashcroft and Dick Cheney. Indeed, her parties these days are often the center of D. C.’s #NeverTrump conservative resistance, as was the case at a book party she threw for Rick Wilson [this was the guy who said that 4chan didn’t matter; he was also very confident that Trump would not win], the Republican consultant who recently published the best seller Everything Trump Touches Dies. “We can call them the uncontaminated,” Glover joked. “Pulling together the like-minded makes people hopeful. You’re aggregating the intellectually disciplined and principled[, Glover joked]. But it’s also deeply siloing.”

  39. J.Ross says: • Website

    One more:

    Sally Quinn, the author and Washington Post journalist who is still the city’s most famous dinner-party hostess and a historian of D. C.’s elite social life, is another who has taken a stand [so strong {wiping away tears}]. “Someone asked me, ‘Would you ever invite the Trumps to your house?’ The fact is I couldn’t,” she said. “It would be embracing everything I’m against. And I haven’t been to an actual dinner party in two years where any of the Trump officials are. Trump doesn’t need to build a wall; he’s built one here.”

    How can billionaires and elitists influence the government if people don’t go to the right cocktail parties? And how can people be admitted to the right cocktail parties if they’re not the right people?
    In what seems a geological age ago, Nation writer Eric Alterman won street cred by mentioning the elite parties thrown by New York Times star reporter Judith Miller as a “siloing” factor in the mainstream media’s support of the illegal second Iraq War.

  40. Jack D says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    What are they going to do with all of the horrible white sneakers they already produced? Can they save them for White History Month? Sell them in Russia?

    • Replies: @Fluesterwitz
  41. @Buffalo Joe

    I find the name sneaker to be offensive, like some criminal sneaking through the night, being marketed mostly to black young men. Need a new name, but I’m worn out.

    But “tennis shoe” is too white.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  42. eah says:

    For some reason

    Best kept to yourself.

    Fight the White!

    Yeah I know right?! — what will those loony SJWs do next?? — another great “LOL” moment — another occasion for (yet more) “wry detachment” — it all resembles a zany Marx Brothers movie!

    And whatever you do, be sure not to take ‘noticing’ so far as to see this peccadillo as part of a larger, somewhat more alarming pattern.

    • Agree: densa
    • Replies: @Corn
    , @res
    , @Paul
  43. J.Ross says: • Website

    Rumor: Pelosi blinked.
    Michigan’s own John Dingell, the longest-serving House member, has died at 92. Which is preposterous, because I just saw him at the gym, spotting Ruth on the shoulder machine.

  44. Hail says: • Website
    @trelane

    racist product

    Will this be a trend of 2019 and 2020?

    Will presidential candidates line up to denounce the latest Racist Product discovered?

    • Replies: @El Dato
  45. Hail says: • Website
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    By Zak Failla 07/25/2017

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Some homeowners in Yonkers have been dealing with some unwanted residents recently in the form of rats

    But it turns out they were real rats, not “street rats.”

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  46. These all-white sneakers will transition at lightning speed from inappropriate for Black History Month to a well-known symbol of white supremacy. How many young men around the nation are at this very moment posing for mirror selfies with a red MAGA hat, a light dusting of chimney ash on their faces, a glass of milk in one hand while the other is flashing the okay sign, all while sporting a white cotton t-shirt and glaringly white cotton tennis shoes?

    Democratic politicians’ interns tonight are furiously scrubbing social networks of any pictures featuring their bosses wearing white cotton products.

    White urban bourgeois architects and artists are deeply concerned that soon the wearing of black by whites will be deemed a racecrime.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  47. El Dato says:

    “Black History Month”

    How come everybody talks about Whitey and Publicity Whoring during Black History Month instead of, you know, “Black History”?

    One could have wall-to-wall cover about Rwanda and DRxCongo for example.

    Adidas could sell small plastic AKMs/FN-FALs (choose depending on allegiance) with an assortiment of easily selectable tribal elements to pimp it up.

    I dunno. It would make sense.

    • Replies: @Hail
  48. Hail says: • Website
    @El Dato

    How come everybody talks about Whitey and Publicity Whoring during Black History Month instead of, you know, “Black History”?

    For some reason your comment made me realize, if U.S. Blacks are around 21% White, shouldn’t about 6 of February’s 28 days be dedicated to White History?

    It’s genetics!

  49. El Dato says:
    @Hail

    You could sell a magazine.

    “Racist Product Weekly”

  50. Hail says: • Website
    @Dr. X

    You ellipsed out the Jefferson Plan for Black Resettlement and Racial Independence found in the same document. (Not exactly ‘his’ plan, but one he amplifies and approvingly summarizes at length):

    …till the females should be eighteen, and the males twenty-one years of age, when they should be colonized to such place as the circumstances of the time should render most proper, sending them out with arms, implements of houshold and of the handicraft arts, feeds, pairs of the useful domestic animals, &c. to declare them a free and independant people, and extend to them our alliance and protection, till they shall have acquired strength; and to send vessels at the same time to other parts of the world for an equal number of white inhabitants; to induce whom to migrate hither, proper encouragements were to be proposed.

    Found in Notes on the State of Virginia (1785).

    This section was likely written in 1781 because elsewhere he implies that a state of war was still in effect at the time of writing.

  51. BenKenobi says:
    @Anon

    A more pertinent question would be:

    “How much nuffin’ could a dindu do if dindu dindu nuffin’?”

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  52. BenKenobi says:
    @MB

    I gotchu, fam.

    • Replies: @densa
    , @densa
  53. Lot says:
    @reactionry

    I might have to download that. I listened to a couple other Cosby albums in the car. The best spoken word albums I can think of.

  54. Anonymous[355] • Disclaimer says:

    So, I guess Adidas was represented by a ‘white shoe’ law firm in these proceedings.

    • Replies: @reactionry
  55. El Dato says:
    @Mr. Blank

    This is actually a song about banging two white chicks right?

    Also:

    we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how Adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.”

    “You angered the Samurai!!”

    • Replies: @Mr. Blank
  56. anon[166] • Disclaimer says:

    From your linked video.

    Cochran hasn’t aged since the 90s. Who knew!?

  57. Isn’t our culture’s association between basketball shoes and blacks a stereotype threat against whites playing basketball? We need to adress the problem of racial unequality in sports.

  58. @trelane

    Of course, the only material for sporting attire that could properly honor black history is vibranium.

  59. White shoes don’t trump.

  60. Markoh says:

    On your marks. Get ready. Take offence!

  61. Gordo says:

    So Charisse Jones uses the term ‘tone-deaf’.

    Hateful bigot.

    Who will start the denunciations of xir/her/him?

  62. The Twitter feeds would have really exploded if it was found out the shoes’ soles were made from tobacco and sugarcane.

  63. Tyrion 2 says:
    @BenKenobi

    Nuffin’ did the dindu dindu, ‘cos the dindu dindu ’nuffin.

  64. Escher says:

    Maybe too many young black men were getting killed because of this:

  65. TTSSYF says:
    @Torn and Frayed

    The scary part is that what you write would have sounded ludicrous only a few years ago but now sounds entirely plausible.

  66. Yak-15 says:

    I wonder what have happened to African Americans if the United States never developed a prevalent sports culture. Would they mostly be on reservations?

  67. Troll 589 says:

    This will leave a black stain on Adidas’ reputation.

  68. Google is celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the birth of a European Scientist today. How did this happen? Oh the humanity!

  69. Arclight says:

    Seems to me that for all the outrage on twitter, if Adidas has just ignored it and kept the shoes on the shelves, it wouldn’t have suffered in any meaningful way. That’s true for most of these types of incidents – the power the mob has is that it says people ought to jump and they do so.

    Refuse to play by the rules of the mob.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Jack D
  70. kihowi says:

    Meanwhile, the MLK statue is made out of white stone.

  71. @Dr. X

    …To emancipate all slaves… when they should be colonized to such place as the circumstances of the time should render most proper…

    Jefferson was a very sharp man. Even though like everyone of his planter class he was utterly dependent on slavery, he understood what a disaster the system would be for America. Understood a sociological fundamentals–diversity creates conflict, separate peoples belong in separate nations.

    Contrast Jefferson’s wisdom with the stupidity and greed of the “elites” we have now.

    • Replies: @Antonius
  72. @Arclight

    Seems to me that for all the outrage on twitter, if Adidas has just ignored it and kept the shoes on the shelves, it wouldn’t have suffered in any meaningful way. That’s true for most of these types of incidents – the power the mob has is that it says people ought to jump and they do so.

    My take as well.

    I think the issue–a big part of “woke capitalism” as well–is that the marketing and PR departments of these companies are now full of the girls-with-BAs prone to hysterics. And since they do not actually do anything, when this sort of thing comes up that’s when they get to “do” something–with predictable results. (I’m sure thousands of women-hours of emotional labor went into generating this decision and generating their statement.) And this is coupled with the fact that the men at the top–if there are actually men at the top–are no longer actually men–capable of exercising rational male judgment and telling the girls “no”.

    To be fair the 2nd thing is these companies are frauds–basically a marketing appartatus with a smaller arm coordinating production of what’s essentially a commodity product. All the value isn’t in any superiority of their product, but their brand. And they market heavily to American blacks–people who have very high incomes by any world historical standard–who spend on nonsense like “the latest sneakers” like drunken sailors, but are emotional and prone to believe rumor. Addidas lives in fear that Addidas could get tagged as “racist” or “white supremacist” by rumors shooting through the black community and suddenly see it’s sales drop precipitously. (If any rumor got going, bully boy Nike would probably spend some money to push it and try to squash the competition.)

    All that said, i think you’re dead on. Ignoring this nonsense and soldiering on would have the wiser course.

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @Arclight
    , @MBlanc46
  73. Mr. Anon says:
    @JimB

    I think they should have dressed up in those outfits from The Handmaiden’s Tale. It would have been both ironic and unironic at the same time.

  74. Corn says:
    @eah

    “We cannot be told and criminalized”????

    She’s Puerto Rican (US citizen). She was never criminalized to begin with.

    You may not see race white normie but race sees you.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  75. @Jack D

    Instant collector’s items?

  76. Jack D says:
    @Arclight

    It’s kind of like the Blackface Governor of Virginia.

    Mob: You have to resign. Because we say so. Because you no longer have any “credibility”.

    Gov: No I don’t. Nope. Whatcha gonna do about it?

    The NY Times was poring over the VA constitution. Does wearing blackface in 1984 render you “unable to discharge the powers and duties of [your] office? Is it “malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty or other high crime or misdemeanor”? SJW “crimes” can exist in places like university disciplinary hearings, but back in the real world there are still some standards left. A “high crime or misdemeanor means anything that the legislature thinks it means, but the legislators well understand that once you call wearing blackface in 1984 (a fitting year) a high crime, then from now on all bets are off and you can kiss democracy goodbye.

    • Replies: @Arclight
  77. Mr. Blank says:
    @El Dato

    Actually, it’s a song about sneakers. It’s actually quite hilarious how obsessive it is: “You couldn’t get this color if you had a personal genie!”

    The Wikipedia page has a separate heading for “plot,” which it describes thusly:

    “In the song, Nelly and the St. Lunatics purchase Nike Air Force Ones.”

    And that is literally what it’s about.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_Ones_(song)

  78. Antonius says:
    @AnotherDad

    ‘Hyperion to what you have now ‘ and what passes for elites (elite being a bit of a misnomer).

  79. densa says:
    @BenKenobi

    Perfect symbol of the racist, hateful and divisive Clue Clucked Clan.

  80. res says:
    @eah

    I wonder what proportions of Native American and Conquistador AOC is. Should that matter? If not, why do the extremes matter?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @eah
  81. densa says:
    @BenKenobi

    Edit: it’s the Clue Clucks Clan

  82. Jack D says:
    @res

    Most Puerto Ricans are like 2/3 Conquistador, 1/6 African, 1/6 Indian, roughly speaking – judging by her phenotype, she is probably around average. The rule is Diversity is that unless you are 100% white, you ignore your white component for purposes of determining your spot on the Diversity Totem Pole. Thus Obama was “black”, period. This is so even if the white % is very high (e.g. Benjamin Jealous who is at least 3/4 white). The “one-drop” rule still applies.

    Even Liz Warren, with her 1/1024th Indian blood, was going to slip in under this rule (“Trump is Lying – DNA tests prove that Liz Warren is Native American”) until she got blindsided by the Native American tribes. The whole reason Warren released her DNA test results is that she felt confident that she qualified under the 1 drop rule and the media was going to back her up on this until a group with more Diversity Pokemon Points knocked her off the pole. A corollary to the modern “one-drop” rule is that white people have no standing to question what you “identify as” no matter how ridiculous, but people higher up on the pole may do so.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  83. Arclight says:
    @AnotherDad

    It is true that blacks are outsize consumers of athletic wear so there is some legitimate concern that a manufactured incident like this could dent their market share, but I’d have to imagine the amount of revenue they generate from black consumers versus everyone else is still no more than 20%. And based on my experience, most blacks don’t give much more of a damn about supposed controversies like this than anyone else – its apparent effect is magnified by social media, but when the rubber hits the road, consumers are going to buy what they like.

    And frankly, there’s probably a solid marketing opportunity in there for being the not-woke/Nike brand.

  84. Arclight says:
    @Jack D

    As entertaining as it might be to watch the three top constitutional officers of the Commonwealth of Virginia squirm, deciding someone doesn’t have the authority to lead anymore based on a costume they wore 35 years ago is a terrible precedent to set.

    Everyone has done/said things they wish they hadn’t at some point, and we all know that things that just hurt feelings (blackface) versus actually hurting a person (sexual assault) will only be used as a lever against white public figures. Unless the people whose feelings are hurt are gays or trans (a la Kevin Hart), who are apparently the only people whose victim status trumps race.

    Insane stuff like this and our national politics in general makes me feel like we are living in times not too far removed from when the US is definitively pushed aside as a serious top world cultural/economic power. By the time my kids are my age, we’ll basically be a colder version of Brazil.

  85. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Corn

    “Told” here is like “being served.”
    It is alarming that a Nuyorican would even symbolically ally with Mexicans because they normally hate each other. Probably has more to do with AOC craziness and widespread perception of white weakness than sincere commitment.

  86. Shelby Steele explains this insanity perfectly.

    Black folks can’t handle freedom so they are still trying to find racism everywhere to explain why they are struggling to survive with freedom. Freedom means it’s up to the individual to succeed and when you can’t compete it must be the fault of outside forces AKA micro aggressions and all that implies.

  87. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    But the photos can be “enlarged with instructions”! What does that mean?

    127 film was the standard Brownie camera film but should you have saved bubble 250 gum wrappers, they would send you a piece of flimsy plastic (made in Hong Kong even then) that would make a $5 Brownie camera look like a Leica. And 16 photos was the approximate lifespan of the whole mechanism before it broke.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Anonymous
  88. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    The rapid shift in similar technologies and the relative happiness of the generations proves that family > stuff. Every boomer story is “it was crap but we had fun” and every millennial story is “I have this inconceivable living magic at my fingertips, pretty much for free, and I hate life.”

  89. Jack D says:
    @Arclight

    I don’t think they would do it. It’s one thing to make cheap and self-righteous pronouncements urging Gov. Lil Black Sambo to resign immediately, it’s another thing to take official actions that are the 1st step to turning our form of government into a mockery.

    As you know, there are places that are anything but democratic (China, Russia) that have very elaborate constitutions that don’t really mean anything, and then there are places that don’t even have written constitutions (UK) that are highly functional democracies – a functional democracy depends not just on having a written constitution but having a societal consensus to take it seriously and not stretch it to the breaking point. I don’t think these gentlemen are quite ready to be the ones who cross the invisible line where our laws become a complete wink,wink, nod, nod joke. We are headed in that direction but I think it will be a little while before we get there. Maybe sooner than I would like, but not this week.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @J.Ross
  90. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    So we will be saved by the morality of child-smugglers, trannies, and riot-starters?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  91. Pericles says:
    @Arclight

    By the time my kids are my age, we’ll basically be a colder version of Brazil.

    A return to sanity, one might call that. Brazil seems less crazy than America these days.

    (Heinlein was right?)

  92. @Tom-in-VA

    The guy with the scuffed shoe also had an issue with his tie.

  93. Anonymous[156] • Disclaimer says:

  94. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    No, but they aren’t the majority YET.

    OTOH, the (black) Lt. Gov IS a rapist. 2nd woman has now come forward to say that he raped her. Which is worse – wearing blackface or raping (at least) 2 women? And #3 in line also wore blackface and #4 is a Republican (we KNOW that’s worse). What a dilemma!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @J.Ross
  95. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    The justice department will do anything it can to not prosecute a black man, especially if he’s a clubmember. Bill Cosby went to jail for being a visible black conservative.

  96. @Arclight

    “…things that just hurt feelings (blackface) versus actually hurting a person (sexual assault)…”

    I’ll bet those babies had more than their feelings hurt. But then they don’t come back years later to make accusations, do they?

  97. Poonster says:

    Terf war, people! Steve served it right up for you.

  98. Hail says: • Website
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    White Power Outlet

    A name so shocking the socket holes seem to form shrieking faces ala Munch’s Scream.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  99. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    Looks like they went with “me too” instead of yearbook scrutiny.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-08/democrats-ignore-forcible-sodomy-allegation-against-fairfax-despite-accuser-telling
    Patrick Hope, a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, tweeted on Friday that he will be introducing articles of impeachment if Fairfax hasn’t resigned by Monday.

    • Replies: @Hail
  100. Hail says: • Website
    @J.Ross

    Patrick Hope, a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, tweeted on Friday that he will be introducing articles of impeachment if Fairfax hasn’t resigned by Monday.

    The Great White Hope

    • Replies: @Hail
  101. MBlanc46 says:
    @International Jew

    Thanks for that. Haven’t had a piece of Bazooka for perhaps sixty years.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  102. MBlanc46 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    In Chicago, we call them “gym shoes”. US Keds. Red Ball Jets. “Run a little faster, jump a little higher”. This thread has been a saunter down memory lane.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Reg Cæsar
  103. MBlanc46 says:
    @AnotherDad

    That pretty much sums it up. Blacks and women.

  104. Anon[111] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Interesting. Her SAT results jumped 330 points “because she focused and studied hard to achieve her goals” … of being a dance major at Florida State. Her civil rights attorney gathered the community – a crowd of sullen black faces – to stand behind him at a press conference where he DEMANDED that the scores be validated by ETS. ETS in the meantime told her that the score jump was not the only problem. The fact that her answers tracked the answers of someone else at the same administration of the test was the bigger problem, someone whose score didn’t jump over 300 points.

    The SAT isn’t a pure IQ test, but it’s enough of one that you don’t “study” for it and jumt 330 points. If the higher score was really what she’s capable of she should get a similar score at a retake … in a room by herself.

  105. Paul says:
    @eah

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should have the courage of her convictions and return to Spain. She will not do that, of course, because she is a hypocrite.

  106. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should have the courage of her convictions and return to Spain.

    And take Puerto Rico with her.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  107. @Arclight

    By the time my kids are my age, we’ll basically be a colder version of Brazil.

    Not counting a few naked, isolated Indians in the bush, Brazil has one language. We have 350 or so.

    Brazilification would be an improvement on several metrics.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  108. @MBlanc46

    In Chicago, we call them “gym shoes”.

    Except on the South Side, where they’re called “the motive”.

    • LOL: reactionry
  109. “Adidas has pulled a sneaker it was selling in honor of Black History Month…”

    Just another day of white-groveling from the shadows of its “racism”.

    see: http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2019/02/racism-its-time-to-repudiate-guilt.htm

  110. El Dato says:
    @J.Ross

    Jamal Khashoggi [you remember him, he was a spy for Qatar and a Riyadh government faction member who lost bigtime in the recent Saudi coup]

    You bring this up again and again. What’s the deal with this hobby horse?

    Journalist or no journalist, State power is not supposed to dismember people in embassies using psychopaths. Even when Turkey is watching on closed circuit TV. Sure, it’s small stuff compared to other things the Saudis are up to, but every little bit helps to make politicians kissing Saudi gilded robes uncomfortable.

    Besides flying Saudis Persons of Interest out of the country after an eventful 9/11, we also have this:

    Saudi Arabia accused of helping citizens charged with rape & child porn to flee 8 US states

    But so far, the story has received only intermittent national attention, while journalists at the Oregonian believe that only a cursory search of similar cases has been conducted, and this could represent just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @ben tillman
  111. El Dato says:
    @Anon

    Hmmm … I know: “SAT scores are largely a pseudoscientific swindle.”

    Campbell hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who argued that she risked missing college application deadlines. Crump, who is no longer working with Campbell, told CNN Thursday that the media attention “has been extremely stressful and emotionally traumatizing for her

    Okay!

  112. I remember when I was a child back in the 70s this happened so often that it became the 70s version of a meme: the black men at black churches wore all white suits and the white men at white churches wore all black suits.

  113. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    That her lawyer is “no longer working with her” is a telling sign.

    Generally speaking, SAT score results for any given individual are very consistent from administration to administration – absent additional tutoring you can take the test over and over and your results will usually be consistent within 20 or 30 points per section. The College Board works very hard to make the difficulty of the test consistent (and any slight discrepancies are further taken care of when they “curve” each version of the test and convert the raw score to the 800 point scale).

    Maybe with intensive tutoring you could go up 100 points but a 330 point improvement is almost unheard of, which is what led them to scrutinize her scores in the 1st place. If Kamilah has studied up real good and genuinely improved her SAT test taking ability, it should be no problem for her to do it again in a room by herself.

    The College Board has been doing this a long time and knows all the tricks. If 2 or more people in a room are getting BOTH the same right answers and same wrong answers on the same questions, it is virtually impossible that this is the result of anything other than cheating. Some of the math problems are also virtually impossible to do in your head unless you are a genius who is scoring 800, so the booklet of the test taker (you are not allowed to bring in any other paper) should be marked up with appropriate intermediate calculations. Kamilah’s was clean.

  114. @densa

    Edit: it’s the Clue Clucks Clan

    As well as the Cue Cucks Clan.

  115. @Hail

    Lol.

    And what about the “white courtesy phones” at American airports? (As in, a voice comes over the PA system and says, “Steve Sailer, please pick up the white courtesy phone”.)

    That’s hella racist.

  116. @Jack D

    Dang, that 1230 would have taken her far. We’ll never know if the world just passed up on a future black female Supreme Court justice.

  117. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    the first real description I ever had about “occupied territory” was a Palestinian Detroiter I met in high school talking about how you get summarily executed if you wander outside during curfew, and the curfews are never officially ended,

    How do you know that’s real? If the curfew never ends and if you are executed if you go outside during curfew, why haven’t the Israelis executed the entire population of the West Bank yet?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @J.Ross
  118. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/12/22/israels-summary-executions-in-jerusalem-and-the-west-bank

    “Summary execution” is something of a term of art. (Wagers ‘curfew’ is as well).

    • Replies: @Jack D
  119. TheJester says:

    Look at the positive.

    The black grievance list has apparently been reduced to the color of tennis shoes marketed during Black History Month. If that’s the case, then it’s time for the Supreme Court to relook at the justification for affirmative action that was recognized 41-years ago as an admitted violation of legal due process … allegedly a temporary one. Let the Court declare victory and restore our racially neutral legal system.

    That should appease everyone except POC … and those making a living in the Grievance Industry.

  120. J.Ross says: • Website
    @El Dato

    Every time the lyingpress tells me that two plus two equals five, I hope to hobbyhorse that it is four.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  121. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    It is not unheard-of for folks to exaggerate or make up atrocity stories to manipulate others.

  122. @El Dato

    You bring this up again and again. What’s the deal with this hobby horse?

    Journalist or no journalist, State power is not supposed to dismember people in embassies using psychopaths.

    1. It’s a BFD. It’s the only political thing my mom has emailed me about since Trump was elected. I believe she linked an insipid Tom Friedman piece. It was some of the fakest fake news ever. Khashoggi wasn’t a journalist. He couldn’t even write English.

    This is better:

    https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/278423/an-improvised-explosive-device

    2. There is no reason for us to care about foreign spies getting themselves killed in foreign lands.

    And I don’t care. The other sins of the Saudis are irrelevant to how a rational American reacts to this insignificant killing.

  123. @J.Ross

    Yeah, it was a stupid piece, written by a cow lacking consciousness. The people shunning the Trump admin are terrible people and, lacking consciousness, are completely unaware of that fact.

    The takeaway from the fact that these people could countenance previous “enemy” administrations is that the Trump people are in fact better people less committed to the misanthropic policies of the D.C. insiders.

  124. @Reg Cæsar

    Not counting a few naked, isolated Indians in the bush, Brazil has one language. We have 350 or so.

    Brazilification would be an improvement on several metrics.

    Agree. Not having English as the official language at the federal level has been and will continue to be a horrific mistake for the United States.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  125. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    This sounds exactly like the stuff that happens among the “vibrant” in the US. Someone pulls a knife – cops shoot him. Leftists whine that the cops shot him too many times, should have disarmed him without shooting, etc. How about you don’t pull a knife?

  126. @Hail

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Some homeowners in Yonkers have been dealing with some unwanted residents recently in the form of rats

    Why (and how!) did the homeowners take the form of rats?

  127. @Jack D

    Generally speaking, SAT score results for any given individual are very consistent from administration to administration – absent additional tutoring you can take the test over and over and your results will usually be consistent within 20 or 30 points per section.

    Not when you’re under 18 and still developing. From 15 to 17 your score should go up 100+ points. Not that I believe her story.

  128. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Not having English as the official language at the federal level has been and will continue to be a horrific mistake for the United States.

    Disagree. Normal, healthy countries do not have nor need “official languages”, because everybody already knows what to speak. If you have to pass a law…

    Official language legislation is for ethnic basket cases like Belgium and Canada.

    Portuguese is actually written into the Brazilian constitution, but even if it hadn’t been, they’d be in the same position today, thanks to centuries of sensible immigration policy. We were there, too, from 1921-65, which reunified us and made official language legislation moot.

    Which is as it should be.

  129. @Anonymous

    But Is It Good For The Shoes?

    If it were not for my invincible ignorance, I would have probably LOL’d that one and if I said that “white shoe law firm” rang a bell, would have likely been guilty of confabulation. I certainly had no idea that for some that term had Antisemitic “connotations.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-shoe_firm

    I think that white shoes for the general population was a “thing” many years ago for about 15 minutes and that it was then a kind of joke. From National Lampoon’s “Vacation.” –

    In this clip from “Serial Mom” (starring Kathleen Turner as the killer), Patty Hearst’s character (Juror #8) suffers a fate worse than she did as the real life (reborn as) “Tania” who was Stockholm Syndrome’d by the SLA.

    Wandering off-topic, Lillian Hellman (of Mary McCarthy “and” and “the” libel suit fame) famously said, “I Cannot and Will Not Cut My Conscience to Fit This Year’s Fashions” in a response to a summons from the The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in which she also mentioned that she would not name names. If memory serves (it often doesn’t), there might have been a comment in a lengthy piece in Commentary Magazine or elsewhere to the effect that she had no problem cutting her conscience to fit Stalin’s fashions.

  130. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Official language legislation is for ethnic basket cases like Belgium and Canada.

    We are now an ethnic basket case, in case it has escaped your notice.

    The official language should be declared as “American English” and certain measures should be taken to ensure it doesn’t veer too far from the Queen’s English of, perhaps, 1955, so it doesn’t become mutually unintelligible.

    We will need our own version, of course, of the famous

    Académie française

    Motto À l’immortalité
    (To immortality)
    Formation 22 February 1635
    Headquarters Paris, France
    Membership
    40 members known as les immortels (the immortals)
    Perpetual Secretary
    Hélène Carrère d’Encausse
    Website Académie française website

    The Académie française (French pronunciation: ​[akademi fʁɑ̃sɛːz]) is the pre-eminent French council for matters pertaining to the French language. The Académie was officially established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis XIII.[1] Suppressed in 1793 during the French Revolution, it was restored as a division of the Institut de France in 1803 by Napoleon Bonaparte.[1] It is the oldest of the five académies of the institute.

    The Académie consists of forty members, known informally as les immortels (the immortals).[2] New members are elected by the members of the Académie itself. Academicians hold office for life, but they may resign or be dismissed for misconduct. Philippe Pétain, named Marshal of France after the victory of Verdun of World War I, was elected to the Academy in 1931 and, after his governorship of Vichy France in World War II, was forced to resign his seat in 1945.[3] The body has the task of acting as an official authority on the language; it is charged with publishing an official dictionary of the language. Its rulings, however, are only advisory, not binding on either the public or the government.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  131. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    No, WE should return Puerto Rico to Spain, whether the Puerto Ricans or the Spanish like it or not.

    What with not needing coaling stations and all.

  132. @Reg Cæsar

    Disagree. Normal, healthy countries do not have nor need “official languages”, because everybody already knows what to speak. If you have to pass a law…

    Agree to disagree.

    If the US had enshrined English as the official language in say, 1868, it could have prevented situations like the LA school districts where they have classrooms full of students that are native speakers of dozens of different languages who also have next to no English ability.

  133. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    127 film was used in the smaller version of the Rolleiflex and Rolleicord and in some other serious cameras, as well as many cheap plastic Kodak cameras. Kodak discontinued many roll film sizes even though they were selling in modest quantities on the ageis that the few old users would be forced to buy new cameras.

    There were at least a dozen sizes of roll film but many were well and truly obsolete by WWII: but 127, 620 and 828 still sold, as did a couple of the wider ones that were specially valued by railroad buffs because cameras with a wide aspect ratio for them were common and cheap.

    120 and 620 were identical except for the diameter of the spool, and there were “serious” cameras that took 620, such as the Kodak Medalists, and a very useful Graflex/Graflok roll film holder.

    Eastman Kodak was its own worst enemy and in essence committed corporate suicide: they de-promoted film very early in the digital era. Film is still better and potentially archival, whereas there is NO archival digital media available commercially to this day. No one cares.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  134. @Anonymous

    Agree Kodak was its own worst enemy, disagree about details.

    They had an engineer who invented the first self-contained, portable digital camera in the late ’70s/early ’80s. The execs at the time saw no use for it and mothballed the project.

    Instead, Kodak thought globalization would make them rich selling film and chemicals to the developing world.

    Unfortunately for Kodak, the developing world had far more vision and leapt into digital photography.

    Oops.

  135. eah says:
    @res

    Do you really want to debate the fine(r) points of her contention?

  136. @Anonymous

    The rule of thumb with official with “official” languages is, if you have one, you will soon have two. Or three.

    Or eleven.

    Or fifteen.

  137. @Jack D

    A corollary to the modern “one-drop” rule is that white people have no standing to question what you “identify as” no matter how ridiculous, but people higher up on the pole may do so.

    White people higher up on the pole in the media feel quite free to do so. Though they only choose to when it suits them.

    Even then, they’d rather recruit someone from the group at issue to express those doubts.

  138. Calico says:

    Just one more thing to complain about. Here’s a complaint, too much weight given to this topic. I want to know why there an entire month given to the most violent demographics in America. Also, end Affirmative Action, the we can talk about so called White Privilege.

  139. Hail says: • Website
    @Hail

    He withdrew his motion to impeach, citing some incoherent reason.

    (It probably isn’t right to impeach someone so quickly on a mere claim. Bad precedent. Investigate!)

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