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These days, lots of people own more books than they have room for in their houses. So, in upper middle class white neighborhoods, some have taken to erecting a birdhouse-like “little free library” on their front lawns next to the sidewalk to invite passerby to grab a few unwanted books. It’s all rather twee, but it’s so genteel it likely boosts property values a little.

From the New York Times opinion page:

Is My Little Library Contributing to the Gentrification of My Black Neighborhood?
Dec. 5, 2021, 11:00 a.m. ET

By Erin Aubry Kaplan

Ms. Aubry Kaplan is a journalist and author who grew up in the South Central section of Los Angeles and nearby Inglewood.

About a year ago, I decided to build a library on my front lawn. By library, I mean one of those little free-standing library boxes that dot lawns in bedroom communities around the country — charming, birdhouse-like structures filled with books that invite neighbors and passers-by to take a book, or donate a book, or both.

I’d spotted the phenomenon on walks through upscale, largely white neighborhoods around Los Angeles and immediately resolved to bring it home to Inglewood. Why not? A library is not so much a marker of wealth and whiteness as it is an affirmation of community and cozy, small-town camaraderie that Inglewood, a mostly Black and Latino city in southwestern Los Angeles County, has plenty of. We deserved no less.

Prepandemic, Inglewood was gentrifying

Inglewood has a very mild year-round climate being only a few miles from the beach, and it’s freeway close to countless jobs.

But, it is under the inbound flight path of jets landing at Los Angeles International airport. It was a virtually all-white municipality at the beginning of the Jet Age in 1960, when the new jetliners were very noisy and few homes had central air-conditioning or double-paned windows.

Soon it became mostly black. Much of the LAX workforce, like at many airports, is black. I think this black preference for transportation service jobs goes back to 19th Century Pullman porters, but I’ve never seen it discussed. And by 2010 it was majority Latino.

Under the flight path has been a good place for sports complexes like the old Hollywood Park racetrack, the Forum basketball and hockey venue, and the lavish new SoFi football stadium for the LA Rams (where next February’s Super Bowl will be held).

But jets are quieter these days and soundproofing is better, plus North Inglewood is not quite under the flight path. So ever since the announcement of SoFi Stadium a half dozen years ago, there has been growing interest in buying homes in Inglewood among frequent fliers who can’t afford other LAX-convenient places like Manhattan Beach.

, another reason I’d been inspired to do the library: I wanted to signal to my longtime neighbors that we had our own ideas about improvement, and could carry them out in our own way. …

Then one morning, glancing out my front window, I saw a young white couple stopped at the library. Instantly, I was flooded with emotions — astonishment, and then resentment, and then astonishment at my resentment. It all converged into a silent scream in my head of, Get off my lawn! …

Now that they were in front of my house, curious about this new neighborhood attraction, I didn’t know how to feel. By bringing this modern cultural artifact here from white neighborhoods, had I set myself up, set up the neighborhood? Was I contributing to gentrification and sending the wrong message about how I wanted the neighborhood to be?

What I resented was not this specific couple. It was their whiteness

She’s not anti-white, you see, she’s anti-whiteness, which is totally different for reasons.

, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created. I was seeing up close how fragile that space can be, how its meaning can be changed in my mind, even by people who have no conscious intention to change it. That library was on my lawn, but for that moment it became theirs. I built it and drove it into the ground because I love books and always have. But I suddenly felt that I could not own even this, something that was clearly and intimately mine.

As the couple wandered on, no books in hand, I thought about how fragile my feeling of being settled is. It didn’t matter that I own my house, as many of my neighbors do. Generations of racism, Jim Crow, disinvestment and redlining have meant that we don’t really control our own spaces. In that moment, I had been overwhelmed by a kind of fear, one that’s connected to the historical reality of Black people being run off the land they lived on, expelled by force, high prices or some whim of white people.

On the other hand, as we all know, no whites have ever been run off the land they lived on by violent crime.

One of the most famous examples of that displacement happened several miles south of Inglewood. Bruce’s Beach, a Black-owned resort, once thrived along the coast of tony Manhattan Beach, until it was seized by eminent domain in 1924 by white city officials. They claimed they needed the land for a public park, but they didn’t build one for more than three decades. It’s clear they simply wanted the bustling holiday and leisure spot and the Black people it attracted gone. That parcel was recently returned to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce, who owned it — an extraordinary example of reparation, but an isolated one that still leaves the problem of Black unsettledness intact.

… It has to be said that there’s nothing inherently wrong with the Black-, Latino- and immigrant-rich neighborhoods that resulted from those flights. Community has always been our greatest asset, and its greatest source of capital. But now, as younger generations of white people move back to the neighborhoods their parents shunned, in the phenomenon I call “white return,” it all suddenly feels up for grabs — again.

All she wants is to live in an all-black neighborhood with low crime, high property values, and Little Free Libraries on everybody block. If she can’t have that, the white man must pay.

Instead of the blatant racism of what happened at Bruce’s Beach, we now have gentrification. It’s perfectly legal, but ultimately it causes the same racial displacement, on a much larger scale. The stratospheric rise in home prices alone has meant that the Black population of Los Angeles has been declining for decades, and has dropped to around 9 percent.

… Ultimately, the moment with the couple I saw through my window raised for me a serious moral question about how I should act. Screaming at them to get off my lawn would be adopting the values of the oppressor, as my racial-justice activist father used to say. Yet my resentment was not analogous to the white resentment of generations past (and of now, I’d argue). White resentment has always been legitimized, and reinforced, by legal and cultural dominance, a dynamic evident in everything from the rise of Trumpism to the current battle against the political boogeyman of critical race theory.

After all, the New York Times is constantly printing op-eds by white people recounting how they were forced to flee from their ancestral neighborhoods by black violent crime, while the Washington Post ran seven articles about different angles on the massively publicized news that blacks comprised 56.5% of known murder offenders in the 2020 crime stats.

My little library, affirming as it is, is also an illusion; it can’t save our neighborhood. Still, in 2021, it has become increasingly important to maintain and grow Black space, on its own terms. As I watched the white couple peruse my little library, the most complicated feeling of all was the brief, bittersweet satisfaction I took in watching them drawn to my lawn, and to my idea. It felt empowering and hopeful on the one hand, defeating on the other.

So what message do I hope they took from my library? The same message I wanted to send to the rest of my neighbors, my community: Black presence has value — in every sense of the word, and on its own terms.

That value should make the casual displacement of Black people untenable, even immoral. And that will take much more than a little library to rectify.

 
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  1. If her little library was indeed, “on their front lawns next to the sidewalk”, then I can almost guarantee that it was not located on her property but was on public right of way. This means that “Screaming at them to get off my lawn” would not just “be adopting the values of the oppressor” but illegal.

    As an eyeopener, locate your front property corners sometime. You will be surprised to notice how much of what you had thought of as your front lawn actually belongs to the city or county.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @ThreeCranes

    My city sheered my giant 70 y.o. junipers off at the property line, several feet from the sidewalk, when they replaced a section of broken sidewalk. One soon died, and I had the other two removed because they looked hideous (without asking the Historic Commission). I've let the holly and nandina volunteers that remained grow just to spite the city.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    , @Jack D
    @ThreeCranes

    It depends on where you are. In some places, you "own" out to the centerline of the street but the town has a "right of way" over your land. This means that they can use the right of way (which indeed may include part of your lawn - the ROW is often wider than the paved section or even the sidewalk) for highway and utility purposes but they couldn't, for example, put up an office building on it. If for some reason the street was abandoned, you would regain possession out to the center line.

  2. ‘…Screaming at them to get off my lawn would be adopting the values of the oppressor, as my racial-justice activist father used to say…’

    She should do that — if only to weird them out.

    I mean, put up a ‘little free library’ and then scream at people who approach it? How Berkeley can you be?

    And this was the New York Times that printed this? I guess I’m just not keeping up.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @Colin Wright

    The author of this piece thinks blacks should live in their own spaces away from white people. The New York Times should be commended for its embrace of this commonsense policy of racial segregation.

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Colin Wright

    , @El Dato
    @Colin Wright

    The mental pictures come with an audio track from "Loony Tunes", but called "Jogger Tunes".

  3. These days, lots of people own more books than they have room for in their houses.

    Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial. I seldom watch these woke commercials, but I happened to notice this one. In the living room, there was a shelving unit, but no books. You would think the woke producers who create commercials would realize the special importance of placing a row of books on the shelves of this family. Maybe they were thinking “books are an outdated, racist white thing; cool is you only read on a tablet or phone.”

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @SafeNow

    'Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial...'

    There are no book stores in black neighborhoods. What do you expect?

    Replies: @SafeNow, @Herp McDerp

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @SafeNow

    Safe, whenever CNN or MSNBC interviews a White commentator, 9 times out of ten they are seated in front of their home library shelves.

  4. Did she say what books she put in the library? What would she have done if the white couple had taken one or two?

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Ralph L


    What would she have done if the white couple had taken one or two?
     
    She would have shot them, of course, and there's not a jury in the land which would convict her. Especially since judges now dox their own juries to the mob.
    , @Obstinate Cymric
    @Ralph L

    Someone should drop off Bonfire Of The Vanities, she might like it.

    "we don’t really control our own spaces"

    White people have known that feeling much, much more than black people over the last 60 years.

    Ms Kaplan appears to be a childless dog mom.

    I'd be interested to dip into her book "I (heart) Obama" - "an extended essay about the cultural and personal meaning of the first black American president". Sounds full of iSteve material.

    https://www.kcet.org/history-society/love-across-the-color-line-remembering-alan-kaplan

    Replies: @Barnard

    , @Shel100
    @Ralph L

    Taking a book and not taking one would both be examples of white racism.

  5. @ThreeCranes
    If her little library was indeed, "on their front lawns next to the sidewalk", then I can almost guarantee that it was not located on her property but was on public right of way. This means that "Screaming at them to get off my lawn" would not just "be adopting the values of the oppressor" but illegal.

    As an eyeopener, locate your front property corners sometime. You will be surprised to notice how much of what you had thought of as your front lawn actually belongs to the city or county.

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Jack D

    My city sheered my giant 70 y.o. junipers off at the property line, several feet from the sidewalk, when they replaced a section of broken sidewalk. One soon died, and I had the other two removed because they looked hideous (without asking the Historic Commission). I’ve let the holly and nandina volunteers that remained grow just to spite the city.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @Ralph L

    I've surveyed more than a few sites of fatal automobile accidents for the purpose of determining whether vegetation which had originally been planted by homeowners had grown to such an extent that it impinged upon county right-of-way. Had it done so, the county--your county, the one which you support with your taxes--would have been sued in court for having been negligent in maintaining lines of sight or, in one particularly tragic case, having allowed a tree, which then, at the time, was two feet in diameter at the trunk, to have grown across that imaginary line which constitutes the edge of public property. In that particular case, four teenagers, on prom night, had left the road at eighty miles an hour, airborne, and smashed headlong into the tree three feet above ground level, at the end of a Tee intersection. Luckily, for us--if one can use such an expression is a case such as this one--the tree trunk had not yet grown into the public right of way--by about one inch. Otherwise, lawsuit time.

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don't want to do it. They're homeowners, just like you, and sympathize with your plight. Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    Replies: @Jack D, @res, @John Johnson, @Ralph L

  6. Oh no! Black people might start reading. It’s a Greek tragedy of monumental proportions.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  7. Ah. I should have noticed the name.

    Erin Aubry Kaplan. This makes more sense now.

    • Replies: @Thomas Covenant Unbeliever
    @Colin Wright

    Her Slave-Owner’s name, one might deduce.

    , @kaganovitch
    @Colin Wright

    Nah, Kaplan was her dead husband's name.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Brutusale

    , @Bardon Kaldian
    @Colin Wright

    I don't get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.

    Replies: @jon, @Colin Wright

    , @Fox
    @Colin Wright

    Indeed. The style of a whiney pathos. Some casual brutalities interwoven. The sinister overall ogling of a world this woman considers herself not a part of. The name.

  8. Those have been around for at least five years in my town. All I could think of was “free money!” All you’d need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.

    Of course these days, most of the books in your little library are worthless; nobody wants them, just like nobody particularly wants CDs or video cassettes.

    I’m guessing little libraries mostly just offer a great opportunity to one-up or impress the neighbors:

    “Why yes, that’s my copy of Infinite Jest. Wonderful book, thought I’d give someone else a crack at it.”

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anon7


    All you’d need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.
     
    There are people who eke out a living (or at least make some pocket money) by going thru the shelves of thrift stores and such and finding the titles that have value. The problem is that the vast majority of used books don't have much value. Value depends on rarity so former best sellers (which are by definition the most common sort of books) rarely have any value. There is a whole ecosystem of vendors who deal in used books, ranging from dealers in truly rare books to vendors who compete with Amazon by selling you used copies of recent best sellers for slightly cheaper than new to people who will sell you "books by the yard" that you can use to decorate your shelves (you can order all red books or blue ones, etc.) but ultimately most books are worthless.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Anon7

    There's a place called 'The Book Thing' in Baltimore. Located on a random street in Baltimore's (dire) ghetto, it stocks thousands of books, nice old hardcover books, paperbacks, art books, you name it.

    There's a dock where (nice, white) people drop off boxes full of these books. They want the locals to come in and discover the pleasures of reading. Then there are the rooms where the books are carefully organized, like a quality indy book store. The books are all free. Take what you want, put them in your car, and off you go.

    I picked up several Le Carre hardcovers, the complete Shelby Foote Civil War, a brand new copy of A Man in Full. I wanted to go along with the spirit of the thing, so I brought some books of my own to donate.

    I saw maybe three or four blacks looking at books on the two occasions I visited. There were a few whites shamelessly loading up boxes of books, clearly intended for sale on ebay or whatever, but the neighborhood blegs couldn't even be bothered to do that.

    Good luck to this woman with her little library. She should put 'How to be a Racist Antiracist' in there, or 'White Frivolity,' so people can put them on their shelves and pretend they read them, too.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @PaceLaw, @Pericles

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Anon7


    I’m guessing little libraries mostly just offer a great opportunity to one-up or impress the neighbors.
     
    Anon7, I thought that these were originally for the kids - they can check them out while walking home from school. Is it safe enough for the kids to walk home from school in that Inglewood neighborhood, or is there too much black/hispanic "friction"?

    I just read this over again and am enjoying the comment thread. I won't go read anything at the NY Times, but there is so much stupid hypocritical stuff here, that I'm gonna have to get on this myself at my blog, using these excerpts. Steve did a bang-up job, but there is simply too much stupidity here for one man to handle.
  9. @SafeNow

    These days, lots of people own more books than they have room for in their houses.
     
    Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial. I seldom watch these woke commercials, but I happened to notice this one. In the living room, there was a shelving unit, but no books. You would think the woke producers who create commercials would realize the special importance of placing a row of books on the shelves of this family. Maybe they were thinking “books are an outdated, racist white thing; cool is you only read on a tablet or phone.”

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Buffalo Joe

    ‘Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial…’

    There are no book stores in black neighborhoods. What do you expect?

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @Colin Wright

    This tv commercial did not depict the bookless black family as living in a cramped apartment in a black neighborhood. Of course not. It was a very nice home. Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    , @Herp McDerp
    @Colin Wright

    For entirely racist reasons, black people are forced by evil white people to live in "book deserts."

  10. Journalist and author Erin Aubry Kaplan wrote:

    What I resented was not this specific [young, white] couple. It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.

    Ms. Kaplan, I have a suggestion to solve your problem. It even plays to your wordsmithing strengths: Write a note to explain your feelings and post it on your front lawn. Here’s a start:

    Perusing the books in this Little Free Library is for Black people only. Whites are not welcome on my property or in my neighborhood.

    Feel free to add qualifiers for Hispanx, LGBTQs, Antifa, Flight-From-Whiters, and any other groups you loathe a little bit less than regular white folks.

    By educating those regular whites about your real feelings, you’re helping our country just as much as you are helping yourself.

    • Replies: @Brian Reilly
    @ic1000

    ic1000, Your recommendation to politely inform people about your target audience is absolutely correct. In any sane world, people would see it, maybe chuckle, nod, grimace, or grin but compliance from white people would be (I think) universal, and without much note.

    Free association. A wonderful idea. Too bad it is illegal.

    Replies: @ic1000

    , @magilla
    @ic1000


    It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.
     
    Throw empty liquor bottles, Hot Cheetos bags, and Swisher Sweet packages on the lawn. Set up a recorded loop of black women screaming, gunshots, and Drill music. Only stock books written by black female authors praising criminals. Encase the entire thing in steel bars like ghetto Coke machines.

    That should about do it.
    , @International Jew
    @ic1000

    She's frustrated, that's what it amounts to. In her habits she's a white yuppy. But she thinks of herself as black and she'd love it if there were lots more blacks like her. But there aren't.

  11. Black presence has value — in every sense of the word, and on its own terms.

    How so?

    • Replies: @Wade Hampton
    @San Fernando Curt

    Values can be negative.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  12. That library was on my lawn, but for that moment it became theirs. I built it and drove it into the ground because I love books and always have. But I suddenly felt that I could not own even this, something that was clearly and intimately mine.

    The language is of her pretend library and her real lawn, but the meaning is of the entire nation, in case anyone is failing to grasp it.

    Aided and abetted by the likes of the NYT, they imagine that they built it, they own it, and yelling at white people is pretty trivial compared to what they already do with white people. Never mind what’s coming.

    All of these NYT op-eds are busy laying groundwork for the disenfranchisement, dispossession, and eventual destruction of white people.

    • Agree: duncsbaby
    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  13. @Ralph L
    Did she say what books she put in the library? What would she have done if the white couple had taken one or two?

    Replies: @Polistra, @Obstinate Cymric, @Shel100

    What would she have done if the white couple had taken one or two?

    She would have shot them, of course, and there’s not a jury in the land which would convict her. Especially since judges now dox their own juries to the mob.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  14. These were the creation of the late Todd Bol, of Hudson, Wisconsin, less than a half-hour from St Paul. So the LFL drama miniseries played out in the Twin Cities before it even caught on elsewhere.

    You rarely see them in or even near ghettos there. There is an inverse relationship between chain-link fences and LFLs in any given neighborhood. The few I’ve seen are poorly kept up– official LFLs require a steward– and sometimes emptied by junkies who take them to Half Price Books or wherever for a quick buck.

    In college and tony neighborhoods, these are well-maintained and often have clever themes. Literary gems can now and then be found. In humbler areas, you find all levels of quality, the lower end ones full of paperback novels.

    Once near Lake Nokomis in a nicer part of South Minneapolis, I found a baseball-themed young adult book aimed at a black audience. Inside was a homemade bookmark– a laminated cannabis leaf. I still have that.

    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors. Note that they don’t carry the LFL badge of approval:

    A New Network of Little Free Libraries Stocks Exclusively BIPOC Authors

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Reg Cæsar


    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors.
     
    I doubt that would keep away White Leftists, most of them anyway.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Reg Cæsar

    I could see that one coming a mile away, and not just because it's bright yellow. It's not good enough if it's not made particularly blackety-black in nature.

    I can't quite read the purple spine of that book, Reg - not enough resolution. The little library better be filled with comic books and old copies of Roots, if they want to do bidness.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    , @The Alarmist
    @Reg Cæsar

    Thanks ... I thought BIPOC stood for Bi-polar Persons of Colour.

    , @mc23
    @Reg Cæsar

    I'd stock the library with Fredrick Douglas's works , Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes, Walter Williams etc.

  15. Is nobody gonna point out that this woman is sure putting on an awfully ostentatious display of Black pride for someone whose last name is Kaplan???

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @James Hoffman

    Dead husband's name.

  16. These days, lots of people own more books than they have room for in their houses.

    “These days”? Is this a new phenomenon?

  17. All the ones in my town are filled with LGBT dreck. It is their way of virtue signaling. That, and you know nobody will read any so you don’t have to keep refilling it.

    • LOL: Lurker
    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    @Prof. Woland

    I saw two movies this year regarding Germans who were putting out anti-Nazi propaganda for other Germans to read. One was Hans und Sophie Scholl. It was German and had subtitles. And the other was Alone in Berlin with Emma Thompson. Both movies had similar endings; meaning they were caught and got shot.

    We should take a page out of their book so to speak by leaving subversive books in the birdhouses. It would be a great way to enlighten some of the neighbors. Not only would it help upgrade their reading material but it would plant the idea that there are others like us out there. Another way of doing it would be to put form letters in the pages of the books. You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato, @Ralph L

    , @Anonymous
    @Prof. Woland

    Get a few copies of Johnny the Walrus and slip them in...

    https://www.amazon.com/Johnny-Walrus-Matt-Walsh/dp/1956007059

    , @Henry's Cat
    @Prof. Woland

    I thought at first she was upset that the white couple wasn't interested in her panoply of Holocaust memoirs and self-help/love books, but after seeing her pic, it was probably entirely the latter.

  18. @Colin Wright
    Ah. I should have noticed the name.

    Erin Aubry Kaplan. This makes more sense now.

    Replies: @Thomas Covenant Unbeliever, @kaganovitch, @Bardon Kaldian, @Fox

    Her Slave-Owner’s name, one might deduce.

  19. For a couple decades i nearly always leave my used books at bus stops as I’ve always done alot of walking. But in bus stops all across America i have left behind dozens of books. In Nashville alone I’ve dropped at least 50 over a couple decades.
    I’ve never kept a book after i read it. Always passed it along.
    I even had a Chester himes signed copy once and i gave that to an ungrateful negro.

  20. All she wants is to live in an all-black neighborhood with low crime, high property values, and Little Free Libraries on everybody block.

    Would that be the worst thing for a government to incentivize? I’m personally not bothered by “reparations” that give control over prime urban areas to the people who lived there c. 1990 and their descendants.

    • Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost
    @Chris Renner

    Missed the joke, I see. (Or the reality?)

    , @Jack D
    @Chris Renner

    Why lock in 1990 and not 1890 or 1940 or some other date? The whole point of a capitalist society is that the economy (including land use) is supposed to be dynamic and respond to market forces. This is why the area north of Wall St. in Manhattan now has skyscrapers instead of Dutch owned farms with cows grazing on the Manhattan pasture land (and in the interval, the land use and the dominant ethnic group changed several times). 500 years of legal evolution were spent on making "fee titles" (you own the land that you live on and are free to sell it outright) the default form of ownership and you want to go backward to some sort of feudal system.

  21. @Colin Wright
    Ah. I should have noticed the name.

    Erin Aubry Kaplan. This makes more sense now.

    Replies: @Thomas Covenant Unbeliever, @kaganovitch, @Bardon Kaldian, @Fox

    Nah, Kaplan was her dead husband’s name.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @kaganovitch

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this "person"

    Replies: @Alden, @kaganovitch

    , @Brutusale
    @kaganovitch

    The three most virulent, shrieking lefty harpies I know are Catholic women (two Irish, one Italian) married to, then divorced from, Jewish husbands.

    The worst, the Italian one, has to deal with the additional disaster of her only child returning to her from Williams College as a good little conservative who debates her hack government lawyer ass into the ground!

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Gary in Gramercy

  22. @James Hoffman
    Is nobody gonna point out that this woman is sure putting on an awfully ostentatious display of Black pride for someone whose last name is Kaplan???

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Dead husband’s name.

  23. ‘Nah, Kaplan was her dead husband’s name.’

    I’m not sure that invalidates my point.

  24. Erin Kaplan is 1/8 black 7/8 White. Her family is generations of high yaller black bourgeoisie. Father owns or owned a chain of black newspapers in the infamous S Central LA and all the crime ridden black southern suburbs of Los Angeles. Carson Compton Linwood and the rest. Husband is an ultra liberal Jew. They must be pushing 70. That generation of social justice warriors. Except for Obama’s mom was mostly Jewish women black men. Kaplan’s are the reverse.
    She had weekly columns in LA Weekly. The journal of ultra liberal opinion funded through prostitution ads. Also endless articles in the LA Slimes.

    Really full of herself that she managed to snag a White man. One of her main complaints was that the black ghetto town of Inglewood where they lived didn’t have fine dining restaurants. Years of articles about that. “”” Inglewood is an affluent city. It’s only discrimination we don’t have fine dining. “. Inglewood was not entirely welfare, like Compton true.

    But everyone knows how blacks behave in sit down restaurants. Dine and dash, endless complaints and demands for special things and extras, loud screeching , raucous laughter, not just no tipping but vicious harassment of waiters. Then there’s robbing customers and employees in the parking lot.

    She and husband attended many of his Jewish family events. She always wrote columns about the racism of his relatives.

    You could find all her columns online Steve. And have a years worth of blogs posting them so we could make fun of them.

    Inglewood like the southern part of LA and the rest of the southern suburbs was early 20 th century White working lower middle class paradise. Comedian Steve Martin grew up in Inglewood. 2 Presidents, Bush 1 and 2 lived in Compton. Low crime high or just normal for Whites school test scores. Nice little towns

    But then the Black Plague arrived. Now the Hispanics have gentrified those towns. Crime is lower. School test scores aren’t all that great. But the schools are much safer.

    Kaplan also endlessly complained about the destruction of those black neighborhoods by change in demographics. Failing to mention those towns were all White till about 1960. When blacks drove Whites out by the usual terrorist tactics and strategy.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Alden

    Here is the obituary that Aubry Kaplan penned for husband in 2015. Love Across the Color Line: Remembering Alan Kaplan. Via Wikipedia, published on KCET's website.

    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew, but perhaps that's just me. I could imagine that it suited her nerdy intellectual lefty high-school-English teacher husband just fine. Aubry credits Alan with managing to get on her nerves just as much. I won't fault somebody for taking love where he or she finds it, and (as seen through her eyes) they had lots of treasured moments together.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Ed
    @Alden

    I stumbled on a video from the early 70s of Compton transitioning from white to black. Evidently some issues are timeless. Black middle class moves in, followed by lower class of blacks, whites move out, crime and mayhem follow.

    https://youtu.be/eQWpD_Qr6Jc

    Replies: @Sick 'n Tired

    , @Nachum
    @Alden

    So, basically, very light skin, married to a white man, very privileged, she's carrying a lot of baggage. And so when she sees a white couple in her neighborhood, she projects.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, I clicked on "Thanks" but this is beyond just a thanks, good to know more about these woke authors.

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Alden

    How do you know Erin Aubry Kaplan's black blood quantum? Her father was an SJW newspaper columnist/pest, not a newspaper owner. I don't trust your info.

    https://lasentinel.net/l-a-s-premiere-social-justice-warrior-passes.html

    Replies: @Art Deco

  25. @Prof. Woland
    All the ones in my town are filled with LGBT dreck. It is their way of virtue signaling. That, and you know nobody will read any so you don't have to keep refilling it.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland, @Anonymous, @Henry's Cat

    I saw two movies this year regarding Germans who were putting out anti-Nazi propaganda for other Germans to read. One was Hans und Sophie Scholl. It was German and had subtitles. And the other was Alone in Berlin with Emma Thompson. Both movies had similar endings; meaning they were caught and got shot.

    We should take a page out of their book so to speak by leaving subversive books in the birdhouses. It would be a great way to enlighten some of the neighbors. Not only would it help upgrade their reading material but it would plant the idea that there are others like us out there. Another way of doing it would be to put form letters in the pages of the books. You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Prof. Woland

    '...You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.'

    The difficulty is that those who oppose you would destroy your books.

    Ironically, they would call themselves 'anti-fascists.'

    They are free to spread their ideas. You are not.

    Replies: @animalogic, @Prof. Woland

    , @El Dato
    @Prof. Woland


    You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.
     
    "Pull the little arm down to open the library"
    , @Ralph L
    @Prof. Woland

    Hans und Sophie Scholl.

    I saw that 2 years ago. The final guillotining scene still freaks me out.

  26. Another blatant example of white privilege and the demeaning of sacred blackness, first whites touch black hair and now they touch black books.

  27. @Colin Wright
    @SafeNow

    'Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial...'

    There are no book stores in black neighborhoods. What do you expect?

    Replies: @SafeNow, @Herp McDerp

    This tv commercial did not depict the bookless black family as living in a cramped apartment in a black neighborhood. Of course not. It was a very nice home. Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    I used to think this was a sad thing, even as my own family stuck almost entirely with the local library or Amazon (or our extended familys' extensive personal libraries) for our own books. Then I went to the local bookstore to get some books for the kids. The kids' "history" section was stuffed with books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a half-dozen other leftist politicians, most of them female.

    In the rest of the kids' section virtually every book that was facing out with the cover visible had a black or brown face on it, and most of them had very ethnic names in the titles. This is in a county where probably 75% of kids (and 95% of the kids who read) are still white. I walked out of the bookstore and decided I'd be just fine if the place burned to the ground.

    Replies: @Jim Lahey, @Sick 'n Tired, @jimmyriddle, @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    Barnes & Noble captured the retail book market, and of course Amazon everything else. Now you tend to only see independent bookstores in very affluent areas and my surmise is that they are hobby businesses operated at a loss by the wives of very well-healed white men.

    Local bookstores used to serve as gathering points and clubhouses for various subversive movements, so it seems not to be much of a loss on the whole nowadays.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Anonymous

  28. Any fisherman will tell you only catch what you bait for. You put out bait for whites and asians, so that’s what you caught. Next time put an unlocked liquor cabinet or loose bicycle on your lawn; I guarantee success.

  29. @Colin Wright
    '...Screaming at them to get off my lawn would be adopting the values of the oppressor, as my racial-justice activist father used to say...'

    She should do that -- if only to weird them out.

    I mean, put up a 'little free library' and then scream at people who approach it? How Berkeley can you be?

    And this was the New York Times that printed this? I guess I'm just not keeping up.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @El Dato

    The author of this piece thinks blacks should live in their own spaces away from white people. The New York Times should be commended for its embrace of this commonsense policy of racial segregation.

    • Agree: El Dato, mc23
    • LOL: AndrewR
    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @Hypnotoad666

    Pretty sure if you asked, she and the NYT wouldn’t see it as being reciprocal.

    What’s black is blacks’ but what’s white is ours.

    , @Colin Wright
    @Hypnotoad666

    'The author of this piece thinks blacks should live in their own spaces away from white people...'

    Not really. That's not what she wants. As the author all but says herself, what she really wants are whites to approach her so she can scream at them.

  30. A black woman named Erin? Probably had a white mother and a black father.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @fnn

    No, both parents high yaller generations of the black bourgeoisie. Owned a string of news papers civil rights activists

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @fnn


    A black woman named Erin? Probably had a white mother and a black father.
     
    This Erin is neither black nor female, and won his country's popular vote but didn't take office:


    https://images.thestar.com/h5O3mtalBJG2_P5AqlCNh0JyBpw=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1598311511872)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/politics/federal/2020/08/24/erin-otoole-wins-conservative-party-leadership-a-full-transcript-of-his-victory-speech/otoole.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

  31. @Prof. Woland
    @Prof. Woland

    I saw two movies this year regarding Germans who were putting out anti-Nazi propaganda for other Germans to read. One was Hans und Sophie Scholl. It was German and had subtitles. And the other was Alone in Berlin with Emma Thompson. Both movies had similar endings; meaning they were caught and got shot.

    We should take a page out of their book so to speak by leaving subversive books in the birdhouses. It would be a great way to enlighten some of the neighbors. Not only would it help upgrade their reading material but it would plant the idea that there are others like us out there. Another way of doing it would be to put form letters in the pages of the books. You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato, @Ralph L

    ‘…You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.’

    The difficulty is that those who oppose you would destroy your books.

    Ironically, they would call themselves ‘anti-fascists.’

    They are free to spread their ideas. You are not.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    @Colin Wright

    Destroy your books?
    Indeed.
    Burn your house down &/or shoot you, isn't beyond the bounds of imagination either.....

    , @Prof. Woland
    @Colin Wright

    Calling it the little fascist library would be like putting up a Trump for President sign; you would be begging for someone to steal it or damage it.

    My bigger point is that what you distribute could be very subversive. I bought Edward Dutton's Making Sense of Race and have it sitting around the house. Imagine what that would provoke in the right hands. Now that I am thinking about it, I think I donate it to the local free library. Ironically, I used to give books (still do) to the library and they would probably shred it before it saw the light of day. There is a thriving used book market driven in large part to libraries that are selling off their excess inventory. Heaven forbid their local members might read it.

    The two movies I mention in my thread were mainly about how the Gestapo investigated the 'white rose' 'traitors'. They were obsessed finding who was putting out the leaflets. My guess is that my local rainbow free library would have a similar obsession once they knew what was in their bird haus.

  32. OT: More hilarity due to colliding worlds:

    Deutsche Welle halts cooperation with Jordanian broadcaster

    DW is probing “serious allegations” of antisemitism posted privately online by DW employees that were reported in German media. The broadcaster is also halting cooperation with Jordan’s TV Roya over antisemitic content.

    OY! Didn’t see that coming.

    “To carry out the independent investigation, DW was able to appoint two specialists with a particularly high-level expertise for this task: former German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and psychologist Ahmad Mansour. I thank them both for their contribution in bringing a prompt resolution to what has been a difficult time for DW.”

    The “shut it down” phone must have been ringing red-hot.

    “We are truly sorry that we did not notice these disgusting images,” DW’s managing director in charge of distribution, Guido Baumhauer, said. “We will now even more critically review our partner selection internally, especially with regard to antisemitism and racism.”

    DW also said it regretted its previous assessment that Roya TV was not anti-Israel.

    Mr Mansour is attacked in no uncertain terms by “Bridge – A Georgetown University Initiative” (whatever that is):

    Mansour has furthered the anti-Muslim trope that Muslims are particularly antisemitic—in this case, that German Muslims and Muslim refugees are uniquely antisemitic in comparison to German society more broadly. In a December 2017 op-ed, Mansour criticized former German State Secretary Sawsan Chebli—who is of Palestinian descent—for calling for German Jewish-Muslim solidarity for similarities in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim violence, rhetoric, and discrimination. According to Mansour, Muslim-Jewish solidarity would require Muslims to first distance themselves from anti-Israel positions and antisemitism, thus conflating criticism of Israel with antisemitism. He further argued, “Sometimes, I feel like one would have to put a sign at the routes of refugees coming to Europe, saying: ‘Welcome! You are now in Europe. We do not accept this and that.’ People have to know that there are consequences, if they for instance do not accept Israel’s right of existence, deny the Holocaust or intentionally spread antisemitic images. This is our historic German responsibility.”

    It’s all a bit inter-ethnically confusing.

    OTOH, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has refreshingly & consistently fought against the overreaching surveillance state even in the face of pushback from little shits from the Social-Democrats and the Greens.

    • Thanks: John Milton’s Ghost
  33. @Prof. Woland
    @Prof. Woland

    I saw two movies this year regarding Germans who were putting out anti-Nazi propaganda for other Germans to read. One was Hans und Sophie Scholl. It was German and had subtitles. And the other was Alone in Berlin with Emma Thompson. Both movies had similar endings; meaning they were caught and got shot.

    We should take a page out of their book so to speak by leaving subversive books in the birdhouses. It would be a great way to enlighten some of the neighbors. Not only would it help upgrade their reading material but it would plant the idea that there are others like us out there. Another way of doing it would be to put form letters in the pages of the books. You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato, @Ralph L

    You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.

    “Pull the little arm down to open the library”

    • LOL: Polistra
  34. Hey, Jules Winfield lived in Inglewood in 1994. It is unclear if he left there after 1994 to ‘walk the Earth’.

    “Do you read the Bible, Ringo?”
    “There might be a free one in the birdhouse near the sidewalk in my neighborhood”.

  35. @Colin Wright
    '...Screaming at them to get off my lawn would be adopting the values of the oppressor, as my racial-justice activist father used to say...'

    She should do that -- if only to weird them out.

    I mean, put up a 'little free library' and then scream at people who approach it? How Berkeley can you be?

    And this was the New York Times that printed this? I guess I'm just not keeping up.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666, @El Dato

    The mental pictures come with an audio track from “Loony Tunes”, but called “Jogger Tunes”.

  36. @Prof. Woland
    All the ones in my town are filled with LGBT dreck. It is their way of virtue signaling. That, and you know nobody will read any so you don't have to keep refilling it.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland, @Anonymous, @Henry's Cat

    Get a few copies of Johnny the Walrus and slip them in…

  37. One time I was sitting at a bus stop, waiting for a bus, and this woman came and sat down next to me. She was kind of bedraggled, and looked to be either homeless, or maybe homeless-adjacent. We sat there together in silence for a few minutes, and then suddenly she turned to me and said, “Mister, can I ask you a question?” The question is usually “Can you give me some money?” so I braced myself, silently counted how much cash I had that I could spare, and said, “Sure. What’s the question?”

    She suddenly whipped out a copy of Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and said, “Can you explain this thing to me? I’ve read it like three times, and I still don’t think I understand it.”

    So for the next ninety minutes or so, I sat there at the bus stop and gave an impromptu lecture on Thoreau. I guess in retrospect it was sort of flattering that she thought she could tell by sight that I was the sort of person who could explain Thoreau to her and also had the patience to do it.

    • Thanks: ic1000, El Dato
    • Replies: @Tono Bungay
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    "The floor must not be swept nor the spiders disturbed" --- I love that, but man, it isn't something that girls can cotton to.

    , @AndrewR
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Did you let the busses pass you by?

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    You had to wait 90 minutes for a bus? That's unconscionable. Good story, though.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Uncle Dan
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    How much money did her curiosity get her?

  38. @kaganovitch
    @Colin Wright

    Nah, Kaplan was her dead husband's name.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Brutusale

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this “person”

    • Replies: @Alden
    @AndrewR

    Kaplan was a Jewish Civil Rights activist Long teen marriage and partnership in anti White activitism.

    , @kaganovitch
    @AndrewR

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this “person”

    You remind me of a crusty old fellow I used to work with decades ago. We were having a coffee and one of our colleagues walked in and said "Did you hear? Bridget's husband died yesterday" (Bridget was the Food Services director and a really vicious harpy) So my friend says "lucky guy!"

    Replies: @Kylie

  39. This must be a weird American thing. Even in Australia where I’m sure the mugging and theft rate is a lot less nobody does this. It would be regarded as a total wank. However I did see something like this at a hospital so I may be out of date. I will check around. Every brainless and stupid trend from America lands here eventually, nowadays by next month.

  40. Blacks occupy some fantastic real estate. Their behavior drastically reduces “property values,” so they do not pay as much in taxes for property that might be worth 3-4, 20 times as much if the neighborhood were white.

    This is not right! There should be a tax hike on black regions of cities to tax the true value of the property. This would have the effect of speeding gentrification, as blacks and slum lords will want to sell the properties to people whose presence and behavior will make the land much more valuable, largely because their teenage sons “keep it real.”

    Why are whites blamed for gentrification? My understanding is that neighborhoods decline white -> black, but improve (if they ever do) black -> Hispanic -> white. I’m unsure why Hispanics can shove blacks out. Is it just because they cannot afford tonier digs? Does their no hablo inglés shtick mean cops have a hard time finding out who committed neighborhood improvement crimes? Is it because their teenage, early twenties sons will bring violencia to black gangbangers, but middle-class+ whites in the “keep the neighborhood clean” age range are at college?

    If we ever want to stop immigration cold, which should be our starting position, none of this RAISE act to cut immigration in half. Cut in half should be the compromise, not the start. Anyway, we need to have some story for the slumlords as to how their property values will go up without turning us into Bollywood meets Mogadishu in el Norte slum with low incomes but high rents or using Hispanics to drive out blacks, as in this Simpson’s clip.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Rob


    I’m unsure why Hispanics can shove blacks out.
     
    Seriously? It's because Latinos aren't afraid to respond to violence in kind.

    Pace Ron, etc.

    Replies: @Rob

  41. Screaming at them to get off my lawn would be adopting the values of the oppressor, as my racial-justice activist father used to say.

    She’s a Red Diaper Baby. Dad and Mom are likely Boomers (as am I.)

  42. @Reg Cæsar
    These were the creation of the late Todd Bol, of Hudson, Wisconsin, less than a half-hour from St Paul. So the LFL drama miniseries played out in the Twin Cities before it even caught on elsewhere.

    You rarely see them in or even near ghettos there. There is an inverse relationship between chain-link fences and LFLs in any given neighborhood. The few I've seen are poorly kept up-- official LFLs require a steward-- and sometimes emptied by junkies who take them to Half Price Books or wherever for a quick buck.

    In college and tony neighborhoods, these are well-maintained and often have clever themes. Literary gems can now and then be found. In humbler areas, you find all levels of quality, the lower end ones full of paperback novels.

    Once near Lake Nokomis in a nicer part of South Minneapolis, I found a baseball-themed young adult book aimed at a black audience. Inside was a homemade bookmark-- a laminated cannabis leaf. I still have that.

    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors. Note that they don't carry the LFL badge of approval:

    A New Network of Little Free Libraries Stocks Exclusively BIPOC Authors

    https://pyxis.nymag.com/v1/imgs/74c/e92/69fb2eb6d16dc2dd1c1ffb253a04763ffe-amplify-library-3.2x.rvertical.w330.jpg

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Achmed E. Newman, @The Alarmist, @mc23

    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors.

    I doubt that would keep away White Leftists, most of them anyway.

  43. Now that they were in front of my house, curious about this new neighborhood attraction, I didn’t know how to feel. By bringing this modern cultural artifact here from white neighborhoods, had I set myself up, set up the neighborhood? Was I contributing to gentrification and sending the wrong message about how I wanted the neighborhood to be?

    What I resented was not this specific couple. It was their whiteness

    I wonder if maybe Ms Erin Aubry Kaplan resents her own whiteness? Many such cases.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Altai

    Whatever her lineage, Ms. Kaplan has that smug look of privilege down pat.

    Replies: @duncsbaby

    , @Bardon Kaldian
    @Altai

    Tragic mulatto.

    If not tragic, then annoying.

    And these liberal Jews are also annoying, with their ethnicity turned into imbecile "activism"..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nikyX9Nxnk0

  44. @Colin Wright
    @Prof. Woland

    '...You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.'

    The difficulty is that those who oppose you would destroy your books.

    Ironically, they would call themselves 'anti-fascists.'

    They are free to spread their ideas. You are not.

    Replies: @animalogic, @Prof. Woland

    Destroy your books?
    Indeed.
    Burn your house down &/or shoot you, isn’t beyond the bounds of imagination either…..

  45. @Ralph L
    Did she say what books she put in the library? What would she have done if the white couple had taken one or two?

    Replies: @Polistra, @Obstinate Cymric, @Shel100

    Someone should drop off Bonfire Of The Vanities, she might like it.

    “we don’t really control our own spaces”

    White people have known that feeling much, much more than black people over the last 60 years.

    Ms Kaplan appears to be a childless dog mom.

    I’d be interested to dip into her book “I (heart) Obama” – “an extended essay about the cultural and personal meaning of the first black American president”. Sounds full of iSteve material.

    https://www.kcet.org/history-society/love-across-the-color-line-remembering-alan-kaplan

    • Replies: @Barnard
    @Obstinate Cymric

    Funny you should mention that, we have one of these libraries on our street and we regularly take books to it and check what is there to read. This summer there was a copy of A Man in Full in it. It is usually 75% children's books, which is what we are looking for anyway, the titles left for adults tend to be things very few people would want to read.

  46. @Colin Wright
    Ah. I should have noticed the name.

    Erin Aubry Kaplan. This makes more sense now.

    Replies: @Thomas Covenant Unbeliever, @kaganovitch, @Bardon Kaldian, @Fox

    I don’t get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.

    • Replies: @jon
    @Bardon Kaldian

    That's because you take it at face value that they are saying/doing these things because of a genuine like for Blacks!, and not because they dislike us (they are just the weapon).

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    , @Colin Wright
    @Bardon Kaldian

    'I don’t get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.'

    There are various ways of explaining it -- but indeed, all of them are stupid.

    Jews manage to be so consistently intelligent in the short term and idiotic in the long run. I don't know how they do it.

    It's even paralleled by the individual versus the aggregate. Individually, Jews can be fine; I would still have to stop and think carefully if you gave me a choice between being stranded on a desert island with a Jew or a gentile -- and I genuinely think I might decide to go with the Jew.

    ...but then one turns around and look at the effect they have as a collective. It's horrific.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  47. The Velvet Underground was a pseudo-sociological porn book, and the band named themselves after a copy that a friend of theirs had picked up off the sidewalk in New York. It wouldn’t have been the same if he’d found it in a Little Free Library.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Joe S.Walker


    The Velvet Underground was a pseudo-sociological porn book...
     
    They all had to be, in those days. Something about "redeeming social value".

    A shipmate once read a copy of Her Bestial Dreams I had found somewhere and gave to him. A heartwarming story of love between girl and Doberman. He
    said it kept referring to "the counterculture" without further explanation. It also changed style markedly about halfway through.

    Having already read Donald Westlake's Adios, Scheherezade, I could tell him exactly why. The hired hack author was replaced by another.

    If you ever read this book, count the number of chapters, and the number of pages in each. It will be revelatory.

  48. I was reading this on the NYT site and stopped halfway through to jump to Mr. Sailer’s blog because it was just screaming for a spanking. And I was not disappointed. The thing that amazes me is that many of the standard accusations that blacks hurl at white people are turned around here in an utterly un-self-conscious way. She is explicitly, unapologetically anti-white! She wants to yell, Get off my lawn! She doesn’t want “them” in her neighborhood! It must be wonderful to go through life without a tiny bit of awareness of how egregious one is. Is that a genetic thing?

    • Agree: Not Raul
    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Tono Bungay


    Is that a genetic thing?
     
    Repeat after me: "Part Nature, Part Nurture."
    , @Yngvar
    @Tono Bungay


    It must be wonderful to go through life without a tiny bit of awareness of how egregious one is. Is that a genetic thing?
     
    Social conditioning, indulgences.
  49. @SafeNow
    @Colin Wright

    This tv commercial did not depict the bookless black family as living in a cramped apartment in a black neighborhood. Of course not. It was a very nice home. Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.

    I used to think this was a sad thing, even as my own family stuck almost entirely with the local library or Amazon (or our extended familys’ extensive personal libraries) for our own books. Then I went to the local bookstore to get some books for the kids. The kids’ “history” section was stuffed with books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a half-dozen other leftist politicians, most of them female.

    In the rest of the kids’ section virtually every book that was facing out with the cover visible had a black or brown face on it, and most of them had very ethnic names in the titles. This is in a county where probably 75% of kids (and 95% of the kids who read) are still white. I walked out of the bookstore and decided I’d be just fine if the place burned to the ground.

    • Replies: @Jim Lahey
    @Wilkey

    Non-Hispanic whites should be a minority of children by 2020, but still the plurality for some decades based on present projections.

    https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2020/demo/p25-1144.pdf

    We visit the local small town library with my 3yo. We check out about a dozen Children’s books per visit, mostly randomly based on the covers because we are in a hurry. We reject books that are obviously Woke propaganda (there are many), but probably 1/3 of those that are not obvious multicultural go-girlism still sneak in some woke themes. So, we read a lot of books about forest animals. There are some classic Children’s books that we own and revisit at home.

    Replies: @Colin Wright

    , @Sick 'n Tired
    @Wilkey

    I was in a Barnes & Noble for the first time in a few years and noticed the same thing, not just in the kids section either. I usually buy my books at Goodwill, flea markets/yard sales, or when the local library has their annual book sales.

    , @jimmyriddle
    @Wilkey

    https://twitter.com/_frank_james_/status/1440324628686147603

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Wilkey

    While I agree completely with your conclusion, Wilkey, I had figured SafeNow was referring to some local bookstores in Mr. Derbyshire's neighborhood. The big chains are as woke as you would expect any Big Biz outfit to be.

    It's the Barnes & Nobles, Borders, and Books-a-Million chains that drove smaller local stores out of business, before amazon came along and eventually put down lots of these Big Biz stores in turn. I hate all those places, and not just due to their woke and lefty book selections. I just don't like the corporate world, I guess.

    I get books from the library now, but they also won't get just anything. The website is freaking woke as all get-out too. However, people did vote in the $80,000,000 bond issue, so the places have clean bathrooms now and new carpet.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

  50. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    One time I was sitting at a bus stop, waiting for a bus, and this woman came and sat down next to me. She was kind of bedraggled, and looked to be either homeless, or maybe homeless-adjacent. We sat there together in silence for a few minutes, and then suddenly she turned to me and said, "Mister, can I ask you a question?" The question is usually "Can you give me some money?" so I braced myself, silently counted how much cash I had that I could spare, and said, "Sure. What's the question?"

    She suddenly whipped out a copy of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and said, "Can you explain this thing to me? I've read it like three times, and I still don't think I understand it."

    So for the next ninety minutes or so, I sat there at the bus stop and gave an impromptu lecture on Thoreau. I guess in retrospect it was sort of flattering that she thought she could tell by sight that I was the sort of person who could explain Thoreau to her and also had the patience to do it.

    Replies: @Tono Bungay, @AndrewR, @Harry Baldwin, @Uncle Dan

    “The floor must not be swept nor the spiders disturbed” — I love that, but man, it isn’t something that girls can cotton to.

  51. @Alden
    Erin Kaplan is 1/8 black 7/8 White. Her family is generations of high yaller black bourgeoisie. Father owns or owned a chain of black newspapers in the infamous S Central LA and all the crime ridden black southern suburbs of Los Angeles. Carson Compton Linwood and the rest. Husband is an ultra liberal Jew. They must be pushing 70. That generation of social justice warriors. Except for Obama's mom was mostly Jewish women black men. Kaplan’s are the reverse.
    She had weekly columns in LA Weekly. The journal of ultra liberal opinion funded through prostitution ads. Also endless articles in the LA Slimes.

    Really full of herself that she managed to snag a White man. One of her main complaints was that the black ghetto town of Inglewood where they lived didn’t have fine dining restaurants. Years of articles about that. “”” Inglewood is an affluent city. It’s only discrimination we don’t have fine dining. “. Inglewood was not entirely welfare, like Compton true.

    But everyone knows how blacks behave in sit down restaurants. Dine and dash, endless complaints and demands for special things and extras, loud screeching , raucous laughter, not just no tipping but vicious harassment of waiters. Then there’s robbing customers and employees in the parking lot.

    She and husband attended many of his Jewish family events. She always wrote columns about the racism of his relatives.

    You could find all her columns online Steve. And have a years worth of blogs posting them so we could make fun of them.

    Inglewood like the southern part of LA and the rest of the southern suburbs was early 20 th century White working lower middle class paradise. Comedian Steve Martin grew up in Inglewood. 2 Presidents, Bush 1 and 2 lived in Compton. Low crime high or just normal for Whites school test scores. Nice little towns

    But then the Black Plague arrived. Now the Hispanics have gentrified those towns. Crime is lower. School test scores aren’t all that great. But the schools are much safer.

    Kaplan also endlessly complained about the destruction of those black neighborhoods by change in demographics. Failing to mention those towns were all White till about 1960. When blacks drove Whites out by the usual terrorist tactics and strategy.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Ed, @Nachum, @Buffalo Joe, @Paperback Writer

    Here is the obituary that Aubry Kaplan penned for husband in 2015. Love Across the Color Line: Remembering Alan Kaplan. Via Wikipedia, published on KCET’s website.

    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew, but perhaps that’s just me. I could imagine that it suited her nerdy intellectual lefty high-school-English teacher husband just fine. Aubry credits Alan with managing to get on her nerves just as much. I won’t fault somebody for taking love where he or she finds it, and (as seen through her eyes) they had lots of treasured moments together.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @ic1000


    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew,
     
    I don't think you would find her to be that way in real life. A lot of nuance gets lost in print. She is a mulatta with an insecure racial identity. She can't really take being black for granted the way that a full blooded African can. In many respects she is (and feels) more white than black but the times (like most times in American history for better or for worse) demand that she publicly define herself as a black person. In other words she is an Oreo. Oreos need to constantly remind themselves (and therefore you) that they are black because if they don't look in the mirror once in a while they forget. Then they catch a glimpse of themselves and are reminded and then they hate themselves and take it out on you. Being neither one thing or the other is an unfortunate common condition of modernity and is not made easier by others who constantly insist that you must choose sides.

    Replies: @Kylie, @SafeNow

  52. All she wants is to live in an all-black neighborhood with low crime, high property values, and Little Free Libraries on everybody block.

    It’s at the end of the Gold Brick Road … she can hop on a unicorn to make the trip easier on herself.

  53. @Prof. Woland
    All the ones in my town are filled with LGBT dreck. It is their way of virtue signaling. That, and you know nobody will read any so you don't have to keep refilling it.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland, @Anonymous, @Henry's Cat

    I thought at first she was upset that the white couple wasn’t interested in her panoply of Holocaust memoirs and self-help/love books, but after seeing her pic, it was probably entirely the latter.

  54. Inglewood, up to no good!

    Is Ms. Kaplan a mischling?

  55. @Chris Renner

    All she wants is to live in an all-black neighborhood with low crime, high property values, and Little Free Libraries on everybody block.
     
    Would that be the worst thing for a government to incentivize? I'm personally not bothered by "reparations" that give control over prime urban areas to the people who lived there c. 1990 and their descendants.

    Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost, @Jack D

    Missed the joke, I see. (Or the reality?)

  56. @Ralph L
    @ThreeCranes

    My city sheered my giant 70 y.o. junipers off at the property line, several feet from the sidewalk, when they replaced a section of broken sidewalk. One soon died, and I had the other two removed because they looked hideous (without asking the Historic Commission). I've let the holly and nandina volunteers that remained grow just to spite the city.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    I’ve surveyed more than a few sites of fatal automobile accidents for the purpose of determining whether vegetation which had originally been planted by homeowners had grown to such an extent that it impinged upon county right-of-way. Had it done so, the county–your county, the one which you support with your taxes–would have been sued in court for having been negligent in maintaining lines of sight or, in one particularly tragic case, having allowed a tree, which then, at the time, was two feet in diameter at the trunk, to have grown across that imaginary line which constitutes the edge of public property. In that particular case, four teenagers, on prom night, had left the road at eighty miles an hour, airborne, and smashed headlong into the tree three feet above ground level, at the end of a Tee intersection. Luckily, for us–if one can use such an expression is a case such as this one–the tree trunk had not yet grown into the public right of way–by about one inch. Otherwise, lawsuit time.

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don’t want to do it. They’re homeowners, just like you, and sympathize with your plight. Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @ThreeCranes

    I don't know where you are but this is not the law in most places (we have 50 states so 50 possible sets of laws). As has been pointed out, the "right of way" is generally wider than the road bed. It is very common to have all sorts of obstacles in the right of way (but outside the carriageway) - shade trees, utility poles, sign posts, etc. The entire right of way cannot be made bare.

    A recent Ohio case touched on the property owner's responsibility when he (tired of getting his mailbox smashed by vandals) erect a reinforced mailbox post in the ROW (but outside of the carriageway). The court ruled that because the mailbox did not affect the safety of ordinary travel on the regularly traveled portion of the road, they are not responsible for the injuries suffered by the driver who skidded off the icy road and was injured when his car hit the post.

    http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/cases/2021/SCO/1124/201057.asp

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    , @res
    @ThreeCranes


    Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.
     
    Have to remember that one. Thanks. (but what would be scissors in that analogy? ; )
    , @John Johnson
    @ThreeCranes

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don’t want to do it.

    I don't bother trimming right of way that is blocking line of sight or a walking path. Too much of a hassle.

    Reminds me that I need to go spray some bushes and small trees with a 50% glyphosate/ salt mix. Takes about 2 minutes.

    , @Ralph L
    @ThreeCranes

    My grandmother said that before the junipers were there, cars leaving downtown would sometimes not follow the curve and end up on the lawn. Forty years ago, they moved the road several feet away from the plants when they turned the cross street into our main state thoroughfare. The city didn't touch my neighbor's shrubbery that actually obscures sight-lines at an intersection with frequent collisions. A local tycoon left them money to plant trees along roads all over town, and they don't seem worried about liability.

  57. @Rob
    Blacks occupy some fantastic real estate. Their behavior drastically reduces “property values,” so they do not pay as much in taxes for property that might be worth 3-4, 20 times as much if the neighborhood were white.

    This is not right! There should be a tax hike on black regions of cities to tax the true value of the property. This would have the effect of speeding gentrification, as blacks and slum lords will want to sell the properties to people whose presence and behavior will make the land much more valuable, largely because their teenage sons “keep it real.”

    Why are whites blamed for gentrification? My understanding is that neighborhoods decline white -> black, but improve (if they ever do) black -> Hispanic -> white. I’m unsure why Hispanics can shove blacks out. Is it just because they cannot afford tonier digs? Does their no hablo inglés shtick mean cops have a hard time finding out who committed neighborhood improvement crimes? Is it because their teenage, early twenties sons will bring violencia to black gangbangers, but middle-class+ whites in the “keep the neighborhood clean” age range are at college?

    If we ever want to stop immigration cold, which should be our starting position, none of this RAISE act to cut immigration in half. Cut in half should be the compromise, not the start. Anyway, we need to have some story for the slumlords as to how their property values will go up without turning us into Bollywood meets Mogadishu in el Norte slum with low incomes but high rents or using Hispanics to drive out blacks, as in this Simpson’s clip.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9yruQM1ggc

    Replies: @Polistra

    I’m unsure why Hispanics can shove blacks out.

    Seriously? It’s because Latinos aren’t afraid to respond to violence in kind.

    Pace Ron, etc.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Polistra

    How do they manage to keep omerta when the cops come? That’s been the problem for any white movement. Half feds and half people looking to make a deal with the popo.

    Replies: @El Dato

  58. @Altai

    Now that they were in front of my house, curious about this new neighborhood attraction, I didn’t know how to feel. By bringing this modern cultural artifact here from white neighborhoods, had I set myself up, set up the neighborhood? Was I contributing to gentrification and sending the wrong message about how I wanted the neighborhood to be?

    What I resented was not this specific couple. It was their whiteness
     
    I wonder if maybe Ms Erin Aubry Kaplan resents her own whiteness? Many such cases.

    https://twitter.com/yama_pain/status/1215788770743738369

    https://twitter.com/SandpiperFax/status/1393804665221914630

    Replies: @Polistra, @Bardon Kaldian

    Whatever her lineage, Ms. Kaplan has that smug look of privilege down pat.

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
    @Polistra

    None of Altai's pics are of Ms. Kaplan. Here's one I found after DDGing her name.

    https://www.laprogressive.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/erin-aubry-kaplan-725.gif

  59. @Tono Bungay
    I was reading this on the NYT site and stopped halfway through to jump to Mr. Sailer's blog because it was just screaming for a spanking. And I was not disappointed. The thing that amazes me is that many of the standard accusations that blacks hurl at white people are turned around here in an utterly un-self-conscious way. She is explicitly, unapologetically anti-white! She wants to yell, Get off my lawn! She doesn't want "them" in her neighborhood! It must be wonderful to go through life without a tiny bit of awareness of how egregious one is. Is that a genetic thing?

    Replies: @Polistra, @Yngvar

    Is that a genetic thing?

    Repeat after me: “Part Nature, Part Nurture.”

  60. Is there no end to the evilness of Whites? now they’re borrowing books!

  61. Books for the bruvvas? You may as well try feeding seagulls with crumbs of marble.

  62. @Alden
    Erin Kaplan is 1/8 black 7/8 White. Her family is generations of high yaller black bourgeoisie. Father owns or owned a chain of black newspapers in the infamous S Central LA and all the crime ridden black southern suburbs of Los Angeles. Carson Compton Linwood and the rest. Husband is an ultra liberal Jew. They must be pushing 70. That generation of social justice warriors. Except for Obama's mom was mostly Jewish women black men. Kaplan’s are the reverse.
    She had weekly columns in LA Weekly. The journal of ultra liberal opinion funded through prostitution ads. Also endless articles in the LA Slimes.

    Really full of herself that she managed to snag a White man. One of her main complaints was that the black ghetto town of Inglewood where they lived didn’t have fine dining restaurants. Years of articles about that. “”” Inglewood is an affluent city. It’s only discrimination we don’t have fine dining. “. Inglewood was not entirely welfare, like Compton true.

    But everyone knows how blacks behave in sit down restaurants. Dine and dash, endless complaints and demands for special things and extras, loud screeching , raucous laughter, not just no tipping but vicious harassment of waiters. Then there’s robbing customers and employees in the parking lot.

    She and husband attended many of his Jewish family events. She always wrote columns about the racism of his relatives.

    You could find all her columns online Steve. And have a years worth of blogs posting them so we could make fun of them.

    Inglewood like the southern part of LA and the rest of the southern suburbs was early 20 th century White working lower middle class paradise. Comedian Steve Martin grew up in Inglewood. 2 Presidents, Bush 1 and 2 lived in Compton. Low crime high or just normal for Whites school test scores. Nice little towns

    But then the Black Plague arrived. Now the Hispanics have gentrified those towns. Crime is lower. School test scores aren’t all that great. But the schools are much safer.

    Kaplan also endlessly complained about the destruction of those black neighborhoods by change in demographics. Failing to mention those towns were all White till about 1960. When blacks drove Whites out by the usual terrorist tactics and strategy.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Ed, @Nachum, @Buffalo Joe, @Paperback Writer

    I stumbled on a video from the early 70s of Compton transitioning from white to black. Evidently some issues are timeless. Black middle class moves in, followed by lower class of blacks, whites move out, crime and mayhem follow.

    • Thanks: Alden
    • Replies: @Sick 'n Tired
    @Ed

    50 years laters and the only thing changed would be the outrage and cries of racism directed at the tv station for reporting on this.

  63. The problem Ms. Kaplan and her ilk cannot solve – and what drives the endless wallowing in self-pity and victimhood – is that whites are the geese laying the golden eggs in society. She imagines a black Mayberry that has only ever existed in the imaginations of professional class activists like herself, and resolutely ignores that whites largely provide the economic and cultural counterbalance to black underperformance that turn most majority black neighborhoods into the most violent and dysfunctional spaces in America. She is aware of this fact, but the mental distress is causes results in endless fantasizing and blame shifting that is celebrated by white elites and promoted endlessly in our culture today.

    • Agree: usNthem
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Arclight

    Thanks

  64. @ThreeCranes
    If her little library was indeed, "on their front lawns next to the sidewalk", then I can almost guarantee that it was not located on her property but was on public right of way. This means that "Screaming at them to get off my lawn" would not just "be adopting the values of the oppressor" but illegal.

    As an eyeopener, locate your front property corners sometime. You will be surprised to notice how much of what you had thought of as your front lawn actually belongs to the city or county.

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Jack D

    It depends on where you are. In some places, you “own” out to the centerline of the street but the town has a “right of way” over your land. This means that they can use the right of way (which indeed may include part of your lawn – the ROW is often wider than the paved section or even the sidewalk) for highway and utility purposes but they couldn’t, for example, put up an office building on it. If for some reason the street was abandoned, you would regain possession out to the center line.

  65. @Alden
    Erin Kaplan is 1/8 black 7/8 White. Her family is generations of high yaller black bourgeoisie. Father owns or owned a chain of black newspapers in the infamous S Central LA and all the crime ridden black southern suburbs of Los Angeles. Carson Compton Linwood and the rest. Husband is an ultra liberal Jew. They must be pushing 70. That generation of social justice warriors. Except for Obama's mom was mostly Jewish women black men. Kaplan’s are the reverse.
    She had weekly columns in LA Weekly. The journal of ultra liberal opinion funded through prostitution ads. Also endless articles in the LA Slimes.

    Really full of herself that she managed to snag a White man. One of her main complaints was that the black ghetto town of Inglewood where they lived didn’t have fine dining restaurants. Years of articles about that. “”” Inglewood is an affluent city. It’s only discrimination we don’t have fine dining. “. Inglewood was not entirely welfare, like Compton true.

    But everyone knows how blacks behave in sit down restaurants. Dine and dash, endless complaints and demands for special things and extras, loud screeching , raucous laughter, not just no tipping but vicious harassment of waiters. Then there’s robbing customers and employees in the parking lot.

    She and husband attended many of his Jewish family events. She always wrote columns about the racism of his relatives.

    You could find all her columns online Steve. And have a years worth of blogs posting them so we could make fun of them.

    Inglewood like the southern part of LA and the rest of the southern suburbs was early 20 th century White working lower middle class paradise. Comedian Steve Martin grew up in Inglewood. 2 Presidents, Bush 1 and 2 lived in Compton. Low crime high or just normal for Whites school test scores. Nice little towns

    But then the Black Plague arrived. Now the Hispanics have gentrified those towns. Crime is lower. School test scores aren’t all that great. But the schools are much safer.

    Kaplan also endlessly complained about the destruction of those black neighborhoods by change in demographics. Failing to mention those towns were all White till about 1960. When blacks drove Whites out by the usual terrorist tactics and strategy.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Ed, @Nachum, @Buffalo Joe, @Paperback Writer

    So, basically, very light skin, married to a white man, very privileged, she’s carrying a lot of baggage. And so when she sees a white couple in her neighborhood, she projects.

  66. @Chris Renner

    All she wants is to live in an all-black neighborhood with low crime, high property values, and Little Free Libraries on everybody block.
     
    Would that be the worst thing for a government to incentivize? I'm personally not bothered by "reparations" that give control over prime urban areas to the people who lived there c. 1990 and their descendants.

    Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost, @Jack D

    Why lock in 1990 and not 1890 or 1940 or some other date? The whole point of a capitalist society is that the economy (including land use) is supposed to be dynamic and respond to market forces. This is why the area north of Wall St. in Manhattan now has skyscrapers instead of Dutch owned farms with cows grazing on the Manhattan pasture land (and in the interval, the land use and the dominant ethnic group changed several times). 500 years of legal evolution were spent on making “fee titles” (you own the land that you live on and are free to sell it outright) the default form of ownership and you want to go backward to some sort of feudal system.

    • Agree: Abe
  67. @Arclight
    The problem Ms. Kaplan and her ilk cannot solve - and what drives the endless wallowing in self-pity and victimhood - is that whites are the geese laying the golden eggs in society. She imagines a black Mayberry that has only ever existed in the imaginations of professional class activists like herself, and resolutely ignores that whites largely provide the economic and cultural counterbalance to black underperformance that turn most majority black neighborhoods into the most violent and dysfunctional spaces in America. She is aware of this fact, but the mental distress is causes results in endless fantasizing and blame shifting that is celebrated by white elites and promoted endlessly in our culture today.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Thanks

  68. @Altai

    Now that they were in front of my house, curious about this new neighborhood attraction, I didn’t know how to feel. By bringing this modern cultural artifact here from white neighborhoods, had I set myself up, set up the neighborhood? Was I contributing to gentrification and sending the wrong message about how I wanted the neighborhood to be?

    What I resented was not this specific couple. It was their whiteness
     
    I wonder if maybe Ms Erin Aubry Kaplan resents her own whiteness? Many such cases.

    https://twitter.com/yama_pain/status/1215788770743738369

    https://twitter.com/SandpiperFax/status/1393804665221914630

    Replies: @Polistra, @Bardon Kaldian

    Tragic mulatto.

    If not tragic, then annoying.

    And these liberal Jews are also annoying, with their ethnicity turned into imbecile “activism”..

  69. @ThreeCranes
    @Ralph L

    I've surveyed more than a few sites of fatal automobile accidents for the purpose of determining whether vegetation which had originally been planted by homeowners had grown to such an extent that it impinged upon county right-of-way. Had it done so, the county--your county, the one which you support with your taxes--would have been sued in court for having been negligent in maintaining lines of sight or, in one particularly tragic case, having allowed a tree, which then, at the time, was two feet in diameter at the trunk, to have grown across that imaginary line which constitutes the edge of public property. In that particular case, four teenagers, on prom night, had left the road at eighty miles an hour, airborne, and smashed headlong into the tree three feet above ground level, at the end of a Tee intersection. Luckily, for us--if one can use such an expression is a case such as this one--the tree trunk had not yet grown into the public right of way--by about one inch. Otherwise, lawsuit time.

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don't want to do it. They're homeowners, just like you, and sympathize with your plight. Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    Replies: @Jack D, @res, @John Johnson, @Ralph L

    I don’t know where you are but this is not the law in most places (we have 50 states so 50 possible sets of laws). As has been pointed out, the “right of way” is generally wider than the road bed. It is very common to have all sorts of obstacles in the right of way (but outside the carriageway) – shade trees, utility poles, sign posts, etc. The entire right of way cannot be made bare.

    A recent Ohio case touched on the property owner’s responsibility when he (tired of getting his mailbox smashed by vandals) erect a reinforced mailbox post in the ROW (but outside of the carriageway). The court ruled that because the mailbox did not affect the safety of ordinary travel on the regularly traveled portion of the road, they are not responsible for the injuries suffered by the driver who skidded off the icy road and was injured when his car hit the post.

    http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/cases/2021/SCO/1124/201057.asp

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @Jack D

    The point is not the adjoining landowner's liability, it is the County's. As you say, the property owner was not held responsible for injuries suffered by a driver in a collision which took place on County or City property. If the County allowed the property owner's tree or mail box to intrude upon county property, then the county is responsible for not having maintained a safe right of way. Half of Survey Law deals with such concerns, which are beyond the purview of most engineers and surveyors. All I know is that like cases ended up in court and had cost the county in the past. I'm not qualified to make any predictions as to how this particular case may or may not have played out. My boss was relieved when it was determined that the tree was not in the public right of way.

    If a stop sign is covered by foliage growing from a tree that is located on private property and if a driver were to run that stop sign and kill a pedestrian or passenger in an oncoming car then the County or City would be held in some measure responsible.

  70. @kaganovitch
    @Colin Wright

    Nah, Kaplan was her dead husband's name.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Brutusale

    The three most virulent, shrieking lefty harpies I know are Catholic women (two Irish, one Italian) married to, then divorced from, Jewish husbands.

    The worst, the Italian one, has to deal with the additional disaster of her only child returning to her from Williams College as a good little conservative who debates her hack government lawyer ass into the ground!

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Brutusale


    The three most virulent, shrieking lefty harpies I know are Catholic women (two Irish, one Italian) married to, then divorced from, Jewish husbands.
     
    It might have been interesting to meet the mothers of these boys who married shiksas ... must have driven them bat-sh¡t crazy?

    Now that I think about it, imagine bringing a schwarzer-shiksa home to mamme.

    , @Gary in Gramercy
    @Brutusale

    Stop the presses!! Stop the presses!! A good conservative coming out of Williams?

    (I thought I was the last one, and I graduated in the 1980's. As a quick online search will show, the place has deteriorated almost beyond repair. Fortunately for the school, it has a bigger endowment than almost any college of similar size, so there's a lot of ruin left.)

    Replies: @Brutusale

  71. Anon[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Blacks are always harping on about how white people’s glances linger a moment too long, or how they stare at them, or do a double take, or follow them in shops, or switch to the other side of the street, or slow down and follow them in cars, if blacks threaten “[white] spaces.”

    This woman sees a couple of white people and spies at them from her window. How traumatizing if the couple had seen that!

    *****

    I grew up east of Inglewood in the 1960s and went to high school with bussed-in blacks from Inglewood in the early 1970s. I always had the impression that Inglewood was completely black.

    The neighborhood where the planes really made noise and were low was in Los Angeles, not Inglewood. The entire neighborhood was emptied out under eminent domain, the junior high school was shut down, and the population of my junior high school doubled overnight, with lots of “temporary” bungalows (that remain to this day). The emptied neighborhood was a razed wasteland for a long time (with a few remaining houses from litigious holdouts), but eventually sprouted airport parking facilities and the like.

  72. Blackety, black, black… Typical. Frankly, erin, if I saw someone who looks like you walking in my neighborhood, I’d be more than astonishingly resentful as well. And if your little library is in as vibrant a neighborhood as you claim, it’ll be nothing more than a place for dogs to raise their leg.

  73. @Obstinate Cymric
    @Ralph L

    Someone should drop off Bonfire Of The Vanities, she might like it.

    "we don’t really control our own spaces"

    White people have known that feeling much, much more than black people over the last 60 years.

    Ms Kaplan appears to be a childless dog mom.

    I'd be interested to dip into her book "I (heart) Obama" - "an extended essay about the cultural and personal meaning of the first black American president". Sounds full of iSteve material.

    https://www.kcet.org/history-society/love-across-the-color-line-remembering-alan-kaplan

    Replies: @Barnard

    Funny you should mention that, we have one of these libraries on our street and we regularly take books to it and check what is there to read. This summer there was a copy of A Man in Full in it. It is usually 75% children’s books, which is what we are looking for anyway, the titles left for adults tend to be things very few people would want to read.

  74. Yesterday’s black drama queen was Joél Leon Daniels.

    Today’s black drama queen is Erin Aubry Kaplan.

    Another psychological syndrome that is apparently much more common among blacks is:

    Histrionic Personality Disorder

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/conditions/histrionic-personality-disorder

  75. An adjacent situation. Why are there so many white people at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Fran?

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1467271012165173248

    By all those exceptionally rude racist middle class white and Asian hipsters in the Bay Area no doubt! Or might this be another example of the conflict of middle class black female SJWs being unable to reconcile their love of something Western and white, like Victorian and Edwardian fashion, with the reality of where it came from and being disruptive and making things about them when they enter a place they aren’t exactly helpful in? Do people really want the experience of a very large black woman with an American accent with blood red dyed hair as part of their ‘Great Dickens Christmas Fair’. I’m sure it’s not nice to have the occasional somewhat clueless but well-meaning person inquire about your role and if you’re a slave but to go nuclear on it and declare the place has a problem with racism is absurd.

    So many hobbies and subcultures that tattooed neon hairs have ruined. Because in reality ‘tattooed neon hair’ is code for BPD or some other cluster B disorder and that’s just what they do.

    Tumblr was a cancer because it allowed people like that to congregate in large numbers and build fandoms etc to inflict themselves into in the real world as well as introduce them to post-modern SJWism that they took up as a great crusade onto broader social media. The drama must flow.

    This is apparently what it looked like.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Altai

    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks? Are they supposed to tell the visitors "no questions allowed*" or give them an index of prohibited topics (no mentioning slavery, Aunt Jemima or Sally Hemings) or what?

    * Again without reading the article, I assume that the interactivity is the whole point like when you go to a "colonial village" or whatever and the blacksmith is supposed to stay in character as a person from the 18th century, but we could tell visitors that Blacks are Kangs and that peons are not permitted to pester royalty with pesky questions like why are you dressed like a rich white person.

    Replies: @Altai, @magilla, @Buffalo Joe

    , @Arclight
    @Altai

    There has to be a tipping point at which a majority of the public is tired of the insanely high maintenance demands of POC and trans advocates. These people are all just so tiresome and think the world revolves around them, it's hard to believe this can go on much longer.

    , @Alden
    @Altai

    We went to that every year. The girls loved it. The boys not so much.

    Replies: @Altai

    , @Colin Wright
    @Altai

    The Bay Area is a joke that has ceased to be amusing.

    They can no longer top themselves. It's no longer infuriating, amusing, hypocritical, bigoted, logically inconsistent, or anything else.

    It's just stupid.

    , @Pericles
    @Altai

    Presumably much if not all of it was fake, but if it happened, I assume the one that got called Sally Hemings was did done so by a black?

  76. @Anon7
    Those have been around for at least five years in my town. All I could think of was "free money!" All you'd need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.

    Of course these days, most of the books in your little library are worthless; nobody wants them, just like nobody particularly wants CDs or video cassettes.

    I'm guessing little libraries mostly just offer a great opportunity to one-up or impress the neighbors:

    "Why yes, that's my copy of Infinite Jest. Wonderful book, thought I'd give someone else a crack at it."

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Achmed E. Newman

    All you’d need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.

    There are people who eke out a living (or at least make some pocket money) by going thru the shelves of thrift stores and such and finding the titles that have value. The problem is that the vast majority of used books don’t have much value. Value depends on rarity so former best sellers (which are by definition the most common sort of books) rarely have any value. There is a whole ecosystem of vendors who deal in used books, ranging from dealers in truly rare books to vendors who compete with Amazon by selling you used copies of recent best sellers for slightly cheaper than new to people who will sell you “books by the yard” that you can use to decorate your shelves (you can order all red books or blue ones, etc.) but ultimately most books are worthless.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Jack D

    You are correct. I've made some pocket money selling used books on Amazon, but I bother mostly to feel guilt-free buying more books for myself. I had a friend who was cleaning out a psychiatrist's office and invited me to take what I wanted from bookshelves that covered one wall. (Ostentatious displays of books is a thing with psychiatrists.) I knew enough to grab the really obscure ones--"Proceeds of the 16th Annual Conference of Psychotherapist in San Paolo, 1986," that sort of thing. I ended up making a grand or so.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  77. @Jack D
    @ThreeCranes

    I don't know where you are but this is not the law in most places (we have 50 states so 50 possible sets of laws). As has been pointed out, the "right of way" is generally wider than the road bed. It is very common to have all sorts of obstacles in the right of way (but outside the carriageway) - shade trees, utility poles, sign posts, etc. The entire right of way cannot be made bare.

    A recent Ohio case touched on the property owner's responsibility when he (tired of getting his mailbox smashed by vandals) erect a reinforced mailbox post in the ROW (but outside of the carriageway). The court ruled that because the mailbox did not affect the safety of ordinary travel on the regularly traveled portion of the road, they are not responsible for the injuries suffered by the driver who skidded off the icy road and was injured when his car hit the post.

    http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/cases/2021/SCO/1124/201057.asp

    Replies: @ThreeCranes

    The point is not the adjoining landowner’s liability, it is the County’s. As you say, the property owner was not held responsible for injuries suffered by a driver in a collision which took place on County or City property. If the County allowed the property owner’s tree or mail box to intrude upon county property, then the county is responsible for not having maintained a safe right of way. Half of Survey Law deals with such concerns, which are beyond the purview of most engineers and surveyors. All I know is that like cases ended up in court and had cost the county in the past. I’m not qualified to make any predictions as to how this particular case may or may not have played out. My boss was relieved when it was determined that the tree was not in the public right of way.

    If a stop sign is covered by foliage growing from a tree that is located on private property and if a driver were to run that stop sign and kill a pedestrian or passenger in an oncoming car then the County or City would be held in some measure responsible.

  78. @Altai
    An adjacent situation. Why are there so many white people at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Fran?

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1467271012165173248

    https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1467275572971671552

    By all those exceptionally rude racist middle class white and Asian hipsters in the Bay Area no doubt! Or might this be another example of the conflict of middle class black female SJWs being unable to reconcile their love of something Western and white, like Victorian and Edwardian fashion, with the reality of where it came from and being disruptive and making things about them when they enter a place they aren't exactly helpful in? Do people really want the experience of a very large black woman with an American accent with blood red dyed hair as part of their 'Great Dickens Christmas Fair'. I'm sure it's not nice to have the occasional somewhat clueless but well-meaning person inquire about your role and if you're a slave but to go nuclear on it and declare the place has a problem with racism is absurd.

    So many hobbies and subcultures that tattooed neon hairs have ruined. Because in reality 'tattooed neon hair' is code for BPD or some other cluster B disorder and that's just what they do.

    Tumblr was a cancer because it allowed people like that to congregate in large numbers and build fandoms etc to inflict themselves into in the real world as well as introduce them to post-modern SJWism that they took up as a great crusade onto broader social media. The drama must flow.

    This is apparently what it looked like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF74yeEi-X4

    Replies: @Jack D, @Arclight, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Pericles

    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks? Are they supposed to tell the visitors “no questions allowed*” or give them an index of prohibited topics (no mentioning slavery, Aunt Jemima or Sally Hemings) or what?

    * Again without reading the article, I assume that the interactivity is the whole point like when you go to a “colonial village” or whatever and the blacksmith is supposed to stay in character as a person from the 18th century, but we could tell visitors that Blacks are Kangs and that peons are not permitted to pester royalty with pesky questions like why are you dressed like a rich white person.

    • Replies: @Altai
    @Jack D

    Here is the list of demands that were 'rejected' it's never suggested that these theses of demands might be unreasonable by these kinds of articles or that they might be designed to be rejected.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dbLDqYUopei4kvTPc5hm7Mk4r31VLhe-/view?fbclid=IwAR3GpbjwplZ5xyofJVSx1eDvMoAWtfit5hyOKL8LX9XaTgOzJbEggBw95zw

    And here is at least one typical one. So we went from "There were black people in London in the Victorian era! Stop erasing history!" to 50% of the people involved have to be non-white.

    "Increase the percentage of BIPOC directors, assistant directors, stage managers, workshop teachers and vendors to 50 percent."

    That's just one of the 53 demands that were strangely 'rejected'.

    And the one that simplifies things most.

    Establish a clear policy that allows for non-traditional casting in regard to race, gender, and ability for ALL ROLES.
    ○ This includes titular characters such as Mr. Scrooge, Little Dorrit, Father Christmas, and historical figures such as Charles Dickens, royal children, Queen Victoria, etc.
    This policy would be clear that historical BIPOC characters WILL NOT be played by anyone other than a person of their original ethnicity.
    ○ Please see further reading on color-conscious casting:
    ■ There’s No Business Like Show Business: Abandoning Color-Blind Casting and
    Embracing Color-Conscious Casting in American Theatre | The Journal of Sports and
    Entertainment Law
    ■ Colour conscious casting should be prioritized | The Broad
    ■ Stop Blaming History for Your All-White, All-Male Movie | The New York Times

    Replies: @Jack D, @YetAnotherAnon

    , @magilla
    @Jack D


    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks?
     
    They don't want a safe space, they want people to pay attention to them while they, loudly, complain.

    If they really wanted safe spaces, they'd create their own.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Jack D

    Jack, Ah, safe spaces. In SF a hipster restaurant asked three SFPOs to leave the premise because their "heavily armed presence" violated the safe space of their staff and customers. And for once the push back was against the restaurant.

  79. I don’t suppose there were any Enid Blyton books?

    https://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/book-details.php?id=418

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Bill Jones

    https://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/author/illustrations/560high+2770473.jpg


    This is the link I was looking for.

  80. @Wilkey
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    I used to think this was a sad thing, even as my own family stuck almost entirely with the local library or Amazon (or our extended familys' extensive personal libraries) for our own books. Then I went to the local bookstore to get some books for the kids. The kids' "history" section was stuffed with books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a half-dozen other leftist politicians, most of them female.

    In the rest of the kids' section virtually every book that was facing out with the cover visible had a black or brown face on it, and most of them had very ethnic names in the titles. This is in a county where probably 75% of kids (and 95% of the kids who read) are still white. I walked out of the bookstore and decided I'd be just fine if the place burned to the ground.

    Replies: @Jim Lahey, @Sick 'n Tired, @jimmyriddle, @Achmed E. Newman

    Non-Hispanic whites should be a minority of children by 2020, but still the plurality for some decades based on present projections.

    https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2020/demo/p25-1144.pdf

    We visit the local small town library with my 3yo. We check out about a dozen Children’s books per visit, mostly randomly based on the covers because we are in a hurry. We reject books that are obviously Woke propaganda (there are many), but probably 1/3 of those that are not obvious multicultural go-girlism still sneak in some woke themes. So, we read a lot of books about forest animals. There are some classic Children’s books that we own and revisit at home.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Jim Lahey

    'We visit the local small town library with my 3yo. We check out about a dozen Children’s books per visit, mostly randomly based on the covers because we are in a hurry. We reject books that are obviously Woke propaganda (there are many), but probably 1/3 of those that are not obvious multicultural go-girlism still sneak in some woke themes. So, we read a lot of books about forest animals. There are some classic Children’s books that we own and revisit at home.'

    Reminds me of when the Boy was about five or something. We're in the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, and he wants a book. So I point him at the children's librarian and tell him to go ask her.

    So he does. 'Do you have a book on guns and how to use them?'

    To her credit, she paused only momentarily -- then went and found something appropriate.

  81. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    One time I was sitting at a bus stop, waiting for a bus, and this woman came and sat down next to me. She was kind of bedraggled, and looked to be either homeless, or maybe homeless-adjacent. We sat there together in silence for a few minutes, and then suddenly she turned to me and said, "Mister, can I ask you a question?" The question is usually "Can you give me some money?" so I braced myself, silently counted how much cash I had that I could spare, and said, "Sure. What's the question?"

    She suddenly whipped out a copy of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and said, "Can you explain this thing to me? I've read it like three times, and I still don't think I understand it."

    So for the next ninety minutes or so, I sat there at the bus stop and gave an impromptu lecture on Thoreau. I guess in retrospect it was sort of flattering that she thought she could tell by sight that I was the sort of person who could explain Thoreau to her and also had the patience to do it.

    Replies: @Tono Bungay, @AndrewR, @Harry Baldwin, @Uncle Dan

    Did you let the busses pass you by?

  82. @ic1000
    Journalist and author Erin Aubry Kaplan wrote:

    What I resented was not this specific [young, white] couple. It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.
     
    Ms. Kaplan, I have a suggestion to solve your problem. It even plays to your wordsmithing strengths: Write a note to explain your feelings and post it on your front lawn. Here's a start:

    Perusing the books in this Little Free Library is for Black people only. Whites are not welcome on my property or in my neighborhood.
     
    Feel free to add qualifiers for Hispanx, LGBTQs, Antifa, Flight-From-Whiters, and any other groups you loathe a little bit less than regular white folks.

    By educating those regular whites about your real feelings, you're helping our country just as much as you are helping yourself.

    Replies: @Brian Reilly, @magilla, @International Jew

    ic1000, Your recommendation to politely inform people about your target audience is absolutely correct. In any sane world, people would see it, maybe chuckle, nod, grimace, or grin but compliance from white people would be (I think) universal, and without much note.

    Free association. A wonderful idea. Too bad it is illegal.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Brian Reilly

    > compliance from white people would be (I think) universal, and without much note.

    Yes, I think that's right. Beyond that, by clearly stating their anti-white sentiments, Ms. Kaplan and her comrades perform a larger service.

    Nice Progressive white people in the pleasant, wealthy, and Blue suburbs of Rust Belt City fantasize about earning the approval of folks like Kaplan. Animosity and loathing make no sense: she's never even met us!

    So it's refreshing to have Kaplan teach them how to put away childish things. Don't touch my Little Free Library. Get off my lawn. I don't have a dream -- not one that I share with you.

  83. @ic1000
    @Alden

    Here is the obituary that Aubry Kaplan penned for husband in 2015. Love Across the Color Line: Remembering Alan Kaplan. Via Wikipedia, published on KCET's website.

    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew, but perhaps that's just me. I could imagine that it suited her nerdy intellectual lefty high-school-English teacher husband just fine. Aubry credits Alan with managing to get on her nerves just as much. I won't fault somebody for taking love where he or she finds it, and (as seen through her eyes) they had lots of treasured moments together.

    Replies: @Jack D

    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew,

    I don’t think you would find her to be that way in real life. A lot of nuance gets lost in print. She is a mulatta with an insecure racial identity. She can’t really take being black for granted the way that a full blooded African can. In many respects she is (and feels) more white than black but the times (like most times in American history for better or for worse) demand that she publicly define herself as a black person. In other words she is an Oreo. Oreos need to constantly remind themselves (and therefore you) that they are black because if they don’t look in the mirror once in a while they forget. Then they catch a glimpse of themselves and are reminded and then they hate themselves and take it out on you. Being neither one thing or the other is an unfortunate common condition of modernity and is not made easier by others who constantly insist that you must choose sides.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @Jack D

    "I don’t think you would find her[Kaplan] to be that way[fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew] in real life."

    Think again.

    "A lot of nuance gets lost in print."

    Nuance from a grievance-mongering, cultural appropriating mulatta? Now I know you need to think again.

    "She is a mulatta with an insecure racial identity."

    That's her problem; not mine, not now, now ever.

    Maybe you haven't been around as many black women of this ilk as I have. I wish to God Almighty you guys here would quit thinking white when trying to figure out black people's thought processes and motivations. For starters, you can throw logic, reason and nuance right out the window.

    , @SafeNow
    @Jack D


    “constantly remind themselves”
     

    I think the idea has to be that just because she is a “mulatta” does not mean she must surrender to her dna. (My ancestors come from Nottingham - - yes, as in Robin Hood. That does not mean that I must act as a highwayman) Why can’t people “constantly remind themselves”? My herding dog was visibly distressed when guests separated at a backyard party; his impulse was to heard them back together, but he mainly restrained himself. If my dog could do it, …

  84. What are the odds that the couple she wanted to scream at were actually fellow whites like her?

  85. @Bardon Kaldian
    @Colin Wright

    I don't get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.

    Replies: @jon, @Colin Wright

    That’s because you take it at face value that they are saying/doing these things because of a genuine like for Blacks!, and not because they dislike us (they are just the weapon).

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    @jon

    I know this way of thinking, but it is a myth.

    Jews, in the US, have been promoting blacks because of their deluded idealism, not because of their self-interest. If there was an element of self-interest (is it good for Jews?), it was not more than, say, 20% of their motivation in fight for de-segregation. Most of them, including in many ways discarded leftists like S.J. Gould, did it out of humanist idealism, not because they wanted to "subvert the Western civilization".

    The same goes for the likes of Nadine Gordimer in South Africa.

    Just- they never learn. I recall Gould's whining over the facts that blacks dumped them & have developed their own, completely idiotic variant of anti-Judaism. Gould & other liberal-lefty Jews sound exactly like "simps" of the manosphere- men who have discovered that their beloved wifey of 10 years had been whoring around in threesomes & whatnot- and are now paralyzed & shocked.

    Shocked.

    And don't know what to do next.

    That's what you get when you become emotionally attached to wrong people.

  86. @Jack D
    @Altai

    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks? Are they supposed to tell the visitors "no questions allowed*" or give them an index of prohibited topics (no mentioning slavery, Aunt Jemima or Sally Hemings) or what?

    * Again without reading the article, I assume that the interactivity is the whole point like when you go to a "colonial village" or whatever and the blacksmith is supposed to stay in character as a person from the 18th century, but we could tell visitors that Blacks are Kangs and that peons are not permitted to pester royalty with pesky questions like why are you dressed like a rich white person.

    Replies: @Altai, @magilla, @Buffalo Joe

    Here is the list of demands that were ‘rejected’ it’s never suggested that these theses of demands might be unreasonable by these kinds of articles or that they might be designed to be rejected.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dbLDqYUopei4kvTPc5hm7Mk4r31VLhe-/view?fbclid=IwAR3GpbjwplZ5xyofJVSx1eDvMoAWtfit5hyOKL8LX9XaTgOzJbEggBw95zw

    And here is at least one typical one. So we went from “There were black people in London in the Victorian era! Stop erasing history!” to 50% of the people involved have to be non-white.

    “Increase the percentage of BIPOC directors, assistant directors, stage managers, workshop teachers and vendors to 50 percent.”

    That’s just one of the 53 demands that were strangely ‘rejected’.

    And the one that simplifies things most.

    Establish a clear policy that allows for non-traditional casting in regard to race, gender, and ability for ALL ROLES.
    ○ This includes titular characters such as Mr. Scrooge, Little Dorrit, Father Christmas, and historical figures such as Charles Dickens, royal children, Queen Victoria, etc.
    This policy would be clear that historical BIPOC characters WILL NOT be played by anyone other than a person of their original ethnicity.
    ○ Please see further reading on color-conscious casting:
    ■ There’s No Business Like Show Business: Abandoning Color-Blind Casting and
    Embracing Color-Conscious Casting in American Theatre | The Journal of Sports and
    Entertainment Law
    ■ Colour conscious casting should be prioritized | The Broad
    ■ Stop Blaming History for Your All-White, All-Male Movie | The New York Times

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Altai

    Establish a clear policy that allows for non-traditional casting in regard to race, gender, and ability for ALL ROLES.

    ○ This policy would be clear that historical BIPOC characters WILL NOT be played by anyone other than a person of their original ethnicity.

    AI computer explodes due to flawed logic. I love the capitalization of ALL ROLES. Of course by ALL ROLES they mean Queens and such. But BIPOCs are Kangz, who trump mere Queens. No white person must dare impersonate a Kang.

    These "clear policies" are already in effect in the broader society today. Have Queen Victoria played by a crippled black male in a dress? Absolutely yes - what are you some kind of racist/sexist/ableist to forbid this? Have Othello played by a white man in blackface? Are you kidding?

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Altai

    The Victorian writer George Borrow met a Caribbean black on the city wall of Chester, England in 1854. Borrow wasn't impressed at all by him.


    Once did I make the compass of the city upon the walls, and was beginning to do the same a second time, when I stumbled against a black, who, with his arms leaning upon the wall, was spitting over it, in the direction of the river. I apologised, and contrived to enter into conversation with him. He was tolerably well dressed, had a hairy cap on his head, was about forty years of age, and brutishly ugly, his features scarcely resembling those of a human being. He told me he was a native of Antigua, a blacksmith by trade, and had been a slave.

    I asked him if he could speak any language besides English, and received for answer that besides English, he could speak Spanish and French. Forthwith I spoke to him in Spanish, but he did not understand me. I then asked him to speak to me in Spanish, but he could not. “Surely you can tell me the word for water in Spanish,” said I; he, however, was not able. “How is it,” said I, “that, pretending to be acquainted with Spanish, you do not even know the word for water?” He said he could not tell, but supposed that he had forgotten the Spanish language, adding however, that he could speak French perfectly. I spoke to him in French—he did not understand me: I told him to speak to me in French, but he did not. I then asked him the word for bread in French, but he could not tell me.

    I made no observations on his ignorance, but inquired how he liked being a slave? He said not at all; that it was very bad to be a slave, as a slave was forced to work. I asked him if he did not work now that he was free? He said very seldom; that he did not like work, and that it did not agree with him. I asked how he came into England, and he said that wishing to see England, he had come over with a gentleman as his servant, but that as soon as he got there, he had left his master, as he did not like work.

    I asked him how he contrived to live in England without working? He said that any black might live in England without working; that all he had to do was to attend religious meetings, and speak against slavery and the Americans. I asked him if he had done so. He said he had, and that the religious people were very kind to him, and gave him money, and that a religious lady was going to marry him. I asked him if he knew anything about the Americans? He said he did, and that they were very bad people, who kept slaves and flogged them.

    “And quite right too,” said I, “if they are lazy rascals like yourself, who want to eat without working. What a pretty set of knaves or fools must they be, who encourage a fellow like you to speak against negro slavery, of the necessity for which you yourself are a living instance, and against a people of whom you know as much as of French or Spanish.” Then leaving the black, who made no other answer to what I said, than by spitting with considerable force in the direction of the river, I continued making my second compass of the city upon the wall.
     

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too. Slavery had been abolished in Antigua for 20 years by 1854. The quote is from Wild Wales, available free at Gutenberg.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Harry Baldwin, @thud

  87. There are a few of these little libraries around me–never have I seen one in a black neighborhood

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Possumman

    poss, or a BLM sign.

  88. The writer’s feeling about White people coming up to her LittleFreeLibrary sounds like the feeling that I get when black kids get driven to our neighborhood where the houses are nicer and it’s safer to give out and collect Halloween candy. They come up on our lawn too. (I draw the line at no costume – I tell them flat out, “no costume, no candy.”) Sometimes, “get off my lawn” isn’t silent, either!

    Yet, I doubt Mrs.Erin Aubry Kaplan (yes, “Mrs.” – her husband died in ’15) had the same worries as White people such as “hey, I hope that older kid is not casing out the house….” BTW, how White a name is Erin Aubry Kaplan? She sounds like a woke White lady trapped inside a black lady’s body. Must be tough.

    Finally, Peak Stupidity has a post about these LittleFreeLibraries last summer – see “LittleFreeLibraries in the leafy neighborhoods”.

  89. @Reg Cæsar
    These were the creation of the late Todd Bol, of Hudson, Wisconsin, less than a half-hour from St Paul. So the LFL drama miniseries played out in the Twin Cities before it even caught on elsewhere.

    You rarely see them in or even near ghettos there. There is an inverse relationship between chain-link fences and LFLs in any given neighborhood. The few I've seen are poorly kept up-- official LFLs require a steward-- and sometimes emptied by junkies who take them to Half Price Books or wherever for a quick buck.

    In college and tony neighborhoods, these are well-maintained and often have clever themes. Literary gems can now and then be found. In humbler areas, you find all levels of quality, the lower end ones full of paperback novels.

    Once near Lake Nokomis in a nicer part of South Minneapolis, I found a baseball-themed young adult book aimed at a black audience. Inside was a homemade bookmark-- a laminated cannabis leaf. I still have that.

    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors. Note that they don't carry the LFL badge of approval:

    A New Network of Little Free Libraries Stocks Exclusively BIPOC Authors

    https://pyxis.nymag.com/v1/imgs/74c/e92/69fb2eb6d16dc2dd1c1ffb253a04763ffe-amplify-library-3.2x.rvertical.w330.jpg

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Achmed E. Newman, @The Alarmist, @mc23

    I could see that one coming a mile away, and not just because it’s bright yellow. It’s not good enough if it’s not made particularly blackety-black in nature.

    I can’t quite read the purple spine of that book, Reg – not enough resolution. The little library better be filled with comic books and old copies of Roots, if they want to do bidness.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You could always pick up a dozen copies of various “works” of Maya Angelou on a remainder table somewhere and make a worthy donation.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  90. @Brutusale
    @kaganovitch

    The three most virulent, shrieking lefty harpies I know are Catholic women (two Irish, one Italian) married to, then divorced from, Jewish husbands.

    The worst, the Italian one, has to deal with the additional disaster of her only child returning to her from Williams College as a good little conservative who debates her hack government lawyer ass into the ground!

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Gary in Gramercy

    The three most virulent, shrieking lefty harpies I know are Catholic women (two Irish, one Italian) married to, then divorced from, Jewish husbands.

    It might have been interesting to meet the mothers of these boys who married shiksas … must have driven them bat-sh¡t crazy?

    Now that I think about it, imagine bringing a schwarzer-shiksa home to mamme.

  91. This is one of the many reasons why they are intolerable to live with

  92. Still, in 2021, it has become increasingly important to maintain and grow Black space, on its own terms.

    The amount of space everyone has is about what they can afford and there is no particular public interest incorporated into redistributing space between social segments. We might approach a social optimum more closely if the real income of some segments (e.g. low wage workers) was enhanced and the real income of others (parasitic rent-seekers in business, the professions, and government) was diminished. Neither is a racially-delineated segment. How people spend their income is their business.

    Note the borderline mentality in these sorts of discourses. White people are bad when they move out (“white flight”), bad when they move in (“gentrification”), and bad when they do neither (“segregated whitopia”).

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Borderline implies mental illness. This is not the product of mental illness. It is a conscious political strategy to establish a new order, a reverse Jim Crow. Under this new order, black people are royalty and the laws and rules that apply to whites simply do not apply to them. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.

    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Art Deco, @Anon

  93. @Reg Cæsar
    These were the creation of the late Todd Bol, of Hudson, Wisconsin, less than a half-hour from St Paul. So the LFL drama miniseries played out in the Twin Cities before it even caught on elsewhere.

    You rarely see them in or even near ghettos there. There is an inverse relationship between chain-link fences and LFLs in any given neighborhood. The few I've seen are poorly kept up-- official LFLs require a steward-- and sometimes emptied by junkies who take them to Half Price Books or wherever for a quick buck.

    In college and tony neighborhoods, these are well-maintained and often have clever themes. Literary gems can now and then be found. In humbler areas, you find all levels of quality, the lower end ones full of paperback novels.

    Once near Lake Nokomis in a nicer part of South Minneapolis, I found a baseball-themed young adult book aimed at a black audience. Inside was a homemade bookmark-- a laminated cannabis leaf. I still have that.

    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors. Note that they don't carry the LFL badge of approval:

    A New Network of Little Free Libraries Stocks Exclusively BIPOC Authors

    https://pyxis.nymag.com/v1/imgs/74c/e92/69fb2eb6d16dc2dd1c1ffb253a04763ffe-amplify-library-3.2x.rvertical.w330.jpg

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Achmed E. Newman, @The Alarmist, @mc23

    Thanks … I thought BIPOC stood for Bi-polar Persons of Colour.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  94. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Reg Cæsar

    I could see that one coming a mile away, and not just because it's bright yellow. It's not good enough if it's not made particularly blackety-black in nature.

    I can't quite read the purple spine of that book, Reg - not enough resolution. The little library better be filled with comic books and old copies of Roots, if they want to do bidness.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    You could always pick up a dozen copies of various “works” of Maya Angelou on a remainder table somewhere and make a worthy donation.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @The Alarmist

    Heh!

    I might go in the direction of leaving old NRA magazines in there, such as my policy has been while traveling through airports in the NY area. Any of you guys seen the April '15 issue of America's First Freedom in the C Concourse at LaGuardia? I meant to finish that one, but I accidentally left it in the food court.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

  95. @Bill Jones
    I don't suppose there were any Enid Blyton books?

    https://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/book-details.php?id=418

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    This is the link I was looking for.

  96. @Altai
    @Jack D

    Here is the list of demands that were 'rejected' it's never suggested that these theses of demands might be unreasonable by these kinds of articles or that they might be designed to be rejected.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dbLDqYUopei4kvTPc5hm7Mk4r31VLhe-/view?fbclid=IwAR3GpbjwplZ5xyofJVSx1eDvMoAWtfit5hyOKL8LX9XaTgOzJbEggBw95zw

    And here is at least one typical one. So we went from "There were black people in London in the Victorian era! Stop erasing history!" to 50% of the people involved have to be non-white.

    "Increase the percentage of BIPOC directors, assistant directors, stage managers, workshop teachers and vendors to 50 percent."

    That's just one of the 53 demands that were strangely 'rejected'.

    And the one that simplifies things most.

    Establish a clear policy that allows for non-traditional casting in regard to race, gender, and ability for ALL ROLES.
    ○ This includes titular characters such as Mr. Scrooge, Little Dorrit, Father Christmas, and historical figures such as Charles Dickens, royal children, Queen Victoria, etc.
    This policy would be clear that historical BIPOC characters WILL NOT be played by anyone other than a person of their original ethnicity.
    ○ Please see further reading on color-conscious casting:
    ■ There’s No Business Like Show Business: Abandoning Color-Blind Casting and
    Embracing Color-Conscious Casting in American Theatre | The Journal of Sports and
    Entertainment Law
    ■ Colour conscious casting should be prioritized | The Broad
    ■ Stop Blaming History for Your All-White, All-Male Movie | The New York Times

    Replies: @Jack D, @YetAnotherAnon

    Establish a clear policy that allows for non-traditional casting in regard to race, gender, and ability for ALL ROLES.

    ○ This policy would be clear that historical BIPOC characters WILL NOT be played by anyone other than a person of their original ethnicity.

    AI computer explodes due to flawed logic. I love the capitalization of ALL ROLES. Of course by ALL ROLES they mean Queens and such. But BIPOCs are Kangz, who trump mere Queens. No white person must dare impersonate a Kang.

    These “clear policies” are already in effect in the broader society today. Have Queen Victoria played by a crippled black male in a dress? Absolutely yes – what are you some kind of racist/sexist/ableist to forbid this? Have Othello played by a white man in blackface? Are you kidding?

  97. This has got to be the ultimate in cultural appropriation.

    Or am I mistaken and Little Free Libraries have been scattered across Africa since long before Gutenberg stole the idea of movable type from Africans?

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe, Achmed E. Newman, bruce county
  98. @Brutusale
    @kaganovitch

    The three most virulent, shrieking lefty harpies I know are Catholic women (two Irish, one Italian) married to, then divorced from, Jewish husbands.

    The worst, the Italian one, has to deal with the additional disaster of her only child returning to her from Williams College as a good little conservative who debates her hack government lawyer ass into the ground!

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Gary in Gramercy

    Stop the presses!! Stop the presses!! A good conservative coming out of Williams?

    (I thought I was the last one, and I graduated in the 1980’s. As a quick online search will show, the place has deteriorated almost beyond repair. Fortunately for the school, it has a bigger endowment than almost any college of similar size, so there’s a lot of ruin left.)

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Gary in Gramercy

    I think it has more to do with time spent with his federal agent father than Williams. He survived a tony prep school, too. She's beside herself about it.

  99. @Art Deco
    Still, in 2021, it has become increasingly important to maintain and grow Black space, on its own terms.

    The amount of space everyone has is about what they can afford and there is no particular public interest incorporated into redistributing space between social segments. We might approach a social optimum more closely if the real income of some segments (e.g. low wage workers) was enhanced and the real income of others (parasitic rent-seekers in business, the professions, and government) was diminished. Neither is a racially-delineated segment. How people spend their income is their business.

    Note the borderline mentality in these sorts of discourses. White people are bad when they move out ("white flight"), bad when they move in ("gentrification"), and bad when they do neither ("segregated whitopia").

    Replies: @Jack D

    Borderline implies mental illness. This is not the product of mental illness. It is a conscious political strategy to establish a new order, a reverse Jim Crow. Under this new order, black people are royalty and the laws and rules that apply to whites simply do not apply to them. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.

    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.

    • Agree: El Dato
    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.
     
    It's only logically inconsistent when it is proposed as a remedy for "inequality." The remedy for inequality would, of course, be equality - i.e., anyone can play anyone of any race.

    It is, however, logically consistent with if the proposition is that blacks are morally perfect and whites are irredeemably evil, and that both inherit their moral character from their ancestors. This gets said in veiled terms, and when queried by people who are not disposed to it, this proposition is denied.
    , @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Borderline implies mental illness.

    No, 'borderline' is a taxon used for convenience by mental health tradesmen. Schizophrenia is a species of dementia. 'Borderline' personalities are just difficult people who have a certain pattern of dispositions and behavior. (It's a decidedly feminine mode of thought and action). The summary of the borderline's approach to human relations is 'I hate you. Don't leave me' (which applies in re the discussions in question).

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    , @Anon
    @Jack D

    This is why something fast and hard needs to be done in 2024 when the Republican wins. Tweets and photo-ops are not enough.

  100. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    One time I was sitting at a bus stop, waiting for a bus, and this woman came and sat down next to me. She was kind of bedraggled, and looked to be either homeless, or maybe homeless-adjacent. We sat there together in silence for a few minutes, and then suddenly she turned to me and said, "Mister, can I ask you a question?" The question is usually "Can you give me some money?" so I braced myself, silently counted how much cash I had that I could spare, and said, "Sure. What's the question?"

    She suddenly whipped out a copy of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and said, "Can you explain this thing to me? I've read it like three times, and I still don't think I understand it."

    So for the next ninety minutes or so, I sat there at the bus stop and gave an impromptu lecture on Thoreau. I guess in retrospect it was sort of flattering that she thought she could tell by sight that I was the sort of person who could explain Thoreau to her and also had the patience to do it.

    Replies: @Tono Bungay, @AndrewR, @Harry Baldwin, @Uncle Dan

    You had to wait 90 minutes for a bus? That’s unconscionable. Good story, though.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Harry Baldwin


    You had to wait 90 minutes for a bus?
     
    And then three came at once.



    https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1394364996l/4164732.jpg

    Happy St Nick's Day, everyone!





    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81BRgE68XyL._AC_SX466_.jpg

    https://cdn.nos.nl/image/2018/12/02/516471/2048x1152.jpg

    Replies: @Not Raul

  101. @Hypnotoad666
    @Colin Wright

    The author of this piece thinks blacks should live in their own spaces away from white people. The New York Times should be commended for its embrace of this commonsense policy of racial segregation.

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Colin Wright

    Pretty sure if you asked, she and the NYT wouldn’t see it as being reciprocal.

    What’s black is blacks’ but what’s white is ours.

  102. @Jack D
    @Anon7


    All you’d need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.
     
    There are people who eke out a living (or at least make some pocket money) by going thru the shelves of thrift stores and such and finding the titles that have value. The problem is that the vast majority of used books don't have much value. Value depends on rarity so former best sellers (which are by definition the most common sort of books) rarely have any value. There is a whole ecosystem of vendors who deal in used books, ranging from dealers in truly rare books to vendors who compete with Amazon by selling you used copies of recent best sellers for slightly cheaper than new to people who will sell you "books by the yard" that you can use to decorate your shelves (you can order all red books or blue ones, etc.) but ultimately most books are worthless.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    You are correct. I’ve made some pocket money selling used books on Amazon, but I bother mostly to feel guilt-free buying more books for myself. I had a friend who was cleaning out a psychiatrist’s office and invited me to take what I wanted from bookshelves that covered one wall. (Ostentatious displays of books is a thing with psychiatrists.) I knew enough to grab the really obscure ones–“Proceeds of the 16th Annual Conference of Psychotherapist in San Paolo, 1986,” that sort of thing. I ended up making a grand or so.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Harry Baldwin

    Harry, I stopped at a garage sale, found a mint first edition copy of Fredric Remington's "Pony Tracks." Asked how much. The lady said "Ten" I countered with " Five." She said, "If you don't have a dime, take the book." Ten cents gladly given for that treasure.

  103. There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
    In our Whitopia these libraries are as common as “in this house we believe…” yard signs. In fact I can see one set by looking out my front window. There is competition to make these libraries as nice as possible with siding, glass paned windows and doors, gables, real shingles, multiple stories, beautiful paint jobs etc. I feel like competing by making one that has a cappuccino machine inside, an old comfy couch on the sidewalk next to it, and a sign advertising free wi-fi. Let’s see anyone top that.

    • Replies: @res
    @Alfa158


    There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
     
    How did the kerfuffle play out? I would expect them to get more affirmation than pushback in a Whitopia like you describe.

    Replies: @Alfa158

    , @Jack D
    @Alfa158


    when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
     
    If right wingers scoured the Little Libraries for anything left wing or unChristian, they would all be empty. But being censorious on the right would probably get you arrested but I'll bet the "progressives" were applauded by at least some elements of the Left. All you need to do is say that the presence of such right wing books in your community makes you feel "unsafe".
    , @BenjaminL
    @Alfa158

    I often think about how to cope in these situations. I wonder how it would go over to put out books that are fairly highbrow, and also quite reactionary, e.g. Brideshead Revisited; Family and Civilization; Chesterton; De Maistre; Joseph Burnham; Christopher Lasch; Philip Rieff.

    Are the progs literate enough to realize that these books threaten them?

    Replies: @John Johnson

  104. @Altai
    @Jack D

    Here is the list of demands that were 'rejected' it's never suggested that these theses of demands might be unreasonable by these kinds of articles or that they might be designed to be rejected.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dbLDqYUopei4kvTPc5hm7Mk4r31VLhe-/view?fbclid=IwAR3GpbjwplZ5xyofJVSx1eDvMoAWtfit5hyOKL8LX9XaTgOzJbEggBw95zw

    And here is at least one typical one. So we went from "There were black people in London in the Victorian era! Stop erasing history!" to 50% of the people involved have to be non-white.

    "Increase the percentage of BIPOC directors, assistant directors, stage managers, workshop teachers and vendors to 50 percent."

    That's just one of the 53 demands that were strangely 'rejected'.

    And the one that simplifies things most.

    Establish a clear policy that allows for non-traditional casting in regard to race, gender, and ability for ALL ROLES.
    ○ This includes titular characters such as Mr. Scrooge, Little Dorrit, Father Christmas, and historical figures such as Charles Dickens, royal children, Queen Victoria, etc.
    This policy would be clear that historical BIPOC characters WILL NOT be played by anyone other than a person of their original ethnicity.
    ○ Please see further reading on color-conscious casting:
    ■ There’s No Business Like Show Business: Abandoning Color-Blind Casting and
    Embracing Color-Conscious Casting in American Theatre | The Journal of Sports and
    Entertainment Law
    ■ Colour conscious casting should be prioritized | The Broad
    ■ Stop Blaming History for Your All-White, All-Male Movie | The New York Times

    Replies: @Jack D, @YetAnotherAnon

    The Victorian writer George Borrow met a Caribbean black on the city wall of Chester, England in 1854. Borrow wasn’t impressed at all by him.

    Once did I make the compass of the city upon the walls, and was beginning to do the same a second time, when I stumbled against a black, who, with his arms leaning upon the wall, was spitting over it, in the direction of the river. I apologised, and contrived to enter into conversation with him. He was tolerably well dressed, had a hairy cap on his head, was about forty years of age, and brutishly ugly, his features scarcely resembling those of a human being. He told me he was a native of Antigua, a blacksmith by trade, and had been a slave.

    I asked him if he could speak any language besides English, and received for answer that besides English, he could speak Spanish and French. Forthwith I spoke to him in Spanish, but he did not understand me. I then asked him to speak to me in Spanish, but he could not. “Surely you can tell me the word for water in Spanish,” said I; he, however, was not able. “How is it,” said I, “that, pretending to be acquainted with Spanish, you do not even know the word for water?” He said he could not tell, but supposed that he had forgotten the Spanish language, adding however, that he could speak French perfectly. I spoke to him in French—he did not understand me: I told him to speak to me in French, but he did not. I then asked him the word for bread in French, but he could not tell me.

    I made no observations on his ignorance, but inquired how he liked being a slave? He said not at all; that it was very bad to be a slave, as a slave was forced to work. I asked him if he did not work now that he was free? He said very seldom; that he did not like work, and that it did not agree with him. I asked how he came into England, and he said that wishing to see England, he had come over with a gentleman as his servant, but that as soon as he got there, he had left his master, as he did not like work.

    I asked him how he contrived to live in England without working? He said that any black might live in England without working; that all he had to do was to attend religious meetings, and speak against slavery and the Americans. I asked him if he had done so. He said he had, and that the religious people were very kind to him, and gave him money, and that a religious lady was going to marry him. I asked him if he knew anything about the Americans? He said he did, and that they were very bad people, who kept slaves and flogged them.

    “And quite right too,” said I, “if they are lazy rascals like yourself, who want to eat without working. What a pretty set of knaves or fools must they be, who encourage a fellow like you to speak against negro slavery, of the necessity for which you yourself are a living instance, and against a people of whom you know as much as of French or Spanish.” Then leaving the black, who made no other answer to what I said, than by spitting with considerable force in the direction of the river, I continued making my second compass of the city upon the wall.

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too. Slavery had been abolished in Antigua for 20 years by 1854. The quote is from Wild Wales, available free at Gutenberg.

    • Thanks: AndrewR, Alden
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Thanks, YAA. What a find!

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too.

    It's amazing to read 19th-century abolitionist literature. Those people were as progressive as anyone today. They had a better excuse for their naïveté than today's equivalent, though.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    , @thud
    @YetAnotherAnon

    I walk Chester city walls most weeks, Mr Borrow and I seem to have rather a lot in common and not just our recreational walks.

  105. Onward with the Black-Jewish alliance!

    In fact, we ought to have a law, that all “progressive” Jews marry blacks. What better way to fight the evil of segregation?

    As we can see from Mrs. Kaplan’s case this will bring on a new age of racial comity.

  106. @SafeNow
    @Colin Wright

    This tv commercial did not depict the bookless black family as living in a cramped apartment in a black neighborhood. Of course not. It was a very nice home. Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.

    Replies: @Wilkey, @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.

    Barnes & Noble captured the retail book market, and of course Amazon everything else. Now you tend to only see independent bookstores in very affluent areas and my surmise is that they are hobby businesses operated at a loss by the wives of very well-healed white men.

    Local bookstores used to serve as gathering points and clubhouses for various subversive movements, so it seems not to be much of a loss on the whole nowadays.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Barnes & Noble captured the retail book market, and of course Amazon everything else. Now you tend to only see independent bookstores in very affluent areas and my surmise is that they are hobby businesses operated at a loss by the wives of very well-healed white men.

    B&N has an unspoken business model which is giving White women a quiet and safe space where only educated men will hit on them.

    Kind of what the library should be which is a place to read but without hobos looking at porn.

    I probably just inspired a book about how B&N is racist.

    , @Anonymous
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    My local bookstore has slowly turned into a café with bookselling as a sideline.

  107. @Altai
    An adjacent situation. Why are there so many white people at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Fran?

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1467271012165173248

    https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1467275572971671552

    By all those exceptionally rude racist middle class white and Asian hipsters in the Bay Area no doubt! Or might this be another example of the conflict of middle class black female SJWs being unable to reconcile their love of something Western and white, like Victorian and Edwardian fashion, with the reality of where it came from and being disruptive and making things about them when they enter a place they aren't exactly helpful in? Do people really want the experience of a very large black woman with an American accent with blood red dyed hair as part of their 'Great Dickens Christmas Fair'. I'm sure it's not nice to have the occasional somewhat clueless but well-meaning person inquire about your role and if you're a slave but to go nuclear on it and declare the place has a problem with racism is absurd.

    So many hobbies and subcultures that tattooed neon hairs have ruined. Because in reality 'tattooed neon hair' is code for BPD or some other cluster B disorder and that's just what they do.

    Tumblr was a cancer because it allowed people like that to congregate in large numbers and build fandoms etc to inflict themselves into in the real world as well as introduce them to post-modern SJWism that they took up as a great crusade onto broader social media. The drama must flow.

    This is apparently what it looked like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF74yeEi-X4

    Replies: @Jack D, @Arclight, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Pericles

    There has to be a tipping point at which a majority of the public is tired of the insanely high maintenance demands of POC and trans advocates. These people are all just so tiresome and think the world revolves around them, it’s hard to believe this can go on much longer.

  108. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Borderline implies mental illness. This is not the product of mental illness. It is a conscious political strategy to establish a new order, a reverse Jim Crow. Under this new order, black people are royalty and the laws and rules that apply to whites simply do not apply to them. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.

    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Art Deco, @Anon

    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.

    It’s only logically inconsistent when it is proposed as a remedy for “inequality.” The remedy for inequality would, of course, be equality – i.e., anyone can play anyone of any race.

    It is, however, logically consistent with if the proposition is that blacks are morally perfect and whites are irredeemably evil, and that both inherit their moral character from their ancestors. This gets said in veiled terms, and when queried by people who are not disposed to it, this proposition is denied.

  109. @Jack D
    @ic1000


    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew,
     
    I don't think you would find her to be that way in real life. A lot of nuance gets lost in print. She is a mulatta with an insecure racial identity. She can't really take being black for granted the way that a full blooded African can. In many respects she is (and feels) more white than black but the times (like most times in American history for better or for worse) demand that she publicly define herself as a black person. In other words she is an Oreo. Oreos need to constantly remind themselves (and therefore you) that they are black because if they don't look in the mirror once in a while they forget. Then they catch a glimpse of themselves and are reminded and then they hate themselves and take it out on you. Being neither one thing or the other is an unfortunate common condition of modernity and is not made easier by others who constantly insist that you must choose sides.

    Replies: @Kylie, @SafeNow

    “I don’t think you would find her[Kaplan] to be that way[fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew] in real life.”

    Think again.

    “A lot of nuance gets lost in print.”

    Nuance from a grievance-mongering, cultural appropriating mulatta? Now I know you need to think again.

    “She is a mulatta with an insecure racial identity.”

    That’s her problem; not mine, not now, now ever.

    Maybe you haven’t been around as many black women of this ilk as I have. I wish to God Almighty you guys here would quit thinking white when trying to figure out black people’s thought processes and motivations. For starters, you can throw logic, reason and nuance right out the window.

    • Agree: magilla, Alden
  110. On the other hand, as we all know, no whites have ever been run off the land they lived on by violent crime.

    Or by gentrification, which hits poor whites at least as hard as non-whites. I myself can no longer afford to live in my own hometown of Mesa, AZ, due in no small part to (relatively) well-to-do Commiefornians raping the housing market here and elsewhere in the mountain West. Just a few years ago, I was given the bum’s rush at the end of my lease by a new management company event though I had lived at my complex for five years and paid my rent early the whole time. This is happening across the West to white locals even in in lily-white towns like Boise and Butte.

    • Replies: @CCZ
    @Herbert R. Tarlek, Jr.

    White people be moving!!!! "Boise is Now the Least Affordable Housing Market in the United States" (December 7, 2021)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsD3QQv3sJA

  111. @ThreeCranes
    @Ralph L

    I've surveyed more than a few sites of fatal automobile accidents for the purpose of determining whether vegetation which had originally been planted by homeowners had grown to such an extent that it impinged upon county right-of-way. Had it done so, the county--your county, the one which you support with your taxes--would have been sued in court for having been negligent in maintaining lines of sight or, in one particularly tragic case, having allowed a tree, which then, at the time, was two feet in diameter at the trunk, to have grown across that imaginary line which constitutes the edge of public property. In that particular case, four teenagers, on prom night, had left the road at eighty miles an hour, airborne, and smashed headlong into the tree three feet above ground level, at the end of a Tee intersection. Luckily, for us--if one can use such an expression is a case such as this one--the tree trunk had not yet grown into the public right of way--by about one inch. Otherwise, lawsuit time.

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don't want to do it. They're homeowners, just like you, and sympathize with your plight. Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    Replies: @Jack D, @res, @John Johnson, @Ralph L

    Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    Have to remember that one. Thanks. (but what would be scissors in that analogy? ; )

  112. Look all ya like at my books Whitey, jus’ be on your way out of my ‘hood by sundown.

  113. @Alfa158
    There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
    In our Whitopia these libraries are as common as “in this house we believe…” yard signs. In fact I can see one set by looking out my front window. There is competition to make these libraries as nice as possible with siding, glass paned windows and doors, gables, real shingles, multiple stories, beautiful paint jobs etc. I feel like competing by making one that has a cappuccino machine inside, an old comfy couch on the sidewalk next to it, and a sign advertising free wi-fi. Let’s see anyone top that.

    Replies: @res, @Jack D, @BenjaminL

    There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.

    How did the kerfuffle play out? I would expect them to get more affirmation than pushback in a Whitopia like you describe.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    @res

    No, the SJW weren’t doing it in my Whitopia, I just saw a screen-capture of the tweets. Most people here would approve. The few people with conservative and/or evangelical leanings where I live are, like me, smart enough to keep them secret. The closest I saw last year to a Trump sign was a few scattered signs saying “thank you (our city police department)”. It would have been an interesting experiment to have put up a Trump sign and use a stop-watch to time how long it would stay up. People living in a neighborhood where the average single family home sale price is $2.5M wouldn’t put up with it.

    Replies: @res

  114. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Borderline implies mental illness. This is not the product of mental illness. It is a conscious political strategy to establish a new order, a reverse Jim Crow. Under this new order, black people are royalty and the laws and rules that apply to whites simply do not apply to them. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.

    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Art Deco, @Anon

    Borderline implies mental illness.

    No, ‘borderline’ is a taxon used for convenience by mental health tradesmen. Schizophrenia is a species of dementia. ‘Borderline’ personalities are just difficult people who have a certain pattern of dispositions and behavior. (It’s a decidedly feminine mode of thought and action). The summary of the borderline’s approach to human relations is ‘I hate you. Don’t leave me’ (which applies in re the discussions in question).

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    @Art Deco

    If you mean BPD- no. This is the worst of personality disorders.

    An acquaintance of mine, an academic painter, was diagnosed with BPD. He was on medications, but it was not efficient enough. One Sunday afternoon, he had been dosing on a couch, his wife next to him. Then, he felt an irresistible force (later, he talked about it to me in detail). No questions, no moral dilemma, no fear, no despair, no nothing. Like a zombie, he knew he had to do it. He found a rope & went downstairs to their garden, where he hanged himself on their plum tree. He immediately lost consciousness.

    But, his wife felt that he was not lying by herself, got up & looked through the window & saw him. She swiftly went to him & held him up, crying for help. Their neighbor jumped across the fence, so they untied the knot & put him on the ground. Later, he told me, he felt he was “coming” out of nowhere, but had enough strength only to say: water. They poured water on him, he regained consciousness & spent the next two months in a psychiatric ward.

    Now, he’s good & on different meds. This happened ca. 10 years ago.

    So, there are extremely different situations. Poor health, psychological pain a person cannot endure anymore .....

  115. @fnn
    A black woman named Erin? Probably had a white mother and a black father.

    Replies: @Alden, @Reg Cæsar

    No, both parents high yaller generations of the black bourgeoisie. Owned a string of news papers civil rights activists

  116. @Anon7
    Those have been around for at least five years in my town. All I could think of was "free money!" All you'd need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.

    Of course these days, most of the books in your little library are worthless; nobody wants them, just like nobody particularly wants CDs or video cassettes.

    I'm guessing little libraries mostly just offer a great opportunity to one-up or impress the neighbors:

    "Why yes, that's my copy of Infinite Jest. Wonderful book, thought I'd give someone else a crack at it."

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Achmed E. Newman

    There’s a place called ‘The Book Thing’ in Baltimore. Located on a random street in Baltimore’s (dire) ghetto, it stocks thousands of books, nice old hardcover books, paperbacks, art books, you name it.

    There’s a dock where (nice, white) people drop off boxes full of these books. They want the locals to come in and discover the pleasures of reading. Then there are the rooms where the books are carefully organized, like a quality indy book store. The books are all free. Take what you want, put them in your car, and off you go.

    I picked up several Le Carre hardcovers, the complete Shelby Foote Civil War, a brand new copy of A Man in Full. I wanted to go along with the spirit of the thing, so I brought some books of my own to donate.

    I saw maybe three or four blacks looking at books on the two occasions I visited. There were a few whites shamelessly loading up boxes of books, clearly intended for sale on ebay or whatever, but the neighborhood blegs couldn’t even be bothered to do that.

    Good luck to this woman with her little library. She should put ‘How to be a Racist Antiracist’ in there, or ‘White Frivolity,’ so people can put them on their shelves and pretend they read them, too.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Ghost, our town library has two annual book sales, members like me, get first dibs on the opening night. It appalls me that people come in with rolling carts and sweep whole sections off the tables. Purpose of the sale is to raise money, but I don't think it should be the go to source for re-sale.

    , @PaceLaw
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Thanks for the tip! I also live in the suburban Baltimore region and had never heard of this store. It sounds too good to be true but it’s a real thing. I will definitely be checking it out soon.

    https://bookthing.org/

    , @Pericles
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    I had to look this up, and Book Thing can be seen on Google Maps. It's on Vineyard Lane and is "open just once a month". Well. There are furthermore two other bookstores quite nearby. Who would have thought this about the ghetto? Meanwhile, my old favorites are dropping one by one.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

  117. @AndrewR
    @kaganovitch

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this "person"

    Replies: @Alden, @kaganovitch

    Kaplan was a Jewish Civil Rights activist Long teen marriage and partnership in anti White activitism.

  118. @Altai
    An adjacent situation. Why are there so many white people at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Fran?

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1467271012165173248

    https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1467275572971671552

    By all those exceptionally rude racist middle class white and Asian hipsters in the Bay Area no doubt! Or might this be another example of the conflict of middle class black female SJWs being unable to reconcile their love of something Western and white, like Victorian and Edwardian fashion, with the reality of where it came from and being disruptive and making things about them when they enter a place they aren't exactly helpful in? Do people really want the experience of a very large black woman with an American accent with blood red dyed hair as part of their 'Great Dickens Christmas Fair'. I'm sure it's not nice to have the occasional somewhat clueless but well-meaning person inquire about your role and if you're a slave but to go nuclear on it and declare the place has a problem with racism is absurd.

    So many hobbies and subcultures that tattooed neon hairs have ruined. Because in reality 'tattooed neon hair' is code for BPD or some other cluster B disorder and that's just what they do.

    Tumblr was a cancer because it allowed people like that to congregate in large numbers and build fandoms etc to inflict themselves into in the real world as well as introduce them to post-modern SJWism that they took up as a great crusade onto broader social media. The drama must flow.

    This is apparently what it looked like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF74yeEi-X4

    Replies: @Jack D, @Arclight, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Pericles

    We went to that every year. The girls loved it. The boys not so much.

    • Replies: @Altai
    @Alden


    The girls loved it. The boys not so much.
     
    And that's key to why it's now being held hostage to Tumblr madness. It's really about period dress and the women are really fans of Jane Austen or Bronte novels not Dickens.

    All essentially female spaces fall prey to this same dynamic, the Tumblr cultists come in and perform the same drama and takeover. (Or implode the whole thing as may occur here) As social media has become a female space, wokeness has rode through it. It's essentially about what is or isn't 'okay' and social ostracism and social aggression are things which are of great innate interest to women and particularly young and adolescent women. Men don't care about it so much. (They're busy watching and thinking about fictional violence and warfare like sports)

    Replies: @Alden

  119. @Prof. Woland
    @Prof. Woland

    I saw two movies this year regarding Germans who were putting out anti-Nazi propaganda for other Germans to read. One was Hans und Sophie Scholl. It was German and had subtitles. And the other was Alone in Berlin with Emma Thompson. Both movies had similar endings; meaning they were caught and got shot.

    We should take a page out of their book so to speak by leaving subversive books in the birdhouses. It would be a great way to enlighten some of the neighbors. Not only would it help upgrade their reading material but it would plant the idea that there are others like us out there. Another way of doing it would be to put form letters in the pages of the books. You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato, @Ralph L

    Hans und Sophie Scholl.

    I saw that 2 years ago. The final guillotining scene still freaks me out.

  120. @Art Deco
    @Jack D

    Borderline implies mental illness.

    No, 'borderline' is a taxon used for convenience by mental health tradesmen. Schizophrenia is a species of dementia. 'Borderline' personalities are just difficult people who have a certain pattern of dispositions and behavior. (It's a decidedly feminine mode of thought and action). The summary of the borderline's approach to human relations is 'I hate you. Don't leave me' (which applies in re the discussions in question).

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    If you mean BPD- no. This is the worst of personality disorders.

    An acquaintance of mine, an academic painter, was diagnosed with BPD. He was on medications, but it was not efficient enough. One Sunday afternoon, he had been dosing on a couch, his wife next to him. Then, he felt an irresistible force (later, he talked about it to me in detail). No questions, no moral dilemma, no fear, no despair, no nothing. Like a zombie, he knew he had to do it. He found a rope & went downstairs to their garden, where he hanged himself on their plum tree. He immediately lost consciousness.

    But, his wife felt that he was not lying by herself, got up & looked through the window & saw him. She swiftly went to him & held him up, crying for help. Their neighbor jumped across the fence, so they untied the knot & put him on the ground. Later, he told me, he felt he was “coming” out of nowhere, but had enough strength only to say: water. They poured water on him, he regained consciousness & spent the next two months in a psychiatric ward.

    Now, he’s good & on different meds. This happened ca. 10 years ago.

    So, there are extremely different situations. Poor health, psychological pain a person cannot endure anymore …..

  121. @Alfa158
    There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
    In our Whitopia these libraries are as common as “in this house we believe…” yard signs. In fact I can see one set by looking out my front window. There is competition to make these libraries as nice as possible with siding, glass paned windows and doors, gables, real shingles, multiple stories, beautiful paint jobs etc. I feel like competing by making one that has a cappuccino machine inside, an old comfy couch on the sidewalk next to it, and a sign advertising free wi-fi. Let’s see anyone top that.

    Replies: @res, @Jack D, @BenjaminL

    when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.

    If right wingers scoured the Little Libraries for anything left wing or unChristian, they would all be empty. But being censorious on the right would probably get you arrested but I’ll bet the “progressives” were applauded by at least some elements of the Left. All you need to do is say that the presence of such right wing books in your community makes you feel “unsafe”.

  122. Ms Kaplan …spotted the little libraries ‘on my walks through upscale, largely white neighborhoods’, because Ms Kaplan wouldn’t be caught dead walking in a black neighborhood. Take that to the bank.

  123. I wonder if they’ll make leaving books on your lawn an “attractive nuisance”, since it clearly attracts the wrong kind of people to town.

  124. That’s strange. She calls it her idea, yet stressed how they popped up in upscale white areas. It’s not her idea and she should be hopeful that maybe a few whites might venture into the neighborhood and help bring back property values. All the quaint Mexican and black areas were once white. This goes for south LA and San Fernando too. I hardly recognize the Valley anymore. I live in Missouri now and the encroachment continues here too.

  125. @Wilkey
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    I used to think this was a sad thing, even as my own family stuck almost entirely with the local library or Amazon (or our extended familys' extensive personal libraries) for our own books. Then I went to the local bookstore to get some books for the kids. The kids' "history" section was stuffed with books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a half-dozen other leftist politicians, most of them female.

    In the rest of the kids' section virtually every book that was facing out with the cover visible had a black or brown face on it, and most of them had very ethnic names in the titles. This is in a county where probably 75% of kids (and 95% of the kids who read) are still white. I walked out of the bookstore and decided I'd be just fine if the place burned to the ground.

    Replies: @Jim Lahey, @Sick 'n Tired, @jimmyriddle, @Achmed E. Newman

    I was in a Barnes & Noble for the first time in a few years and noticed the same thing, not just in the kids section either. I usually buy my books at Goodwill, flea markets/yard sales, or when the local library has their annual book sales.

  126. @Ed
    @Alden

    I stumbled on a video from the early 70s of Compton transitioning from white to black. Evidently some issues are timeless. Black middle class moves in, followed by lower class of blacks, whites move out, crime and mayhem follow.

    https://youtu.be/eQWpD_Qr6Jc

    Replies: @Sick 'n Tired

    50 years laters and the only thing changed would be the outrage and cries of racism directed at the tv station for reporting on this.

  127. Let’s just get to the end game already.

    Reading is racist.

    Lock up anyone that makes literary references and burn the books like in Fahrenheit 4..50…..ah damn it.

  128. I have always found it odd that the very same whites who move into trending, gentrified neighborhoods, immediately start wringing their hands and clutching their pearls about white’s invading black spaces.

    It’s not WHITES, it’s YOU.

  129. @Wilkey
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    I used to think this was a sad thing, even as my own family stuck almost entirely with the local library or Amazon (or our extended familys' extensive personal libraries) for our own books. Then I went to the local bookstore to get some books for the kids. The kids' "history" section was stuffed with books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a half-dozen other leftist politicians, most of them female.

    In the rest of the kids' section virtually every book that was facing out with the cover visible had a black or brown face on it, and most of them had very ethnic names in the titles. This is in a county where probably 75% of kids (and 95% of the kids who read) are still white. I walked out of the bookstore and decided I'd be just fine if the place burned to the ground.

    Replies: @Jim Lahey, @Sick 'n Tired, @jimmyriddle, @Achmed E. Newman

    • LOL: Calvin Hobbes
  130. @ThreeCranes
    @Ralph L

    I've surveyed more than a few sites of fatal automobile accidents for the purpose of determining whether vegetation which had originally been planted by homeowners had grown to such an extent that it impinged upon county right-of-way. Had it done so, the county--your county, the one which you support with your taxes--would have been sued in court for having been negligent in maintaining lines of sight or, in one particularly tragic case, having allowed a tree, which then, at the time, was two feet in diameter at the trunk, to have grown across that imaginary line which constitutes the edge of public property. In that particular case, four teenagers, on prom night, had left the road at eighty miles an hour, airborne, and smashed headlong into the tree three feet above ground level, at the end of a Tee intersection. Luckily, for us--if one can use such an expression is a case such as this one--the tree trunk had not yet grown into the public right of way--by about one inch. Otherwise, lawsuit time.

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don't want to do it. They're homeowners, just like you, and sympathize with your plight. Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    Replies: @Jack D, @res, @John Johnson, @Ralph L

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don’t want to do it.

    I don’t bother trimming right of way that is blocking line of sight or a walking path. Too much of a hassle.

    Reminds me that I need to go spray some bushes and small trees with a 50% glyphosate/ salt mix. Takes about 2 minutes.

  131. In one of those little libraries I found a book on the blight that almost took down the French Wine Grape Industry written by a botanist….

    I also took home some interesting history books…..

    Found a book on sailboat keels…

    Found a book on hyper dimensional….interdimensional..…exotic matter supersymmetric stringy wormhole sewage treatment plants…I reached in to grab it…got sucked in and found myself sitting in a pub in Dingle Ireland…right next to Michael Collins who said to me:”Fucking African Negros in Dingle walking around all day…Who the Fuck ordered this shit?”….I exclaimed:”‘well Michael….The ADL ordered it to honor the memory of Leo Frank….Leo Frank…you eard of em? Blimey…he liked to rape and kill 13 year old Irish Factory Girls….”

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @War for Blair Mountain

    That's the plot for "Interstellar II: How deep does the Black Hole go?"

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain

  132. @ic1000
    Journalist and author Erin Aubry Kaplan wrote:

    What I resented was not this specific [young, white] couple. It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.
     
    Ms. Kaplan, I have a suggestion to solve your problem. It even plays to your wordsmithing strengths: Write a note to explain your feelings and post it on your front lawn. Here's a start:

    Perusing the books in this Little Free Library is for Black people only. Whites are not welcome on my property or in my neighborhood.
     
    Feel free to add qualifiers for Hispanx, LGBTQs, Antifa, Flight-From-Whiters, and any other groups you loathe a little bit less than regular white folks.

    By educating those regular whites about your real feelings, you're helping our country just as much as you are helping yourself.

    Replies: @Brian Reilly, @magilla, @International Jew

    It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.

    Throw empty liquor bottles, Hot Cheetos bags, and Swisher Sweet packages on the lawn. Set up a recorded loop of black women screaming, gunshots, and Drill music. Only stock books written by black female authors praising criminals. Encase the entire thing in steel bars like ghetto Coke machines.

    That should about do it.

    • LOL: Corvinus
  133. @fnn
    A black woman named Erin? Probably had a white mother and a black father.

    Replies: @Alden, @Reg Cæsar

    A black woman named Erin? Probably had a white mother and a black father.

    This Erin is neither black nor female, and won his country’s popular vote but didn’t take office:

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    With all due respect, this fellow and his family look like they are running for mayor of Toledo, not Prime Minister of one of the largest (by area) countries in the world. They look like they shop at JC Penney and eat at the Golden Corral. Get them some personal trainers and a fashion consultant and maybe next time they will win. Whatever you think of Trudeau's politics, at least he looks classy.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  134. @ThreeCranes
    @Ralph L

    I've surveyed more than a few sites of fatal automobile accidents for the purpose of determining whether vegetation which had originally been planted by homeowners had grown to such an extent that it impinged upon county right-of-way. Had it done so, the county--your county, the one which you support with your taxes--would have been sued in court for having been negligent in maintaining lines of sight or, in one particularly tragic case, having allowed a tree, which then, at the time, was two feet in diameter at the trunk, to have grown across that imaginary line which constitutes the edge of public property. In that particular case, four teenagers, on prom night, had left the road at eighty miles an hour, airborne, and smashed headlong into the tree three feet above ground level, at the end of a Tee intersection. Luckily, for us--if one can use such an expression is a case such as this one--the tree trunk had not yet grown into the public right of way--by about one inch. Otherwise, lawsuit time.

    Yes, its horrible when they trim your trees or bushes but believe it or not, they don't want to do it. They're homeowners, just like you, and sympathize with your plight. Nevertheless, lawyers cover engineers like paper over rock.

    Replies: @Jack D, @res, @John Johnson, @Ralph L

    My grandmother said that before the junipers were there, cars leaving downtown would sometimes not follow the curve and end up on the lawn. Forty years ago, they moved the road several feet away from the plants when they turned the cross street into our main state thoroughfare. The city didn’t touch my neighbor’s shrubbery that actually obscures sight-lines at an intersection with frequent collisions. A local tycoon left them money to plant trees along roads all over town, and they don’t seem worried about liability.

  135. I was wondering what to do with my old copy of Mein Kampf.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Bardon Kaldlan


    I was wondering what to do with my old copy of Mein Kampf.
     
    Photocopy the dust jacket and use the copies to cover several innocuous old books. Re stock the little libraries all over town.

    Replies: @JMcG

  136. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Anon7

    There's a place called 'The Book Thing' in Baltimore. Located on a random street in Baltimore's (dire) ghetto, it stocks thousands of books, nice old hardcover books, paperbacks, art books, you name it.

    There's a dock where (nice, white) people drop off boxes full of these books. They want the locals to come in and discover the pleasures of reading. Then there are the rooms where the books are carefully organized, like a quality indy book store. The books are all free. Take what you want, put them in your car, and off you go.

    I picked up several Le Carre hardcovers, the complete Shelby Foote Civil War, a brand new copy of A Man in Full. I wanted to go along with the spirit of the thing, so I brought some books of my own to donate.

    I saw maybe three or four blacks looking at books on the two occasions I visited. There were a few whites shamelessly loading up boxes of books, clearly intended for sale on ebay or whatever, but the neighborhood blegs couldn't even be bothered to do that.

    Good luck to this woman with her little library. She should put 'How to be a Racist Antiracist' in there, or 'White Frivolity,' so people can put them on their shelves and pretend they read them, too.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @PaceLaw, @Pericles

    Ghost, our town library has two annual book sales, members like me, get first dibs on the opening night. It appalls me that people come in with rolling carts and sweep whole sections off the tables. Purpose of the sale is to raise money, but I don’t think it should be the go to source for re-sale.

  137. @SafeNow

    These days, lots of people own more books than they have room for in their houses.
     
    Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial. I seldom watch these woke commercials, but I happened to notice this one. In the living room, there was a shelving unit, but no books. You would think the woke producers who create commercials would realize the special importance of placing a row of books on the shelves of this family. Maybe they were thinking “books are an outdated, racist white thing; cool is you only read on a tablet or phone.”

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Buffalo Joe

    Safe, whenever CNN or MSNBC interviews a White commentator, 9 times out of ten they are seated in front of their home library shelves.

  138. @Jack D
    @ic1000


    She comes off as a fingernails-on-blackboard racialist shrew,
     
    I don't think you would find her to be that way in real life. A lot of nuance gets lost in print. She is a mulatta with an insecure racial identity. She can't really take being black for granted the way that a full blooded African can. In many respects she is (and feels) more white than black but the times (like most times in American history for better or for worse) demand that she publicly define herself as a black person. In other words she is an Oreo. Oreos need to constantly remind themselves (and therefore you) that they are black because if they don't look in the mirror once in a while they forget. Then they catch a glimpse of themselves and are reminded and then they hate themselves and take it out on you. Being neither one thing or the other is an unfortunate common condition of modernity and is not made easier by others who constantly insist that you must choose sides.

    Replies: @Kylie, @SafeNow

    “constantly remind themselves”

    I think the idea has to be that just because she is a “mulatta” does not mean she must surrender to her dna. (My ancestors come from Nottingham – – yes, as in Robin Hood. That does not mean that I must act as a highwayman) Why can’t people “constantly remind themselves”? My herding dog was visibly distressed when guests separated at a backyard party; his impulse was to heard them back together, but he mainly restrained himself. If my dog could do it, …

  139. @Alden
    Erin Kaplan is 1/8 black 7/8 White. Her family is generations of high yaller black bourgeoisie. Father owns or owned a chain of black newspapers in the infamous S Central LA and all the crime ridden black southern suburbs of Los Angeles. Carson Compton Linwood and the rest. Husband is an ultra liberal Jew. They must be pushing 70. That generation of social justice warriors. Except for Obama's mom was mostly Jewish women black men. Kaplan’s are the reverse.
    She had weekly columns in LA Weekly. The journal of ultra liberal opinion funded through prostitution ads. Also endless articles in the LA Slimes.

    Really full of herself that she managed to snag a White man. One of her main complaints was that the black ghetto town of Inglewood where they lived didn’t have fine dining restaurants. Years of articles about that. “”” Inglewood is an affluent city. It’s only discrimination we don’t have fine dining. “. Inglewood was not entirely welfare, like Compton true.

    But everyone knows how blacks behave in sit down restaurants. Dine and dash, endless complaints and demands for special things and extras, loud screeching , raucous laughter, not just no tipping but vicious harassment of waiters. Then there’s robbing customers and employees in the parking lot.

    She and husband attended many of his Jewish family events. She always wrote columns about the racism of his relatives.

    You could find all her columns online Steve. And have a years worth of blogs posting them so we could make fun of them.

    Inglewood like the southern part of LA and the rest of the southern suburbs was early 20 th century White working lower middle class paradise. Comedian Steve Martin grew up in Inglewood. 2 Presidents, Bush 1 and 2 lived in Compton. Low crime high or just normal for Whites school test scores. Nice little towns

    But then the Black Plague arrived. Now the Hispanics have gentrified those towns. Crime is lower. School test scores aren’t all that great. But the schools are much safer.

    Kaplan also endlessly complained about the destruction of those black neighborhoods by change in demographics. Failing to mention those towns were all White till about 1960. When blacks drove Whites out by the usual terrorist tactics and strategy.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Ed, @Nachum, @Buffalo Joe, @Paperback Writer

    Alden, I clicked on “Thanks” but this is beyond just a thanks, good to know more about these woke authors.

  140. @Reg Cæsar
    @fnn


    A black woman named Erin? Probably had a white mother and a black father.
     
    This Erin is neither black nor female, and won his country's popular vote but didn't take office:


    https://images.thestar.com/h5O3mtalBJG2_P5AqlCNh0JyBpw=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1598311511872)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/politics/federal/2020/08/24/erin-otoole-wins-conservative-party-leadership-a-full-transcript-of-his-victory-speech/otoole.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

    With all due respect, this fellow and his family look like they are running for mayor of Toledo, not Prime Minister of one of the largest (by area) countries in the world. They look like they shop at JC Penney and eat at the Golden Corral. Get them some personal trainers and a fashion consultant and maybe next time they will win. Whatever you think of Trudeau’s politics, at least he looks classy.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jack D


    They look like they shop at JC Penney and eat at the Golden Corral.
     
    In Canada, that would be at the Bay and Swiss Chalet.

    Victor Davis Hanson was first impressed by Trump as a candidate when a farmer friend told of meeting him at one of his early campaign visits to their area. (Obviously for the GOP primary.) The Donald wore his trademark business suit. Why do otherwise? (We'll, okay... it was hot.)
  141. @Harry Baldwin
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    You had to wait 90 minutes for a bus? That's unconscionable. Good story, though.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    You had to wait 90 minutes for a bus?

    And then three came at once.

    Happy St Nick’s Day, everyone!

    • Thanks: Not Raul
    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Not Raul
    @Reg Cæsar

    I forgot that it was today.

    Is there still time to put out my boots?

    https://m.dw.com/en/why-st-nicholas-puts-candy-in-boots/a-18889948

  142. @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    With all due respect, this fellow and his family look like they are running for mayor of Toledo, not Prime Minister of one of the largest (by area) countries in the world. They look like they shop at JC Penney and eat at the Golden Corral. Get them some personal trainers and a fashion consultant and maybe next time they will win. Whatever you think of Trudeau's politics, at least he looks classy.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    They look like they shop at JC Penney and eat at the Golden Corral.

    In Canada, that would be at the Bay and Swiss Chalet.

    Victor Davis Hanson was first impressed by Trump as a candidate when a farmer friend told of meeting him at one of his early campaign visits to their area. (Obviously for the GOP primary.) The Donald wore his trademark business suit. Why do otherwise? (We’ll, okay… it was hot.)

    • Thanks: Not Raul
  143. @Joe S.Walker
    The Velvet Underground was a pseudo-sociological porn book, and the band named themselves after a copy that a friend of theirs had picked up off the sidewalk in New York. It wouldn't have been the same if he'd found it in a Little Free Library.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The Velvet Underground was a pseudo-sociological porn book…

    They all had to be, in those days. Something about “redeeming social value”.

    A shipmate once read a copy of Her Bestial Dreams I had found somewhere and gave to him. A heartwarming story of love between girl and Doberman. He
    said it kept referring to “the counterculture” without further explanation. It also changed style markedly about halfway through.

    Having already read Donald Westlake’s Adios, Scheherezade, I could tell him exactly why. The hired hack author was replaced by another.

    If you ever read this book, count the number of chapters, and the number of pages in each. It will be revelatory.

  144. @Gary in Gramercy
    @Brutusale

    Stop the presses!! Stop the presses!! A good conservative coming out of Williams?

    (I thought I was the last one, and I graduated in the 1980's. As a quick online search will show, the place has deteriorated almost beyond repair. Fortunately for the school, it has a bigger endowment than almost any college of similar size, so there's a lot of ruin left.)

    Replies: @Brutusale

    I think it has more to do with time spent with his federal agent father than Williams. He survived a tony prep school, too. She’s beside herself about it.

  145. @Harry Baldwin
    @Jack D

    You are correct. I've made some pocket money selling used books on Amazon, but I bother mostly to feel guilt-free buying more books for myself. I had a friend who was cleaning out a psychiatrist's office and invited me to take what I wanted from bookshelves that covered one wall. (Ostentatious displays of books is a thing with psychiatrists.) I knew enough to grab the really obscure ones--"Proceeds of the 16th Annual Conference of Psychotherapist in San Paolo, 1986," that sort of thing. I ended up making a grand or so.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Harry, I stopped at a garage sale, found a mint first edition copy of Fredric Remington’s “Pony Tracks.” Asked how much. The lady said “Ten” I countered with ” Five.” She said, “If you don’t have a dime, take the book.” Ten cents gladly given for that treasure.

    • Thanks: Corvinus
  146. Kaplan sounds like a Jewish name.

    She also writes like a Jewish woman. The prose is well written but the content is whiny.

  147. @Ralph L
    Did she say what books she put in the library? What would she have done if the white couple had taken one or two?

    Replies: @Polistra, @Obstinate Cymric, @Shel100

    Taking a book and not taking one would both be examples of white racism.

  148. “Free libraries are racist?”

    Isn’t Nordstroms a bookstore?

  149. @Colin Wright
    @Prof. Woland

    '...You could also make your own and call it the little fascist library.'

    The difficulty is that those who oppose you would destroy your books.

    Ironically, they would call themselves 'anti-fascists.'

    They are free to spread their ideas. You are not.

    Replies: @animalogic, @Prof. Woland

    Calling it the little fascist library would be like putting up a Trump for President sign; you would be begging for someone to steal it or damage it.

    My bigger point is that what you distribute could be very subversive. I bought Edward Dutton’s Making Sense of Race and have it sitting around the house. Imagine what that would provoke in the right hands. Now that I am thinking about it, I think I donate it to the local free library. Ironically, I used to give books (still do) to the library and they would probably shred it before it saw the light of day. There is a thriving used book market driven in large part to libraries that are selling off their excess inventory. Heaven forbid their local members might read it.

    The two movies I mention in my thread were mainly about how the Gestapo investigated the ‘white rose’ ‘traitors’. They were obsessed finding who was putting out the leaflets. My guess is that my local rainbow free library would have a similar obsession once they knew what was in their bird haus.

  150. @Alden
    @Altai

    We went to that every year. The girls loved it. The boys not so much.

    Replies: @Altai

    The girls loved it. The boys not so much.

    And that’s key to why it’s now being held hostage to Tumblr madness. It’s really about period dress and the women are really fans of Jane Austen or Bronte novels not Dickens.

    All essentially female spaces fall prey to this same dynamic, the Tumblr cultists come in and perform the same drama and takeover. (Or implode the whole thing as may occur here) As social media has become a female space, wokeness has rode through it. It’s essentially about what is or isn’t ‘okay’ and social ostracism and social aggression are things which are of great innate interest to women and particularly young and adolescent women. Men don’t care about it so much. (They’re busy watching and thinking about fictional violence and warfare like sports)

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Altai

    The MEN Of UNZ the MEN OF UNZ Just one word girls brings out an irrational burst of hatred against women. Your post was totally incoherent. You seemed to be trying to say that the Dickens Fair is bad because women like Jane Austen movies and novels.

    Every character in the Jane Austen, Bronte and Dickens novels was White. They were set in a White world

    So the MEN OF UNZ sneer at the women who go to the White world of the Dickens Fair. While sprawled on the couch spilling beer scattering potato chip crumbs getting beer bellies and worshiping negro thugs running around sports arenas all weekend and 3 or 4 nights a week.

    You MEN OF UNZ are a caricature of group therapy for psycho loser men. It’s still football season. And soon basketball season so you can worship the oversized freaks. Hope you gain another 100 pounds gobbling junk food while worshiping your negro sports heroes. And sneering at women who read from the great canon of English literature and watch movies adapted from the canon. Movies set in an all White setting with all White actors. You sneer at Jane Austen. I have nothing but contempt disdain and loathing for White men and their barely human black sports idols.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  151. @Hypnotoad666
    @Colin Wright

    The author of this piece thinks blacks should live in their own spaces away from white people. The New York Times should be commended for its embrace of this commonsense policy of racial segregation.

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Colin Wright

    ‘The author of this piece thinks blacks should live in their own spaces away from white people…’

    Not really. That’s not what she wants. As the author all but says herself, what she really wants are whites to approach her so she can scream at them.

  152. @Bardon Kaldian
    @Colin Wright

    I don't get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.

    Replies: @jon, @Colin Wright

    ‘I don’t get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.’

    There are various ways of explaining it — but indeed, all of them are stupid.

    Jews manage to be so consistently intelligent in the short term and idiotic in the long run. I don’t know how they do it.

    It’s even paralleled by the individual versus the aggregate. Individually, Jews can be fine; I would still have to stop and think carefully if you gave me a choice between being stranded on a desert island with a Jew or a gentile — and I genuinely think I might decide to go with the Jew.

    …but then one turns around and look at the effect they have as a collective. It’s horrific.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Colin Wright

    Well there is a historical aspect to Jewish/Black relations.

    Jews at one time were not welcome in certain Anglo institutions like Ivy League schools and country clubs. There was also pushback against Jewish influence in areas like the media and social sciences up until WW2.

    Jews lived near Blacks in the cities and tried to build a political alliance with them.

    That alliance has always been tenuous and mostly only exists on paper today.

    The 1967 Detroit riots were very much about a Black backlash against Jews. The street of retailers that burned was mostly Jewish. Blacks have long resented Jewish business owners in what they consider to be Black territory.

    Jews of Detroit were a middle man between White suppliers and Black buyers. Ironically that position has been largely taken by Arabs (Coptic Christians).

  153. I don’t believe gentrification is a real thing. Whites are a dwindling proportion of the total population. So how can whites be continuously encroaching into vibrant neighborhoods? No, I think what’s going on is that non-whites who hate whites use the word to rationalize their hatred. New white neighbors? Bring a plate of cookies to welcome them to the hood? No! They’re gentrifying!

    Blacks have been going on about gentrification for decades, meanwhile whites diminish year by year, we can’t die fast enough for them.

    Here’s a scene from 1991 Boyz n the Hood:

    If this Laurence Fishburne character in the movie was right, then this process of gentrification should be complete by now, right? It’s 30 years later.

    Boyz n the Hood is set in Crenshaw, CA. I picked a census tract in the middle of Crenshaw (I didn’t want to spend the time to analyze every tract in Crenshaw) and did some digging around Census stats and found this:

    https://data.desertsun.com/american-community-survey/census-tract-2361-los-angeles-county-california/population/indian/yty/14000US06037236100/area/

    Since 2014 the non-hispanic white population in this Crenshaw tract has dropped 37%. The black pop. has risen 6% The hispanic population has risen 65%.

    So whites are not the ones “gentrifying”, it’s hispanics. But writing nasty op-eds about an influx hispanics isn’t fashionable, so they stick to bashing whites over their temerity of not dying quickly enough.

    • Replies: @thatcher76
    @thatcher76

    I did even MORE digging, I found exactly where Ms. Kaplan lives. So as to not dox her, I'll just say that she lives in Census tract xyz.

    Maybe I spoke too soon about gentrifying not being a real thing. In her tract the non-hispanic white population has risen 90% since 2014. The black pop. has fallen about 7%. But blacks are still 71% of her tract's pop

    But I still contend that nationwide, gentrification isn't a thing. I think as general vibrancy increases, whites are fleeing to "safe" neighborhoods.

  154. “I think this black preference for transportation service jobs goes back to 19th Century Pullman porters, but I’ve never seen it discussed.”

    Of course it’s been discussed, Mr. Sailer. Just do some NOTICING.

    —“(Pullman) was looking for people who had been trained to be the perfect servant,” the historian Larry Tye, author of Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, told NPR in 2009. “He knew they would come cheap, and he paid them next to nothing. And he knew there was never a question off the train that you would be embarrassed by running into one of these Pullman porters.”**

    But despite the undeniable racism behind Pullman’s employment practices, he ended up giving advantages to people who desperately needed them. In the early 1900s, a time when many other businesses wouldn’t hire African Americans, the Pullman Company became the largest single employer of Black men in the country.—

    **How benevolent of Porter to not import white foreigners for such menial tasks. He had low paid ringers at his disposal. So the “preference” was for black men in the late 1800s to find a ANY job available to support their families, which just happened to be in transportation, given the lack of skills they had acquired, courtesy of their former white southern plantation owners.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
    @Corvinus

    You sound like a very intelligent and committed young man. I'd like to get your opinion on something that's been gnawing at me for quite some time.

    What do you make of this scene from Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving?

    https://a57.foxnews.com/a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/11/640/320/1862/1048/Charlie-Brown-Thanksgiving-1.jpg?ve=1&tl=1?ve=1&tl=1

    If you have time, I'd also like your views on the Frito Bandito.

    Thanks.

    I love reading your posts

    Replies: @Corvinus

  155. @Jim Lahey
    @Wilkey

    Non-Hispanic whites should be a minority of children by 2020, but still the plurality for some decades based on present projections.

    https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2020/demo/p25-1144.pdf

    We visit the local small town library with my 3yo. We check out about a dozen Children’s books per visit, mostly randomly based on the covers because we are in a hurry. We reject books that are obviously Woke propaganda (there are many), but probably 1/3 of those that are not obvious multicultural go-girlism still sneak in some woke themes. So, we read a lot of books about forest animals. There are some classic Children’s books that we own and revisit at home.

    Replies: @Colin Wright

    ‘We visit the local small town library with my 3yo. We check out about a dozen Children’s books per visit, mostly randomly based on the covers because we are in a hurry. We reject books that are obviously Woke propaganda (there are many), but probably 1/3 of those that are not obvious multicultural go-girlism still sneak in some woke themes. So, we read a lot of books about forest animals. There are some classic Children’s books that we own and revisit at home.’

    Reminds me of when the Boy was about five or something. We’re in the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, and he wants a book. So I point him at the children’s librarian and tell him to go ask her.

    So he does. ‘Do you have a book on guns and how to use them?’

    To her credit, she paused only momentarily — then went and found something appropriate.

  156. I hope for her peace of mind that she dosen’t try to start a farmers market.

  157. God, Steve, Black Fragility! What is the country coming too?

  158. @Jack D
    @Altai

    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks? Are they supposed to tell the visitors "no questions allowed*" or give them an index of prohibited topics (no mentioning slavery, Aunt Jemima or Sally Hemings) or what?

    * Again without reading the article, I assume that the interactivity is the whole point like when you go to a "colonial village" or whatever and the blacksmith is supposed to stay in character as a person from the 18th century, but we could tell visitors that Blacks are Kangs and that peons are not permitted to pester royalty with pesky questions like why are you dressed like a rich white person.

    Replies: @Altai, @magilla, @Buffalo Joe

    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks?

    They don’t want a safe space, they want people to pay attention to them while they, loudly, complain.

    If they really wanted safe spaces, they’d create their own.

  159. @Tono Bungay
    I was reading this on the NYT site and stopped halfway through to jump to Mr. Sailer's blog because it was just screaming for a spanking. And I was not disappointed. The thing that amazes me is that many of the standard accusations that blacks hurl at white people are turned around here in an utterly un-self-conscious way. She is explicitly, unapologetically anti-white! She wants to yell, Get off my lawn! She doesn't want "them" in her neighborhood! It must be wonderful to go through life without a tiny bit of awareness of how egregious one is. Is that a genetic thing?

    Replies: @Polistra, @Yngvar

    It must be wonderful to go through life without a tiny bit of awareness of how egregious one is. Is that a genetic thing?

    Social conditioning, indulgences.

  160. GeneralRipper [AKA "Nemo me impune lacessit"] says:
    @Corvinus
    “I think this black preference for transportation service jobs goes back to 19th Century Pullman porters, but I’ve never seen it discussed.”

    Of course it’s been discussed, Mr. Sailer. Just do some NOTICING.

    —“(Pullman) was looking for people who had been trained to be the perfect servant,” the historian Larry Tye, author of Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, told NPR in 2009. “He knew they would come cheap, and he paid them next to nothing. And he knew there was never a question off the train that you would be embarrassed by running into one of these Pullman porters.”**

    But despite the undeniable racism behind Pullman’s employment practices, he ended up giving advantages to people who desperately needed them. In the early 1900s, a time when many other businesses wouldn’t hire African Americans, the Pullman Company became the largest single employer of Black men in the country.—

    **How benevolent of Porter to not import white foreigners for such menial tasks. He had low paid ringers at his disposal. So the “preference” was for black men in the late 1800s to find a ANY job available to support their families, which just happened to be in transportation, given the lack of skills they had acquired, courtesy of their former white southern plantation owners.

    Replies: @GeneralRipper

    You sound like a very intelligent and committed young man. I’d like to get your opinion on something that’s been gnawing at me for quite some time.

    What do you make of this scene from Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving?

    https://a57.foxnews.com/a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/11/640/320/1862/1048/Charlie-Brown-Thanksgiving-1.jpg?ve=1&tl=1?ve=1&tl=1

    If you have time, I’d also like your views on the Frito Bandito.

    Thanks.

    I love reading your posts

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @GeneralRipper

    Hello, General Ripper. You remind me of the Great Pumpkin. You believe in something that doesn't exist--another Internet handle. You're up to 8. Congratulations.

    Replies: @GeneralRipper

  161. @Reg Cæsar
    These were the creation of the late Todd Bol, of Hudson, Wisconsin, less than a half-hour from St Paul. So the LFL drama miniseries played out in the Twin Cities before it even caught on elsewhere.

    You rarely see them in or even near ghettos there. There is an inverse relationship between chain-link fences and LFLs in any given neighborhood. The few I've seen are poorly kept up-- official LFLs require a steward-- and sometimes emptied by junkies who take them to Half Price Books or wherever for a quick buck.

    In college and tony neighborhoods, these are well-maintained and often have clever themes. Literary gems can now and then be found. In humbler areas, you find all levels of quality, the lower end ones full of paperback novels.

    Once near Lake Nokomis in a nicer part of South Minneapolis, I found a baseball-themed young adult book aimed at a black audience. Inside was a homemade bookmark-- a laminated cannabis leaf. I still have that.

    One way to keep white pests away is to offer only BIPOC authors. Note that they don't carry the LFL badge of approval:

    A New Network of Little Free Libraries Stocks Exclusively BIPOC Authors

    https://pyxis.nymag.com/v1/imgs/74c/e92/69fb2eb6d16dc2dd1c1ffb253a04763ffe-amplify-library-3.2x.rvertical.w330.jpg

    Replies: @Hibernian, @Achmed E. Newman, @The Alarmist, @mc23

    I’d stock the library with Fredrick Douglas’s works , Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes, Walter Williams etc.

  162. @Jack D
    @Altai

    Without bothering to read the article, how are the organizers of the Fair supposed to provide a safe space for blacks? Are they supposed to tell the visitors "no questions allowed*" or give them an index of prohibited topics (no mentioning slavery, Aunt Jemima or Sally Hemings) or what?

    * Again without reading the article, I assume that the interactivity is the whole point like when you go to a "colonial village" or whatever and the blacksmith is supposed to stay in character as a person from the 18th century, but we could tell visitors that Blacks are Kangs and that peons are not permitted to pester royalty with pesky questions like why are you dressed like a rich white person.

    Replies: @Altai, @magilla, @Buffalo Joe

    Jack, Ah, safe spaces. In SF a hipster restaurant asked three SFPOs to leave the premise because their “heavily armed presence” violated the safe space of their staff and customers. And for once the push back was against the restaurant.

  163. If she wanted to keep “whiteness “ away, why did she put a library on her front yard?

  164. @Possumman
    There are a few of these little libraries around me--never have I seen one in a black neighborhood

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    poss, or a BLM sign.

  165. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    One time I was sitting at a bus stop, waiting for a bus, and this woman came and sat down next to me. She was kind of bedraggled, and looked to be either homeless, or maybe homeless-adjacent. We sat there together in silence for a few minutes, and then suddenly she turned to me and said, "Mister, can I ask you a question?" The question is usually "Can you give me some money?" so I braced myself, silently counted how much cash I had that I could spare, and said, "Sure. What's the question?"

    She suddenly whipped out a copy of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and said, "Can you explain this thing to me? I've read it like three times, and I still don't think I understand it."

    So for the next ninety minutes or so, I sat there at the bus stop and gave an impromptu lecture on Thoreau. I guess in retrospect it was sort of flattering that she thought she could tell by sight that I was the sort of person who could explain Thoreau to her and also had the patience to do it.

    Replies: @Tono Bungay, @AndrewR, @Harry Baldwin, @Uncle Dan

    How much money did her curiosity get her?

  166. @thatcher76
    I don't believe gentrification is a real thing. Whites are a dwindling proportion of the total population. So how can whites be continuously encroaching into vibrant neighborhoods? No, I think what's going on is that non-whites who hate whites use the word to rationalize their hatred. New white neighbors? Bring a plate of cookies to welcome them to the hood? No! They're gentrifying!

    Blacks have been going on about gentrification for decades, meanwhile whites diminish year by year, we can't die fast enough for them.

    Here's a scene from 1991 Boyz n the Hood:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p9rqqJmDaQ

    If this Laurence Fishburne character in the movie was right, then this process of gentrification should be complete by now, right? It's 30 years later.

    Boyz n the Hood is set in Crenshaw, CA. I picked a census tract in the middle of Crenshaw (I didn't want to spend the time to analyze every tract in Crenshaw) and did some digging around Census stats and found this:

    https://data.desertsun.com/american-community-survey/census-tract-2361-los-angeles-county-california/population/indian/yty/14000US06037236100/area/

    Since 2014 the non-hispanic white population in this Crenshaw tract has dropped 37%. The black pop. has risen 6% The hispanic population has risen 65%.

    So whites are not the ones "gentrifying", it's hispanics. But writing nasty op-eds about an influx hispanics isn't fashionable, so they stick to bashing whites over their temerity of not dying quickly enough.

    Replies: @thatcher76

    I did even MORE digging, I found exactly where Ms. Kaplan lives. So as to not dox her, I’ll just say that she lives in Census tract xyz.

    Maybe I spoke too soon about gentrifying not being a real thing. In her tract the non-hispanic white population has risen 90% since 2014. The black pop. has fallen about 7%. But blacks are still 71% of her tract’s pop

    But I still contend that nationwide, gentrification isn’t a thing. I think as general vibrancy increases, whites are fleeing to “safe” neighborhoods.

  167. @res
    @Alfa158


    There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
     
    How did the kerfuffle play out? I would expect them to get more affirmation than pushback in a Whitopia like you describe.

    Replies: @Alfa158

    No, the SJW weren’t doing it in my Whitopia, I just saw a screen-capture of the tweets. Most people here would approve. The few people with conservative and/or evangelical leanings where I live are, like me, smart enough to keep them secret. The closest I saw last year to a Trump sign was a few scattered signs saying “thank you (our city police department)”. It would have been an interesting experiment to have put up a Trump sign and use a stop-watch to time how long it would stay up. People living in a neighborhood where the average single family home sale price is \$2.5M wouldn’t put up with it.

    • Replies: @res
    @Alfa158

    Thanks for elaborating! The tweets are still up. Gives an idea of what is and is not considered acceptable in The Current Year. Links after the MORE.

    The twit (aka tweeter) is from Greenville, SC. I wonder which neighborhood. Here is a racial map of Greenville.
    https://bestneighborhood.org/race-in-greenville-sc/
    Zip code map for downtown Greenville (43% black).
    https://www.unitedstateszipcodes.org/29601/
    LFL maps by zipcode at
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

    Here is a blog post from 8/24/21 covering LFL's wokeness.
    https://www.crazyradicals.com/going-full-woke-little-free-library-re-orients/


    “We’re known for being on White suburban lawns. We’ve had to re-orient our mission to meet the moment.” --Greig Metzger, @LtlFreeLibrary Executive Director

    Thus speaketh a man who, according to a press release announcing his appointment to his current position, is a Princeton University graduate, with an AB in economics, and an MBA from New York University in finance. He categorizes himself on his LinkedIn page as an, “Organizational Change Catalyst.” He is middle-aged and white. And, rather than resign his job so that a person of color or a woman can take it and help himself or herself to all the perquisites such as retirement benefits connected thereto, Mr. Metzger has decided that it is imperative that something as previously anodyne as a Little Free Library box become a venue for race-baiting and other left-wing agitprop.
     
    Link to a blog post about that press release.
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/a-letter-from-little-free-librarys-new-executive-director-greig-metzger/

    Last year Little Free Library introduced their Read in Color program.
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color/
    Oldest archive page I see is from 11/1/20.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20201101041510/https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color/

    Their recommended reading list might have some good iSteve fodder.
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color-recommended-reading/
    For example, Roxane Gay is part of the advisory group.

    It saddens me that LFL has gone so woke. But I guess I am not surprised.



    https://twitter.com/brent_waggoner/status/1424115636322586627

    https://twitter.com/brent_waggoner/status/1424184738177294336

    P.S. It looks like the twit is actually in Simpsonville to the SE.
  168. @Reg Cæsar
    @Harry Baldwin


    You had to wait 90 minutes for a bus?
     
    And then three came at once.



    https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1394364996l/4164732.jpg

    Happy St Nick's Day, everyone!





    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81BRgE68XyL._AC_SX466_.jpg

    https://cdn.nos.nl/image/2018/12/02/516471/2048x1152.jpg

    Replies: @Not Raul

    I forgot that it was today.

    Is there still time to put out my boots?

    https://m.dw.com/en/why-st-nicholas-puts-candy-in-boots/a-18889948

  169. @San Fernando Curt

    Black presence has value — in every sense of the word, and on its own terms.
     
    How so?

    Replies: @Wade Hampton

    Values can be negative.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Wade Hampton


    Values can be negative.
     
    And beyond:


    https://ecdn.teacherspayteachers.com/thumbitem/Imaginary-Numbers-i-CHART-2141234-1484644341/original-2141234-2.jpg

    Replies: @res

  170. @Polistra
    @Rob


    I’m unsure why Hispanics can shove blacks out.
     
    Seriously? It's because Latinos aren't afraid to respond to violence in kind.

    Pace Ron, etc.

    Replies: @Rob

    How do they manage to keep omerta when the cops come? That’s been the problem for any white movement. Half feds and half people looking to make a deal with the popo.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Rob

    Maybe "latinx police" aren't digging too deeply into dead blacks found on street corners.

  171. @Wade Hampton
    @San Fernando Curt

    Values can be negative.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Values can be negative.

    And beyond:

    • Replies: @res
    @Reg Cæsar

    The test being the bottom row having multiple mistakes?

  172. @AndrewR
    @kaganovitch

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this "person"

    Replies: @Alden, @kaganovitch

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this “person”

    You remind me of a crusty old fellow I used to work with decades ago. We were having a coffee and one of our colleagues walked in and said “Did you hear? Bridget’s husband died yesterday” (Bridget was the Food Services director and a really vicious harpy) So my friend says “lucky guy!”

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @kaganovitch

    "Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this 'person'

    You remind me of a crusty old fellow I used to work with decades ago. We were having a coffee and one of our colleagues walked in and said “Did you hear? Bridget’s husband died yesterday” (Bridget was the Food Services director and a really vicious harpy) So my friend says 'lucky guy!'”

    You remind me of what happened in my dad's office. A large and unpleasant woman was transferred to his department. Dad asked his boss what she was like. His boss said, "Well, if she was the only woman left in the world, you wouldn't run up to her."

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  173. @Jack D
    @Art Deco

    Borderline implies mental illness. This is not the product of mental illness. It is a conscious political strategy to establish a new order, a reverse Jim Crow. Under this new order, black people are royalty and the laws and rules that apply to whites simply do not apply to them. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.

    Therefore there is no logical inconsistency to the idea that Blacks can play whites but whites must never play Blacks, that Blacks can move into white neighborhoods but not vice versa, that Black is capitalized but white is not, etc.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Art Deco, @Anon

    This is why something fast and hard needs to be done in 2024 when the Republican wins. Tweets and photo-ops are not enough.

  174. @Colin Wright
    @Bardon Kaldian

    'I don’t get this idiotic Jewish fetish for blacks.'

    There are various ways of explaining it -- but indeed, all of them are stupid.

    Jews manage to be so consistently intelligent in the short term and idiotic in the long run. I don't know how they do it.

    It's even paralleled by the individual versus the aggregate. Individually, Jews can be fine; I would still have to stop and think carefully if you gave me a choice between being stranded on a desert island with a Jew or a gentile -- and I genuinely think I might decide to go with the Jew.

    ...but then one turns around and look at the effect they have as a collective. It's horrific.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Well there is a historical aspect to Jewish/Black relations.

    Jews at one time were not welcome in certain Anglo institutions like Ivy League schools and country clubs. There was also pushback against Jewish influence in areas like the media and social sciences up until WW2.

    Jews lived near Blacks in the cities and tried to build a political alliance with them.

    That alliance has always been tenuous and mostly only exists on paper today.

    The 1967 Detroit riots were very much about a Black backlash against Jews. The street of retailers that burned was mostly Jewish. Blacks have long resented Jewish business owners in what they consider to be Black territory.

    Jews of Detroit were a middle man between White suppliers and Black buyers. Ironically that position has been largely taken by Arabs (Coptic Christians).

    • Thanks: Colin Wright
  175. @GeneralRipper
    @Corvinus

    You sound like a very intelligent and committed young man. I'd like to get your opinion on something that's been gnawing at me for quite some time.

    What do you make of this scene from Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving?

    https://a57.foxnews.com/a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2018/11/640/320/1862/1048/Charlie-Brown-Thanksgiving-1.jpg?ve=1&tl=1?ve=1&tl=1

    If you have time, I'd also like your views on the Frito Bandito.

    Thanks.

    I love reading your posts

    Replies: @Corvinus

    Hello, General Ripper. You remind me of the Great Pumpkin. You believe in something that doesn’t exist–another Internet handle. You’re up to 8. Congratulations.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
    @Corvinus

    I can't tell you how moved I am by your selfless concern for our African American brothers and sisters. Your kind of zealous activism can only be inspired by growing up around black folk, and daily loving interaction with them.

    I'd be interested to know where you spent your childhood and where you went to grade school and high school.

    Have you been fortunate enough to remain living amongst a diverse population, or have you and your family been relegated to bland and sterile white majority environs?

    Anyway, I'm really busy and I volunteer a lot with the local food banks and such. On the weekends I like to help my Church group tidy up around black folks homes and take their kids to the roller skating rink.

    Hope we can converse again sometime, and share ideas on how to combat white supremacy in this great nation.

    All the best.

  176. @Brian Reilly
    @ic1000

    ic1000, Your recommendation to politely inform people about your target audience is absolutely correct. In any sane world, people would see it, maybe chuckle, nod, grimace, or grin but compliance from white people would be (I think) universal, and without much note.

    Free association. A wonderful idea. Too bad it is illegal.

    Replies: @ic1000

    > compliance from white people would be (I think) universal, and without much note.

    Yes, I think that’s right. Beyond that, by clearly stating their anti-white sentiments, Ms. Kaplan and her comrades perform a larger service.

    Nice Progressive white people in the pleasant, wealthy, and Blue suburbs of Rust Belt City fantasize about earning the approval of folks like Kaplan. Animosity and loathing make no sense: she’s never even met us!

    So it’s refreshing to have Kaplan teach them how to put away childish things. Don’t touch my Little Free Library. Get off my lawn. I don’t have a dream — not one that I share with you.

  177. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    Barnes & Noble captured the retail book market, and of course Amazon everything else. Now you tend to only see independent bookstores in very affluent areas and my surmise is that they are hobby businesses operated at a loss by the wives of very well-healed white men.

    Local bookstores used to serve as gathering points and clubhouses for various subversive movements, so it seems not to be much of a loss on the whole nowadays.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Anonymous

    Barnes & Noble captured the retail book market, and of course Amazon everything else. Now you tend to only see independent bookstores in very affluent areas and my surmise is that they are hobby businesses operated at a loss by the wives of very well-healed white men.

    B&N has an unspoken business model which is giving White women a quiet and safe space where only educated men will hit on them.

    Kind of what the library should be which is a place to read but without hobos looking at porn.

    I probably just inspired a book about how B&N is racist.

  178. GeneralRipper [AKA "Nemo me impune lacessit"] says:
    @Corvinus
    @GeneralRipper

    Hello, General Ripper. You remind me of the Great Pumpkin. You believe in something that doesn't exist--another Internet handle. You're up to 8. Congratulations.

    Replies: @GeneralRipper

    I can’t tell you how moved I am by your selfless concern for our African American brothers and sisters. Your kind of zealous activism can only be inspired by growing up around black folk, and daily loving interaction with them.

    I’d be interested to know where you spent your childhood and where you went to grade school and high school.

    Have you been fortunate enough to remain living amongst a diverse population, or have you and your family been relegated to bland and sterile white majority environs?

    Anyway, I’m really busy and I volunteer a lot with the local food banks and such. On the weekends I like to help my Church group tidy up around black folks homes and take their kids to the roller skating rink.

    Hope we can converse again sometime, and share ideas on how to combat white supremacy in this great nation.

    All the best.

    • LOL: usNthem
  179. @kaganovitch
    @AndrewR

    Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this “person”

    You remind me of a crusty old fellow I used to work with decades ago. We were having a coffee and one of our colleagues walked in and said "Did you hear? Bridget's husband died yesterday" (Bridget was the Food Services director and a really vicious harpy) So my friend says "lucky guy!"

    Replies: @Kylie

    “Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this ‘person’

    You remind me of a crusty old fellow I used to work with decades ago. We were having a coffee and one of our colleagues walked in and said “Did you hear? Bridget’s husband died yesterday” (Bridget was the Food Services director and a really vicious harpy) So my friend says ‘lucky guy!’”

    You remind me of what happened in my dad’s office. A large and unpleasant woman was transferred to his department. Dad asked his boss what she was like. His boss said, “Well, if she was the only woman left in the world, you wouldn’t run up to her.”

    • LOL: Alden
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Kylie

    "If you were my husband, I should poison your coffee!"

    "Madame, if I were your husband, I should drink it."


    https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/08/27/drink-it/

    Replies: @JMcG

  180. She put up the little library as bait for whites so she could write the piece for the Times. I think she’s upset they didn’t take the copy of ‘Dreams from My Father’ she left in there like a pile of rotten chicken necks in a crab trap.

  181. “As I watched the white couple peruse my little library, the most complicated feeling of all was the brief, bittersweet satisfaction I took in watching them drawn to my lawn, and to my idea.”

    “…my idea.”

    Hmm.

    Anybody else think of the “I made this” meme?

  182. The saddest aspect of it is that the once-great Times has degenerated to point where it prints such obviously moronic drivel.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Colin Wright


    The saddest aspect of it is that the once-great Times has degenerated to point where it prints such obviously moronic drivel.
     
    But the crossword is as good as ever. And you can subscribe to that separately.

    It's rather telling that the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times can give their puzzles away free online, but the NYT can't. And the Nation dropped its own after 77 years because they couldn't pay the constructors anymore.

  183. @ic1000
    Journalist and author Erin Aubry Kaplan wrote:

    What I resented was not this specific [young, white] couple. It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.
     
    Ms. Kaplan, I have a suggestion to solve your problem. It even plays to your wordsmithing strengths: Write a note to explain your feelings and post it on your front lawn. Here's a start:

    Perusing the books in this Little Free Library is for Black people only. Whites are not welcome on my property or in my neighborhood.
     
    Feel free to add qualifiers for Hispanx, LGBTQs, Antifa, Flight-From-Whiters, and any other groups you loathe a little bit less than regular white folks.

    By educating those regular whites about your real feelings, you're helping our country just as much as you are helping yourself.

    Replies: @Brian Reilly, @magilla, @International Jew

    She’s frustrated, that’s what it amounts to. In her habits she’s a white yuppy. But she thinks of herself as black and she’d love it if there were lots more blacks like her. But there aren’t.

    • Agree: ic1000
  184. @Rob
    @Polistra

    How do they manage to keep omerta when the cops come? That’s been the problem for any white movement. Half feds and half people looking to make a deal with the popo.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Maybe “latinx police” aren’t digging too deeply into dead blacks found on street corners.

  185. Kaplan? Ah, a black woman, who was married to a Jew. Whatever.

    Perhaps the problem here is more being female than being black or jewish.

    I can’t imagine any man, not even a gay man, writing something as hysterical as this, or worrying about this kind of thing.

    Anyway, perhaps instead of a Little Library, she should have put up a Little Nike Store?

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Dumbo

    If you really want to be disgusted look for her old columns and nonsense in the La Weekly and the LA Times. Or don’t All her articles were like this. Or worse.

  186. @jon
    @Bardon Kaldian

    That's because you take it at face value that they are saying/doing these things because of a genuine like for Blacks!, and not because they dislike us (they are just the weapon).

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    I know this way of thinking, but it is a myth.

    Jews, in the US, have been promoting blacks because of their deluded idealism, not because of their self-interest. If there was an element of self-interest (is it good for Jews?), it was not more than, say, 20% of their motivation in fight for de-segregation. Most of them, including in many ways discarded leftists like S.J. Gould, did it out of humanist idealism, not because they wanted to “subvert the Western civilization”.

    The same goes for the likes of Nadine Gordimer in South Africa.

    Just- they never learn. I recall Gould’s whining over the facts that blacks dumped them & have developed their own, completely idiotic variant of anti-Judaism. Gould & other liberal-lefty Jews sound exactly like “simps” of the manosphere- men who have discovered that their beloved wifey of 10 years had been whoring around in threesomes & whatnot- and are now paralyzed & shocked.

    Shocked.

    And don’t know what to do next.

    That’s what you get when you become emotionally attached to wrong people.

    • Disagree: ATBOTL
  187. @Kylie
    @kaganovitch

    "Death would be infinitely preferable to being married to this 'person'

    You remind me of a crusty old fellow I used to work with decades ago. We were having a coffee and one of our colleagues walked in and said “Did you hear? Bridget’s husband died yesterday” (Bridget was the Food Services director and a really vicious harpy) So my friend says 'lucky guy!'”

    You remind me of what happened in my dad's office. A large and unpleasant woman was transferred to his department. Dad asked his boss what she was like. His boss said, "Well, if she was the only woman left in the world, you wouldn't run up to her."

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    “If you were my husband, I should poison your coffee!”

    “Madame, if I were your husband, I should drink it.”

    https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/08/27/drink-it/

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    “If she and I were the last two people on earth, we’d be the last two people on earth.”

  188. @Colin Wright
    The saddest aspect of it is that the once-great Times has degenerated to point where it prints such obviously moronic drivel.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The saddest aspect of it is that the once-great Times has degenerated to point where it prints such obviously moronic drivel.

    But the crossword is as good as ever. And you can subscribe to that separately.

    It’s rather telling that the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times can give their puzzles away free online, but the NYT can’t. And the Nation dropped its own after 77 years because they couldn’t pay the constructors anymore.

  189. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    Barnes & Noble captured the retail book market, and of course Amazon everything else. Now you tend to only see independent bookstores in very affluent areas and my surmise is that they are hobby businesses operated at a loss by the wives of very well-healed white men.

    Local bookstores used to serve as gathering points and clubhouses for various subversive movements, so it seems not to be much of a loss on the whole nowadays.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @Anonymous

    My local bookstore has slowly turned into a café with bookselling as a sideline.

  190. @Altai
    @Alden


    The girls loved it. The boys not so much.
     
    And that's key to why it's now being held hostage to Tumblr madness. It's really about period dress and the women are really fans of Jane Austen or Bronte novels not Dickens.

    All essentially female spaces fall prey to this same dynamic, the Tumblr cultists come in and perform the same drama and takeover. (Or implode the whole thing as may occur here) As social media has become a female space, wokeness has rode through it. It's essentially about what is or isn't 'okay' and social ostracism and social aggression are things which are of great innate interest to women and particularly young and adolescent women. Men don't care about it so much. (They're busy watching and thinking about fictional violence and warfare like sports)

    Replies: @Alden

    The MEN Of UNZ the MEN OF UNZ Just one word girls brings out an irrational burst of hatred against women. Your post was totally incoherent. You seemed to be trying to say that the Dickens Fair is bad because women like Jane Austen movies and novels.

    Every character in the Jane Austen, Bronte and Dickens novels was White. They were set in a White world

    So the MEN OF UNZ sneer at the women who go to the White world of the Dickens Fair. While sprawled on the couch spilling beer scattering potato chip crumbs getting beer bellies and worshiping negro thugs running around sports arenas all weekend and 3 or 4 nights a week.

    You MEN OF UNZ are a caricature of group therapy for psycho loser men. It’s still football season. And soon basketball season so you can worship the oversized freaks. Hope you gain another 100 pounds gobbling junk food while worshiping your negro sports heroes. And sneering at women who read from the great canon of English literature and watch movies adapted from the canon. Movies set in an all White setting with all White actors. You sneer at Jane Austen. I have nothing but contempt disdain and loathing for White men and their barely human black sports idols.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Alden

    Oh calm down ALDEN OF UNZ.

    I'll be taking my family to our local country Christmas festival.

    I will be buying some local artisan crafts while sipping hot chocolate.

    I'm so effortlessly White that my literary references alone would make your panties wet.

  191. @Dumbo
    Kaplan? Ah, a black woman, who was married to a Jew. Whatever.

    Perhaps the problem here is more being female than being black or jewish.

    I can't imagine any man, not even a gay man, writing something as hysterical as this, or worrying about this kind of thing.

    Anyway, perhaps instead of a Little Library, she should have put up a Little Nike Store?

    Replies: @Alden

    If you really want to be disgusted look for her old columns and nonsense in the La Weekly and the LA Times. Or don’t All her articles were like this. Or worse.

  192. @Reg Cæsar
    @Kylie

    "If you were my husband, I should poison your coffee!"

    "Madame, if I were your husband, I should drink it."


    https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/08/27/drink-it/

    Replies: @JMcG

    “If she and I were the last two people on earth, we’d be the last two people on earth.”

  193. @Anon7
    Those have been around for at least five years in my town. All I could think of was "free money!" All you'd need is an app that could look at a quick pic of the little library, and decide which ones were worth listing on eBay.

    Of course these days, most of the books in your little library are worthless; nobody wants them, just like nobody particularly wants CDs or video cassettes.

    I'm guessing little libraries mostly just offer a great opportunity to one-up or impress the neighbors:

    "Why yes, that's my copy of Infinite Jest. Wonderful book, thought I'd give someone else a crack at it."

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ghost of Bull Moose, @Achmed E. Newman

    I’m guessing little libraries mostly just offer a great opportunity to one-up or impress the neighbors.

    Anon7, I thought that these were originally for the kids – they can check them out while walking home from school. Is it safe enough for the kids to walk home from school in that Inglewood neighborhood, or is there too much black/hispanic “friction”?

    I just read this over again and am enjoying the comment thread. I won’t go read anything at the NY Times, but there is so much stupid hypocritical stuff here, that I’m gonna have to get on this myself at my blog, using these excerpts. Steve did a bang-up job, but there is simply too much stupidity here for one man to handle.

  194. The idiot woman Erin Aubry Kaplan is the widow of a white Jewish guy. Go figure.

    https://www.kcet.org/history-society/love-across-the-color-line-remembering-alan-kaplan

  195. @Colin Wright
    Ah. I should have noticed the name.

    Erin Aubry Kaplan. This makes more sense now.

    Replies: @Thomas Covenant Unbeliever, @kaganovitch, @Bardon Kaldian, @Fox

    Indeed. The style of a whiney pathos. Some casual brutalities interwoven. The sinister overall ogling of a world this woman considers herself not a part of. The name.

  196. @Alfa158
    @res

    No, the SJW weren’t doing it in my Whitopia, I just saw a screen-capture of the tweets. Most people here would approve. The few people with conservative and/or evangelical leanings where I live are, like me, smart enough to keep them secret. The closest I saw last year to a Trump sign was a few scattered signs saying “thank you (our city police department)”. It would have been an interesting experiment to have put up a Trump sign and use a stop-watch to time how long it would stay up. People living in a neighborhood where the average single family home sale price is $2.5M wouldn’t put up with it.

    Replies: @res

    Thanks for elaborating! The tweets are still up. Gives an idea of what is and is not considered acceptable in The Current Year. Links after the MORE.

    The twit (aka tweeter) is from Greenville, SC. I wonder which neighborhood. Here is a racial map of Greenville.
    https://bestneighborhood.org/race-in-greenville-sc/
    Zip code map for downtown Greenville (43% black).
    https://www.unitedstateszipcodes.org/29601/
    LFL maps by zipcode at
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

    Here is a blog post from 8/24/21 covering LFL’s wokeness.
    https://www.crazyradicals.com/going-full-woke-little-free-library-re-orients/

    “We’re known for being on White suburban lawns. We’ve had to re-orient our mission to meet the moment.” –Greig Metzger, @LtlFreeLibrary Executive Director

    Thus speaketh a man who, according to a press release announcing his appointment to his current position, is a Princeton University graduate, with an AB in economics, and an MBA from New York University in finance. He categorizes himself on his LinkedIn page as an, “Organizational Change Catalyst.” He is middle-aged and white. And, rather than resign his job so that a person of color or a woman can take it and help himself or herself to all the perquisites such as retirement benefits connected thereto, Mr. Metzger has decided that it is imperative that something as previously anodyne as a Little Free Library box become a venue for race-baiting and other left-wing agitprop.

    Link to a blog post about that press release.
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/a-letter-from-little-free-librarys-new-executive-director-greig-metzger/

    Last year Little Free Library introduced their Read in Color program.
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color/
    Oldest archive page I see is from 11/1/20.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20201101041510/https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color/

    Their recommended reading list might have some good iSteve fodder.
    https://littlefreelibrary.org/read-in-color-recommended-reading/
    For example, Roxane Gay is part of the advisory group.

    It saddens me that LFL has gone so woke. But I guess I am not surprised.

    [MORE]

    P.S. It looks like the twit is actually in Simpsonville to the SE.

  197. @Reg Cæsar
    @Wade Hampton


    Values can be negative.
     
    And beyond:


    https://ecdn.teacherspayteachers.com/thumbitem/Imaginary-Numbers-i-CHART-2141234-1484644341/original-2141234-2.jpg

    Replies: @res

    The test being the bottom row having multiple mistakes?

  198. @Alden
    @Altai

    The MEN Of UNZ the MEN OF UNZ Just one word girls brings out an irrational burst of hatred against women. Your post was totally incoherent. You seemed to be trying to say that the Dickens Fair is bad because women like Jane Austen movies and novels.

    Every character in the Jane Austen, Bronte and Dickens novels was White. They were set in a White world

    So the MEN OF UNZ sneer at the women who go to the White world of the Dickens Fair. While sprawled on the couch spilling beer scattering potato chip crumbs getting beer bellies and worshiping negro thugs running around sports arenas all weekend and 3 or 4 nights a week.

    You MEN OF UNZ are a caricature of group therapy for psycho loser men. It’s still football season. And soon basketball season so you can worship the oversized freaks. Hope you gain another 100 pounds gobbling junk food while worshiping your negro sports heroes. And sneering at women who read from the great canon of English literature and watch movies adapted from the canon. Movies set in an all White setting with all White actors. You sneer at Jane Austen. I have nothing but contempt disdain and loathing for White men and their barely human black sports idols.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    Oh calm down ALDEN OF UNZ.

    I’ll be taking my family to our local country Christmas festival.

    I will be buying some local artisan crafts while sipping hot chocolate.

    I’m so effortlessly White that my literary references alone would make your panties wet.

  199. @Herbert R. Tarlek, Jr.
    On the other hand, as we all know, no whites have ever been run off the land they lived on by violent crime.

    Or by gentrification, which hits poor whites at least as hard as non-whites. I myself can no longer afford to live in my own hometown of Mesa, AZ, due in no small part to (relatively) well-to-do Commiefornians raping the housing market here and elsewhere in the mountain West. Just a few years ago, I was given the bum's rush at the end of my lease by a new management company event though I had lived at my complex for five years and paid my rent early the whole time. This is happening across the West to white locals even in in lily-white towns like Boise and Butte.

    Replies: @CCZ

    White people be moving!!!! “Boise is Now the Least Affordable Housing Market in the United States” (December 7, 2021)

  200. @Alfa158
    There was a minor kerfuffle on Twitter a little while back when a progressive couple boasted that they made a practice of scouring Little Libraries in their town and throwing away any books they regarded as being right wing or Christian.
    In our Whitopia these libraries are as common as “in this house we believe…” yard signs. In fact I can see one set by looking out my front window. There is competition to make these libraries as nice as possible with siding, glass paned windows and doors, gables, real shingles, multiple stories, beautiful paint jobs etc. I feel like competing by making one that has a cappuccino machine inside, an old comfy couch on the sidewalk next to it, and a sign advertising free wi-fi. Let’s see anyone top that.

    Replies: @res, @Jack D, @BenjaminL

    I often think about how to cope in these situations. I wonder how it would go over to put out books that are fairly highbrow, and also quite reactionary, e.g. Brideshead Revisited; Family and Civilization; Chesterton; De Maistre; Joseph Burnham; Christopher Lasch; Philip Rieff.

    Are the progs literate enough to realize that these books threaten them?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @BenjaminL

    I often think about how to cope in these situations. I wonder how it would go over to put out books that are fairly highbrow, and also quite reactionary, e.g. Brideshead Revisited; Family and Civilization; Chesterton; De Maistre; Joseph Burnham; Christopher Lasch; Philip Rieff.

    Are the progs literate enough to realize that these books threaten them?

    Liberals are much more pop culture minded than they like to admit.

    If you went to a liberal party and started talking about classic books they would look at you like an asshole. They are sensitive and would take that as some sort of challenge.

    They don't want their views to be challenged. They want Trevor Noah to tell them that Republicans are stupid.

    Liberals like the ideas of many things and are not really concerned with results or even carrying these ideas through. They like the idea of little libraries and they like the idea of reading the books that are in them. They may even pick them up and take them home. These are all great ideas and then they go home and watch Trevor Noah before getting f-ked by their conservative boyfriend.

  201. @Alden
    Erin Kaplan is 1/8 black 7/8 White. Her family is generations of high yaller black bourgeoisie. Father owns or owned a chain of black newspapers in the infamous S Central LA and all the crime ridden black southern suburbs of Los Angeles. Carson Compton Linwood and the rest. Husband is an ultra liberal Jew. They must be pushing 70. That generation of social justice warriors. Except for Obama's mom was mostly Jewish women black men. Kaplan’s are the reverse.
    She had weekly columns in LA Weekly. The journal of ultra liberal opinion funded through prostitution ads. Also endless articles in the LA Slimes.

    Really full of herself that she managed to snag a White man. One of her main complaints was that the black ghetto town of Inglewood where they lived didn’t have fine dining restaurants. Years of articles about that. “”” Inglewood is an affluent city. It’s only discrimination we don’t have fine dining. “. Inglewood was not entirely welfare, like Compton true.

    But everyone knows how blacks behave in sit down restaurants. Dine and dash, endless complaints and demands for special things and extras, loud screeching , raucous laughter, not just no tipping but vicious harassment of waiters. Then there’s robbing customers and employees in the parking lot.

    She and husband attended many of his Jewish family events. She always wrote columns about the racism of his relatives.

    You could find all her columns online Steve. And have a years worth of blogs posting them so we could make fun of them.

    Inglewood like the southern part of LA and the rest of the southern suburbs was early 20 th century White working lower middle class paradise. Comedian Steve Martin grew up in Inglewood. 2 Presidents, Bush 1 and 2 lived in Compton. Low crime high or just normal for Whites school test scores. Nice little towns

    But then the Black Plague arrived. Now the Hispanics have gentrified those towns. Crime is lower. School test scores aren’t all that great. But the schools are much safer.

    Kaplan also endlessly complained about the destruction of those black neighborhoods by change in demographics. Failing to mention those towns were all White till about 1960. When blacks drove Whites out by the usual terrorist tactics and strategy.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Ed, @Nachum, @Buffalo Joe, @Paperback Writer

    How do you know Erin Aubry Kaplan’s black blood quantum? Her father was an SJW newspaper columnist/pest, not a newspaper owner. I don’t trust your info.

    https://lasentinel.net/l-a-s-premiere-social-justice-warrior-passes.html

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Paperback Writer

    Apparently a New Orleans creole. From the obituary, one can glean that the only time in his life he might have acted in ways beneficial to the public interest would have been his years as a probation officer, and even that's a stretch. He ran his mouth for 50+ years. Blacks benefit from vigorous public order maintenance, basic education and vocational training, and satisfactory legal representation. He did not have any acquired skills in these endeavours and there's nothing in that obituary which suggests he ever promoted any of them.

  202. @Altai
    An adjacent situation. Why are there so many white people at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Fran?

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1467271012165173248

    https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1467275572971671552

    By all those exceptionally rude racist middle class white and Asian hipsters in the Bay Area no doubt! Or might this be another example of the conflict of middle class black female SJWs being unable to reconcile their love of something Western and white, like Victorian and Edwardian fashion, with the reality of where it came from and being disruptive and making things about them when they enter a place they aren't exactly helpful in? Do people really want the experience of a very large black woman with an American accent with blood red dyed hair as part of their 'Great Dickens Christmas Fair'. I'm sure it's not nice to have the occasional somewhat clueless but well-meaning person inquire about your role and if you're a slave but to go nuclear on it and declare the place has a problem with racism is absurd.

    So many hobbies and subcultures that tattooed neon hairs have ruined. Because in reality 'tattooed neon hair' is code for BPD or some other cluster B disorder and that's just what they do.

    Tumblr was a cancer because it allowed people like that to congregate in large numbers and build fandoms etc to inflict themselves into in the real world as well as introduce them to post-modern SJWism that they took up as a great crusade onto broader social media. The drama must flow.

    This is apparently what it looked like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF74yeEi-X4

    Replies: @Jack D, @Arclight, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Pericles

    The Bay Area is a joke that has ceased to be amusing.

    They can no longer top themselves. It’s no longer infuriating, amusing, hypocritical, bigoted, logically inconsistent, or anything else.

    It’s just stupid.

  203. Broad’s a professional complainer. She would likely stop doing it if she received a thresh-hold quantum of negative feedback for it. She herself might not be more at ease if she were ignored and reprimanded, but the rest of us would be spared the irritation of hearing from her. So, what’s her editors’ excuse?

  204. @Paperback Writer
    @Alden

    How do you know Erin Aubry Kaplan's black blood quantum? Her father was an SJW newspaper columnist/pest, not a newspaper owner. I don't trust your info.

    https://lasentinel.net/l-a-s-premiere-social-justice-warrior-passes.html

    Replies: @Art Deco

    Apparently a New Orleans creole. From the obituary, one can glean that the only time in his life he might have acted in ways beneficial to the public interest would have been his years as a probation officer, and even that’s a stretch. He ran his mouth for 50+ years. Blacks benefit from vigorous public order maintenance, basic education and vocational training, and satisfactory legal representation. He did not have any acquired skills in these endeavours and there’s nothing in that obituary which suggests he ever promoted any of them.

  205. The Creole connection had occurred to me.

    Alden’s “newspaper owner” crack implied that Daddy had some kind of money. I think Aubry Pere squeezed a comfortable living out of kvetching but he wasn’t truly moneyed.

    Slightly O/T but related, a truly wealthy woman, Jacqueline Avant, near-white wife of a prominent music industry honcho, was just murdered in one of those only-in-Los Angeles crimes:

    https://people.com/crime/suspect-charged-with-murder-in-death-of-philanthropist-jacqueline-avant/

    The burglar shot himself in either this, or another home invasion. Either the article is badly written or I’m just blanking out on this craziness.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Paperback Writer

    What happened is that he killed her and then went to another house to get supplies for the getaway. In the process of robbing house #2 he shot himself in the foot. He then begged the home owner to call the police.

    Supposedly he had an AR-15 which makes it all stranger. Probably a ghost gun but still a bad choice for burglary.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Paperback Writer

  206. @Paperback Writer
    The Creole connection had occurred to me.

    Alden's "newspaper owner" crack implied that Daddy had some kind of money. I think Aubry Pere squeezed a comfortable living out of kvetching but he wasn't truly moneyed.

    Slightly O/T but related, a truly wealthy woman, Jacqueline Avant, near-white wife of a prominent music industry honcho, was just murdered in one of those only-in-Los Angeles crimes:

    https://people.com/crime/suspect-charged-with-murder-in-death-of-philanthropist-jacqueline-avant/

    The burglar shot himself in either this, or another home invasion. Either the article is badly written or I'm just blanking out on this craziness.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    What happened is that he killed her and then went to another house to get supplies for the getaway. In the process of robbing house #2 he shot himself in the foot. He then begged the home owner to call the police.

    Supposedly he had an AR-15 which makes it all stranger. Probably a ghost gun but still a bad choice for burglary.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @John Johnson

    Thank you. I thought that was it but I just blanked out by the last grafs. I'm overloading on joggers.

    , @Paperback Writer
    @John Johnson

    https://twitter.com/Oprah/status/1466241693188034560?s=20

    Replies: @usNthem

  207. @BenjaminL
    @Alfa158

    I often think about how to cope in these situations. I wonder how it would go over to put out books that are fairly highbrow, and also quite reactionary, e.g. Brideshead Revisited; Family and Civilization; Chesterton; De Maistre; Joseph Burnham; Christopher Lasch; Philip Rieff.

    Are the progs literate enough to realize that these books threaten them?

    Replies: @John Johnson

    I often think about how to cope in these situations. I wonder how it would go over to put out books that are fairly highbrow, and also quite reactionary, e.g. Brideshead Revisited; Family and Civilization; Chesterton; De Maistre; Joseph Burnham; Christopher Lasch; Philip Rieff.

    Are the progs literate enough to realize that these books threaten them?

    Liberals are much more pop culture minded than they like to admit.

    If you went to a liberal party and started talking about classic books they would look at you like an asshole. They are sensitive and would take that as some sort of challenge.

    They don’t want their views to be challenged. They want Trevor Noah to tell them that Republicans are stupid.

    Liberals like the ideas of many things and are not really concerned with results or even carrying these ideas through. They like the idea of little libraries and they like the idea of reading the books that are in them. They may even pick them up and take them home. These are all great ideas and then they go home and watch Trevor Noah before getting f-ked by their conservative boyfriend.

  208. @Wilkey
    @SafeNow


    Anyway, even most nice white neighborhoods do not have bookstores anymore. Ask Mr. Derb, whose bookstore in his leafy suburban neighborhood has closed. And, books are available online.
     
    I used to think this was a sad thing, even as my own family stuck almost entirely with the local library or Amazon (or our extended familys' extensive personal libraries) for our own books. Then I went to the local bookstore to get some books for the kids. The kids' "history" section was stuffed with books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a half-dozen other leftist politicians, most of them female.

    In the rest of the kids' section virtually every book that was facing out with the cover visible had a black or brown face on it, and most of them had very ethnic names in the titles. This is in a county where probably 75% of kids (and 95% of the kids who read) are still white. I walked out of the bookstore and decided I'd be just fine if the place burned to the ground.

    Replies: @Jim Lahey, @Sick 'n Tired, @jimmyriddle, @Achmed E. Newman

    While I agree completely with your conclusion, Wilkey, I had figured SafeNow was referring to some local bookstores in Mr. Derbyshire’s neighborhood. The big chains are as woke as you would expect any Big Biz outfit to be.

    It’s the Barnes & Nobles, Borders, and Books-a-Million chains that drove smaller local stores out of business, before amazon came along and eventually put down lots of these Big Biz stores in turn. I hate all those places, and not just due to their woke and lefty book selections. I just don’t like the corporate world, I guess.

    I get books from the library now, but they also won’t get just anything. The website is freaking woke as all get-out too. However, people did vote in the \$80,000,000 bond issue, so the places have clean bathrooms now and new carpet.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I live near Berkeley CA. 20 years ago they liked to tout how they had 15 or so bookstores which at the time was more than the entire state of Wyoming. The problem was that 90% were all selling the same feminist friendly dreck. In a sense it was a book desert in spite of outward appearances. There was one exception, a bookstore on 4th street that sold construction / remodeling books that is now an apple store.

    The first time I heard about Amazon was people buying books. You could get authors and subjects that simply were not available and you did not have to get hassled or have your privacy compromised. Unfortunately, they expanded to sell cheap Chinese plastic crap and the rest is history.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Achmed E. Newman

  209. @The Alarmist
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You could always pick up a dozen copies of various “works” of Maya Angelou on a remainder table somewhere and make a worthy donation.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Heh!

    I might go in the direction of leaving old NRA magazines in there, such as my policy has been while traveling through airports in the NY area. Any of you guys seen the April ’15 issue of America’s First Freedom in the C Concourse at LaGuardia? I meant to finish that one, but I accidentally left it in the food court.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Do they still publish Soldier of Fortune?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @GeneralRipper

  210. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Altai

    The Victorian writer George Borrow met a Caribbean black on the city wall of Chester, England in 1854. Borrow wasn't impressed at all by him.


    Once did I make the compass of the city upon the walls, and was beginning to do the same a second time, when I stumbled against a black, who, with his arms leaning upon the wall, was spitting over it, in the direction of the river. I apologised, and contrived to enter into conversation with him. He was tolerably well dressed, had a hairy cap on his head, was about forty years of age, and brutishly ugly, his features scarcely resembling those of a human being. He told me he was a native of Antigua, a blacksmith by trade, and had been a slave.

    I asked him if he could speak any language besides English, and received for answer that besides English, he could speak Spanish and French. Forthwith I spoke to him in Spanish, but he did not understand me. I then asked him to speak to me in Spanish, but he could not. “Surely you can tell me the word for water in Spanish,” said I; he, however, was not able. “How is it,” said I, “that, pretending to be acquainted with Spanish, you do not even know the word for water?” He said he could not tell, but supposed that he had forgotten the Spanish language, adding however, that he could speak French perfectly. I spoke to him in French—he did not understand me: I told him to speak to me in French, but he did not. I then asked him the word for bread in French, but he could not tell me.

    I made no observations on his ignorance, but inquired how he liked being a slave? He said not at all; that it was very bad to be a slave, as a slave was forced to work. I asked him if he did not work now that he was free? He said very seldom; that he did not like work, and that it did not agree with him. I asked how he came into England, and he said that wishing to see England, he had come over with a gentleman as his servant, but that as soon as he got there, he had left his master, as he did not like work.

    I asked him how he contrived to live in England without working? He said that any black might live in England without working; that all he had to do was to attend religious meetings, and speak against slavery and the Americans. I asked him if he had done so. He said he had, and that the religious people were very kind to him, and gave him money, and that a religious lady was going to marry him. I asked him if he knew anything about the Americans? He said he did, and that they were very bad people, who kept slaves and flogged them.

    “And quite right too,” said I, “if they are lazy rascals like yourself, who want to eat without working. What a pretty set of knaves or fools must they be, who encourage a fellow like you to speak against negro slavery, of the necessity for which you yourself are a living instance, and against a people of whom you know as much as of French or Spanish.” Then leaving the black, who made no other answer to what I said, than by spitting with considerable force in the direction of the river, I continued making my second compass of the city upon the wall.
     

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too. Slavery had been abolished in Antigua for 20 years by 1854. The quote is from Wild Wales, available free at Gutenberg.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Harry Baldwin, @thud

    Thanks, YAA. What a find!

  211. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Wilkey

    While I agree completely with your conclusion, Wilkey, I had figured SafeNow was referring to some local bookstores in Mr. Derbyshire's neighborhood. The big chains are as woke as you would expect any Big Biz outfit to be.

    It's the Barnes & Nobles, Borders, and Books-a-Million chains that drove smaller local stores out of business, before amazon came along and eventually put down lots of these Big Biz stores in turn. I hate all those places, and not just due to their woke and lefty book selections. I just don't like the corporate world, I guess.

    I get books from the library now, but they also won't get just anything. The website is freaking woke as all get-out too. However, people did vote in the $80,000,000 bond issue, so the places have clean bathrooms now and new carpet.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

    I live near Berkeley CA. 20 years ago they liked to tout how they had 15 or so bookstores which at the time was more than the entire state of Wyoming. The problem was that 90% were all selling the same feminist friendly dreck. In a sense it was a book desert in spite of outward appearances. There was one exception, a bookstore on 4th street that sold construction / remodeling books that is now an apple store.

    The first time I heard about Amazon was people buying books. You could get authors and subjects that simply were not available and you did not have to get hassled or have your privacy compromised. Unfortunately, they expanded to sell cheap Chinese plastic crap and the rest is history.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Prof. Woland

    Amazon played a sizable role in my switching careers in the late 1990s because suddenly I could find books on obscure topics that interested me. Even living in Chicago, book availability was limited. There was a superb small book store, Stuart Brent's on Michigan Ave., which I went to regularly to see which new books Mr. Brent was recommending. But it wasn't big enough to supply all my interests. There was a theatrical book store where I bought Tom Stoppard's plays before I went to see them. Then in the early to mid 1990s came a Barnes and Noble in Lincoln Park, which was a big step forward. But Amazon lifted book availability to a new level.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Prof. Woland

    By Christmas of '98, amazon was selling mostly books but also plenty of videos (both VHF and DVD), music in CD format, and software in CD format. There's one thing in common with all 4 of those types of items - they can be sent over the wire. By late '98 broadband was getting put in place in lots of businesses but plenty of residences too. All the stuff could have been sold with NO WAREHOUSES ("Distribution Centers" is the term they used, till they had to get all stupid and use "Fulfillment Centers").

    At some point at the beginning of '99, Jeff Bezos and his crew made a really important decision. They opted not to be a low-capital seller of digital books, music, videos, and software and go all out with spending on big new Distribution Centers so they could sell EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING. That's when they decided to take on Wal-Mart.

    This was indeed during the era (in my mind, from the late 1990s through 2010) when the Chinese imports were turning from fairly decent and durable into Cheap China-made Crap.

    Replies: @Jack D

  212. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Anon7

    There's a place called 'The Book Thing' in Baltimore. Located on a random street in Baltimore's (dire) ghetto, it stocks thousands of books, nice old hardcover books, paperbacks, art books, you name it.

    There's a dock where (nice, white) people drop off boxes full of these books. They want the locals to come in and discover the pleasures of reading. Then there are the rooms where the books are carefully organized, like a quality indy book store. The books are all free. Take what you want, put them in your car, and off you go.

    I picked up several Le Carre hardcovers, the complete Shelby Foote Civil War, a brand new copy of A Man in Full. I wanted to go along with the spirit of the thing, so I brought some books of my own to donate.

    I saw maybe three or four blacks looking at books on the two occasions I visited. There were a few whites shamelessly loading up boxes of books, clearly intended for sale on ebay or whatever, but the neighborhood blegs couldn't even be bothered to do that.

    Good luck to this woman with her little library. She should put 'How to be a Racist Antiracist' in there, or 'White Frivolity,' so people can put them on their shelves and pretend they read them, too.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @PaceLaw, @Pericles

    Thanks for the tip! I also live in the suburban Baltimore region and had never heard of this store. It sounds too good to be true but it’s a real thing. I will definitely be checking it out soon.

    https://bookthing.org/

  213. @War for Blair Mountain
    In one of those little libraries I found a book on the blight that almost took down the French Wine Grape Industry written by a botanist….

    I also took home some interesting history books…..

    Found a book on sailboat keels…

    Found a book on hyper dimensional….interdimensional..…exotic matter supersymmetric stringy wormhole sewage treatment plants…I reached in to grab it…got sucked in and found myself sitting in a pub in Dingle Ireland…right next to Michael Collins who said to me:”Fucking African Negros in Dingle walking around all day…Who the Fuck ordered this shit?”….I exclaimed:”‘well Michael….The ADL ordered it to honor the memory of Leo Frank….Leo Frank…you eard of em? Blimey…he liked to rape and kill 13 year old Irish Factory Girls….”

    Replies: @El Dato

    That’s the plot for “Interstellar II: How deep does the Black Hole go?”

    • Replies: @War for Blair Mountain
    @El Dato

    As deep as the sub-Planck scale……which is the reason why you really gotta be careful when you grab one of those free books way deep in the back of these little free libraries…..at the Planck scale, you know, really weird shit can happen….But I really did have a interesting conversation with Irish Revolutionary Michael Collins about the Negro in Ireland….in a pub in Dingle Ireland….Then Michael and I brought some fish for Fungi the Dolphin…..

  214. @Achmed E. Newman
    @The Alarmist

    Heh!

    I might go in the direction of leaving old NRA magazines in there, such as my policy has been while traveling through airports in the NY area. Any of you guys seen the April '15 issue of America's First Freedom in the C Concourse at LaGuardia? I meant to finish that one, but I accidentally left it in the food court.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    Do they still publish Soldier of Fortune?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @The Alarmist

    Nope, Alarmist, wiki says it quit being published 5 years ago.

    My brother's roommate way back use to get that magazine.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    , @GeneralRipper
    @The Alarmist

    I own original issues of the first two years of SOF magazine.

    Me and my older brother used to take the transit bus to a place called Newsmart in Hamilton, just outside of Baltimore City, to buy it. They had a huge selection of magazines compared to your run of the mill drugstore.

  215. @Bardon Kaldlan
    I was wondering what to do with my old copy of Mein Kampf.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    I was wondering what to do with my old copy of Mein Kampf.

    Photocopy the dust jacket and use the copies to cover several innocuous old books. Re stock the little libraries all over town.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    Pure genius.

  216. @Prof. Woland
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I live near Berkeley CA. 20 years ago they liked to tout how they had 15 or so bookstores which at the time was more than the entire state of Wyoming. The problem was that 90% were all selling the same feminist friendly dreck. In a sense it was a book desert in spite of outward appearances. There was one exception, a bookstore on 4th street that sold construction / remodeling books that is now an apple store.

    The first time I heard about Amazon was people buying books. You could get authors and subjects that simply were not available and you did not have to get hassled or have your privacy compromised. Unfortunately, they expanded to sell cheap Chinese plastic crap and the rest is history.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Achmed E. Newman

    Amazon played a sizable role in my switching careers in the late 1990s because suddenly I could find books on obscure topics that interested me. Even living in Chicago, book availability was limited. There was a superb small book store, Stuart Brent’s on Michigan Ave., which I went to regularly to see which new books Mr. Brent was recommending. But it wasn’t big enough to supply all my interests. There was a theatrical book store where I bought Tom Stoppard’s plays before I went to see them. Then in the early to mid 1990s came a Barnes and Noble in Lincoln Park, which was a big step forward. But Amazon lifted book availability to a new level.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Steve Sailer

    You might have taken out a friends-of-the-library membership at one of the local colleges. They could have helped you with inter-library loan and contact information for vendors in re anything they did not keep in stock.

  217. @Prof. Woland
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I live near Berkeley CA. 20 years ago they liked to tout how they had 15 or so bookstores which at the time was more than the entire state of Wyoming. The problem was that 90% were all selling the same feminist friendly dreck. In a sense it was a book desert in spite of outward appearances. There was one exception, a bookstore on 4th street that sold construction / remodeling books that is now an apple store.

    The first time I heard about Amazon was people buying books. You could get authors and subjects that simply were not available and you did not have to get hassled or have your privacy compromised. Unfortunately, they expanded to sell cheap Chinese plastic crap and the rest is history.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Achmed E. Newman

    By Christmas of ’98, amazon was selling mostly books but also plenty of videos (both VHF and DVD), music in CD format, and software in CD format. There’s one thing in common with all 4 of those types of items – they can be sent over the wire. By late ’98 broadband was getting put in place in lots of businesses but plenty of residences too. All the stuff could have been sold with NO WAREHOUSES (“Distribution Centers” is the term they used, till they had to get all stupid and use “Fulfillment Centers”).

    At some point at the beginning of ’99, Jeff Bezos and his crew made a really important decision. They opted not to be a low-capital seller of digital books, music, videos, and software and go all out with spending on big new Distribution Centers so they could sell EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING. That’s when they decided to take on Wal-Mart.

    This was indeed during the era (in my mind, from the late 1990s through 2010) when the Chinese imports were turning from fairly decent and durable into Cheap China-made Crap.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Before the 1990s, there weren't many China imports at all, unless they were porcelain tea sets and the like. I have an older Chinese cleaver that is marked MADE IN CHINA and the N is backwards probably because whoever made the die couldn't read the Roman alphabet (it's soft carbon steel which takes an edge easily but dulls easily too and rusts instantly). I don't recall some golden age where Red China was exporting high quality products and then turned to lower quality stuff. Most of the stuff coming from state owned factories in the '80s and before was anything but high quality - soy sauce in leaky bottles with soft plastic tops and the poorly translated labels applied crooked.

    Sometimes I pick up older hand tools and kitchen utensils and such and if they are from before the '90s they are marked "Made in Taiwan" or for the really old stuff "Made in Japan". Now I am beginning to see stuff marked "Made in Vietnam". As each country reaches middle income status, the market goes looking for a low labor cost country to replace it. The early examples from each country are often quite crude but then they increase in sophistication.

    The Chinese today will make anything you want to the price point that you want. They know how to make high quality stuff but Western consumers mostly prefer cheap. For example, in small appliances the upscape Breville line is made to their spec in China and the appliances are quite nice (although frankly not worth the premium that they are charging). The same factory that will make a nicely finished $350 stainless microwave for Breville will make a back to school special $49 painted "Procter Silex" microwave for Target (and your slice of pizza will still get hot). You tell them the price point and they will make something for you at that price point, cutting as many corners as necessary in order to hit it. (BTW, there is a company called Midea which you probably never heard of which makes almost every brand of microwave that you can buy in the US: Toshiba, GE, Magic Chef, B&D, Insignia, Whirlpool, Sharp, Breville, Silex, Hamilton Beach, etc. - they are all from the same enormous Midea factory nowadays (and largely the same internally). Before that, they were all from a different Chinese company that you never heard of called Galanz.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  218. @The Alarmist
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Do they still publish Soldier of Fortune?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @GeneralRipper

    Nope, Alarmist, wiki says it quit being published 5 years ago.

    My brother’s roommate way back use to get that magazine.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That’s a shame ... that would be a fun title to leave at an airport.

  219. @Steve Sailer
    @Prof. Woland

    Amazon played a sizable role in my switching careers in the late 1990s because suddenly I could find books on obscure topics that interested me. Even living in Chicago, book availability was limited. There was a superb small book store, Stuart Brent's on Michigan Ave., which I went to regularly to see which new books Mr. Brent was recommending. But it wasn't big enough to supply all my interests. There was a theatrical book store where I bought Tom Stoppard's plays before I went to see them. Then in the early to mid 1990s came a Barnes and Noble in Lincoln Park, which was a big step forward. But Amazon lifted book availability to a new level.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    You might have taken out a friends-of-the-library membership at one of the local colleges. They could have helped you with inter-library loan and contact information for vendors in re anything they did not keep in stock.

  220. @Altai
    An adjacent situation. Why are there so many white people at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Fran?

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1467271012165173248

    https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1467275572971671552

    By all those exceptionally rude racist middle class white and Asian hipsters in the Bay Area no doubt! Or might this be another example of the conflict of middle class black female SJWs being unable to reconcile their love of something Western and white, like Victorian and Edwardian fashion, with the reality of where it came from and being disruptive and making things about them when they enter a place they aren't exactly helpful in? Do people really want the experience of a very large black woman with an American accent with blood red dyed hair as part of their 'Great Dickens Christmas Fair'. I'm sure it's not nice to have the occasional somewhat clueless but well-meaning person inquire about your role and if you're a slave but to go nuclear on it and declare the place has a problem with racism is absurd.

    So many hobbies and subcultures that tattooed neon hairs have ruined. Because in reality 'tattooed neon hair' is code for BPD or some other cluster B disorder and that's just what they do.

    Tumblr was a cancer because it allowed people like that to congregate in large numbers and build fandoms etc to inflict themselves into in the real world as well as introduce them to post-modern SJWism that they took up as a great crusade onto broader social media. The drama must flow.

    This is apparently what it looked like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF74yeEi-X4

    Replies: @Jack D, @Arclight, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Pericles

    Presumably much if not all of it was fake, but if it happened, I assume the one that got called Sally Hemings was did done so by a black?

  221. @Achmed E. Newman
    @The Alarmist

    Nope, Alarmist, wiki says it quit being published 5 years ago.

    My brother's roommate way back use to get that magazine.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    That’s a shame … that would be a fun title to leave at an airport.

  222. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Prof. Woland

    By Christmas of '98, amazon was selling mostly books but also plenty of videos (both VHF and DVD), music in CD format, and software in CD format. There's one thing in common with all 4 of those types of items - they can be sent over the wire. By late '98 broadband was getting put in place in lots of businesses but plenty of residences too. All the stuff could have been sold with NO WAREHOUSES ("Distribution Centers" is the term they used, till they had to get all stupid and use "Fulfillment Centers").

    At some point at the beginning of '99, Jeff Bezos and his crew made a really important decision. They opted not to be a low-capital seller of digital books, music, videos, and software and go all out with spending on big new Distribution Centers so they could sell EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING. That's when they decided to take on Wal-Mart.

    This was indeed during the era (in my mind, from the late 1990s through 2010) when the Chinese imports were turning from fairly decent and durable into Cheap China-made Crap.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Before the 1990s, there weren’t many China imports at all, unless they were porcelain tea sets and the like. I have an older Chinese cleaver that is marked MADE IN CHINA and the N is backwards probably because whoever made the die couldn’t read the Roman alphabet (it’s soft carbon steel which takes an edge easily but dulls easily too and rusts instantly). I don’t recall some golden age where Red China was exporting high quality products and then turned to lower quality stuff. Most of the stuff coming from state owned factories in the ’80s and before was anything but high quality – soy sauce in leaky bottles with soft plastic tops and the poorly translated labels applied crooked.

    Sometimes I pick up older hand tools and kitchen utensils and such and if they are from before the ’90s they are marked “Made in Taiwan” or for the really old stuff “Made in Japan”. Now I am beginning to see stuff marked “Made in Vietnam”. As each country reaches middle income status, the market goes looking for a low labor cost country to replace it. The early examples from each country are often quite crude but then they increase in sophistication.

    The Chinese today will make anything you want to the price point that you want. They know how to make high quality stuff but Western consumers mostly prefer cheap. For example, in small appliances the upscape Breville line is made to their spec in China and the appliances are quite nice (although frankly not worth the premium that they are charging). The same factory that will make a nicely finished \$350 stainless microwave for Breville will make a back to school special \$49 painted “Procter Silex” microwave for Target (and your slice of pizza will still get hot). You tell them the price point and they will make something for you at that price point, cutting as many corners as necessary in order to hit it. (BTW, there is a company called Midea which you probably never heard of which makes almost every brand of microwave that you can buy in the US: Toshiba, GE, Magic Chef, B&D, Insignia, Whirlpool, Sharp, Breville, Silex, Hamilton Beach, etc. – they are all from the same enormous Midea factory nowadays (and largely the same internally). Before that, they were all from a different Chinese company that you never heard of called Galanz.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Jack D

    I remember all this, Jack. When I was a kid, the cheap toys had "Made in Taiwan, R.O.C." stamped on them. Later there was some Japanese stuff, but they did better with the quality cameras and autos. Yes, the mainland Chinese products didn't start to come until 1995 or so. Before that, most consumer goods at a K-Mart or such were made in America.

    There's more to it than the way you put it, as far as quality goes. The quality was very good early on, because Big Biz had already saved a ton in cheap labor by shipping manufacturing over there, so they could still make good stuff* and lots of profit. However, you know that their profit must not stay stable, but keep increasing, so the bonuses can keep rising. Therefore, THEY decided, NOT the consumer, to slowly move toward making the cheap breakable crap.

    Most of the time, Jack, there is no CHOICE, and no INFORMATION on such choices, for the consumer to pick out a quality product at 2 or 3 times the price. When you see something expensive, it's often STILL made in China and it may break quickly just the same. There is no more Schwinn Stingray bike that can last a kid's childhood with a few parts bought here and there.

    I could go on about this - see the posts with the "Cheap China-made Crap" I linked-to above rather than have me repeat it all.

    BTW, an additonal factor, starting around 2010 or so, has been the the Chinese don't have that pre-1-child-policy cheap labor anymore. Much manufacturing is outsourced to Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

    Do you want to know about Q/A in the making of face masks in China, Jack? I was there, at the plant. Let me know, and I'll write more. It's a hoot, man, let me tell you!


    .

    * I still have flannel shirts that I bought 20 years ago from Wal-Mart, made in China. The collars are all finally going... it's hard to say "bye"...

    Replies: @Jack D

  223. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Altai

    The Victorian writer George Borrow met a Caribbean black on the city wall of Chester, England in 1854. Borrow wasn't impressed at all by him.


    Once did I make the compass of the city upon the walls, and was beginning to do the same a second time, when I stumbled against a black, who, with his arms leaning upon the wall, was spitting over it, in the direction of the river. I apologised, and contrived to enter into conversation with him. He was tolerably well dressed, had a hairy cap on his head, was about forty years of age, and brutishly ugly, his features scarcely resembling those of a human being. He told me he was a native of Antigua, a blacksmith by trade, and had been a slave.

    I asked him if he could speak any language besides English, and received for answer that besides English, he could speak Spanish and French. Forthwith I spoke to him in Spanish, but he did not understand me. I then asked him to speak to me in Spanish, but he could not. “Surely you can tell me the word for water in Spanish,” said I; he, however, was not able. “How is it,” said I, “that, pretending to be acquainted with Spanish, you do not even know the word for water?” He said he could not tell, but supposed that he had forgotten the Spanish language, adding however, that he could speak French perfectly. I spoke to him in French—he did not understand me: I told him to speak to me in French, but he did not. I then asked him the word for bread in French, but he could not tell me.

    I made no observations on his ignorance, but inquired how he liked being a slave? He said not at all; that it was very bad to be a slave, as a slave was forced to work. I asked him if he did not work now that he was free? He said very seldom; that he did not like work, and that it did not agree with him. I asked how he came into England, and he said that wishing to see England, he had come over with a gentleman as his servant, but that as soon as he got there, he had left his master, as he did not like work.

    I asked him how he contrived to live in England without working? He said that any black might live in England without working; that all he had to do was to attend religious meetings, and speak against slavery and the Americans. I asked him if he had done so. He said he had, and that the religious people were very kind to him, and gave him money, and that a religious lady was going to marry him. I asked him if he knew anything about the Americans? He said he did, and that they were very bad people, who kept slaves and flogged them.

    “And quite right too,” said I, “if they are lazy rascals like yourself, who want to eat without working. What a pretty set of knaves or fools must they be, who encourage a fellow like you to speak against negro slavery, of the necessity for which you yourself are a living instance, and against a people of whom you know as much as of French or Spanish.” Then leaving the black, who made no other answer to what I said, than by spitting with considerable force in the direction of the river, I continued making my second compass of the city upon the wall.
     

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too. Slavery had been abolished in Antigua for 20 years by 1854. The quote is from Wild Wales, available free at Gutenberg.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Harry Baldwin, @thud

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too.

    It’s amazing to read 19th-century abolitionist literature. Those people were as progressive as anyone today. They had a better excuse for their naïveté than today’s equivalent, though.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Harry Baldwin

    The only difference is the clothing.

    The dramatis personae are exactly the same. But it's not just women. Look the men of the abolitionist movement, and their intellectual circle. Same dogmatic inflexibility, worship of violence, worship of blacks, Catholic-hatred, penchant for bizarre sexuality, and total economic illiteracy.

    Only difference is Protestant nativism. A lot of proto-Abolitionists were Nativists in the 1840s-50s.

  224. @John Johnson
    @Paperback Writer

    What happened is that he killed her and then went to another house to get supplies for the getaway. In the process of robbing house #2 he shot himself in the foot. He then begged the home owner to call the police.

    Supposedly he had an AR-15 which makes it all stranger. Probably a ghost gun but still a bad choice for burglary.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Paperback Writer

    Thank you. I thought that was it but I just blanked out by the last grafs. I’m overloading on joggers.

  225. @Harry Baldwin
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too.

    It's amazing to read 19th-century abolitionist literature. Those people were as progressive as anyone today. They had a better excuse for their naïveté than today's equivalent, though.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    The only difference is the clothing.

    The dramatis personae are exactly the same. But it’s not just women. Look the men of the abolitionist movement, and their intellectual circle. Same dogmatic inflexibility, worship of violence, worship of blacks, Catholic-hatred, penchant for bizarre sexuality, and total economic illiteracy.

    Only difference is Protestant nativism. A lot of proto-Abolitionists were Nativists in the 1840s-50s.

  226. @El Dato
    @War for Blair Mountain

    That's the plot for "Interstellar II: How deep does the Black Hole go?"

    Replies: @War for Blair Mountain

    As deep as the sub-Planck scale……which is the reason why you really gotta be careful when you grab one of those free books way deep in the back of these little free libraries…..at the Planck scale, you know, really weird shit can happen….But I really did have a interesting conversation with Irish Revolutionary Michael Collins about the Negro in Ireland….in a pub in Dingle Ireland….Then Michael and I brought some fish for Fungi the Dolphin…..

  227. @John Johnson
    @Paperback Writer

    What happened is that he killed her and then went to another house to get supplies for the getaway. In the process of robbing house #2 he shot himself in the foot. He then begged the home owner to call the police.

    Supposedly he had an AR-15 which makes it all stranger. Probably a ghost gun but still a bad choice for burglary.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Paperback Writer

    • Replies: @usNthem
    @Paperback Writer

    How tragic - apparently yet another under appreciated risk of mudsharking. The joys of simian vibrancy know no bounds.

  228. @Jack D
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Before the 1990s, there weren't many China imports at all, unless they were porcelain tea sets and the like. I have an older Chinese cleaver that is marked MADE IN CHINA and the N is backwards probably because whoever made the die couldn't read the Roman alphabet (it's soft carbon steel which takes an edge easily but dulls easily too and rusts instantly). I don't recall some golden age where Red China was exporting high quality products and then turned to lower quality stuff. Most of the stuff coming from state owned factories in the '80s and before was anything but high quality - soy sauce in leaky bottles with soft plastic tops and the poorly translated labels applied crooked.

    Sometimes I pick up older hand tools and kitchen utensils and such and if they are from before the '90s they are marked "Made in Taiwan" or for the really old stuff "Made in Japan". Now I am beginning to see stuff marked "Made in Vietnam". As each country reaches middle income status, the market goes looking for a low labor cost country to replace it. The early examples from each country are often quite crude but then they increase in sophistication.

    The Chinese today will make anything you want to the price point that you want. They know how to make high quality stuff but Western consumers mostly prefer cheap. For example, in small appliances the upscape Breville line is made to their spec in China and the appliances are quite nice (although frankly not worth the premium that they are charging). The same factory that will make a nicely finished $350 stainless microwave for Breville will make a back to school special $49 painted "Procter Silex" microwave for Target (and your slice of pizza will still get hot). You tell them the price point and they will make something for you at that price point, cutting as many corners as necessary in order to hit it. (BTW, there is a company called Midea which you probably never heard of which makes almost every brand of microwave that you can buy in the US: Toshiba, GE, Magic Chef, B&D, Insignia, Whirlpool, Sharp, Breville, Silex, Hamilton Beach, etc. - they are all from the same enormous Midea factory nowadays (and largely the same internally). Before that, they were all from a different Chinese company that you never heard of called Galanz.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I remember all this, Jack. When I was a kid, the cheap toys had “Made in Taiwan, R.O.C.” stamped on them. Later there was some Japanese stuff, but they did better with the quality cameras and autos. Yes, the mainland Chinese products didn’t start to come until 1995 or so. Before that, most consumer goods at a K-Mart or such were made in America.

    There’s more to it than the way you put it, as far as quality goes. The quality was very good early on, because Big Biz had already saved a ton in cheap labor by shipping manufacturing over there, so they could still make good stuff* and lots of profit. However, you know that their profit must not stay stable, but keep increasing, so the bonuses can keep rising. Therefore, THEY decided, NOT the consumer, to slowly move toward making the cheap breakable crap.

    Most of the time, Jack, there is no CHOICE, and no INFORMATION on such choices, for the consumer to pick out a quality product at 2 or 3 times the price. When you see something expensive, it’s often STILL made in China and it may break quickly just the same. There is no more Schwinn Stingray bike that can last a kid’s childhood with a few parts bought here and there.

    I could go on about this – see the posts with the “Cheap China-made Crap” I linked-to above rather than have me repeat it all.

    BTW, an additonal factor, starting around 2010 or so, has been the the Chinese don’t have that pre-1-child-policy cheap labor anymore. Much manufacturing is outsourced to Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

    Do you want to know about Q/A in the making of face masks in China, Jack? I was there, at the plant. Let me know, and I’ll write more. It’s a hoot, man, let me tell you!

    .

    * I still have flannel shirts that I bought 20 years ago from Wal-Mart, made in China. The collars are all finally going… it’s hard to say “bye”…

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://www.amazon.com/Poorly-Made-China-Insiders-Production/dp/0470928077

    Poorly Made in China reveals industry secrets, including the dangerous practice of quality fade―the deliberate and secret habit of Chinese manufacturers to widen profit margins through the reduction of quality inputs....

    This is the old drug dealer's trick- the first batch you buy is really nice and then after that....

    I agree with you that price is not always an indication of quality. Those Breville microwaves look real nice on the outside but if you open up the case, it's the exact same Midea internals as a $49 Hamilton Beach.
    Another little known secret is if you buy a large and small microwave from the same brand the larger one is often literally just that - a bigger box but no more power.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  229. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Anon7

    There's a place called 'The Book Thing' in Baltimore. Located on a random street in Baltimore's (dire) ghetto, it stocks thousands of books, nice old hardcover books, paperbacks, art books, you name it.

    There's a dock where (nice, white) people drop off boxes full of these books. They want the locals to come in and discover the pleasures of reading. Then there are the rooms where the books are carefully organized, like a quality indy book store. The books are all free. Take what you want, put them in your car, and off you go.

    I picked up several Le Carre hardcovers, the complete Shelby Foote Civil War, a brand new copy of A Man in Full. I wanted to go along with the spirit of the thing, so I brought some books of my own to donate.

    I saw maybe three or four blacks looking at books on the two occasions I visited. There were a few whites shamelessly loading up boxes of books, clearly intended for sale on ebay or whatever, but the neighborhood blegs couldn't even be bothered to do that.

    Good luck to this woman with her little library. She should put 'How to be a Racist Antiracist' in there, or 'White Frivolity,' so people can put them on their shelves and pretend they read them, too.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @PaceLaw, @Pericles

    I had to look this up, and Book Thing can be seen on Google Maps. It’s on Vineyard Lane and is “open just once a month”. Well. There are furthermore two other bookstores quite nearby. Who would have thought this about the ghetto? Meanwhile, my old favorites are dropping one by one.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @Pericles

    Open once a month might be a pandemic thing. It's staffed by volunteers, too, so... Anyway, when I went there it was open on consecutive days.

  230. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Altai

    The Victorian writer George Borrow met a Caribbean black on the city wall of Chester, England in 1854. Borrow wasn't impressed at all by him.


    Once did I make the compass of the city upon the walls, and was beginning to do the same a second time, when I stumbled against a black, who, with his arms leaning upon the wall, was spitting over it, in the direction of the river. I apologised, and contrived to enter into conversation with him. He was tolerably well dressed, had a hairy cap on his head, was about forty years of age, and brutishly ugly, his features scarcely resembling those of a human being. He told me he was a native of Antigua, a blacksmith by trade, and had been a slave.

    I asked him if he could speak any language besides English, and received for answer that besides English, he could speak Spanish and French. Forthwith I spoke to him in Spanish, but he did not understand me. I then asked him to speak to me in Spanish, but he could not. “Surely you can tell me the word for water in Spanish,” said I; he, however, was not able. “How is it,” said I, “that, pretending to be acquainted with Spanish, you do not even know the word for water?” He said he could not tell, but supposed that he had forgotten the Spanish language, adding however, that he could speak French perfectly. I spoke to him in French—he did not understand me: I told him to speak to me in French, but he did not. I then asked him the word for bread in French, but he could not tell me.

    I made no observations on his ignorance, but inquired how he liked being a slave? He said not at all; that it was very bad to be a slave, as a slave was forced to work. I asked him if he did not work now that he was free? He said very seldom; that he did not like work, and that it did not agree with him. I asked how he came into England, and he said that wishing to see England, he had come over with a gentleman as his servant, but that as soon as he got there, he had left his master, as he did not like work.

    I asked him how he contrived to live in England without working? He said that any black might live in England without working; that all he had to do was to attend religious meetings, and speak against slavery and the Americans. I asked him if he had done so. He said he had, and that the religious people were very kind to him, and gave him money, and that a religious lady was going to marry him. I asked him if he knew anything about the Americans? He said he did, and that they were very bad people, who kept slaves and flogged them.

    “And quite right too,” said I, “if they are lazy rascals like yourself, who want to eat without working. What a pretty set of knaves or fools must they be, who encourage a fellow like you to speak against negro slavery, of the necessity for which you yourself are a living instance, and against a people of whom you know as much as of French or Spanish.” Then leaving the black, who made no other answer to what I said, than by spitting with considerable force in the direction of the river, I continued making my second compass of the city upon the wall.
     

    Nice, gullible SJW ladies existed in those days, too. Slavery had been abolished in Antigua for 20 years by 1854. The quote is from Wild Wales, available free at Gutenberg.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Harry Baldwin, @thud

    I walk Chester city walls most weeks, Mr Borrow and I seem to have rather a lot in common and not just our recreational walks.

  231. @Paperback Writer
    @John Johnson

    https://twitter.com/Oprah/status/1466241693188034560?s=20

    Replies: @usNthem

    How tragic – apparently yet another under appreciated risk of mudsharking. The joys of simian vibrancy know no bounds.

  232. She’s black. Or rather, was.

  233. @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Bardon Kaldlan


    I was wondering what to do with my old copy of Mein Kampf.
     
    Photocopy the dust jacket and use the copies to cover several innocuous old books. Re stock the little libraries all over town.

    Replies: @JMcG

    Pure genius.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  234. GeneralRipper [AKA "Nemo me impune lacessit"] says:
    @The Alarmist
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Do they still publish Soldier of Fortune?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @GeneralRipper

    I own original issues of the first two years of SOF magazine.

    Me and my older brother used to take the transit bus to a place called Newsmart in Hamilton, just outside of Baltimore City, to buy it. They had a huge selection of magazines compared to your run of the mill drugstore.

  235. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Jack D

    I remember all this, Jack. When I was a kid, the cheap toys had "Made in Taiwan, R.O.C." stamped on them. Later there was some Japanese stuff, but they did better with the quality cameras and autos. Yes, the mainland Chinese products didn't start to come until 1995 or so. Before that, most consumer goods at a K-Mart or such were made in America.

    There's more to it than the way you put it, as far as quality goes. The quality was very good early on, because Big Biz had already saved a ton in cheap labor by shipping manufacturing over there, so they could still make good stuff* and lots of profit. However, you know that their profit must not stay stable, but keep increasing, so the bonuses can keep rising. Therefore, THEY decided, NOT the consumer, to slowly move toward making the cheap breakable crap.

    Most of the time, Jack, there is no CHOICE, and no INFORMATION on such choices, for the consumer to pick out a quality product at 2 or 3 times the price. When you see something expensive, it's often STILL made in China and it may break quickly just the same. There is no more Schwinn Stingray bike that can last a kid's childhood with a few parts bought here and there.

    I could go on about this - see the posts with the "Cheap China-made Crap" I linked-to above rather than have me repeat it all.

    BTW, an additonal factor, starting around 2010 or so, has been the the Chinese don't have that pre-1-child-policy cheap labor anymore. Much manufacturing is outsourced to Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

    Do you want to know about Q/A in the making of face masks in China, Jack? I was there, at the plant. Let me know, and I'll write more. It's a hoot, man, let me tell you!


    .

    * I still have flannel shirts that I bought 20 years ago from Wal-Mart, made in China. The collars are all finally going... it's hard to say "bye"...

    Replies: @Jack D

    Poorly Made in China reveals industry secrets, including the dangerous practice of quality fade―the deliberate and secret habit of Chinese manufacturers to widen profit margins through the reduction of quality inputs….

    This is the old drug dealer’s trick- the first batch you buy is really nice and then after that….

    I agree with you that price is not always an indication of quality. Those Breville microwaves look real nice on the outside but if you open up the case, it’s the exact same Midea internals as a \$49 Hamilton Beach.
    Another little known secret is if you buy a large and small microwave from the same brand the larger one is often literally just that – a bigger box but no more power.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Jack D

    Thanks for the book suggestion, Jack. It's on the way!

    I fortunately do not have that experience with the drug dealers, but I'll take your word on how it happened to you - see there's one of your 3 felonies for today. ;-}

    Some of the Q/A problems do not originate from marketing or engineering, but from the production people. In the face mask business, the boss saved money by leaving out one little part... the filter material. Oh, but don't worry - that was just for sales in the domestic market. Then that one container with too many defective pieces got sent back across the oceans by the German customer, and the boss tried to pawn it off as new stuff to a Mexican customer. She had a talk with the saleswoman about it on the ride home from the trade show. Unfortunately, that Mexican customer traveling along too knew Chinese, so he heard that whole conversation ... I guess it wasn't funny then ...

  236. @Jack D
    @Achmed E. Newman

    https://www.amazon.com/Poorly-Made-China-Insiders-Production/dp/0470928077

    Poorly Made in China reveals industry secrets, including the dangerous practice of quality fade―the deliberate and secret habit of Chinese manufacturers to widen profit margins through the reduction of quality inputs....

    This is the old drug dealer's trick- the first batch you buy is really nice and then after that....

    I agree with you that price is not always an indication of quality. Those Breville microwaves look real nice on the outside but if you open up the case, it's the exact same Midea internals as a $49 Hamilton Beach.
    Another little known secret is if you buy a large and small microwave from the same brand the larger one is often literally just that - a bigger box but no more power.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks for the book suggestion, Jack. It’s on the way!

    I fortunately do not have that experience with the drug dealers, but I’ll take your word on how it happened to you – see there’s one of your 3 felonies for today. ;-}

    Some of the Q/A problems do not originate from marketing or engineering, but from the production people. In the face mask business, the boss saved money by leaving out one little part… the filter material. Oh, but don’t worry – that was just for sales in the domestic market. Then that one container with too many defective pieces got sent back across the oceans by the German customer, and the boss tried to pawn it off as new stuff to a Mexican customer. She had a talk with the saleswoman about it on the ride home from the trade show. Unfortunately, that Mexican customer traveling along too knew Chinese, so he heard that whole conversation … I guess it wasn’t funny then …

  237. @Polistra
    @Altai

    Whatever her lineage, Ms. Kaplan has that smug look of privilege down pat.

    Replies: @duncsbaby

    None of Altai’s pics are of Ms. Kaplan. Here’s one I found after DDGing her name.

  238. @Colin Wright
    @SafeNow

    'Not the black family I saw in a tv commercial...'

    There are no book stores in black neighborhoods. What do you expect?

    Replies: @SafeNow, @Herp McDerp

    For entirely racist reasons, black people are forced by evil white people to live in “book deserts.”

  239. @Pericles
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    I had to look this up, and Book Thing can be seen on Google Maps. It's on Vineyard Lane and is "open just once a month". Well. There are furthermore two other bookstores quite nearby. Who would have thought this about the ghetto? Meanwhile, my old favorites are dropping one by one.

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Open once a month might be a pandemic thing. It’s staffed by volunteers, too, so… Anyway, when I went there it was open on consecutive days.

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