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From the New York Times news section:

The Olympics Rely On, but Don’t Support, Black Girl Magic

Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles and Gwen Berry are among the Black women athletes who will be counted on to provide standout performances in Tokyo even as they fight to be respected.

By Kurt Streeter
July 23, 2021

Kurt Streeter writes the Sports of The Times column. He has been a sports feature writer at The Times since 2017 and previously worked at ESPN and The Los Angeles Times.

For better or worse, the Tokyo Olympics are finally here. And that means an extraordinary burden will fall again on the shoulders of a single group of athletes: Black women.

… The structure that wraps around and organizes sports, particularly the Olympic movement, fails in supporting women — distinctly so for Black women.

Biles, Osaka and Berry are not alone.

When Alice Dearing becomes the first Black British woman to compete in swimming, you won’t see her wearing the newly created Soul Cap, explicitly designed to accommodate thicker, curlier hair. The international swimming federation banned it.

Who will watch the women’s 800-meter race without thinking of Caster Semenya, who dominated while winning gold in that event at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics?

No, the intersex Semenya, who is built like an LSU cornerback, won silver in 2012, sportingly spotting the women in the race a big lead, then roaring past all but one. In the 2016 “women’s” 800m, all three medalists were intersex. I’m more sympathetic to the extremely rare intersex individuals who, unlike the ex-men, didn’t choose their birth defects. But, still, it’s clear that organized pushes are going on to find these individuals and put them in Olympic women’s events with predictable results. So, now the IOC tightened up its criteria to require, in effect, actual women, which is racist.

She won’t defend those titles in Tokyo because track officials have decreed that her body produces too much testosterone.

Funny, nobody sought to ban swimmer Michael Phelps for his naturally occurring hyper- and double-extended joints, longer-than-average torso and wingspan, or powerful lung capacity.

Is this helpful?

Phelps is white and American. He has clout in every way.

Semenya is a Black woman from South Africa. She is treated with a lack of respect and a disregard for her humanity.

She is hardly the only Black or brown woman discriminated against by a system whose lodestar is the Eurocentric, Swiss-based International Olympic Committee.

The I.O.C. swaddles the Games in gauzy myth and claims to be politically neutral and divorced from the brutal truths of the world. But that’s a lie. The Games mirror society. The heavy burden Black women carry in all walks of life will be carried by Black female athletes competing in Tokyo. …

The phrase Black Girl Magic gets bandied about a great deal during the Olympics.

It does?

 
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  1. Kurt Streeter is an octoroon puppet, performing the same act he’s performed every day of his life.

    • Agree: Gordo
    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @Colin Wright

    https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Kurt-Streeter-1.jpg

    He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Jack Armstrong, @AndrewR

    , @anon
    @Colin Wright

    Huh? He's biracial. See if you can pick out his dad: https://i.imgur.com/3FdBYeN.jpg

    Octoroon usually passes for honest-to-God white.

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong

  2. Anyway, if it helps, I for one won’t be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag…I don’t even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone’s culture, but it’s not mine. Not any more.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @Colin Wright


    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight.
     
    Brag much? TV in the restaurant? Did your chauffeur wait or did he go grab a nutritious meal at Hardee’s?

    Or do you live in East Asia?
    , @Verymuchalive
    @Colin Wright

    This is over. It may still be someone’s culture, but it’s not mine. Not any more.

    I last watched the Olympics in the late 1980s. Even then, it was obvious that many of the medal-winners were on PEDs. The odd extreme druggie- like Ben Johnson- would be delivered up, but for the vast majority, it was business as usual.
    I am surprised that someone of your intelligence and political awareness was still watching this crap until recently. Columnist Paul Kersey is right: white Americans should stop watching college and professional sports. They should stop idolising drugged up dindu knuckleheads.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Colin Wright

    I was about to mash [Agree], Colin, but I want to say "it never was." A bunch of hype out of the TV NEVER WAS my culture, even before this Flu Manchu stupidity and the 24/7-black stupidity. A nice calm announcer like you have (had? I dunno anymore) talking during tennis matches and showing just sporting events without the color commentary was perhaps a part of it.

    Having TVs playing all over the walls of the restaurants is not my culture either, but Stan's comment is of no help - you can't get away from them so easily. We would eat more AT the one local good-pizza place if they didn't have 12 TVs on all over the dining room area. We just take the pizza home instead.

    I doubt I'll view one single act of sports from this Olympics, unless someone puts up a youtube clip of something really amazing.

    .


    (Scarlet, mash the [Troll] button now. You know you wanna!)

    Replies: @Morton's toes, @Colin Wright

    , @415 reasons
    @Colin Wright

    Woke people may think of the media they consume as a form of culture but it’s not. How can corporate marketing be construed as culture? You could watch an Esso TV ad from the 1950s for the nostalgic sentiment it generates or its aesthetics, but no one would argue it can constitute a major part of a creative culture. There was a time when art and culture did come out a corporate structure (the studio system, some early television programs) but they were works of auteurs, not strictly marketing. Now basically the entirety of our “culture” and entertainment (visual arts, Marvel movies, Netflix, black power athletics, even Opera as Steve has documented) is branded marketing for the dominant party. The only time it serves to actually edify, inspire or entertain is when it goes hilariously awry by disregarding reality too strongly. The England PKs loss and backlash was an example of true comedy, completely unintentional of course.

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Colin Wright

    "It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine."

    The dominant woke culture screams diversity whilst imposing a repressive homogeneity in thought. I know a few culture workers who are still scrambling to find a way to survive the current corporate tyranny. I remind them on a weekly basis that by virtue of their race and gender and their disinclination to believe in the tenets of the grotesque new order they are now the counterculture. Initially, big or medium-size bucks cannot be found in the counterculture; but it's where the action is, creatively speaking. The market is already growing for counter-narratives, and eventually the business sector will respond. This is optimistic view.

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Colin Wright

    As Jason Whitlock has patiently explained (again & again) it doesn't matter. This is all endorsements. He suggested, only partly humorously, that the NBA might be moved to China in the next five years.

  3. Whenever I hear “black woman in sports” my eyes glaze over, then bleed.

    How many of these have repeated public meltdowns because they are being “disrespected” and “Muh Hair” and “Muh Black Lives Matter” then go on Instagram to flaunt their jiggly bits?

    OT: Meanwhile, info that the COVID pandemic smells like monkey turd as Christopher Steele makes a reappearance, linked to medical panel SAGE (“follow the science”, which is already brainwash) with Deep State outlet “The Guardian” not far away:

    Why is disgraced MI6 author of the dodgy Trump-Russia dossier involved in a controversial group seeking harsh Covid restrictions?

    Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 spy, is involved in the ‘parent’ organisation called Independent SAGE – a collective that regularly criticizes the UK government for not introducing tougher measures to achieve ‘Zero Covid.’

    On July 17, The Daily Telegraph brought to public attention that Independent SAGE, the highly controversial scientist collective advocating for excessively harsh coronavirus restrictions, was the creation of The Citizens, a shadowy campaign organization led by Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr.

    In response, Cadwalladr took to Twitter to rubbish the “scoop,” noting that the connection between the two groups had been acknowledged on Independent SAGE’s website for 17 months – which is true, although the scientist collective seems very much keen to downplay it, merely referring to The Citizens as “a small support team” helping with public events and media activities.

    • Thanks: Paul Jolliffe
  4. The Olympics Rely On, but Don’t Support, Black Girl Magic

    LOL.

    Where does the NYT find these black–or “blackish”–putzes?

    Terrible truth: Everyone else in the world would be totally happy if no blacks showed up. More competition for everyone else, more pleasant for everyone else. But this is especially true when it comes to classic women’s sports like gymnastics where more or less everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.

    And Caster Semenya? In an article with about relying on “Black Girl Magic”?

    Moron.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @AnotherDad

    Was just looking for this tweet and was reminded that Simon Biles’s brother was charged with murder a couple years ago.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1408195937869107200?s=21

    Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk, @El Dato, @Altai, @njguy73

    , @AnotherDad
    @AnotherDad

    One thing the minoritarians apparently work hard not to notice is that "exclusion" or "segregation" or "discrimination" do not logically travel with "dependent upon" or "need" or "rely on".

    Sure, if your oppressor chases after you when you escape, hunts you down and drags you back to the plantation ... you got a point. But, while i've heard stories about it in the distant past, i don't see that happening much ... well, at all.

    Generally "exclusion" is a big waving banner proclaiming "we do not need you around".

    (It might even imply "you're a big pain in the ass!")

    This is not a complicated logical point. Dare i say "obvious". And empirically: miraculously. people keep running toward white nations banging on the door to get in. Hmm?

    I guess it's just too much "emotional labor" for minoritarians to face. I'll help. And say it nice and slow:

    WE DO NOT NEED YOU AROUND

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @AnotherDad


    everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.
     
    But affluent white women, the people the NYT is targeting, will watch anyway. The Olympics are becoming like kale - no one really likes it but consuming it somehow makes you a better person.
    , @Cloudbuster
    @AnotherDad

    Just wait until the animal rights folks get into the act and all the gymnastics golds start going to trained spider monkeys.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  5. The heavy burden Black women carry in all walks of life

    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn’t hit her back because he’s been raised not to hit a girl.
    I told him next time to have more situational awareness, be ready to block, and to never let yourself get sucker punched.
    I also told him the “don’t hit girls” rule doesn’t necessarily apply to blacks.
    So much for the black girls and their heavy burden…

    • Replies: @Charon
    @rebel yell


    Black women athletes who will be counted on to provide standout performances in Tokyo even as they fight to be respected.
     
    Sort of see their point though. The way the IOC officials act towards them. Instead of playing their national anthem ("Rise Up and Riot" or whatever it is) the officials just go up and slap the black girls across the face.

    Even I thought that was going too far. They don't even get a medal, just some fake chocolate wrapped in gold foil so when they eat it, they get diabetes, further contributing to the disparate health outcomes in this country. SMDH.

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @36 ulster

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @rebel yell


    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn’t hit her back because he’s been raised not to hit a girl.
     
    In my first-ever game of soccer, age ten, I was flattened by a black girl twice my size. This wasn't organized play, just PE class. It was near the goal. She may have been goalie; she certainly took up more of the crease than anyone else on the pitch!
    , @Ragno
    @rebel yell


    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn’t hit her back because he’s been raised not to hit a girl.
    I told him the “don’t hit girls” rule doesn’t necessarily apply to blacks.
     
    Good man.
  6. OT

    [MORE]

    Apropos of nothing, something just struck me. Surname “Goodman”. Is there any equivalent in other cultures/languages?

    Who does that?

    • Replies: @Elli
    @Stan d Mute

    Bonhomme, literally good man, in practice, peasant farmer. Also Bonham, Guttman, Bono, De Bono, Buonomo.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  7. • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Dave Pinsen

    To be fair, if the WNBA was lipstick, rather than butch lesbians, it would have more fans.

  8. @AnotherDad

    The Olympics Rely On, but Don’t Support, Black Girl Magic
     
    LOL.

    Where does the NYT find these black--or "blackish"--putzes?

    Terrible truth: Everyone else in the world would be totally happy if no blacks showed up. More competition for everyone else, more pleasant for everyone else. But this is especially true when it comes to classic women's sports like gymnastics where more or less everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.

    And Caster Semenya? In an article with about relying on "Black Girl Magic"?

    Moron.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @AnotherDad, @Peter Akuleyev, @Cloudbuster

    Was just looking for this tweet and was reminded that Simon Biles’s brother was charged with murder a couple years ago.

    • Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk
    @Dave Pinsen

    He beat the rap!

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    , @El Dato
    @Dave Pinsen

    The Alien represents a new apex predator paradigm: African height and slenderness with alligator jaw muscles and chimp musculature. Kind of a hack around the traditional aesthetic subtext of monster movies.

    , @Altai
    @Dave Pinsen

    In Britain they made the Mogadishu-born Mohammed (Almost unanimously referred to as 'Mo') Farah an icon due to his performances in the long distance over 2 Olympics. (He failed to qualify for Tokyo and his association with the boys in the Nike project in Oregon has raised doubts about his cleanness) His estranged brother got done for a spate of breaking and entering armed with knives at the height of Mo's fame and was eventually deported to Somalia after a 4 year sentence.

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/15/mo-farahs-brother-deported-somalia-released-prison-11908994/

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong

    , @njguy73
    @Dave Pinsen

    Simone Biles: "I represent a new female gymnastics paradigm: pre-pubescent height with adult muscularity."

    Mary Lou Retton: "Am I a joke to you?"

  9. @Dave Pinsen
    @AnotherDad

    Was just looking for this tweet and was reminded that Simon Biles’s brother was charged with murder a couple years ago.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1408195937869107200?s=21

    Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk, @El Dato, @Altai, @njguy73

    He beat the rap!

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @Gaspar DeLaFunk

    The last I read a jury convicted him. Now I see a judge just set him free. No new trial.

    Hmmmmm.

    His alleged crime was negro boys will be negro boys. He and a couple of buddies crashed a party, got into it with people who didn't want them there, and shot the place up. On New Years Eve.

  10. @Colin Wright
    Kurt Streeter is an octoroon puppet, performing the same act he's performed every day of his life.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @anon

    He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Stan d Mute

    East Asians call whites "big noses."

    His mother was a WASP native Oregonian.

    , @Jack Armstrong
    @Stan d Mute

    “He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.”
    Is that a line from The Maltese Falcon ?

    , @AndrewR
    @Stan d Mute

    Like Tanahahsisisisisisisi Coates and a number of other virulently anti-white writers, I can't help but think he blames whites for his physical repulsiveness (which his parents alone are responsible for).

  11. Meanwhile: Girls with Guns!

    • Replies: @Mr Mox
    @El Dato


    Meanwhile: Girls with Guns!
     
    The Summer Olympics 1992 was the last time skeet shooting was open to both men and women, since skeet was introduced to the Olympics in 1968.

    I'm sure Steve, and the rest of us, will appreciate the fact that the 1992 gold winner was a petite Chinese woman, Zhang Shan. Zhang went through the preliminary rounds with a perfect 200 straight, setting a new Olympic record along the way. She did drop two targets in the final round for the six top shooters, but it was still enough to secure her victory.

    https://i.imgur.com/lvm9VhS.jpg
  12. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, if it helps, I for one won't be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag...I don't even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine. Not any more.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Verymuchalive, @Achmed E. Newman, @415 reasons, @SunBakedSuburb, @Paperback Writer

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight.

    Brag much? TV in the restaurant? Did your chauffeur wait or did he go grab a nutritious meal at Hardee’s?

    Or do you live in East Asia?

    • Troll: Calvin Hobbes
  13. @Dave Pinsen
    @AnotherDad

    Was just looking for this tweet and was reminded that Simon Biles’s brother was charged with murder a couple years ago.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1408195937869107200?s=21

    Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk, @El Dato, @Altai, @njguy73

    The Alien represents a new apex predator paradigm: African height and slenderness with alligator jaw muscles and chimp musculature. Kind of a hack around the traditional aesthetic subtext of monster movies.

  14. The Olympic Games finished in 393 AD. Archaeological evidence they carried on for a few more years but there is no textual evidence of the Games in the 5th century.

    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity. Cheer leading an Olympic sport. Ridiculous.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Agathoklis

    Despite our differences, it's a brave and honest Greek who discounts the 1896 and 2004 Athens "Olympics". Keep up the good work.
    And I've not even had to mention the appearance of "transgender athletes".
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/quinn-becomes-first-openly-transgender-athlete-to-compete-at-olympics/ar-AAMuUtp

    As I've written to other commenters, don't watch this crap, it corrodes the brain.

    , @Bill B.
    @Agathoklis


    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity. Cheer leading an Olympic sport. Ridiculous.
     
    Yes. The IOC are playing a dangerous game. If it became too silly the world could switch off.

    I more or less have taken no notice of the Nobel prizes after Obama and Bob Dylan were one apiece.

    My interest in the Olympics started to drain away around the time synchronized swimming with the rictus grins) got in. A few decades ago it was just about possible to monitor all the big names and one's own nation's efforts. Impossible now in real time.

    Athletics tends to be dominated by people who I am told hate me for my privileges so to hell with that.
    , @Curmudgeon
    @Agathoklis


    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity.
     
    Indeed. There was a lot of celebration by the perverters, when Avery Brundage died.
  15. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    There is no such thing as “Black Girl Magic”.
    Ergo, the Olympics don’t rely on it.
    But neither do the Olympics rely on black girls or black women as opposed to men, or men or women of other ethnic backgrounds.
    The Olympics are an international arena open to the top men and women of all nationalities and ethnicities. That is a big part of the appeal.
    And neither do black women bear any special burden in life.
    The “typical” burdens of life may differ for a statistician looking at race and sex, but we are all individuals.
    Did I miss anything?

    • Agree: tyrone
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Anonymous

    In ancient times, the Olympic Fire was brought by black runners all the way from Wakanda, up the Nile, right up to Olympus.

    , @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    “There is no such thing as “Black Girl Magic”…. Did I miss anything?”

    The commercials.

    Replies: @JR Ewing

  16. @AnotherDad

    The Olympics Rely On, but Don’t Support, Black Girl Magic
     
    LOL.

    Where does the NYT find these black--or "blackish"--putzes?

    Terrible truth: Everyone else in the world would be totally happy if no blacks showed up. More competition for everyone else, more pleasant for everyone else. But this is especially true when it comes to classic women's sports like gymnastics where more or less everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.

    And Caster Semenya? In an article with about relying on "Black Girl Magic"?

    Moron.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @AnotherDad, @Peter Akuleyev, @Cloudbuster

    One thing the minoritarians apparently work hard not to notice is that “exclusion” or “segregation” or “discrimination” do not logically travel with “dependent upon” or “need” or “rely on”.

    Sure, if your oppressor chases after you when you escape, hunts you down and drags you back to the plantation … you got a point. But, while i’ve heard stories about it in the distant past, i don’t see that happening much … well, at all.

    Generally “exclusion” is a big waving banner proclaiming “we do not need you around”.

    (It might even imply “you’re a big pain in the ass!”)

    This is not a complicated logical point. Dare i say “obvious”. And empirically: miraculously. people keep running toward white nations banging on the door to get in. Hmm?

    I guess it’s just too much “emotional labor” for minoritarians to face. I’ll help. And say it nice and slow:

    WE DO NOT NEED YOU AROUND

    • Agree: Old Prude
  17. Rob says:

    The commentators when Biles is gymnasticating are great. The top, best ever, blah blah. None of them ever say, “gee, do you think it’s because she’s black? Blacks do have more explosive strength than people.”

    Much like blacks get AA in the rest of life, which is unfair, because that matters. Having smarter scientists working on sickle cell would mean fewer blacks dying after short, awful lives. But sports do not matter. Someone always wins. Unless it rains. Like, ohh, France won the World Cup!” But how many French kids do not get to play soccer, because the blacks and beurs are too racist and violent? Isn’t it more important that French kids get to play on French teams in France than “France” wins the WC?

    Of all the important stuff we lose because of non-whites, having to give up sports just adds insult to injury. Have competitions that are by ancestral continent and whole world ones, too. If people want to watch pixies fly through the air, that’s great, if they want to see African midgets spring about, then hat’s great, too.

    I was never athletic, but expecting whites to compete with blacks in bouncyball is as unfair as expecting blacks to compete on standardized tests with Asians. We recognize the latter is unfair. A League of Our Own.

  18. Simone Biles- oh hell yes.
    Gwen Berry- kinda cute.
    Naomi Osaka- she has to be in the fugliest 10% of blasians. What was he thinking?
    Alice Dearing- this is not a serious article.

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @Amon Dool

    Gwen Berry is one of the most hideous looking persons I've ever seen and she seems to go out of her way to try and make herself even more ugly with the purposely bad makeup.

  19. @Dave Pinsen
    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1418683894099021831?s=21

    Replies: @Redneck farmer

    To be fair, if the WNBA was lipstick, rather than butch lesbians, it would have more fans.

    • Agree: JimDandy
  20. sb says:

    I really wonder how the decision to give Naomi Osaka the lighting the cauldron gig went down in Japan
    Sure Japanese people like the image of someone with JPN after their name winning major events but would that many Japanese consider Osaka 100% Japanese or , if you prefer sufficiently Japanese for such a prestigious gig ?

    There was also another event that caught my attention – the artistic director of Ceremonies was sacked because in a previous life he was a comedian and a couple of decades ago made a bad taste anti Jewish joke
    Would many Japanese care less about this ?

    Wonder how much say NBC had in all this . NBC pays well over the odds for the USA Olympic rights which means it picks up the majority of the bill for the whole circus .
    And we know what NBC’s position on all these matters would be

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @sb

    Wonder how much say NBC had in all this . NBC pays well over the odds for the USA Olympic rights which means it picks up the majority of the bill for the whole circus .

    The whole circus is very largely funded by Tokyo taxpayers. TV rights and advertising contribute limited amounts . The Olympics without spectators is projected to lose $23bn. This does not seem to include losses from the initial cancellation in 2020.
    https://sportcal.com/News/FeaturedNews/135839

    Someone on the Japanese Organising Committee should have had the bolls to say to NBC: " The Non-Kosher DC is not for turning. If you don't like it, F*** Off"

    , @Altai
    @sb

    There aren't enough foreigners or mixed race people in Japan to trigger concern yet. Japan is in the honeymoon phase of diversity where they're proud people want to come live there and find these people unique and interesting individuals. You can see this in the way blacks and mixed race people from earlier generations in Western countries that were homogeneous until recently often look askew at the ethnic animus shown by the newcomers. They don't understand where the hatred comes from because they grew up as individuals, they weren't part of another group in conflict with the core ethnicity because there was no other group to identify with.

    With Osaka it's a bit more strange. She grew up as a small child in Japan but lost her Japanese fluency when her family moved to the US and she never had a true Japanese socialisation. When asked she will openly admit she doesn't feel Japanese, or Haitian or American for that matter. She plays for Japan because that was the best way to get money when she was starting her career.

    Though this article on Osaka is amazing and in a way sums up the confused way the twin impulses of wanting to reduce some forms of ethnocentrism and enhance others in modern progressive discourse come to clash. The author wants you to accept Osaka is Japanese and not only Japanese but no less Japanese than anybody damnit! But also, how dare you deny that she isn't not Japanese! Blackness (The author does a tell and kind of ignores her Haitianness because only her blackness matters to him.) and Japanesness are both one drop discrete statuses.


    https://nextshark.com/naomi-osaka-haitian-blackness/
    Stop Erasing Naomi Osaka’s Blackness
    By Elliot Sang



    Biraciality makes people uncomfortable. In society, we communicate narrow ideas of racial identity, as if identity can fit into distinct, narrow pockets. Biracial public figures like Naomi Osaka prove it cannot. Osaka is a tennis star who represents Japan in competition; she is Japanese and American with dual citizenship; she is ethnically Haitian and Japanese.

    Monoracial Asian nations, like Japan, often respond to mixed-race people with hesitation at best and out-and-out bigotry at most. The fact that a Japanese star, featured in Japanese ads and winning sporting awards for Japan, is not only mixed-race but Black, shows an important amount of progress in Asian race relations. So there is something empowering about merely calling Naomi Osaka Japanese, whether it be in headlines or advertisements. And it’s a correct assertion: she is Japanese. Her biraciality does not make her less so.

    But we must also seek to empower her and respect her as a Black woman, singularly. Just as her Blackness does not make her less Japanese, her Japanese-ness does not make her less Black. We as Asians can borrow her for a story, but we can’t claim her for a narrative. And we cannot afford to gloss over her identity as a Black woman, which includes significant aspects of her physical appearance, in this day and age.

    ...

    But as well-intentioned and understandable as this tweet is, it does open up some issues. For one, the Time piece in question does not erase Osaka’s Haitian identity; it is included as part of the story. This response is pointed toward the AJ+ tweet, which says she is “the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam.” The tweeter is asserting that AJ+ should have/could have changed this to “the first Japanese-Haitian woman to win a Grand Slam.” But that change would be uniquely problematic.

    Part of the reason biracial people struggle to be accepted is in the constant necessity to note their biraciality. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam; there’s a strength in that statement. It’s saying she is Japanese, and that in itself has power to it. The accomplishment does not count less because Osaka is Black, and Osaka is no less Japanese because of her Blackness.

    I love and relate to Naomi Osaka as a fellow biracial Asian. I am Chinese and Dominican: both of those things. Yet I squint and squirm when I’m only referred to as one or the other: “Well, I’m not quite Chinese, am I?” Identifying as both often feels like identifying as neither. (It can also mean identifying as either: but we’ll talk about transraciality another day.) Growing up biracial means quickly learning that the language we have for these identities is insufficient.
     
    Most bi-ethnic people tend to choose one identity to identify with if they can pass for it. It seems to make them more content. To have an identity, a tribe. For those who can't like the bi-racial author of the piece and Osaka, it tends to be a constant source of angst. Even in the final paragraph the author reveals his incoherent demands about Osaka are just fronts and copes, even he doesn't believe Osaka is just as Japanese as the Emperor anymore than he believes he is as Chinese as Xi Jinping.

    He wants people to call Osaka Japanese and accept her as 100% precisely because she isn't, he wants to redefine what Japanese means to soothe his own neuroses.

    Replies: @Kylie, @AndrewR

  21. @AnotherDad

    The Olympics Rely On, but Don’t Support, Black Girl Magic
     
    LOL.

    Where does the NYT find these black--or "blackish"--putzes?

    Terrible truth: Everyone else in the world would be totally happy if no blacks showed up. More competition for everyone else, more pleasant for everyone else. But this is especially true when it comes to classic women's sports like gymnastics where more or less everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.

    And Caster Semenya? In an article with about relying on "Black Girl Magic"?

    Moron.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @AnotherDad, @Peter Akuleyev, @Cloudbuster

    everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.

    But affluent white women, the people the NYT is targeting, will watch anyway. The Olympics are becoming like kale – no one really likes it but consuming it somehow makes you a better person.

    • LOL: El Dato
  22. It will be an interesting Olympics. I expect a record drop in viewership. Most of us have better things to do this summer anyway after wasting a year in COVID stasis. And then add in the “black girl magic” propaganda, the empty stands, the time difference, the millions of alternative viewing options, and the general decline in nationalist feeling in the West (which, let’s be honest, is the only reason most people tune in to watch something like decathlon or water polo) and the Olympics don’t seem relevant any more.

    • Agree: fish, Ron Mexico
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Peter Akuleyev

    "black girl magic"

    Black lady black magic is a ruse developed by the occulted sorcerers who generated blacks from clay.

  23. • Replies: @El Dato
    @Mike Tre

    At this point you need to either call a dindu exorcist or else recognize that this employee is Auschwitz-Stammlager for well-fed blacks.

  24. I like the Olympics, but that opening ceremony was just sad.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Cool Daddy Jimbo

    It was sad at the beginning but after the parade of nations(zzz... as usual), the jaw dropping drone show and the humorous and creative "kinetic pictogram" show really made up for it. The lighting of the cauldron was cool too.

    The commentators pointed out that the organizers had a much bigger show planned, then Covid happened, and they had to scrap the whole thing and redo it. I think they did a remarkable job under the circumstance.

  25. @rebel yell

    The heavy burden Black women carry in all walks of life
     
    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn't hit her back because he's been raised not to hit a girl.
    I told him next time to have more situational awareness, be ready to block, and to never let yourself get sucker punched.
    I also told him the "don't hit girls" rule doesn't necessarily apply to blacks.
    So much for the black girls and their heavy burden...

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Ragno

    Black women athletes who will be counted on to provide standout performances in Tokyo even as they fight to be respected.

    Sort of see their point though. The way the IOC officials act towards them. Instead of playing their national anthem (“Rise Up and Riot” or whatever it is) the officials just go up and slap the black girls across the face.

    Even I thought that was going too far. They don’t even get a medal, just some fake chocolate wrapped in gold foil so when they eat it, they get diabetes, further contributing to the disparate health outcomes in this country. SMDH.

    • Replies: @Matthew Kelly
    @Charon

    I can't LOL to that so I'll just say: True story.

    Black Girl Magic may be powerful, but it's not more powerful than our White Privilege and Institutional Racism.

    Get rekt, Black sista galfends!

    , @36 ulster
    @Charon

    "Rise Up and Riot." Got to "adapt" that one. Thanks.

  26. It is really appalling, especially to members of the journalistic profession, to see the standards of the past so flagrantly flouted. (Pardon the alliteration.) The New York Times has always had very clear rules about the “wall” between news and opinion. The readers of Mr. Sailer’s blog surely don’t need to be persuaded of this, but to those who actually pay for the newspaper, I ask: “Do you realize how far this newspaper has strayed from its self-proclaimed vocation?”

    • Replies: @anon
    @Tono Bungay

    The New York Times has always had very clear rules about the “wall” between news and opinion

    When was that? Never mind the year, in which century was that "wall" a thing?

    You do know that NYT still has Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize on a real wall, I assume.

    , @AndrewR
    @Tono Bungay

    The NYT is a blog for UMC white holes. Why should they bother with patriarchal things like objectivity and facts?

  27. So I guess this means that, whereas “black supremacist violence” is illustrated by putting Rick Moranis in the hospital for being outside in the wrong city, “white supremacist violence” is what you could also call “literacy.”

    • Replies: @Mr Hennessy
    @J.Ross

    Regarding the screenshots Ms. Bush tweeted, I have no way of knowing:

    - the group identity of the person who composed them
    - whether they are real or bogus

    I do believe that within a generation, such messages *will* be real . . . and composed by Latinos.

  28. Rename them the Kilimanjaros and relocate them to a permanent home in Wakanda, with the IKO based in Kinshasa. “Coming home! They’re coming home!”

  29. @AnotherDad

    The Olympics Rely On, but Don’t Support, Black Girl Magic
     
    LOL.

    Where does the NYT find these black--or "blackish"--putzes?

    Terrible truth: Everyone else in the world would be totally happy if no blacks showed up. More competition for everyone else, more pleasant for everyone else. But this is especially true when it comes to classic women's sports like gymnastics where more or less everyone else watching would rather see a cute white or Asian girl doing the routine and winning medals.

    And Caster Semenya? In an article with about relying on "Black Girl Magic"?

    Moron.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @AnotherDad, @Peter Akuleyev, @Cloudbuster

    Just wait until the animal rights folks get into the act and all the gymnastics golds start going to trained spider monkeys.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Cloudbuster

    Cool though, Cloudbuster. (You've inspired a blog post in me.)

    In fact, I think there should be new events just for animals. How about a standing high jump for cats? It's rare you get to sneak up on a house cat, but the dryer was running, he was staring out the window screen, the door from the garage was open, and the room was carpeted. I snuck up and touched him on the back and said "hello". Straight up, 3 feet if it was an inch, I tell you!

    To save on TV rights payments, training costs, training facilities, food services, not to mention much fewer worries about the Flu Manchu, I propose an All-Animal Olympics to replace the human one they have now. Animals can do stuff that even these Olympic humans couldn't think of doing. Why do we persist in promoting these Humans over Animals? It's highly speciest and egregious! ABD, people!

  30. @Mike Tre
    Not watching.

    But here is some negro broad magic:

    https://leakedreality.com/video/17840/feral-dindus-terrorize-employees-after-deadly-work-site-accident

    Replies: @El Dato

    At this point you need to either call a dindu exorcist or else recognize that this employee is Auschwitz-Stammlager for well-fed blacks.

  31. @Anonymous
    There is no such thing as "Black Girl Magic".
    Ergo, the Olympics don't rely on it.
    But neither do the Olympics rely on black girls or black women as opposed to men, or men or women of other ethnic backgrounds.
    The Olympics are an international arena open to the top men and women of all nationalities and ethnicities. That is a big part of the appeal.
    And neither do black women bear any special burden in life.
    The "typical" burdens of life may differ for a statistician looking at race and sex, but we are all individuals.
    Did I miss anything?

    Replies: @El Dato, @SafeNow

    In ancient times, the Olympic Fire was brought by black runners all the way from Wakanda, up the Nile, right up to Olympus.

  32. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, if it helps, I for one won't be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag...I don't even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine. Not any more.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Verymuchalive, @Achmed E. Newman, @415 reasons, @SunBakedSuburb, @Paperback Writer

    This is over. It may still be someone’s culture, but it’s not mine. Not any more.

    I last watched the Olympics in the late 1980s. Even then, it was obvious that many of the medal-winners were on PEDs. The odd extreme druggie- like Ben Johnson- would be delivered up, but for the vast majority, it was business as usual.
    I am surprised that someone of your intelligence and political awareness was still watching this crap until recently. Columnist Paul Kersey is right: white Americans should stop watching college and professional sports. They should stop idolising drugged up dindu knuckleheads.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  33. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, if it helps, I for one won't be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag...I don't even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine. Not any more.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Verymuchalive, @Achmed E. Newman, @415 reasons, @SunBakedSuburb, @Paperback Writer

    I was about to mash [Agree], Colin, but I want to say “it never was.” A bunch of hype out of the TV NEVER WAS my culture, even before this Flu Manchu stupidity and the 24/7-black stupidity. A nice calm announcer like you have (had? I dunno anymore) talking during tennis matches and showing just sporting events without the color commentary was perhaps a part of it.

    Having TVs playing all over the walls of the restaurants is not my culture either, but Stan’s comment is of no help – you can’t get away from them so easily. We would eat more AT the one local good-pizza place if they didn’t have 12 TVs on all over the dining room area. We just take the pizza home instead.

    I doubt I’ll view one single act of sports from this Olympics, unless someone puts up a youtube clip of something really amazing.

    .

    (Scarlet, mash the [Troll] button now. You know you wanna!)

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Apparently they cooked the books on the NBA finals ratings by including bar and restaurant patrons as viewers--otherwise the numbers would have been a record low. The drop in viewership since the days of Johnson and Bird and Jordan is stunning.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Colin Wright
    @Achmed E. Newman

    'I was about to mash [Agree], Colin, but I want to say “it never was.” ...'

    Well, yeah and no. But I used to feel some sense of participating in a global community, however superficial and illusory it might have been.

    Now...it's just not mine. I feel as if I'm watching a German military unit on parade...only I'm a Pole. That's a maudlin exaggeration, of course, but it gets at what I found myself feeling last night when that came on. Thank God I couldn't hear the sound.

  34. @sb
    I really wonder how the decision to give Naomi Osaka the lighting the cauldron gig went down in Japan
    Sure Japanese people like the image of someone with JPN after their name winning major events but would that many Japanese consider Osaka 100% Japanese or , if you prefer sufficiently Japanese for such a prestigious gig ?

    There was also another event that caught my attention - the artistic director of Ceremonies was sacked because in a previous life he was a comedian and a couple of decades ago made a bad taste anti Jewish joke
    Would many Japanese care less about this ?

    Wonder how much say NBC had in all this . NBC pays well over the odds for the USA Olympic rights which means it picks up the majority of the bill for the whole circus .
    And we know what NBC's position on all these matters would be

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Altai

    Wonder how much say NBC had in all this . NBC pays well over the odds for the USA Olympic rights which means it picks up the majority of the bill for the whole circus .

    The whole circus is very largely funded by Tokyo taxpayers. TV rights and advertising contribute limited amounts . The Olympics without spectators is projected to lose $23bn. This does not seem to include losses from the initial cancellation in 2020.
    https://sportcal.com/News/FeaturedNews/135839

    Someone on the Japanese Organising Committee should have had the bolls to say to NBC: ” The Non-Kosher DC is not for turning. If you don’t like it, F*** Off”

  35. Caster Semenya’s “black girl magic” is a pair of undescended testicles!

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @jcd1974

    jcd, Nature played a sad trick on Caster. It's not like she wanted to be freakish, but she is what she is.

    Replies: @anon

  36. @Agathoklis
    The Olympic Games finished in 393 AD. Archaeological evidence they carried on for a few more years but there is no textual evidence of the Games in the 5th century.

    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity. Cheer leading an Olympic sport. Ridiculous.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Bill B., @Curmudgeon

    Despite our differences, it’s a brave and honest Greek who discounts the 1896 and 2004 Athens “Olympics”. Keep up the good work.
    And I’ve not even had to mention the appearance of “transgender athletes”.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/quinn-becomes-first-openly-transgender-athlete-to-compete-at-olympics/ar-AAMuUtp

    As I’ve written to other commenters, don’t watch this crap, it corrodes the brain.

  37. @Cloudbuster
    @AnotherDad

    Just wait until the animal rights folks get into the act and all the gymnastics golds start going to trained spider monkeys.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Cool though, Cloudbuster. (You’ve inspired a blog post in me.)

    In fact, I think there should be new events just for animals. How about a standing high jump for cats? It’s rare you get to sneak up on a house cat, but the dryer was running, he was staring out the window screen, the door from the garage was open, and the room was carpeted. I snuck up and touched him on the back and said “hello”. Straight up, 3 feet if it was an inch, I tell you!

    To save on TV rights payments, training costs, training facilities, food services, not to mention much fewer worries about the Flu Manchu, I propose an All-Animal Olympics to replace the human one they have now. Animals can do stuff that even these Olympic humans couldn’t think of doing. Why do we persist in promoting these Humans over Animals? It’s highly speciest and egregious! ABD, people!

  38. She won’t defend those titles in Tokyo because track officials have decreed that her body produces too much testosterone.

    But she could theoretically participate in the men’s event. She should do it just to make a point.

  39. @Amon Dool
    Simone Biles- oh hell yes.
    Gwen Berry- kinda cute.
    Naomi Osaka- she has to be in the fugliest 10% of blasians. What was he thinking?
    Alice Dearing- this is not a serious article.

    Replies: @JR Ewing

    Gwen Berry is one of the most hideous looking persons I’ve ever seen and she seems to go out of her way to try and make herself even more ugly with the purposely bad makeup.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  40. When Alice Dearing becomes the first Black British woman to compete in swimming, you won’t see her wearing the newly created Soul Cap, explicitly designed to accommodate thicker, curlier hair. The international swimming federation banned it.

    FWIW, the “soul cap” is less of a traditional swim cap and more of a rubber bag that one can put around one’s long hair that essentially lengthens the back of the head by a few inches. Although it’s claimed to be helpful for people with African hair, what it really seems to be helpful for are people with long braids and extensions, which could include some white people too, if they so chose.

    I am not an expert on hydrodynamics, but the people who run competitive swimming are and I can see how such a device could be thought to confer some kind of mechanical advantage to the wearer by changing the direction of water flow around the head as it moves through the water. Literal streamlining.

    Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t – it looks to me like it would actually increase drag?

    In any case, I’m pretty sure they didn’t ban it solely out of a malevolent desire to be mean to black girls.

  41. @Gaspar DeLaFunk
    @Dave Pinsen

    He beat the rap!

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    The last I read a jury convicted him. Now I see a judge just set him free. No new trial.

    Hmmmmm.

    His alleged crime was negro boys will be negro boys. He and a couple of buddies crashed a party, got into it with people who didn’t want them there, and shot the place up. On New Years Eve.

  42. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Colin Wright

    I was about to mash [Agree], Colin, but I want to say "it never was." A bunch of hype out of the TV NEVER WAS my culture, even before this Flu Manchu stupidity and the 24/7-black stupidity. A nice calm announcer like you have (had? I dunno anymore) talking during tennis matches and showing just sporting events without the color commentary was perhaps a part of it.

    Having TVs playing all over the walls of the restaurants is not my culture either, but Stan's comment is of no help - you can't get away from them so easily. We would eat more AT the one local good-pizza place if they didn't have 12 TVs on all over the dining room area. We just take the pizza home instead.

    I doubt I'll view one single act of sports from this Olympics, unless someone puts up a youtube clip of something really amazing.

    .


    (Scarlet, mash the [Troll] button now. You know you wanna!)

    Replies: @Morton's toes, @Colin Wright

    Apparently they cooked the books on the NBA finals ratings by including bar and restaurant patrons as viewers–otherwise the numbers would have been a record low. The drop in viewership since the days of Johnson and Bird and Jordan is stunning.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Morton's toes

    Thank you for that info., Morton. I know I can look it up myself, but if you have a link to one particular article on this, I'd like to see it.

    What it reminds me is the circulation of the USA Today. Peak Stupidity mentioned in an old article called "Stepped on an interesting USA Today article the other day ....", that their circulation numbers depend on many copies being bought by hotels and left in front of the room doors. Some get read - others get stepped on, as a doormat.

    Replies: @Morton's toes

  43. anon[987] • Disclaimer says:

    When blacks enter a sport, they often turn it from a game of skills into a game of brawn. This is true for both men and women, like Tiger Woods with golf, the Williams sisters and now Naomi Osaka with women’s tennis, Simone Biles with gymnastics (they used to call it “artistic” gymnastics with the floor exercise especially incorporating elements of ballet — point your toes!), or the many black female runners who are so muscular. There used to be a French figure skater named Surya Bonaly whose muscular physique and lack of finesse turned figure skating into gymnastics on ice. These days women’s figure skating is like a jumping contest like the men’s, and women’s tennis is all about muscles and strength like the men’s. Women’s gymnastics has lost all its artistry.

    The Swedish women’s soccer team looks like a soccer team of models: all the women are 7′ tall, slender with long blond hair and gorgeous, the real life Beauxbatons of the Tournament of Wizards in Harry Potter. And they can play too, kicked the US team’s butts, while the US women are shorter and more muscular. They are proof that you don’t need big muscles to do well in sports.

  44. I did not know any of this, and was better off for not knowing.

  45. But I thought this was going to be the Olympics of the Triumph of the Trans?!

    Will the Trannies turn against Black Girl Magic?

  46. anon[987] • Disclaimer says:
    @Cool Daddy Jimbo
    I like the Olympics, but that opening ceremony was just sad.

    Replies: @anon

    It was sad at the beginning but after the parade of nations(zzz… as usual), the jaw dropping drone show and the humorous and creative “kinetic pictogram” show really made up for it. The lighting of the cauldron was cool too.

    The commentators pointed out that the organizers had a much bigger show planned, then Covid happened, and they had to scrap the whole thing and redo it. I think they did a remarkable job under the circumstance.

  47. Black intellectuals and their cheerleaders just cannot accept that despite all the celebratory propaganda about their achievements and value to society, most of the country that lives in the real world are just not that impressed. Come see me when the out of wedlock birth rate drops below 50% and blacks are merely as homicidal as Latinos and I’ll be the first to say ‘great job’.

  48. @Anonymous
    There is no such thing as "Black Girl Magic".
    Ergo, the Olympics don't rely on it.
    But neither do the Olympics rely on black girls or black women as opposed to men, or men or women of other ethnic backgrounds.
    The Olympics are an international arena open to the top men and women of all nationalities and ethnicities. That is a big part of the appeal.
    And neither do black women bear any special burden in life.
    The "typical" burdens of life may differ for a statistician looking at race and sex, but we are all individuals.
    Did I miss anything?

    Replies: @El Dato, @SafeNow

    “There is no such thing as “Black Girl Magic”…. Did I miss anything?”

    The commercials.

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @SafeNow

    In one two minute commercial break:

    - Four kids, two white two black, dancing in the science lab for old navy(?)

    - A Verizon ad extolling the speed and breadth of their network with a egregious shot of a dark skinned black woman in company coveralls and hard hat staring intently at a screen

    - An ad for lipstick featuring a white model and a black model

    - A skinny black woman in pink tights with outrageously bushy orange hair walking through the middle of a soccer game explaining something about computer data security

  49. @Charon
    @rebel yell


    Black women athletes who will be counted on to provide standout performances in Tokyo even as they fight to be respected.
     
    Sort of see their point though. The way the IOC officials act towards them. Instead of playing their national anthem ("Rise Up and Riot" or whatever it is) the officials just go up and slap the black girls across the face.

    Even I thought that was going too far. They don't even get a medal, just some fake chocolate wrapped in gold foil so when they eat it, they get diabetes, further contributing to the disparate health outcomes in this country. SMDH.

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @36 ulster

    I can’t LOL to that so I’ll just say: True story.

    Black Girl Magic may be powerful, but it’s not more powerful than our White Privilege and Institutional Racism.

    Get rekt, Black sista galfends!

  50. @Dave Pinsen
    @AnotherDad

    Was just looking for this tweet and was reminded that Simon Biles’s brother was charged with murder a couple years ago.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1408195937869107200?s=21

    Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk, @El Dato, @Altai, @njguy73

    In Britain they made the Mogadishu-born Mohammed (Almost unanimously referred to as ‘Mo’) Farah an icon due to his performances in the long distance over 2 Olympics. (He failed to qualify for Tokyo and his association with the boys in the Nike project in Oregon has raised doubts about his cleanness) His estranged brother got done for a spate of breaking and entering armed with knives at the height of Mo’s fame and was eventually deported to Somalia after a 4 year sentence.

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/15/mo-farahs-brother-deported-somalia-released-prison-11908994/

    • Replies: @Jack Armstrong
    @Altai


    … and was eventually deported to Somalia after a 4 year sentence.
     
    So by now he’s in Minnesota.
  51. Why are they even mentioning Gwen Berry she’s 3rd in hammer throwing among just the US delegation (a very obscure event few watch to begin with) and waaaay behind the white American world record holder Deanna Price. Nobody is watching closely for Gwen Berry’s performance. The whole article is dumb but placing her alongside the likes of Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka like they are remotely equivalent in performance/popularity is a really absurd extra flourish on top of it all.

  52. You could probably count the black readers of the times on your fingers.
    They probably employ more blacks than read that stupid rag.

    That idea of Black Magic is interesting.
    Didn’t they used to burn people at the stake for that?

    Look what blacks have done for tennis. Or basketbrawl.
    Taken all of the sportsmanship out of it.

    The ratings are low and the books bleed red ink.
    That’s the kind of economic miracle that made Africa a shithole.

  53. @sb
    I really wonder how the decision to give Naomi Osaka the lighting the cauldron gig went down in Japan
    Sure Japanese people like the image of someone with JPN after their name winning major events but would that many Japanese consider Osaka 100% Japanese or , if you prefer sufficiently Japanese for such a prestigious gig ?

    There was also another event that caught my attention - the artistic director of Ceremonies was sacked because in a previous life he was a comedian and a couple of decades ago made a bad taste anti Jewish joke
    Would many Japanese care less about this ?

    Wonder how much say NBC had in all this . NBC pays well over the odds for the USA Olympic rights which means it picks up the majority of the bill for the whole circus .
    And we know what NBC's position on all these matters would be

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Altai

    There aren’t enough foreigners or mixed race people in Japan to trigger concern yet. Japan is in the honeymoon phase of diversity where they’re proud people want to come live there and find these people unique and interesting individuals. You can see this in the way blacks and mixed race people from earlier generations in Western countries that were homogeneous until recently often look askew at the ethnic animus shown by the newcomers. They don’t understand where the hatred comes from because they grew up as individuals, they weren’t part of another group in conflict with the core ethnicity because there was no other group to identify with.

    With Osaka it’s a bit more strange. She grew up as a small child in Japan but lost her Japanese fluency when her family moved to the US and she never had a true Japanese socialisation. When asked she will openly admit she doesn’t feel Japanese, or Haitian or American for that matter. She plays for Japan because that was the best way to get money when she was starting her career.

    Though this article on Osaka is amazing and in a way sums up the confused way the twin impulses of wanting to reduce some forms of ethnocentrism and enhance others in modern progressive discourse come to clash. The author wants you to accept Osaka is Japanese and not only Japanese but no less Japanese than anybody damnit! But also, how dare you deny that she isn’t not Japanese! Blackness (The author does a tell and kind of ignores her Haitianness because only her blackness matters to him.) and Japanesness are both one drop discrete statuses.

    https://nextshark.com/naomi-osaka-haitian-blackness/
    Stop Erasing Naomi Osaka’s Blackness
    By Elliot Sang

    Biraciality makes people uncomfortable. In society, we communicate narrow ideas of racial identity, as if identity can fit into distinct, narrow pockets. Biracial public figures like Naomi Osaka prove it cannot. Osaka is a tennis star who represents Japan in competition; she is Japanese and American with dual citizenship; she is ethnically Haitian and Japanese.

    Monoracial Asian nations, like Japan, often respond to mixed-race people with hesitation at best and out-and-out bigotry at most. The fact that a Japanese star, featured in Japanese ads and winning sporting awards for Japan, is not only mixed-race but Black, shows an important amount of progress in Asian race relations. So there is something empowering about merely calling Naomi Osaka Japanese, whether it be in headlines or advertisements. And it’s a correct assertion: she is Japanese. Her biraciality does not make her less so.

    But we must also seek to empower her and respect her as a Black woman, singularly. Just as her Blackness does not make her less Japanese, her Japanese-ness does not make her less Black. We as Asians can borrow her for a story, but we can’t claim her for a narrative. And we cannot afford to gloss over her identity as a Black woman, which includes significant aspects of her physical appearance, in this day and age.

    But as well-intentioned and understandable as this tweet is, it does open up some issues. For one, the Time piece in question does not erase Osaka’s Haitian identity; it is included as part of the story. This response is pointed toward the AJ+ tweet, which says she is “the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam.” The tweeter is asserting that AJ+ should have/could have changed this to “the first Japanese-Haitian woman to win a Grand Slam.” But that change would be uniquely problematic.

    Part of the reason biracial people struggle to be accepted is in the constant necessity to note their biraciality. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam; there’s a strength in that statement. It’s saying she is Japanese, and that in itself has power to it. The accomplishment does not count less because Osaka is Black, and Osaka is no less Japanese because of her Blackness.

    I love and relate to Naomi Osaka as a fellow biracial Asian. I am Chinese and Dominican: both of those things. Yet I squint and squirm when I’m only referred to as one or the other: “Well, I’m not quite Chinese, am I?” Identifying as both often feels like identifying as neither. (It can also mean identifying as either: but we’ll talk about transraciality another day.) Growing up biracial means quickly learning that the language we have for these identities is insufficient.

    Most bi-ethnic people tend to choose one identity to identify with if they can pass for it. It seems to make them more content. To have an identity, a tribe. For those who can’t like the bi-racial author of the piece and Osaka, it tends to be a constant source of angst. Even in the final paragraph the author reveals his incoherent demands about Osaka are just fronts and copes, even he doesn’t believe Osaka is just as Japanese as the Emperor anymore than he believes he is as Chinese as Xi Jinping.

    He wants people to call Osaka Japanese and accept her as 100% precisely because she isn’t, he wants to redefine what Japanese means to soothe his own neuroses.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @Altai

    "There aren’t enough foreigners or mixed race people in Japan to trigger concern yet."

    There are if those foreigners and mixed race people are Japanese citizens and Japan being a nation of ethnically Japanese matters to you.

    , @AndrewR
    @Altai

    This Sang creature clearly is not Japanese but he tries to claim Naomi Osaka as a "fellow Asian." But as much as I hate the Han, it's not the Han who run the Anglosphere top to bottom. The Jews can never be forgiven for what they have done.

  54. @El Dato
    Meanwhile: Girls with Guns!

    https://twitter.com/Olympics/status/1418771244716105733

    https://twitter.com/Olympic_Russia/status/1418762133244981249

    https://twitter.com/swissteam/status/1418774838714552320

    Replies: @Mr Mox

    Meanwhile: Girls with Guns!

    The Summer Olympics 1992 was the last time skeet shooting was open to both men and women, since skeet was introduced to the Olympics in 1968.

    I’m sure Steve, and the rest of us, will appreciate the fact that the 1992 gold winner was a petite Chinese woman, Zhang Shan. Zhang went through the preliminary rounds with a perfect 200 straight, setting a new Olympic record along the way. She did drop two targets in the final round for the six top shooters, but it was still enough to secure her victory.

  55. @Dave Pinsen
    @AnotherDad

    Was just looking for this tweet and was reminded that Simon Biles’s brother was charged with murder a couple years ago.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1408195937869107200?s=21

    Replies: @Gaspar DeLaFunk, @El Dato, @Altai, @njguy73

    Simone Biles: “I represent a new female gymnastics paradigm: pre-pubescent height with adult muscularity.”

    Mary Lou Retton: “Am I a joke to you?”

  56. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, if it helps, I for one won't be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag...I don't even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine. Not any more.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Verymuchalive, @Achmed E. Newman, @415 reasons, @SunBakedSuburb, @Paperback Writer

    Woke people may think of the media they consume as a form of culture but it’s not. How can corporate marketing be construed as culture? You could watch an Esso TV ad from the 1950s for the nostalgic sentiment it generates or its aesthetics, but no one would argue it can constitute a major part of a creative culture. There was a time when art and culture did come out a corporate structure (the studio system, some early television programs) but they were works of auteurs, not strictly marketing. Now basically the entirety of our “culture” and entertainment (visual arts, Marvel movies, Netflix, black power athletics, even Opera as Steve has documented) is branded marketing for the dominant party. The only time it serves to actually edify, inspire or entertain is when it goes hilariously awry by disregarding reality too strongly. The England PKs loss and backlash was an example of true comedy, completely unintentional of course.

  57. Semenya is a Black woman from South Africa. She is treated with a lack of respect and a disregard for her humanity.

    I remember when progs supported the Olympic ban on South Africa back in the 80s, even though that policy disproportionately harmed black athletes. Now they’re mewling about lack of respect and disregard for humanity.

  58. If it’s a day ending in “y”, the NYT has an article that kisses black ass.

    • LOL: Alden
  59. @Agathoklis
    The Olympic Games finished in 393 AD. Archaeological evidence they carried on for a few more years but there is no textual evidence of the Games in the 5th century.

    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity. Cheer leading an Olympic sport. Ridiculous.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Bill B., @Curmudgeon

    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity. Cheer leading an Olympic sport. Ridiculous.

    Yes. The IOC are playing a dangerous game. If it became too silly the world could switch off.

    I more or less have taken no notice of the Nobel prizes after Obama and Bob Dylan were one apiece.

    My interest in the Olympics started to drain away around the time synchronized swimming with the rictus grins) got in. A few decades ago it was just about possible to monitor all the big names and one’s own nation’s efforts. Impossible now in real time.

    Athletics tends to be dominated by people who I am told hate me for my privileges so to hell with that.

  60. Simone Biles is fighting to be respected?

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @countenance

    "Simone Biles"

    Great villainess name. Conjures reptilian slithering and putrid stomach acid.

  61. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Colin Wright

    I was about to mash [Agree], Colin, but I want to say "it never was." A bunch of hype out of the TV NEVER WAS my culture, even before this Flu Manchu stupidity and the 24/7-black stupidity. A nice calm announcer like you have (had? I dunno anymore) talking during tennis matches and showing just sporting events without the color commentary was perhaps a part of it.

    Having TVs playing all over the walls of the restaurants is not my culture either, but Stan's comment is of no help - you can't get away from them so easily. We would eat more AT the one local good-pizza place if they didn't have 12 TVs on all over the dining room area. We just take the pizza home instead.

    I doubt I'll view one single act of sports from this Olympics, unless someone puts up a youtube clip of something really amazing.

    .


    (Scarlet, mash the [Troll] button now. You know you wanna!)

    Replies: @Morton's toes, @Colin Wright

    ‘I was about to mash [Agree], Colin, but I want to say “it never was.” …’

    Well, yeah and no. But I used to feel some sense of participating in a global community, however superficial and illusory it might have been.

    Now…it’s just not mine. I feel as if I’m watching a German military unit on parade…only I’m a Pole. That’s a maudlin exaggeration, of course, but it gets at what I found myself feeling last night when that came on. Thank God I couldn’t hear the sound.

  62. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, if it helps, I for one won't be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag...I don't even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine. Not any more.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Verymuchalive, @Achmed E. Newman, @415 reasons, @SunBakedSuburb, @Paperback Writer

    “It may still be someone’s culture, but it’s not mine.”

    The dominant woke culture screams diversity whilst imposing a repressive homogeneity in thought. I know a few culture workers who are still scrambling to find a way to survive the current corporate tyranny. I remind them on a weekly basis that by virtue of their race and gender and their disinclination to believe in the tenets of the grotesque new order they are now the counterculture. Initially, big or medium-size bucks cannot be found in the counterculture; but it’s where the action is, creatively speaking. The market is already growing for counter-narratives, and eventually the business sector will respond. This is optimistic view.

  63. @Peter Akuleyev
    It will be an interesting Olympics. I expect a record drop in viewership. Most of us have better things to do this summer anyway after wasting a year in COVID stasis. And then add in the "black girl magic" propaganda, the empty stands, the time difference, the millions of alternative viewing options, and the general decline in nationalist feeling in the West (which, let's be honest, is the only reason most people tune in to watch something like decathlon or water polo) and the Olympics don't seem relevant any more.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “black girl magic”

    Black lady black magic is a ruse developed by the occulted sorcerers who generated blacks from clay.

  64. @countenance
    Simone Biles is fighting to be respected?

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “Simone Biles”

    Great villainess name. Conjures reptilian slithering and putrid stomach acid.

  65. @Stan d Mute
    OT



    Apropos of nothing, something just struck me. Surname “Goodman”. Is there any equivalent in other cultures/languages?

    Who does that?

    Replies: @Elli

    Bonhomme, literally good man, in practice, peasant farmer. Also Bonham, Guttman, Bono, De Bono, Buonomo.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Elli

    Evander means "good man".


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evander_of_Pallantium


    Hayri is the same in Turkish, but it's a first name.

  66. Anonymous[417] • Disclaimer says:

    Being a journalist is now the most obsequious, panderific profession in the land. Being a used car salesman has leapt way up above it both in Status-Income Disequilibrium and social usefulness

  67. @J.Ross
    So I guess this means that, whereas "black supremacist violence" is illustrated by putting Rick Moranis in the hospital for being outside in the wrong city, "white supremacist violence" is what you could also call "literacy."
    https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1418222885253025792

    Replies: @Mr Hennessy

    Regarding the screenshots Ms. Bush tweeted, I have no way of knowing:

    – the group identity of the person who composed them
    – whether they are real or bogus

    I do believe that within a generation, such messages *will* be real . . . and composed by Latinos.

  68. @Charon
    @rebel yell


    Black women athletes who will be counted on to provide standout performances in Tokyo even as they fight to be respected.
     
    Sort of see their point though. The way the IOC officials act towards them. Instead of playing their national anthem ("Rise Up and Riot" or whatever it is) the officials just go up and slap the black girls across the face.

    Even I thought that was going too far. They don't even get a medal, just some fake chocolate wrapped in gold foil so when they eat it, they get diabetes, further contributing to the disparate health outcomes in this country. SMDH.

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @36 ulster

    “Rise Up and Riot.” Got to “adapt” that one. Thanks.

  69. LOL. I feel their pain.

  70. From the article:

    Phelps is white and American. He has clout in every way.

    Semenya is a Black woman from South Africa. She is treated with a lack of respect and a disregard for her humanity.

    She is hardly the only Black or brown woman discriminated against by a system whose lodestar is the Eurocentric, Swiss-based International Olympic Committee.

    Okay, the above statement proves it beyond a doubt. The NYT is hiring writers from my son’s high school speech team (and he only graduated last year.)

  71. The Unbearable Whiteness of Japan.

    Yellowness?

  72. I won’t be watching the competitions (except for those involving trannies), but I do want to see US medalists drop to their ceremonial knees; and hear Roseanne sing.

    The US/BLM flag should have been carried by Tommie Smith.

  73. @Tono Bungay
    It is really appalling, especially to members of the journalistic profession, to see the standards of the past so flagrantly flouted. (Pardon the alliteration.) The New York Times has always had very clear rules about the "wall" between news and opinion. The readers of Mr. Sailer's blog surely don't need to be persuaded of this, but to those who actually pay for the newspaper, I ask: "Do you realize how far this newspaper has strayed from its self-proclaimed vocation?"

    Replies: @anon, @AndrewR

    The New York Times has always had very clear rules about the “wall” between news and opinion

    When was that? Never mind the year, in which century was that “wall” a thing?

    You do know that NYT still has Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer prize on a real wall, I assume.

  74. I suppose the reference to Semenya’s “testosterone” (instead of the fact that s/he is a biological male) at least partly results from Current Year thinking that athletic eligibility should be based on hormones and that Biological Sex Doesn’t Exist.

    It’s also a rewriting of history, but that’s old hat.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Nachum


    I suppose the reference to Semenya’s “testosterone” (instead of the fact that s/he is a biological male) at least partly results from Current Year thinking that athletic eligibility should be based on hormones and that Biological Sex Doesn’t Exist.
     
    She's been "caster-ated".



    https://mobileimages.lowes.com/productimages/4eadf718-2451-477d-8060-b6af360fde86/13814868.jpg?size=pdhi
  75. @rebel yell

    The heavy burden Black women carry in all walks of life
     
    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn't hit her back because he's been raised not to hit a girl.
    I told him next time to have more situational awareness, be ready to block, and to never let yourself get sucker punched.
    I also told him the "don't hit girls" rule doesn't necessarily apply to blacks.
    So much for the black girls and their heavy burden...

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Ragno

    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn’t hit her back because he’s been raised not to hit a girl.

    In my first-ever game of soccer, age ten, I was flattened by a black girl twice my size. This wasn’t organized play, just PE class. It was near the goal. She may have been goalie; she certainly took up more of the crease than anyone else on the pitch!

  76. Who will watch the women’s 800-meter race without thinking of Caster Semenya, who dominated while winning gold in that event at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics?

    Better question— Who will watch the women’s 800-meter race at all?

  77. @Nachum
    I suppose the reference to Semenya's "testosterone" (instead of the fact that s/he is a biological male) at least partly results from Current Year thinking that athletic eligibility should be based on hormones and that Biological Sex Doesn't Exist.

    It's also a rewriting of history, but that's old hat.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I suppose the reference to Semenya’s “testosterone” (instead of the fact that s/he is a biological male) at least partly results from Current Year thinking that athletic eligibility should be based on hormones and that Biological Sex Doesn’t Exist.

    She’s been “caster-ated”.

  78. @jcd1974
    Caster Semenya's "black girl magic" is a pair of undescended testicles!

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    jcd, Nature played a sad trick on Caster. It’s not like she wanted to be freakish, but she is what she is.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Buffalo Joe

    Nature played a sad trick on Caster.

    Sinema deserves pity. The freaks and perverts using Sinema for their own ends, on the other hand...

  79. @Buffalo Joe
    @jcd1974

    jcd, Nature played a sad trick on Caster. It's not like she wanted to be freakish, but she is what she is.

    Replies: @anon

    Nature played a sad trick on Caster.

    Sinema deserves pity. The freaks and perverts using Sinema for their own ends, on the other hand…

  80. @Altai
    @sb

    There aren't enough foreigners or mixed race people in Japan to trigger concern yet. Japan is in the honeymoon phase of diversity where they're proud people want to come live there and find these people unique and interesting individuals. You can see this in the way blacks and mixed race people from earlier generations in Western countries that were homogeneous until recently often look askew at the ethnic animus shown by the newcomers. They don't understand where the hatred comes from because they grew up as individuals, they weren't part of another group in conflict with the core ethnicity because there was no other group to identify with.

    With Osaka it's a bit more strange. She grew up as a small child in Japan but lost her Japanese fluency when her family moved to the US and she never had a true Japanese socialisation. When asked she will openly admit she doesn't feel Japanese, or Haitian or American for that matter. She plays for Japan because that was the best way to get money when she was starting her career.

    Though this article on Osaka is amazing and in a way sums up the confused way the twin impulses of wanting to reduce some forms of ethnocentrism and enhance others in modern progressive discourse come to clash. The author wants you to accept Osaka is Japanese and not only Japanese but no less Japanese than anybody damnit! But also, how dare you deny that she isn't not Japanese! Blackness (The author does a tell and kind of ignores her Haitianness because only her blackness matters to him.) and Japanesness are both one drop discrete statuses.


    https://nextshark.com/naomi-osaka-haitian-blackness/
    Stop Erasing Naomi Osaka’s Blackness
    By Elliot Sang



    Biraciality makes people uncomfortable. In society, we communicate narrow ideas of racial identity, as if identity can fit into distinct, narrow pockets. Biracial public figures like Naomi Osaka prove it cannot. Osaka is a tennis star who represents Japan in competition; she is Japanese and American with dual citizenship; she is ethnically Haitian and Japanese.

    Monoracial Asian nations, like Japan, often respond to mixed-race people with hesitation at best and out-and-out bigotry at most. The fact that a Japanese star, featured in Japanese ads and winning sporting awards for Japan, is not only mixed-race but Black, shows an important amount of progress in Asian race relations. So there is something empowering about merely calling Naomi Osaka Japanese, whether it be in headlines or advertisements. And it’s a correct assertion: she is Japanese. Her biraciality does not make her less so.

    But we must also seek to empower her and respect her as a Black woman, singularly. Just as her Blackness does not make her less Japanese, her Japanese-ness does not make her less Black. We as Asians can borrow her for a story, but we can’t claim her for a narrative. And we cannot afford to gloss over her identity as a Black woman, which includes significant aspects of her physical appearance, in this day and age.

    ...

    But as well-intentioned and understandable as this tweet is, it does open up some issues. For one, the Time piece in question does not erase Osaka’s Haitian identity; it is included as part of the story. This response is pointed toward the AJ+ tweet, which says she is “the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam.” The tweeter is asserting that AJ+ should have/could have changed this to “the first Japanese-Haitian woman to win a Grand Slam.” But that change would be uniquely problematic.

    Part of the reason biracial people struggle to be accepted is in the constant necessity to note their biraciality. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam; there’s a strength in that statement. It’s saying she is Japanese, and that in itself has power to it. The accomplishment does not count less because Osaka is Black, and Osaka is no less Japanese because of her Blackness.

    I love and relate to Naomi Osaka as a fellow biracial Asian. I am Chinese and Dominican: both of those things. Yet I squint and squirm when I’m only referred to as one or the other: “Well, I’m not quite Chinese, am I?” Identifying as both often feels like identifying as neither. (It can also mean identifying as either: but we’ll talk about transraciality another day.) Growing up biracial means quickly learning that the language we have for these identities is insufficient.
     
    Most bi-ethnic people tend to choose one identity to identify with if they can pass for it. It seems to make them more content. To have an identity, a tribe. For those who can't like the bi-racial author of the piece and Osaka, it tends to be a constant source of angst. Even in the final paragraph the author reveals his incoherent demands about Osaka are just fronts and copes, even he doesn't believe Osaka is just as Japanese as the Emperor anymore than he believes he is as Chinese as Xi Jinping.

    He wants people to call Osaka Japanese and accept her as 100% precisely because she isn't, he wants to redefine what Japanese means to soothe his own neuroses.

    Replies: @Kylie, @AndrewR

    “There aren’t enough foreigners or mixed race people in Japan to trigger concern yet.”

    There are if those foreigners and mixed race people are Japanese citizens and Japan being a nation of ethnically Japanese matters to you.

  81. @Elli
    @Stan d Mute

    Bonhomme, literally good man, in practice, peasant farmer. Also Bonham, Guttman, Bono, De Bono, Buonomo.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Evander means “good man”.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evander_of_Pallantium

    Hayri is the same in Turkish, but it’s a first name.

  82. anon[179] • Disclaimer says:

    She won’t defend those titles in Tokyo because track officials have decreed that her body produces too much testosterone.

    Because “she” has undescended testicles, it is wrong for “her” to compete as a woman.

    Funny, nobody sought to ban swimmer Michael Phelps for his naturally occurring hyper- and double-extended joints, longer-than-average torso and wingspan, or powerful lung capacity.

    Because he’s competing with other men as a man.

    These concepts are not difficult to understand, provided one is not being paid to “not understand”.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @anon

    It took a lot of balls to claim that she was a woman.

    Replies: @JR Ewing

  83. @Morton's toes
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Apparently they cooked the books on the NBA finals ratings by including bar and restaurant patrons as viewers--otherwise the numbers would have been a record low. The drop in viewership since the days of Johnson and Bird and Jordan is stunning.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Thank you for that info., Morton. I know I can look it up myself, but if you have a link to one particular article on this, I’d like to see it.

    What it reminds me is the circulation of the USA Today. Peak Stupidity mentioned in an old article called “Stepped on an interesting USA Today article the other day ….”, that their circulation numbers depend on many copies being bought by hotels and left in front of the room doors. Some get read – others get stepped on, as a doormat.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @Achmed E. Newman

    In this case "apparently" means I heard it from a guy who usually has great inside dope and I processed it as "likely true". I forget which talking head. 50-50 it was Rich Eisen.

    If you find a citable source linkage please post it!

    That USA Today story is an LOL.

  84. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, if it helps, I for one won't be watching the poor exploited black girls.

    The opening ceremony was on the television in the restaurant tonight. The masks and the empty seats made me gag...I don't even want to see what else they come up with.

    This is over. It may still be someone's culture, but it's not mine. Not any more.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Verymuchalive, @Achmed E. Newman, @415 reasons, @SunBakedSuburb, @Paperback Writer

    As Jason Whitlock has patiently explained (again & again) it doesn’t matter. This is all endorsements. He suggested, only partly humorously, that the NBA might be moved to China in the next five years.

  85. @Stan d Mute
    @Colin Wright

    https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Kurt-Streeter-1.jpg

    He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Jack Armstrong, @AndrewR

    East Asians call whites “big noses.”

    His mother was a WASP native Oregonian.

  86. @Colin Wright
    Kurt Streeter is an octoroon puppet, performing the same act he's performed every day of his life.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @anon

    Huh? He’s biracial. See if you can pick out his dad:

    Octoroon usually passes for honest-to-God white.

    • Replies: @Jack Armstrong
    @anon

    Bow-tie-guy?

  87. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Morton's toes

    Thank you for that info., Morton. I know I can look it up myself, but if you have a link to one particular article on this, I'd like to see it.

    What it reminds me is the circulation of the USA Today. Peak Stupidity mentioned in an old article called "Stepped on an interesting USA Today article the other day ....", that their circulation numbers depend on many copies being bought by hotels and left in front of the room doors. Some get read - others get stepped on, as a doormat.

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    In this case “apparently” means I heard it from a guy who usually has great inside dope and I processed it as “likely true”. I forget which talking head. 50-50 it was Rich Eisen.

    If you find a citable source linkage please post it!

    That USA Today story is an LOL.

  88. @Altai
    @Dave Pinsen

    In Britain they made the Mogadishu-born Mohammed (Almost unanimously referred to as 'Mo') Farah an icon due to his performances in the long distance over 2 Olympics. (He failed to qualify for Tokyo and his association with the boys in the Nike project in Oregon has raised doubts about his cleanness) His estranged brother got done for a spate of breaking and entering armed with knives at the height of Mo's fame and was eventually deported to Somalia after a 4 year sentence.

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/15/mo-farahs-brother-deported-somalia-released-prison-11908994/

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong

    … and was eventually deported to Somalia after a 4 year sentence.

    So by now he’s in Minnesota.

  89. @anon
    @Colin Wright

    Huh? He's biracial. See if you can pick out his dad: https://i.imgur.com/3FdBYeN.jpg

    Octoroon usually passes for honest-to-God white.

    Replies: @Jack Armstrong

    Bow-tie-guy?

  90. @Stan d Mute
    @Colin Wright

    https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Kurt-Streeter-1.jpg

    He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Jack Armstrong, @AndrewR

    “He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.”
    Is that a line from The Maltese Falcon ?

    • LOL: Stan d Mute
  91. I looked up Gwen Berry. She throws the hammer. I would bet if you asked 200 women what a hammer thrower was, they would say any guy who hit his thumb with a hammer. And what is up with the blue lipstick? And, as expected, sullen and unattentive on the podium when she didn’t win or is that because they are playing the National Anthem?

    • Replies: @PaceLaw
    @Buffalo Joe

    For better or for worse, Gwen is us trying her best to cash in on these Olympics. As you pointed out, she competes in a sport the hardly anybody has heard of or even cares about. Plus, she’s not an attractive woman, which would make her very easy to forget about, even if she won a gold medal. However, if she becomes a social justice warrior (in her mind, like Colin Kaepernick) than her fortunes would change dramatically. This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce

  92. Kurt Streeter: still putting a good face on black mediocrity. He wrote that eminently fiskable piece on academically deficient Berkeley undergrad Kashawn Campbell back in 2013 in the L.A. Times. A great deal of huffing and puffing about how Mr. Campbell found Berkeley most challenging, even after getting almost an A average at his tough inner city high school in L.A.; of course, no mention of the kid’s SAT or ACT scores, which would have given the game away. (It’s been a long time, but I think Education Realist ripped the thing, and Streeter, to shreds.)

    Now Streeter’s at the New York Times? Failing upward. What a wonderful country.

    • Replies: @res
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Thanks for that connection. Here is ER's piece.
    https://educationrealist.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/kashawn-campbell/

    , @PaceLaw
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Here’s all that you need to know about Kurt Streeter being employed by the NYT. He’s black. https://www.nytimes.com/by/kurt-streeter

  93. Simone Biles flights to be respected??? Geeze, clearly I’m a racist if I’m posting here, but I can honestly say she’s the greatest female gymnast of the current era and I will enjoy watching her. Additionally, I don’t think the soul swim cap offers any competitive advantage, that being said, you’ll find few Olympic caliper female swimmers with longer hair because it’s a hassle. Two a day workouts of several hours each in the pool, plus dry land weight lifting, stretching sessions etc., not conducive for long hair or high maintenance hair styles of any kind.

  94. @rebel yell

    The heavy burden Black women carry in all walks of life
     
    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn't hit her back because he's been raised not to hit a girl.
    I told him next time to have more situational awareness, be ready to block, and to never let yourself get sucker punched.
    I also told him the "don't hit girls" rule doesn't necessarily apply to blacks.
    So much for the black girls and their heavy burden...

    Replies: @Charon, @Reg Cæsar, @Ragno

    My son was punched by a black girl when he was in high school. He didn’t hit her back because he’s been raised not to hit a girl.
    I told him the “don’t hit girls” rule doesn’t necessarily apply to blacks.

    Good man.

  95. @Gary in Gramercy
    Kurt Streeter: still putting a good face on black mediocrity. He wrote that eminently fiskable piece on academically deficient Berkeley undergrad Kashawn Campbell back in 2013 in the L.A. Times. A great deal of huffing and puffing about how Mr. Campbell found Berkeley most challenging, even after getting almost an A average at his tough inner city high school in L.A.; of course, no mention of the kid's SAT or ACT scores, which would have given the game away. (It's been a long time, but I think Education Realist ripped the thing, and Streeter, to shreds.)

    Now Streeter's at the New York Times? Failing upward. What a wonderful country.

    Replies: @res, @PaceLaw

    Thanks for that connection. Here is ER’s piece.
    https://educationrealist.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/kashawn-campbell/

  96. Wow, yet another whiny, bitchy article from the New York Times about how blacks are the most put-upon, oppressed and beleaguered people on the face of the earth. (Is there a quota at the Times as to how many of these type of articles that they have to crank out on a weekly basis? ) How can blacks possibly compete at the Olympics given all of the societal and systemic oppression that is on their shoulders??? It’s as if the writer of this article has never heard of Jesse Owens . . .

  97. @Gary in Gramercy
    Kurt Streeter: still putting a good face on black mediocrity. He wrote that eminently fiskable piece on academically deficient Berkeley undergrad Kashawn Campbell back in 2013 in the L.A. Times. A great deal of huffing and puffing about how Mr. Campbell found Berkeley most challenging, even after getting almost an A average at his tough inner city high school in L.A.; of course, no mention of the kid's SAT or ACT scores, which would have given the game away. (It's been a long time, but I think Education Realist ripped the thing, and Streeter, to shreds.)

    Now Streeter's at the New York Times? Failing upward. What a wonderful country.

    Replies: @res, @PaceLaw

    Here’s all that you need to know about Kurt Streeter being employed by the NYT. He’s black. https://www.nytimes.com/by/kurt-streeter

  98. @Buffalo Joe
    I looked up Gwen Berry. She throws the hammer. I would bet if you asked 200 women what a hammer thrower was, they would say any guy who hit his thumb with a hammer. And what is up with the blue lipstick? And, as expected, sullen and unattentive on the podium when she didn't win or is that because they are playing the National Anthem?

    Replies: @PaceLaw

    For better or for worse, Gwen is us trying her best to cash in on these Olympics. As you pointed out, she competes in a sport the hardly anybody has heard of or even cares about. Plus, she’s not an attractive woman, which would make her very easy to forget about, even if she won a gold medal. However, if she becomes a social justice warrior (in her mind, like Colin Kaepernick) than her fortunes would change dramatically. This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @PaceLaw

    Perhaps she should propose some alternative lyrics to the national anthem.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @PaceLaw

    pace, thank you, well thought out reply. Stay safe.

    , @AceDeuce
    @PaceLaw


    This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.
     
    See " 'Conservatives' , black"

    Lotsa cuckbucks to be had.
  99. @anon

    She won’t defend those titles in Tokyo because track officials have decreed that her body produces too much testosterone.
     
    Because "she" has undescended testicles, it is wrong for "her" to compete as a woman.

    Funny, nobody sought to ban swimmer Michael Phelps for his naturally occurring hyper- and double-extended joints, longer-than-average torso and wingspan, or powerful lung capacity.
     
    Because he's competing with other men as a man.

    These concepts are not difficult to understand, provided one is not being paid to "not understand".

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    It took a lot of balls to claim that she was a woman.

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @Jonathan Mason

    Google pictures of her it if you haven’t already. Without being told beforehand it’s a “woman” the easy assumption is that’s it’s clearly a man.

  100. @PaceLaw
    @Buffalo Joe

    For better or for worse, Gwen is us trying her best to cash in on these Olympics. As you pointed out, she competes in a sport the hardly anybody has heard of or even cares about. Plus, she’s not an attractive woman, which would make her very easy to forget about, even if she won a gold medal. However, if she becomes a social justice warrior (in her mind, like Colin Kaepernick) than her fortunes would change dramatically. This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce

    Perhaps she should propose some alternative lyrics to the national anthem.

  101. Black people share one thing in common with white people, which is that in stressful times they often enjoy getting away from it all .

    After missing penalty kicks in the Euro soccer final drama English players Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were allegedly racially abused on social media.

    However by taking a trip together on a private jet to the Cayman Islands in the company of their own personal rapper for in-flight entertainment, the abused pair were able to escape Britain and lick their wounds in the Caribbean where being black is no crime.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/sport/video-2461065/Video-Marcus-Rashford-Jadon-Sancho-private-jet-Caribbean.html

    • LOL: PaceLaw
  102. @Stan d Mute
    @Colin Wright

    https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Kurt-Streeter-1.jpg

    He’s got quite a nose for an octoroon.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Jack Armstrong, @AndrewR

    Like Tanahahsisisisisisisi Coates and a number of other virulently anti-white writers, I can’t help but think he blames whites for his physical repulsiveness (which his parents alone are responsible for).

  103. @Altai
    @sb

    There aren't enough foreigners or mixed race people in Japan to trigger concern yet. Japan is in the honeymoon phase of diversity where they're proud people want to come live there and find these people unique and interesting individuals. You can see this in the way blacks and mixed race people from earlier generations in Western countries that were homogeneous until recently often look askew at the ethnic animus shown by the newcomers. They don't understand where the hatred comes from because they grew up as individuals, they weren't part of another group in conflict with the core ethnicity because there was no other group to identify with.

    With Osaka it's a bit more strange. She grew up as a small child in Japan but lost her Japanese fluency when her family moved to the US and she never had a true Japanese socialisation. When asked she will openly admit she doesn't feel Japanese, or Haitian or American for that matter. She plays for Japan because that was the best way to get money when she was starting her career.

    Though this article on Osaka is amazing and in a way sums up the confused way the twin impulses of wanting to reduce some forms of ethnocentrism and enhance others in modern progressive discourse come to clash. The author wants you to accept Osaka is Japanese and not only Japanese but no less Japanese than anybody damnit! But also, how dare you deny that she isn't not Japanese! Blackness (The author does a tell and kind of ignores her Haitianness because only her blackness matters to him.) and Japanesness are both one drop discrete statuses.


    https://nextshark.com/naomi-osaka-haitian-blackness/
    Stop Erasing Naomi Osaka’s Blackness
    By Elliot Sang



    Biraciality makes people uncomfortable. In society, we communicate narrow ideas of racial identity, as if identity can fit into distinct, narrow pockets. Biracial public figures like Naomi Osaka prove it cannot. Osaka is a tennis star who represents Japan in competition; she is Japanese and American with dual citizenship; she is ethnically Haitian and Japanese.

    Monoracial Asian nations, like Japan, often respond to mixed-race people with hesitation at best and out-and-out bigotry at most. The fact that a Japanese star, featured in Japanese ads and winning sporting awards for Japan, is not only mixed-race but Black, shows an important amount of progress in Asian race relations. So there is something empowering about merely calling Naomi Osaka Japanese, whether it be in headlines or advertisements. And it’s a correct assertion: she is Japanese. Her biraciality does not make her less so.

    But we must also seek to empower her and respect her as a Black woman, singularly. Just as her Blackness does not make her less Japanese, her Japanese-ness does not make her less Black. We as Asians can borrow her for a story, but we can’t claim her for a narrative. And we cannot afford to gloss over her identity as a Black woman, which includes significant aspects of her physical appearance, in this day and age.

    ...

    But as well-intentioned and understandable as this tweet is, it does open up some issues. For one, the Time piece in question does not erase Osaka’s Haitian identity; it is included as part of the story. This response is pointed toward the AJ+ tweet, which says she is “the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam.” The tweeter is asserting that AJ+ should have/could have changed this to “the first Japanese-Haitian woman to win a Grand Slam.” But that change would be uniquely problematic.

    Part of the reason biracial people struggle to be accepted is in the constant necessity to note their biraciality. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam; there’s a strength in that statement. It’s saying she is Japanese, and that in itself has power to it. The accomplishment does not count less because Osaka is Black, and Osaka is no less Japanese because of her Blackness.

    I love and relate to Naomi Osaka as a fellow biracial Asian. I am Chinese and Dominican: both of those things. Yet I squint and squirm when I’m only referred to as one or the other: “Well, I’m not quite Chinese, am I?” Identifying as both often feels like identifying as neither. (It can also mean identifying as either: but we’ll talk about transraciality another day.) Growing up biracial means quickly learning that the language we have for these identities is insufficient.
     
    Most bi-ethnic people tend to choose one identity to identify with if they can pass for it. It seems to make them more content. To have an identity, a tribe. For those who can't like the bi-racial author of the piece and Osaka, it tends to be a constant source of angst. Even in the final paragraph the author reveals his incoherent demands about Osaka are just fronts and copes, even he doesn't believe Osaka is just as Japanese as the Emperor anymore than he believes he is as Chinese as Xi Jinping.

    He wants people to call Osaka Japanese and accept her as 100% precisely because she isn't, he wants to redefine what Japanese means to soothe his own neuroses.

    Replies: @Kylie, @AndrewR

    This Sang creature clearly is not Japanese but he tries to claim Naomi Osaka as a “fellow Asian.” But as much as I hate the Han, it’s not the Han who run the Anglosphere top to bottom. The Jews can never be forgiven for what they have done.

  104. @Tono Bungay
    It is really appalling, especially to members of the journalistic profession, to see the standards of the past so flagrantly flouted. (Pardon the alliteration.) The New York Times has always had very clear rules about the "wall" between news and opinion. The readers of Mr. Sailer's blog surely don't need to be persuaded of this, but to those who actually pay for the newspaper, I ask: "Do you realize how far this newspaper has strayed from its self-proclaimed vocation?"

    Replies: @anon, @AndrewR

    The NYT is a blog for UMC white holes. Why should they bother with patriarchal things like objectivity and facts?

  105. @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    “There is no such thing as “Black Girl Magic”…. Did I miss anything?”

    The commercials.

    Replies: @JR Ewing

    In one two minute commercial break:

    – Four kids, two white two black, dancing in the science lab for old navy(?)

    – A Verizon ad extolling the speed and breadth of their network with a egregious shot of a dark skinned black woman in company coveralls and hard hat staring intently at a screen

    – An ad for lipstick featuring a white model and a black model

    – A skinny black woman in pink tights with outrageously bushy orange hair walking through the middle of a soccer game explaining something about computer data security

  106. @Jonathan Mason
    @anon

    It took a lot of balls to claim that she was a woman.

    Replies: @JR Ewing

    Google pictures of her it if you haven’t already. Without being told beforehand it’s a “woman” the easy assumption is that’s it’s clearly a man.

  107. @PaceLaw
    @Buffalo Joe

    For better or for worse, Gwen is us trying her best to cash in on these Olympics. As you pointed out, she competes in a sport the hardly anybody has heard of or even cares about. Plus, she’s not an attractive woman, which would make her very easy to forget about, even if she won a gold medal. However, if she becomes a social justice warrior (in her mind, like Colin Kaepernick) than her fortunes would change dramatically. This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce

    pace, thank you, well thought out reply. Stay safe.

  108. @PaceLaw
    @Buffalo Joe

    For better or for worse, Gwen is us trying her best to cash in on these Olympics. As you pointed out, she competes in a sport the hardly anybody has heard of or even cares about. Plus, she’s not an attractive woman, which would make her very easy to forget about, even if she won a gold medal. However, if she becomes a social justice warrior (in her mind, like Colin Kaepernick) than her fortunes would change dramatically. This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Buffalo Joe, @AceDeuce

    This is all just a performative act and a cash grab on her part. Nothing more.

    See ” ‘Conservatives’ , black”

    Lotsa cuckbucks to be had.

  109. @Agathoklis
    The Olympic Games finished in 393 AD. Archaeological evidence they carried on for a few more years but there is no textual evidence of the Games in the 5th century.

    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity. Cheer leading an Olympic sport. Ridiculous.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Bill B., @Curmudgeon

    This modern Olympics has become a monstrosity.

    Indeed. There was a lot of celebration by the perverters, when Avery Brundage died.

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