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As I point out in my new Taki’s column “Truth or Trope?,” Rep. Ilhan Omar has been savaged over and over for mentioning “tropes” that Jewish-Americans tend to have a fair amount of money and sometimes use it to influence American foreign policy in favor of Israel.

A number of years ago, the same critics would have accused her of mentioning “stereotypes.” But “stereotype” has largely been replaced by trope, I argue, because “trope” comes out of postmodern Literary Theory, which tries to treat fact as fiction. Less fashionable terms like “stereotype” and “cliche” run the risk of empiricists raising tiresome objections about factual reality and truth. The word “trope,” however, implies a mental universe in which there is only Narrative.

Thus, while my new column examining the ethnicity of each of the 50 biggest political donors in the 2018 election might validate the stereotype that both parties get a lot of money from people of Jewish ancestry, mere facts and logic can’t validate the trope, because tropes exist in a universe where there is no reality other than power. And, ironically, if enough powerful institutions denounce a statement as a trope, well then it is too weak to survive.

A striking example of this comes from the giant wiki website TV Tropes. Eight years ago, one TV Tropes user proposed Tom Wolfe’s central idea in The Bonfire of the Vanities of “the hunt for the Great White Defendant.” As an obvious example, somebody proposed the District Attorney Mike Nifong’s persecution of the Duke lacrosse team.

But after eight years, “Great White Defendant” has yet to be accepted by TV Tropes because, no matter how common it might be in reality, it’s too rare in fictional narratives. It’s Too Rare To Trope.

Great White Defendant

scapegoat hunted for by a prosecutor who needs to convict a non-minority for poltical reasons

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By: isitkin on Oct 6th 2011 at 9:49:47 AM
Last Edited By: isitkin on Oct 7th 2011 at 6:23:01 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

it was not pleasant to go through life telling yourself “What I Do for a living, I pack blacks and Latins off to jail”–> The Bonfire Of The Vanities”’

Trope Namer is The Bonfire Of The Vanities, written by Tom Wolfe. In the novel, the District Attorney, Abe Weiss, is nicknamed Captain Ahab because he obsessively hunts for the Great White Defendant, a hoped-for criminal that will assuage his sense of impropriety and guilt over being a non-minority, but required by his job to prosecute minority criminals. Because of the way the Great White Defendant fills a physchological and political need of the prosecutor, he will pursue the case obsessively, even though it becomes clear the defendant is not actually, y’know, guilty. He’s an Acceptable Target.

The defendant has usually done something, or is accused of having done something to harmed someone who is a racially Once Acceptable Target.

Compare Missing White Woman Syndrome.


Examples:

Literature

Real life

  • The district attorney in the Duke lacrosse case [1], Mike Nifong [2], seems to have thought he’d found one in the lacrosse team

Feedback: 6 replies

Oct 6th 2011 at 10:13:01 AM

It might be a good idea to avoid Real Life examples in this trope. Rule Of Cautious Editing Judgement and all.

  • In CSI this happens to Sanders in the aftermath of the episode Fannysmackin‘. More precisely he runs over one of the gang of teenagers who’ve been assaulting tourists (and people who don’t look local enough). The boy’s family sway the jury emotionally meaning the hearing finds his actions lawful, but not justified and allowing them to sue (the city settles for a large amount of money). It’s not helped by the fact that he feels quite guilty about it himself.
  • In an episode of Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex this accusation is reversed somewhat. Togusa ends up trying to stop a young man (and full body cyborg) from killing a girl who turned him down (he fails since the man plays dead and then shoots her out of spite) and he ( colluding with the defence and the procecuter, who wants to blackmail Section 9) tries to accuse Togusa of being prejudiced against cyborgs.

Oct 6th 2011 at 2:57:20 PM

Yeah, definitely stay away from Real Life examples. Especially since it’s still kind of contentious whether the Duke boys are in fact innocent.

I think this may be Too Rare To Trope.

Oct 6th 2011 at 6:21:32 PM

Especially since it’s still kind of contentious whether the Duke boys are in fact innocent.

The DA who took over after Mike Nifong resigned (Nifong was later convicted of lying and disbarred because of this) announced that they are totally innocent. There is zero contentiousness about their innocence.

Oct 6th 2011 at 7:44:52 PM

Hmm. Surely there’s a Law And Order example, since the show’s been on so long.

Oct 6th 2011 at 8:18:27 PM

Yeah, it seems to me that this is the very rare inverse of a common trope* in which a minority scapegoat is sought by the police when a significant crime goes down. In any case, the wiki does seem to lack a trope for mundane race-based legal scapegoating. Maybe that’s a place to start, and if lots of examples accrue, a split could be considered down the line.

  • In fiction, of course. I don’t want to debate supposed Real Life Examples of either side of this one, and I doubt anyone else does either.

Oct 7th 2011 at 6:23:01 AM

I can certainly recall McCoy getting accused of it often enough.

 
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  1. njguy73 says:

    The term “trope” does not deny the existence of reality. What differentiates a trope from a cliche or a stereotype is in essentiality. Every idiom requires tropes, but cliches and stereotypes can be avoided due to their overuse or hokeyness.

    In a mystery story, tropes include the “red herring,” the “thing that doesn’t seem important but is,” and the “let’s recreate the murder” scene. A cliche would be “the butler did it.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Bardon Kaldian
  2. unit472 says:

    As usual, Sailer is on to it. Growing up ‘scenario’ was the term I heard, then a few years later it was paradigm, then it became a meme. It depended on the latest NYT bestseller. If your book didn’t have any new ideas just change the terms.

    • Replies: @Anon
  3. A striking example of this comes from the giant wiki website TV Tropes.

    A striking example of what exactly?

  4. Tiny Duck says:

    It’s too rare to be a trope.

    white ptivtjrge rndired that white men are never falsely accused

    The duke boys are guilty they just didn’t get caught

    It is a well
    Known fact they white Jen list egret Eomen if Colir and use nefarious perfidious means to procure their sexual pleasure

  5. J.Ross says: • Website
    @njguy73

    Right, it’s a way of sidestepping the question of factuality (and so is probably the response to the increasingly frequently observed truth of stereotypes) and dismissing the target group as thoughtless followers beguiled by Russian hackers. This means that the establishment media have not left the high school namecalling thing and are still terrified of unproctored conversations.

  6. Anon[293] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Even though I’m the only true race-ist, I sometimes love good ole ‘racism’.

    This is funny as hell.

  7. I’d like to reprise my comment from a previous thread that it would be fun to have TV Tropes like websites about other subjects, like politics, the way that Wikipedia has spawned many analogous websites dedicated to specific items (film series, cartoons, video games, etc.)

  8. syonredux says:

    Speaking of tropes, here’s a new example of the old “evil blond Nordics” trope

  9. A Chinese (-American) Sailer? Affordable Family Formation comes to Quora.com:

    Why is political correctness so popular in the San Francisco Bay Area?

  10. CCZ says:
    @Tiny Duck

    I think TD is having a stroke or brain hemorrhage. Seriously, tell him to call 911.

  11. Alfa158 says:
    @syonredux

    I’m surprised Ari Aster was able to hold it together and keep himself from running screaming from his own set. Being surrounded by that many Nordic looking people must have seemed like he was filming on location in the inner circle of Hell. I applaud his courage in toughing it out so the world can see his vision of what people who look like that are secretly like.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  12. CCZ says:

    The perpetual search:

    African-American woman says Verizon coworkers left noose made of wires over her desk (Posted March 13, 2019)

    An African-American woman is suing Verizon and her coworkers at the company, claiming she found a noose constructed of wires hanging above her work area last month.

    Marisa Powell, 50, of Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania said in the suit that the noose at Verizon’s office in Madison was the culmination of several years of harassment from her colleagues, most of whom were white males.

    https://www.nj.com/morris/2019/03/african-american-woman-says-verizon-coworkers-left-noose-made-of-wires-over-her-desk.html

    Hangman’s noose found at N.J. hospital spurs bias, discrimination lawsuit by employee (Posted March 7, 2019)

    https://www.nj.com/bergen/2019/03/hangmans-noose-found-at-nj-hospital-spurs-bias-discrimination-lawsuit-by-employee.html

    • Replies: @Olorin
  13. Alfa158 says:
    @CCZ

    I told him to keep it down to one or two mistypings or malapropisms so it doesn’t look too obvious that he is spoofing leftist people of color, but I guess he was just going for a slapstick level of humor.

  14. Michael S says:

    I’ll be honest, I’m having a hard time understanding your point in this instance.

    You’re likening tropes to cliches, and the establishment prefers to use “trope” over “stereotype” because postmodernism. OK, I get that.

    But GWD doesn’t seem like a stereotype or a trope. Stereotypes are group generalizations, and tropes are frequently-used and easy-to-recognize dramatic elements.

    The trope – and I would argue, cliche – is “persecution of minorities for crimes they didn’t commit”. For simplicity, let’s call it Driving While Black. Maybe it’s already on tvtropes, I didn’t check. DWB is a ridiculous trope, massively overused compared to how often it happens in reality, but so are many tropes, like the Action Girl or Idiot Ball.

    By contrast, GWD rarely features in media, even if maybe we think it should. It’s therefore not a trope. It’s also not a stereotype, either by the literal definition (it’s not really saying anything about any group, other than… white prosecutorial lawyers, I guess?) or the liberal definition (imputing some negative trait). It’s just a thing that happens.

    This doesn’t contradict the facts you’ve pointed out, but I just don’t understand where you’re going with it. Are you deploring that GWD is not present in more fictional narratives, and think that it should be a trope? When something being called a “trope” implies that it is actually not true, as is being said by establishment figures about Omar’s statements? If a trope is implied to be dishonest, isn’t it appropriate that GWD is not considered a trope?

    Or is this just a casual commentary on how dramatic narratives in popular media tend to be inversions of reality?

    I’m just very confused by the whole thing.

  15. Anon[293] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @unit472

    In arts and culture, ‘trope’ is often used as a neutral term. It’s neither good nor bad. It’s just a staple of certain genres or narratives.

    ‘Trope’ would be fitting in Smollett’s use of the noose.

    Meaning of ‘trope’ is ambiguous because it can either validate or invalidate an argument or narrative.
    When Hollywood uses KKK ‘tropes’, they are meant to be taken as TRUE. Even when Oberlin goes with the trope of men with blankets. Magic Negro is a trope, and it’s used glowingly by Hollywood.

    Also, when Jews speak of ‘antisemitic trope’, they are not denying reality but speaking of the reality of ‘antisemitism’. ‘Anti-Semites’ really exist, and so they resort to ‘antisemitic’ tropes. What matters is the context by which something is said. Joe Biden said Jews gave us homomania, but he spoke in glowing terms. Context justified his view that Jews do exert huge influence to change the culture of goy society. So, his use of the Jewish trope was acceptable.
    But if Kevin Macdonald said the same thing, it’d be an ‘antisemitic’ trope because MacDonald is really hostile or counter-hostile to Jews. His use of Jews-did-homomania would indeed be an ‘antisemitic’ trope.

  16. @Tiny Duck

    white ptivtjrge

    Oh, yum! Slovak pastries!

    Do you have a recipe you can share?

    • LOL: Trevor H.
  17. Anon[293] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @syonredux

    Looks like ripped off from WICKER MAN.

    Btw, if Nordics are evil, non-Nords should stay away from Nordic lands. Why go there and then complain?

  18. @CCZ

    I think TD is having a stroke or brain hemorrhage. Seriously, tell him to call 911.

    In his case, it could end up 022.

    Or whatever you might get on a rotary.

  19. @syonredux

    Derivative mishmash, but great aesthetics. A bit of old-school bloody atavism might do the Nords some good—restore the local ‘balance of nature’ and all that.

    Wild video, great song:

  20. J.Ross says: • Website
    @syonredux

    That cheap film company has made the same damn movie with the same premise (evil white pagans commit ritual crimes), setting (with minor differences in time and place), and ending (laughing evil white woman floats into the air) three times now: VVitch, Hereditary, Midsomar. What’s funny is that if you wanted real violent pagans practicing secret rituals in the modern era, you’d show London blacks doing voodoo. Furthermore, if there was a well done film about that, black audiences would love it and it would make money. What’s the fourth rehash going to be? Evil white modern pagans in space?

  21. Anon[345] • Disclaimer says:

    Somewhat OT: I just thought of the perfect way to fix the immigration problem. Make it legal to confiscate all the assets of illegal immigrants, which would be split 50-50 between the state and the city the immigrant was caught in. Deport the illegal, then take away what they gained while here illegally. It’ll kill a lot of their interest in coming to the US, and if you give big cities and Blue States the ability to gain from the confiscated cash, they’ll have a way to plug their massive budget holes. Of course, they’d hate to lose their voting base, but you’d give them an impossible dilemma. Either immigrants and fiscal disaster, or no immigrants and fiscal rescue.

    Republicans really ought to do this to Democrats. We need to start introducing legislation to do it. It’s a win for us.

    • Replies: @Romanian
    , @Anon
  22. “The hunt for the Great White Defendant” is not a trope, neither is it a cliche nor a stereotype.

    It was an original insight and sociological observation made by the great Tom Wolfe, who professionally trafficked in sharp-eyed aperçus.

    Yeah, that’s the word I’m looking for: “Great White Defendant” is an aperçu.

    It’s the reason Gigantor-sama got paid major $$$ to be Tom Wolfe, and the rest of us mooks did not.

  23. syonredux says:
    @Alfa158

    How Did A ‘Neurotic Jewish Guy’ Make The Horror Hit ‘Hereditary?

    The Schmooze did not see “Hereditary,” or even its trailer, having been forever scarred by “The Haunted Mansion,” the kiddie-horror movie based on the Disneyland ride, which we watched in 2003. We’re merely here to observe that the film that’s catching the cultural conscience with its terrorizing anxiety about generational turnover and inter-family guilt, is courtesy in part of filmmaker Ari Aster’s Jewish heritage.

    In the same interview he mentioned his fascination with Freud, his feeling that family ties have supremacy over romantic relationships, a period when his family endured constant misfortune, his supportive parents, his relationship to Judaism, and his obsession with the idea of “home.” Let’s look at this quote:

    I’m a very neurotic person, I’m hypochondriacal, and my imagination goes immediately to the worst-case scenario.

    At one point in the article Stephen Applebaum, the reviewer for the JC, asked Aster if he sees any Jewish influences in his movie. Could the movie, asked Applebaum, “be touching, in a metaphorical way, on Jewish post-Holocaust anxieties about the possibility of society suddenly rounding on Jews” and the idea that Jews are never truly safe in the diaspora? “Maybe, yeah,” responded Aster, seemingly mind-blown. “You make a very good point, and what you just said touched a chord,”

    https://forward.com/schmooze/403216/how-did-a-neurotic-jewish-guy-make-the-horror-hit-hereditary/

  24. The word “trope,” however, implies a mental universe in which there is only Narrative.

    This is a spectacular insight, which explains much.

    Yeah, definitely stay away from Real Life examples.

    This is essentially their lifelong modus operandi.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  25. I don’t blame TV Tropes users for wanting to avoid tropes that have very few counterparts in fiction. Some tropes are stereotypes and vice versa, but the Venn diagram overlap of these would be small.

    The troublesome issue of using “trope” to refer to real life events is that it pushes the idea that news media has its own narrative structure, i.e. The Narrative. Despite that this is currently the case, it shouldn’t be—there should be no narrative in news reporting.

    If you don’t accept the possibility of a narrative-free media, then sure, media tropes can become their own category. But I don’t think that’s a good thing to aspire to.

    Also, I *really* don’t want SJWs co-opting this word for their devices—let tropes stay in fiction where they belong. I want to preserve fiction as a form of escapism.

  26. syonredux says:
    @J.Ross

    I thought that The VVitch was pretty good, particularly in terms of mood and atmosphere (the two most essential elements in a crafting a tale of horror).

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  27. J.Ross says: • Website
    @syonredux

    Plato and Xerox agree that that’s normally how copying works.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  28. a Stereotype But Not a Trope

    Have you investigated the possibility of it being a stereotrope?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  29. @J.Ross

    When the lawyer asks you how you got hold of the new script, tell him the truth.;)

  30. Give them enough trope and they’ll eventually hang themselves. In fact, we should be selling them the trope.

  31. @Reg Cæsar

    “Stereotrope” is great, but what does it mean?

  32. tyrone says:
    @Tiny Duck

    UMMM! tiny duck word salad ……oil and vinegar anyone?

  33. DFH says:

    I think that was the episode of Law and Order UK that had slipped in a piece of nationalist propaganda so effective it was banned by youtube

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  34. Romanian says: • Website
    @Anon

    Until they start doing that to citizens, as well, and then nobody is safe. The civil asset forfeiture thing is already a travesty and robbery in disguise. This is just a whole next level and it would be like putting the noose around your own neck.

    Just stop them from coming in.

    Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!
    More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
    Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
    More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man’s laws, not God’s — and if you cut them down — and you’re just the man to do it — d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.

    • Replies: @C. ThunderCock
  35. … tropes exist in a universe where there is no reality other than power.

    Or as (((Jaques Derrida))) would say: “There is nothing but the text.” (Il n’y a pas de hors-texte.)

  36. @Tiny Duck

    Diny Tick, you’re giving the game away when you use and spell the words “nefarious,” “perfidious” and “procure” correctly while the rest of your comment is an incoherent mess.

  37. Woodsie says:

    Tom Wolfe coined the phrase, and drew from the reality of the Bronx Courthouse, but Dick Wolf has become Master of the Hunt, every week presenting another White Murderer in a story “ripped from the headlines.” But to para-phrase the old DRAGNET tag-line, “The stories you are about to hear are true. Only the race has been changed, to protect the innocent”

  38. @Mr McKenna

    See also Frankfurter’s book Bullshit.

  39. The Great White Defendant has always been a bit of a trope, or fiction (as I call it).

    Professor Moriarty was the source of all evil and vaguely responsible for organized crime, at least in the view of Sherlock Holmes, who seemed pretty paranoid about the bugger, before he killed him (a somewhat under-noticed episode in the detective’s career, when he was apparently undergoing an existential crisis and contemplating a career change.)

    He [Moriarty] sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them. He does little himself. He only plans. But his agents are numerous and splendidly organised. Is there a crime to be done, a paper to be abstracted, we will say, a house to be rifled, a man to be removed – the word is passed to the Professor, the matter is organized and carried out. The agent may be caught. In that case money is found for his bail or his defense. But the central power which uses the agent is never caught – never so much as suspected. This was the organization which I deduced, Watson, and which I devoted my whole energy to exposing and breaking up.

    The Final Problem.

    When an increasingly ailing Holmes finally hung up his pipe and slippers, Agatha Christie came on the scene with stories of murders in manor houses and vicarages which mostly had private libraries which were convenient places for bodies to be found, as opposed to public libraries which provided a lucrative outlet for Christie’s oeuvre.

    Jane Marple lived in the seemingly quiet village of St. Mary Mead, which over the years between the two World Wars is shown to have had a higher per capita murder rate than Chicago and Beirut combined. In this way Christie laid bare the true criminal nature of the bloodthirsty fox-hunting English upper middle classes and lower aristocracy in a way that Jane Austen had genteelly skirted.

    Even Dickens had usually pinpointed the lower middle classes and Jews as criminals, with his aristocrats usually showing a certain amount of noblesse oblige.

    However, today, when you get into the higher echelons of white criminality, crime is indistinguishable from business and politics, and while war crimes and torture have never truly been eradicated, those responsible are hardly ever brought to Justice, which as we all know, is blind, especially when paid to look the other way.

    When you are at the top level, impeachment replaces indictment, and as long as you have friends in high places, you are OK.

    Some of the animals remembered — or thought they remembered — that the Sixth Commandment decreed, ‘No animal shall kill any other animal.’ And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this.”
    – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 8

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  40. Anonymous[137] • Disclaimer says:

    “Too Rare to Be a Trope” is an overclass-liberal trope. From spending a lifetime around them I’ve noticed college-educated pasty libs don’t consider themselves a subculture which might be biased or have reliable weaknesses for certain manipulations. They think that happens only to other, littler people who aren’t hep to Science, implication: not as brainy as the metro-progressives.

    From the forthcoming “Liberal Trope-o-base:”

    “Mote In Fox News Channel’s Eye” — when well-socialized whitelibs sneer or chide “wingers” for believing something about Vince Foster/birth certificates/caravans, etc., then in the next scene tug their chins while expostulating that Diversity Helps Corporations/Colleges/Militaries/The Environment, or that Russia secretly engineered a U.S. election outcome

  41. Anonymous[137] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    It would be like the opposite of a stereotype– something unbelievable happens in the real world that should only happen in TV & movies, life accidentally imitating or rehearsing art

    “The Day After/11-9” trope:
    Use of the cliche/commonplace that “2016 was a stereotrope” as an icebreaker or banter in left-leaning gatherings

  42. Stringbean Steve Sailer Cautiously And Gingerly Says:

    As I point out in my new Taki’s column “Truth or Trope?,” Rep. Ilhan Omar has been savaged over and over for mentioning “tropes” that Jewish-Americans tend to have a fair amount of money and sometimes use it to influence American foreign policy in favor of Israel.

    TEND TO

    FAIR AMOUNT

    SOMETIMES USE IT

    I’ll give it a try:

    Sheldon Adelson is an ISRAEL FIRST Jew billionaire who has bought and paid for Trump and the rest of the Republican Party like common whores.

    Sheldon Adelson pays these filthy politician whores such as Trump and Marco Rubio to put the interests of Israel ahead of the interests of the United States of America.

    Trump is a nasty baby boomer whore for Israel First billionaire Jew Shelly Adelson.

    Shelly Adelson, the Israel First Jew billionaire, also pushes nation-wrecking mass legal immigration and amnesty for illegal alien invaders.

    Trump is a dirty whore politician who is pushing for more nation-wrecking mass legal immigration and Trump is refusing to deport the upwards of 30 million illegal alien invaders in the USA.

    Shelly Adelson owns Trumpy. We tried to love Trumpy, but his whoring around with Adelson has made him unlovable.

  43. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

    Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

  44. @J.Ross

    “Evil white modern pagans in space?”

    Will they be dependent upon the Hidden Figures ladies to get there? By the way, Evil White Pagans is the name of my band. We’ll be playing Saturday night at The Boardwalk in Orangevale.

  45. @CCZ

    TD didn’t look too good when I saw him with Steve Sailer at Art’s Deli the other day.

  46. @Steve Sailer

    “Stereotrope” is great, but what does it mean?

    “Meaning” is so bourgeois.

  47. @J.Ross

    Stick with your blog because you don’t know anything about storytelling.

  48. @Steve Sailer

    My heaviest dictionary tells us,

    stereo-, a learned borrowing from Greek, where it meant “solid”, used with reference to hardness, solidity, three-dimensionality in the formation of compound words: stereochemistry; stereogram; stereoscope.

    So stereotrope should mean hard, solid figures of speech. Verbal tumidity.

    Come to think of it (pardon the unintentional pun), the word following stereo- happens to be stereobate. Which is nothing like what the dirty minds of commenters imagine.

  49. @njguy73

    I’ve read many TV tropes 2 or 3 years ago & found them to be very entertaining. Just, I don’t see them being essentially different from cliches.

    For instance, in another medium, literature (and I’m talking about big guns), there are no tropes in Dante, Shakespeare, Tolstoy or Melville. One can, at best, speak of something “archetypal” & that’s all.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  50. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jonathan Mason

    This is not a proper understanding of the concept. The whole purpose of the GWD is to eclipse the normality of black criminality. Moriarity relieves the boredom of the common spoon-taking villain but offers no racial or progressive resolution; furthermore, he exists because Holmes exists (and because of Vidocq), to balance and challenge the protagonist, and not as a result of any flawed ideology.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  51. syonredux says:
    @J.Ross

    furthermore, he exists because Holmes exists (and because of Vidocq), to balance and challenge the protagonist, and not as a result of any flawed ideology.

    And Adam Worth…..

    Adam Worth (1844 – 8 January 1902) was a German-born American criminal. Scotland Yard Detective Robert Anderson nicknamed him “the Napoleon of the criminal world” (because of his short stature).[1] He is widely considered the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional criminal mastermind James Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes series, whom Conan Doyle calls “The Napoleon of Crime”.

    Adam Worth was born into a poor Jewish family somewhere in Germany.[2][3] His original surname might have been “Werth”.[4] When he was five years old, his family moved to the United States and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Worth’s father became a tailor.[5] In 1854, Worth ran away from home and moved first to Boston and then, in 1860, to New York City. He worked as a clerk in a department store for one month.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Worth

  52. Hunsdon says:
    @DFH

    I remain a huge fan of that short clip.

  53. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Bardon Kaldian

    A cliche is simpler and more widely applicable, a trope is an employed cliche. Like the difference between a plot and a story.

  54. Olorin says:
    @CCZ

    >noose constructed of wires hanging above her work areas

    The photo I see looks like one of the cabling techs left a pull-rope up there for fishing/guiding cable bundles, and it fell down from wherever it had been slung over a beam. Photo’s blurry but it looks like it’s constructed of some mule tape hastily converted into a helpful tool on the fly.

    The second one looks like a mooring rope for a small boat. It’s constructed to hold the loop open, not constrict it around a load, as in throwing it around a cleat. Of course if any loop of rope is a Noose (TM) reminding blacks of Lynchin’ Trees I guess mooring ropes remind them of Middle Passages and such.

    These two pieces call to mind Kubrick’s Romanian gymnasts acting out primate confusion at encountering the monolith of the advanced technology. Except they didn’t have (((lawyers))) to sue the monolith for scaring them, ergo gibs. So they had to evolve.

    Another way to look at it is that if these employees are this gibs-minded and malicious–and stupid–then letting them file Cibbil Rites lawsuits and complaints around stupid stuff is likely the only way the employer can get rid of them.

  55. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    What assets? Cars worth $5,000? TVs kid’s toys size extra extra large women and kids Walmart clothes?

  56. @Romanian

    This is up there with the typical libertard/cuckservative affirmations of “just wait until a right-wing authoritarian uses this new leftist precedent, they’ll be sorry then!” or “we can’t build a wall or the infrastructure to facilitate mass deportations, that would require a massive police state!”, meanwhile the leftwing nation-wreckers bend/break the law openly whenever it suits their destructive ends while further building the already bloated police and surveillance state into their enforcement arm. Everything you and the other cucks are worried about is already happening, the laws have already been clear-cut to serve the deep state insider, the police state is already here and is leveraged against the genuine American nation. The devil has the benefit of law alright, the benefit of writing the law according to his whim.

  57. MEH 0910 says:
    @Tiny Duck

    The duke boys are guilty they just didn’t get caught

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