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From the New York Times:

Here Comes Lindy West, and She’s Holding a Broom

By Morgan Jerkins
Nov. 5, 2019

THE WITCHES ARE COMING
By Lindy West

272 pp. Hachette Books. $27.

The writer and feminist extraordinaire Lindy West has never been one to shy away from conflict. Whether it’s confronting online trolls or debating comedians about whether rape jokes belong in the “cultural conversation,”

Both Lindy West (the white authoress) and Morgan Jerkins (the black revieweress) are background noise-quality iSteve content generators.

West has long managed to balance fearlessness with vulnerability — the kind that’s a relative of honesty, which is the best kind. And she’s prolific, with essays and articles appearing in The New York Times, The Stranger, Jezebel and The Guardian; plus her best-selling memoir, “Shrill,” and the Hulu series it inspired; and now, her essay collection, “The Witches Are Coming,” which is a manifesto for the post-Obama, pre-impeachment-investigation, #MeToo era.

At least, it’s a manifesto for some people.

… The problem is, West’s “you” feels heavily focused on white, cisgender men while overlooking the fact that white women can be just as invested in white supremacy as their male counterparts. …

O.K., fine. She’s pointing out that women can be pathologized for their intelligence and that fat women are a constant source for jokes. This may be true. But West never connects the dots to the bigger picture, where white women have been overrepresented in media since time immemorial while people of color — irrespective of size or intellect — are still fighting for visibility and freedom from menial, poverty-stricken or criminal roles (or all of the above). …

True and true. But West herself willfully ignores the ways that prejudice against the L.G.B.T. community intersects with so many other kinds of oppression — or else, just as damning, she simply doesn’t see it. In a chapter trying to center the humanity of L.G.B.T. people, it seems odd that she skates over the death of Muhlaysia Booker, the 23-year-old black trans woman who was murdered in May in Dallas, just a 90-minute drive from Waco. West never acknowledges the epidemic of violence toward black trans women, and the single sentence about Booker feels perfunctory to the point of offensiveness.

Morgan Jerkins is the author of “This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America.”

 
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  1. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: The upcoming regicide of Dairy Queen

    A Farewell to Dairy Queens
    A spate of closures of the iconic restaurant chain has left many communities in the lurch.
    Texas Monthly |

    Loren Steffy

    On one Thursday afternoon, the front lawns of Lockney, a South Plains farming town of fewer than two thousand, were still dusted with the windblown residue of the cotton harvest. Main Street was largely deserted, and most of the storefronts were empty. Though locals long ago became hardened to news of economic woes, the latest casualty was one that few could fathom: the local Dairy Queen, the iconic fast-food mainstay of small-town Texas, closed in late October. “They came in during the night and took everything,” said Buster Poling, Lockney’s city manager.

    Now the store is a hollow shell sitting in the shadow of the town’s rusted water tower. Its red roof is marked with a teardrop-shaped scar where the DQ logo once perched. Inside, the menu boards have been stripped clean. On a side window, “Go Horns” is still written in white shoe polish, a tribute to the local high school football team, whose fans would gather at Dairy Queen after games.

    The old saying that every Texas town has a Dairy Queen is no longer true for many communities, especially the agricultural hamlets of the Panhandle, which have been disproportionately affected by a spate of closures. On October 30, 2017, Vasari LLC, which operated about 70 Dairy Queens across Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, filed for bankruptcy and announced it was closing 29 stores, 10 of them in the Panhandle.

    In Haskell, about 150 miles southeast of Lockney, city manager Janet Moeller was so concerned when she heard about the closure in her town that she called her counterpart in Graham to see if the owners of its Dairy Queen would buy the Haskell site and reopen it. So far, nothing has come of the request. “It’s devastating for Haskell,” she said.

    Vasari’s explanations for its troubles are puzzling. Its bankruptcy filing claims that many of its restaurants are located in “prime oil country” and were hurt by declining oil prices. Yet only three—in Hobbs, New Mexico; Denver City; and Seagraves, all southwest of Lubbock—are close to the oil patch. Most are in cities like Post, Claude, and Perryton, in the heart of cotton country. Vasari also blamed its demise on Hurricane Harvey, claiming that it ruined inventory and damaged stores. But most store closures weren’t in areas battered by the storm. (Neither Vasari officials nor their bankruptcy attorneys responded to requests for comment.)

    Deep in the bankruptcy documents, in a subsequent filing, Vasari hinted at a more deep-rooted problem: while some of its stores were profitable, the company “as a whole [was] facing net operating losses that [could not] continue unabated.” That might have left the Panhandle locations particularly vulnerable. Though most seemed to be doing a healthy business, at least in the eyes of locals, supplying remote towns miles from the interstate is an expensive proposition. Vasari doubtless burned through a lot of money paying for gas, cargo space air-conditioning, and truckers’ salaries in order to get frozen burger patties and soft-serve ice cream to restaurants that weren’t exactly booming. “In small-town fast-food restaurants, the profit margins are small,” said Mary Dawson, an associate dean at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, at the University of Houston.

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/a-farewell-to-dairy-queens?

    I wonder if the real problem isn’t the chain’s notorious fucking over of franchise owners with high product costs and arbitrary deletion of products from the supply chain and menu. You can’t get them to make a chocolate soda any more, they have no butterscotch, etc, etc.

  2. Was anyone involved in Booker’s death or beating a person of color?

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
  3. JimB says:

    Desktop publishing is one of the largest sources of global methane production after pig farms and landfills.

  4. Lot says:

    “white women have been overrepresented in media since time immemorial “

    #CavePaintingsSoWhite

    This from our national’s nominal paper of record!

    • Replies: @Anon
  5. MattinLA says:

    Loving it. West: “Look at all them evil white men! We’ll defeat them with our womanly lesbian bitchiness!” Jerkins: ” who’s ‘we’, kemosabe? “

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  6. West never acknowledges the epidemic of violence toward black trans women, and the single sentence about Booker feels perfunctory to the point of offensiveness.

    It’s an epidemic, don’t ya know. And white men wearing MAGA hats are the ones doing it. Yep.

    Just like the poor, idiots, and crazy people, and crooks, will always be with us. Sacha Baron Cohen made a career, at least for awhile, going around making fun of unsophisticated people who express themselves clumsily. Fine.

    But what are we to make of a society where the opinion page of our most prestigious and allegedly influential newspaper regularly features some of the dumbest, most deranged, and dishonest people in that society?

  7. Tomas says:

    OT: Is there an evolutionary reason that green eyes are considered more attractive than light blue, hazel, dark blue, grey, or brown eyes?

    • Replies: @Jon
    , @Charon
  8. Bill P says:

    Lundy West used to do restaurant reviews in Seattle.

    She seems to have an erotic attachment to food. She writes with a passion for a hamburger such as I’ve never seen before:

    The Wagyu patty was soft without being insubstantial, drippier, darker, and beefier than its counterpart. The Wagyu burger made you forget that ketchup exists. Seriously, it was so good. If my mother were a cow, I would still eat this hamburger. If I were a hamburger, I would eat this hamburger. If I were this hamburger, I would eat myself.

    https://www.thestranger.com/seattle/uneeda-eat-this-immediately-if-not-sooner/Content?oid=6676063

    • Replies: @Charon
    , @anonymous
  9. Anon[839] • Disclaimer says:

    I hate book reviews that are basically, “This isn’t the book I’d have written, if I had the discipline to write books rather than book reviews. The book I’d have written is this …. Since I don’t have time to write it, the author here should have written it, rather than the one she wrote.”

    • LOL: Laurence Whelk
  10. @Larry, San Francisco

    I doubt anyone involved was not a person of color.

  11. Whitehall says:

    But what about their hair?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  12. Black transwomen probably do have high mortality rates, but so do many blacks living in poor black areas. It seems to come with the territory.

    Can’t blame a middle class white women for not being aware of every nuance of black on black crime.

  13. “Yeah? Muh laysia!”

    • Agree: Glaivester
    • Replies: @Glaivester
  14. @alt right moderate

    Black female impersonators tend to be prostitutes.

    My wife’s friend A. lived in Chicago’s Boys Town, which was a pretty safe place for women due to the streets being filled with men, none of whom wanted to harass women. But one time she had to get up super early in the dark on Sunday and get a bus on Broadway. While she was standing on the corner in the dark, the 6’4″ black guy in a miniskirt and 5″ heels who was one of the sights of the neighborhood started shoving her, screaming “This is my corner, bitch! Get your own corner!”

    • LOL: jim jones
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  15. Glaivester says: • Website
    @Lockean Proviso

    Darn. You said it before I could.

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  16. Jon says:
    @Tomas

    Green is rare, blue slightly less so, and brown not rare at all.

  17. So the black lesbian doesn’t consider African fertility statues art? Oh wait, whites had those too, us racist bastards!
    And people wonder why Trump canceled the White House subscriptions to NYT and WaPo.

  18. Truth says:

    That is obviously a “Beckton” not a Becky.

    Are you F- guys blind or what?

  19. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Christian

    Here’s to the losers….

    I bet those girls weren’t too sad when Bryan and Lorenzo ripped the old airline to shreds….

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  20. syonredux says:

    The problem is, West’s “you” feels heavily focused on white, cisgender men while overlooking the fact that white women can be just as invested in white supremacy as their male counterparts.

    It’s interesting how the WOKE have pretty much stopped talking about racism recently. In the current year, the preferred term of opprobrium is “White supremacy”…..Which is kinda fitting, as the WOKE can’t quite seem to grasp that it’s not 1919…..

    O.K., fine. She’s pointing out that women can be pathologized for their intelligence and that fat women are a constant source for jokes. This may be true. But West never connects the dots to the bigger picture, where white women have been overrepresented in media since time immemorial while people of color — irrespective of size or intellect — are still fighting for visibility and freedom from menial, poverty-stricken or criminal roles (or all of the above). …

    Whole lotta art is gonna have to come down…..

  21. syonredux says:

    Morgan Jerkins

    Her ideal world;

  22. @Steve Sailer

    Black female impersonators tend to be prostitutes.

    Richard Belzer in blackface and drag, 1974:

  23. Given her size and wind cross-section, that broom must have one heck of an engine to generate the thrust-to-weight ratio needed to give her lift-off.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  24. Charon says:
    @Bill P

    If my mother were a cow, I would still eat this hamburger. If I were a hamburger, I would eat this hamburger. If I were this hamburger, I would eat myself.

    Essentially, she’s saying that she’ll eat pretty much anything in sight. Somehow this news is less than surprising.

  25. @Jim Christian

    Is that Ali MacGraw in front?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  26. Charon says:
    @Tomas

    Truly green eyes are extremely rare. A lot of people whose eyes are “hazel” like to claim that they have green eyes, or “greenish”.

    Blue eyes used to be comparatively common in societies of N/W European stock but are vanishing as time goes by.

    It turns out that eye color is actually just a social construct anyway.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  27. Charon says:
    @Jim Christian

    And here’s the winners, Current Year version:

  28. El Dato says:

    In a chapter trying to center the humanity of L.G.B.T. people, it seems odd that she skates over the death of Muhlaysia Booker

    Skated over a recent killing of a polychromatic person. Odd!

    Why can’t there just be a Wikipage with so that, instead if mandatory name-dropping one can just refer to that page instead.

    So what’s with the brooms?

    West has some thoughts for LarryBarry — and Donald Trump, his cronies and basically all people who employ the catchphrase “witch hunt” when they feel attacked for their views and behavior. She argues not only that the term is misguided — historically, women were the targets of witch hunts, so why men are climbing on broomsticks is beyond her — but also that it “has the power to transform pretty much any credible accusation against a man into an unfair — nay, unconstitutional — and unfounded smear campaign.”

    West then turns the phrase on its head, leading to the crux of her book: “So fine, if you insist. This is a witch hunt. We’re witches, and we’re hunting you.”

    I can’t even untangle this mess with vain power fantasies on top. Although grammatically correct, it seems to have been generated by a fever dream or possibly GPT-2 (previously deemed “too dangerous to release”, now planned for released)

  29. Ladies ladies

    You all are both homely as mules’ butts, twice as insufferable, and three times as racist-sexist and overall morally reprehensible.

    So STFU stoopid FAT Biotches

    • Replies: @Anonymousse
  30. El Dato says:

    OT: This one might be of interest to Counterinsurgency:

    Twitter Observatory RT reports an unusually strong Liberal Twitter Event, possibly reaching new levels on the logarithmic peakstup scale.

    ‘Reverse Pol Pot’: Berkeley philosophy lecturer slammed after saying rural Americans made ‘bad life decisions’ & should be SHAMED

    A Harvard-educated UC Berkeley philosophy lecturer is catching flak for bashing rural Americans as parasites on more “efficient” city-dwellers. He has since apologized for the tone of the original tweets, but not their substance.

    Disdain for “flyover country” by the coastal elites is a trope of American politics and culture wars at this point, but Jackson Kernion apparently sought to embody it with a series of tweets this week, declaring that Americans living in the countryside should not be “subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life.”

    Another user screenshotted several more now-deleted tweets, which include statements such as “I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions,” and “We should shame people who aren’t pro-city.”

    Kernion’s Twitter feed is filled with praises of Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and her “wealth tax” proposal, as well as the “Great Awokening,” so-called “woke capitalism,” and “LIBERAL SOCIETY.”

    In his official biography, Kernion says he graduated from Harvard in 2012 with a degree in philosophy and is currently earning his PhD at Berkeley while teaching as an assistant. Following the backlash, he offered an apology of sorts for the tweets, saying that “my tone is way crasser and meaner than I like to think I am.” He did not appear to disavow their content, however.

    Well, that would take another PhD, maybe in economics and the history of empires.

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
    , @Forbes
  31. Paul says:

    Apparently being good-looking is not a requirement to be a Becky.

  32. @Anonymous

    I bet those girls weren’t too sad when Bryan and Lorenzo ripped the old airline to shreds….

    Oh, I don’t know, Ali McGraw, front and center, she did ok. The rest went off to have families and grandchildren. That’s what fine women did back then.

  33. “The writer and feminist extraordinaire Lindy West has never been one to shy away from conflict.”

    Are those extra pounds what turn an ordinary feminist into a “feminist extraordinaire”? Isn’t not-shying-away-from-conflict what makes a feminist a feminist?

  34. I just realized what a horrible insult it really is to the enemy when a white male “becomes” a white woman.
    I don’t think they could stand it. Such trolling opportunities…feels like a wind at my back.

  35. Clyde says:

    I have trans-whatever exhaustion. If I never hear from these critters again it will be too soon.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    , @Marty T
  36. PSR says:

    “the epidemic of violence toward black trans women” And what could be worse than this? The horrible truth that no one much cares about black trans women.

  37. @Anonymous

    To hear all the Rick Perrys and Ted Cruzes of Tejas tell it, Tejas is awash in free market and low gov’t interference capitalism based widespread trickle down prosperity at its best.

  38. FPD72 says:
    @Anonymous

    I think a major contributor to the DQ decline is the changing demographics in small towns in West Texas. The smaller towns listed in the article (Lockney, Post, and Seagraves) are today more than 50% Hispanic. The slightly larger Perryton is over 40%. While Hispanics will frequent a DQ on occasion, they are more likely to visit a small, independent, locally owned Mexican restaurant.

    Supply chains? Hobbs has numerous national franchises. Denver City and Post have a McDonalds and a Subway. Perryton has a Hardy’s. Seagraves is on a US highway between Odessa and Lubbock. I don’t think that excuse holds water. All have independent Mexican restaurants, several of which I’ve used while doing business in the area.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  39. anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    “If I were this hamburger, I would eat myself.”

    Chow down, Lindy. There’s plenty there.

  40. An epidemic of violence against black trans women? What??!?

    • Replies: @PNWmossback
  41. anonymous[557] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s rather predictable. The black reviewer demands that everything be about themselves. It’s the only thing they care about , themselves. Add on the sexual kinky stuff to jazz it up. It’s all about them, 24/7.

  42. Neuday says:
    @syonredux

    Maya-angelou but not the cis-teen chapel.

  43. @alt right moderate

    Trans women: no more real than leprechauns or unicorns.

  44. @syonredux

    Then God will take a rib from an Eve of color to create Adam?

    And risk being stabbed? Not a chance.

  45. Since (like a lot of iSteve readers, I’m sure) I only could bring myself to skim through this drivel, is Muhlaysia Booker to be considered a primary iMartyr media now will lash us with? I was kind of counting on the Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich Crime of Passion victims. Some of them have names just as ridiculous, you know.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  46. @El Dato

    You can see his point. Cities _should_ be more efficient than rural areas, at least when using the engineering and government of the AD 1900s. Heating costs in winter are clearly less for apartment buildings, travel time is less, mass transit makes sense, the labor supply is larger and perhaps more flexible, institutions such as a single stock exchange or district court or merchant bank have more customers to support them and are more easily accessible to the general population than the same institutions would be if located in a town hosting only a single general store, etc.
    Additionally, like the fictional apartment located north of the stockyards, south of the steel mills, east of the refinery, and west of the regional chocolate factory, you could always tell which way the wind was blowing.

    But all the advantages of the above were effectively lost when the urban areas lost their transhipment and light manufacturing economies to containerization, freeways, and computers/communication improvements, then lost their local heavy industry to East Asia. The decision to bring in largely unemployable populations in order to maintain headcount and thus political power pretty much iced the cake — made going back impossible even if the ec0nomics changed.

    Too bad. I saw NYC during its last days, the 1950s and 1960s. It was a wonderful place, far from perfect, but as human habitations go, wonderful. I went back a few times, most recently near 2010. Much of it is exactly the same, but the city itself, as it was in the 1960s, is gone. Being there was much the same as being a fish living in an aquarium made from a blender. You just knew that one day somebody was going to press the “on” button.

    Counterinsurgency

  47. njguy73 says:
    @Anonymous

    Buy stock in Tastee Freeze.

  48. Anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:

    Almost twittered this one over to ya, then judged the prose style too foggy and sophomoric for putting Morgan Jenkins on trial over it (meanwhile I have no idea if Ms. West can write either, though seems to have a real career going somehow).

    “guilty of harmful perspectives” — there’s that Old Testament rhetorical resonance American blacks esteem so highly!

  49. “where white women have been overrepresented in media since time immemorial while people of color” —

    are overrepresented in media. Especially black women. Black women: at the top of the intersectional ladder since time immemorial. Intersectionality: a social credit system developed by a black woman.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  50. Anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Isn’t the model for the last one, by John Singer Sargent, a prostitute? I know it’s entitled “Mrs. X” though, implying marital status current or lapsed.

    In art history lectures over the years the (invariably female) professor would always foreground it for us when the subject was a hooker, e.g. that Manet painting with the mirror gimmick.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @Squid
  51. @The Plutonium Kid

    https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-transgender-community-in-2019

    Twenty-six instances constitutes an epidemic.. Research the individual cases and see how many of the individuals were sex workers who did not inform clients of true status.

    Truth in labeling laws. That’s what is needed here.

  52. @Tono Bungay

    Is that Ali MacGraw in front?

    Yep.

  53. @Charon

    Hideous. They win nothing, except in this picture, they got some dignity. Meanwhile, they would cut each others’ throats for anything the others had, including men.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
  54. @Charon

    Got dayum…them heifers is hot.

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
  55. @SunBakedSuburb

    Yes, they are. Someone who had never been to the US and only knew about it from TV might conclude that black people are at least 70% of the population, and were the original founders of American culture as well.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    , @nebulafox
  56. Forbes says:
    @El Dato

    Yogi Berra would have a response to the theory of city-dwellers as efficient…

    In theory, it should work in practice. In practice, it doesn’t.

  57. Forbes says:
    @Clyde

    Nothing gets tuned out faster than someone rambling aloud about LGBTQWERTY, especially the tranny nonsense. The narcissism of the Look-at-Me generation knows no bounds.

  58. Forbes says:
    @Twodees Partain

    All the school kids raised on Hamilton! the musical are sure all the founders were black…

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  59. El Dato says:
    @San Fernando Curt

    They Don’t Think It Be Good that I LOL, But It Do

  60. El Dato says:

    Here Comes Lindy West, and She’s Holding a Broom

    THE WITCHES ARE COMING
    By Lindy West

    Good old story from 2003:

    Vibrating Harry Potter Broomstick Has Parents in an Uproar

    You still might be able to find the Nimbus on eBay or through a third party seller. But regardless of where you buy this thing, make sure you keep your teenage daughters away from it. Who knew Harry was such a stud?

  61. @Forbes

    I’m telling you, they’ll make Neil Armstrong Black and march him out as the First Man on the Moon. Aldrin will be Hispanic, The character that plays Mike Collins, back in the Command Module orbiting the moon, will be a transsexual man>woman>it singing Lesbian Seagull for all the world to hear.

    It’s gonna be bigger than Hamilton by a fair piece.

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  62. syonredux says:
    @Anonymous

    Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau (née Avegno, 29 January 1859[1] – 25 July 1915) was born in New Orleans but grew up from the age of eight in France, where she became a Parisian socialite known for her beauty. She occasionally posed as a model for notable artists. She is most widely known as the subject of John Singer Sargent’s painting Portrait of Madame X (1884). It created a social scandal when shown at the Paris Salon.

    Of European Creole ancestry, Virginie was taken at the age of eight by her widowed mother to France in 1867 following the American Civil War. She was educated in Paris and married Pierre Gautreau, a wealthy businessman.

    Virginie Avegno became one of Paris’s conspicuous beauties, as she was a pale-skinned brunette with fine, cameo-like features and an hourglass figure. She was known to use lavender-colored face and body powder to enhance her complexion, to dye her hair with henna, and to color her eyebrows. She attracted much admiration due to her elegance and style. She also attracted much amorous attention that she did not discourage, and her extramarital affairs were so well known that they became the subject of tabloid scandal sheets and gossip handbills. One of her lovers was a Dr. Pozzi, whose portrait had been painted by the young aspiring portraitist John Singer Sargent, a former pupil of French master Carolus Duran. Sargent, anxious to popularize himself by capitalizing on Virginie’s notorious reputation, asked Dr. Pozzi (whom he had painted in a papal-red robe) to introduce him to Virginie, which the doctor did, resulting in Sargent’s being invited to the Gautreaus’ Brittany chateau, Les Chênes, where Sargent produced some 30 studies of her in pencil, watercolor and oil.

    But it was Sargent’s 1884 portrait of her that he had entered in the Paris Salon of that year under the title “Portrait of Madame ***” that would become by far the most famous. This was because the woman’s suggestively coquettish pose and revealing costume so offended French sensibility as indiscreetly suggesting the woman’s reputation that it provoked a firestorm of outrage and was regarded as scandalous. One French critic wrote that if one stood before the portrait during its exhibition in the Salon, one “would hear every curseword in the French language”—the French will tolerate adultery but shudder at admitting it openly, as this portrait seemed to brazenly do. It was not that a woman of Virginie’s station in society would not pose as a model (after all, no scandal attached to her posing afterwards for both Courtois and de la Gándara), it was that Sargent was seen as having openly defied convention by flaunting the woman’s immoral lifestyle. Mme. Gautreau’s mother implored Sargent to remove the portrait from the Salon, but the most he would do was change the title to “Portrait of Madame X,” by which it has ever since been known. The scandal guaranteed that Sargent would receive no more portrait commissions in France, and he decamped for London for good, where he became one of history’s most famous portraitists, of the upper classes in Britain and America. And the scandal caused Gautreau to retire from society for some time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginie_Am%C3%A9lie_Avegno_Gautreau

  63. nebulafox says:
    @Twodees Partain

    I don’t think foreigners actually believe that black people are 70% or even a majority of the American population (if anything, they tend to overestimate how white the US is, at least in Asia), but they definitely do tend to think the US has more black people than it actually does. Negative local stereotypes about black Americans tend to be reinforced through things like gangsta rap music, so it isn’t as if the media over-representation is having the intended effect abroad, particularly in countries like China where people are disposed by local politics to take any official media announcements with a grain of salt. This can be profoundly irritating for black people from a middle class background. Having dealt with foreigners who betray surprise when they learn people from the South can read complicated books, I have a degree of sympathy here.

    One thing I do notice is that a lot of foreigners-particularly Europeans-tend to really underestimate just how huge and diverse, in the literal, old-fashioned sense of the word, the United States is. Pop culture, as always, tends to go for flash over reality. This even extends to individual regions: non-Americans are often genuinely shocked to discover that most Texans live in sprawling metro areas, not on ranches. And the thing you discover once you live abroad is that you can’t really not have some superficial image of the USA. You can live in the USA and be completely ignorant about how the rest of the world works because the USA is its own world in a lot of fundamental ways. That doesn’t work once you go out due to the worldwide impact of US pop culture. China has come a long way really fast and honestly is eclipsing the US in things like, say, transport and infrastructure, but one thing they are still lagging behind strongly on is on this kind of cultural soft power, and I don’t see the CCP getting behind some Sino-hallyu movement.

  64. @Glaivester

    The clown world left is so absurd that the jokes almost write themselves, but we still need to transcribe them.

  65. @MattinLA

    One of easiest criticisms for SJWs to level against one another is the good ‘ol: “well you didn’t talk about marginalized group X, so you’re exclusionary and part of the problem.”

    It’s a variant of “whataboutism.” You say crime rates are going up and the SJW will say “what about black trannys, how dare you leave them out of your message!”

    That’s why you get people like Julian Castro promising to cover tranny abortions. And why the LGBT . . . alphabet song keeps getting longer and longer. Gotta include everyone.

  66. @Jim Christian

    Apparently Emily Dickinson was really gay and anti-Christian- from Apple News about the new Apple TV series “Dickinson”:

    You are such a weirdo,” one of Emily Dickinson’s friends tells her in the first episode, a sure sign this is not a traditional costume drama. This knowingly goofy series about the poet’s early life is peppered with anachronisms — the soundtrack includes Billie Eilish — and it encourages us to wonder whether she was always as gloomy as her writing can suggest. Here she’s a proto-goth, and a pretty kooky one at that. Very queer, too. Played with irresistible sass by Hailee Steinfeld, this Emily rails against the sexist restrictions of her time and revels in releasing the “little demon” within.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
  67. Anon[307] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    “Time immemorial” is before 1189.

  68. @Anonymous

    Maybe they can get some local businesses going now that they are being abandoned. You know the Chinese proverb about danger and opportunity.

  69. anon[195] • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe they can get some local businesses going now that they are being abandoned.

    That’s already happened. Maybe you should read other comments, such as comment 39.
    Key words: “Changing demographics” and “local Mexican restaurants”.

  70. @syonredux

    Whole lotta art is gonna have to come down…

    yeah that’s kind of the point,

  71. Marty T says:
    @alt right moderate

    That’s because black “transwomen” are actually homosexual and or otherwise deranged men, who die young for obvious reasons.

  72. Marty T says:
    @Clyde

    If you have kids, I’m sure they’re being fed the tranny garbage. They will make us care until we do something about it.

    • Replies: @Anonymousse
  73. Cortes says:
    @Charon

    Twice in the past couple of years I’ve been told I have green eyes. Can’t really see it myself. Always thought they were brown but perhaps they’ve changed with age (I’m 62). Or it was a trick of the light or flattery. My older brother had blue eyes until about 7 and then they became brown.

  74. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @nebulafox

    Brazil and the United States are probably the most parochial and isolated major nations (in terms of how the rest of the planet IS), France and the United States the most self-centered in their views of how the world ought to be.

    All healthy nations have strong views on how they should run THEIR nations but strong views on how others should run theirs are not a sign of much good.

  75. @Jim Christian

    Meanwhile, they would cut each others’ throats for anything the others had, including men.

    Well, we don’t need to worry about that do we?

    • LOL: HammerJack
    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  76. anon[195] • Disclaimer says:

    I dunno. Can she really be a Becky with that hair? Really?

  77. @Jim Christian

    This ad reminds me of the show “Mad Men”, which I have only very recently begun watching.

    I am on season 6 (1968-ish) and I have decided the show should have been subtitled “The Decline and Fall of American Culture”.

  78. George says:

    Battle of intersectionalities in the Seattle city council election: White male LBGTQ (+ Amazon money) vs Socialist cis female South Asian immigrant. May the most intersectional candidate win.

    If elected, Egan will return LGBTQ representation to the Seattle City Council.
    https://victoryfund.org/candidate/egan-orion/

    Yeah, the most intersectional candidate did win!!!!

    Brandi Kruse: Seattle has decided what kind of city it wants to be – for better or worse
    https://q13fox.com/2019/11/09/brandi-kruse-seattle-has-decided-what-kind-of-city-it-wants-to-be/amp/

  79. Escher says:

    Morgan Jerkins is the author of “This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America.”

    More like “This will be my meal ticket”.

    • LOL: black sea
  80. @Franz Liszt von Raiding

    When you use “racist” or “sexist” as a term of abuse the intersectionists win.

  81. danand says:
    @nebulafox

    “China has come a long way really fast and honestly is eclipsing the US in things like, say, transport and infrastructure, but one thing they are still lagging behind strongly on is on this kind of cultural soft power, and I don’t see the CCP getting behind some Sino-hallyu movement.”

    Nebulafox,

    Note #’s 9,10,15 & 16. Wonder if/when China will surpass Hollywood once their films begin to spread/release internationally.

    influence

  82. @FPD72

    I don’t think so. even in the ’80s when I worked in East Texas, DQ was being made subject to the whims of the asshole yankee kids who were taking over the DQ corporate structure. The DQ in Marshall kept biscuits and white gravy on the menu in defiance of the corporate commissary. Locals wanted an alternative to McDonalds and DQ corporate wanted DQ to become another Mcdonalds.

    Back then, there wasn’t a Hardees anywhere around, so DQ was the only breakfast spot where you could get biscuits and white gravy. That was a big consideration for a lot of working people who ate breakfast out because they were driving 2 hours to a jobsite.

    If there’s a Mcdonalds in Post, but no DQ, that’s a loss for Post. Maybe there are no working Texans around Post anymore. I don’t know since I haven’t worked in Texas since the ’80s.

  83. @nebulafox

    Thanks, but that had nothing to do with what I wrote.

  84. @Marty T

    If you’re on the right or even just interested in your kids education and sanity… you should be homeschooling. Private christian school is an acceptable alternative in some cases.

  85. Squid says:
    @Anonymous

    And there’s at least one whole book about Sargent’s painting–“Strapless,” by Deborah Davis. Haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

  86. “Sheeit, witches be too white, yo. Get outta here you busta-as Becky.”

  87. “..:the death of Muhlaysia Booker, the 23-year-old black trans woman who was murdered in May in Dallas, just a 90-minute drive from Waco. West never acknowledges the epidemic of violence toward black trans women, and the single sentence about Booker feels perfunctory to the point of offensiveness.“

    What I’d love to see Mx. Jerkins acknowledge is who is committing this “epidemic” of violence against Black Men Who Think They Are Women.

    Hint: it’s not White cisgender men.

  88. Kylie says:
    @syonredux

    You didn’t warn us. You should have.

  89. Muggles says:

    The “trans” being murdered are almost all biologically intact males in drag. Nearly all are killed by customers, boyfriends, or other transvestites for territory or jealousy.

    There may be some biologically altered transsexuals murdered, but many of them have serious psychological problems or addictions. Probably not much more frequent than regular folks.

    As for the whining about culture, media, etc. not to mention “white privilege” in the US, etc. there is no reason why unhappy women or “trans” people can’t move to another place more welcoming to them. True a few do move to Canada, France, the Netherlands, etc. but not many. None seem to favor the Middle East, Africa, Asia, or S. America. If America was really such a hellhole these complainers would have left long ago. They haven’t so that is “revealed preference” as economists say.

    Since other than far Left publications like the NYT, such complaints are rarely heard and appear a tiny minority view (even among trans or non white “feminist” populations) this is just other floorboard squeak in the night. What is actually true is that trans and feminists from non white/non Christian culture societies flock to the US, often illegally. To enjoy freedom.

  90. Marty T says:

    Our only hope may be getting the various leftist groups to remember that they hate each other.

  91. @Prof. Woland

    Meanwhile, they would cut each others’ throats for anything the others had, including men. Well, we don’t need to worry about that do we?

    Someone is giving these slobs their replacement shooting victim sons. Bet there are 20-40 children resulting from the slobs in their underwear celebration. They’re the nastiest women on the planet, the dregs. No one ever marries them. But someone’s screwing them. And they never know who the sperm donor is for any one particular bastard future gunshot victim.

  92. J.Ross says:

    If it is true that this is the age of hypnosis, then we should be able to find a hypnotic induction early on in a propaganda product. This will almost always be a screamingly objectively impossible statement which is never challenged or remarked on. Notice, right at the beginning:
    >never been one to shy away from conflict
    >fat chick lacking the discipline to diet, the self-respect to exercise, or the strength to mount stairs
    Everyone’s first conflict is internal and not much usually matters if you shy away from that one.

  93. J.Ross says:

    “my tone is way crasser and meaner than I like to think I am.”

    What a bizarrely immoral and childish little sneer. It’s nearly meaningless, but its meaning is really his vampire-rivalling immaturity. Recently a local public radio show aired a bumper for an interview with the scumbag attacking an important and beloved local brewery because he could not possibly have been fired from his position there on legitimate grounds (by the way, he’s black), and he found a way to use the word “myself” three times in the same sentence.

  94. J.Ross says:
    @The Alarmist

    She so fat Dyson can’t build a floor-cleaning apparatus big enough to lift her.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  95. @alt right moderate

    Trans have insane mortality rates from what I understand. Is it really surprising that people who practice self mutilation have sky high suicide rates? to be a trans is, by definition, to hate oneself.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  96. @bigdicknick

    A few weeks ago in Chicago a black female impersonator was involved in a fatal car crash around 3 am on a Sunday in the Boy’s Town neighborhood. I’m going out on a limb here, but alcohol and/or drugs may have been involved.

  97. @Jim Christian

    I showed MrsPiltdown that EAL advertisement. She observed that girls aren’t taught to sit like that anymore, so you’ll never see a group of women, in 2019, sitting around that gracefully.

    She tries hard with the PiltdownChildren but it’s just not part of the broader culture anymore – they don’t have a group of girl peers being similarly trained.

  98. @Twodees Partain

    If West slimmed down to 200, she could pass for Meghan McCain.

    • LOL: Twodees Partain
  99. @nebulafox

    Howz about a pan-Asian tour of the National African-American Chess Club, (NAACC), to help dispel negative stereotypes about blacks, sadly, common throughout Asia?

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