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Charles Blow op-edizes in the NYT in the manner of Genius T. Coates:

Race, College and Safe Space
NOV. 16, 2015 234 COMMENTS

… Last week I heard artist Ebony G. Patterson talking about the black body as a “site of contention,” and that phrase stuck with me, because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.

Black bodies are a battlefield: black folks fight to defend them as external forces fight to destroy them; black folks dare to see the beauty in them as external forces condemn and curse them.

Or worse, most insidiously, black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury.

All my life I have noticed black people, particularly elderly ones, subconsciously turtle down their necks between their shoulders or bubble up their personas beyond their comfort to countervail a perception, to set white folks at ease, to allay some ill-conceived fear.

In other words, Blow is angry that a (fortunately declining) percentage of blacks try to adopt non-threatening body language that sets other people at ease.

The ultimate offense of it all — the contorting of body and behavior to offset the deficit in another. There is a spiritual injustice in the adjustment.

But now young black folks are refusing alteration or the mollification of conformity and are simply demanding justice.

There is now an implacable yearning for society to acknowledge anti-black racism and the oppressive forces it has generated and maintained — historical ones and present ones — and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.

The time of placidity is at an end. This is a new moment, a loud, disruptive one.

Even black athletes, at least at the University of Missouri, are forcing power structures to bend to monetary pressure when moral pressure alone was not sufficient.

Because, after all, our society marginalizes black football players, never putting them on television, and never letting them get close to white coeds.

Furthermore, I fully understand the desire for safe spaces, for racial sanctuary, particularly in times of racial trauma. I have always had these safe spaces, not by black design, but as a byproduct of white racism.

I grew up in the rural South when racial segregation was no longer the law, but remained the norm. I have gone to predominately black schools most of my life, schools that began so or became so because of white people’s deep desire to resist racial commingling. But what was born of hate, black folks infused with pride and anointed with value.

There existed for me a virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries, places — communities, churches, schools — where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.

That is, I assume, what these students want as well. …

The black cry of 2015: Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever. (Well, except for integration with blonde cheerleaders and coed tutors.)

 
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  1. Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular — and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That’s why what you right wing types will never understand. You’re daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "You’re daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience."

    But do remember to finish the sentence.

    You mean like Greg Hardy's ex GF? Is that what they sign up for? High risk, dubious reward over the long term.
    , @Bill Jones
    I do like well done satire.

    Please play again soon.
    , @Jefferson
    "That’s why what you right wing types will never understand. You’re daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience."

    My Italian sister married a man of Portuguese descent, so she is not fascinated with Black men.
    , @El Gringo del Norte
    Wait, I'm confused. I thought white males were inherently violent and hyper masculine. That's why we're always raping women and bullying defenseless blacks. You're telling me we're actually a bunch of sissies??
    , @Danindc
    Tim? Tim Wise? Is that you? Are you in direct competition with white women for black men's affection?
    , @SFG
    I suspect it was a large part of the motivation behind Jim Crow. (Didn't Steve say as much?)
    , @E. Harding
    The evidence says otherwise:

    http://therightstuff.biz/2015/08/27/coal-is-overrated/
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Maybe you should get out more.

    Your projection of the behavior of your daughters and sisters and female relatives, and most importantly, the object of your desire, onto the entire population suffers from the defect of self-referential conceit.

    None of us seduced your lover, nor would we. But your desire to deflect the pain of your failure in that relationship onto others is evidence of your need for professional help.

    Maybe getting out more won't help.

    You should see a psychiatrist, because a psychologist won't give you the mind-altering drugs you clearly need.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Hello, Whiskey.
    , @whorefinder
    I applaud this troll. This took a lot of time and effort. Well done sir!
    , @Anonymous
    I have longer suspected that you write these crazy comments to rile up the kooks, especially as they never connect to any comment history. Although perhaps that is just evidence that the UNZ false flag obsession has slipped under my consciousness.
    , @tbraton
    "They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing."

    Yes, I believe you can find plenty of evidence of the black man's charm in the video posted by Anatoly Karlin on his blog the other day. https://www.unz.com/akarlin/the-paris-terror-attacks/ (at roughly the 3:00 mark and the 5:00 mark.)
    , @Hhsiii
    Whatever you say, Mr. Cosby.
    , @Erik Sieven
    that is exactly what (at least a substantial fraction of) rightwing people understand. They understand it even better than anybody else. An antiracist can not explicitly admit relevant racial differences (while everybody does is implicitly anyway, as). Right-wing people talk about this much more than everybody else.
    The point is: the HBD perspective does not only understand it but tries to explain the differences. So for example there is this thesis that different social institutions governing the partner market historical in different world regions led to different settings for biological adaptions to those institutions. (With the problem that I do not know how such a thesis could get proves or disproven).
    Also right-wing people do not only understand what you are talking about, but they see it in a wider context. Specifically in a right-wing perspective there seems to be a trade-off between advantages and disadvantages of a partner market which is mainly reacting to the different sexual attraction of females to different males. Disadvantages might include the lack for selection for other traits than sexual attraction, especially cognitive features like IQ, which can only get evolutionary developed when there are strong constraints which demand such an adaption, and will not develop otherwise due to the high costs and because of simple probabilistic reasons. Other disadvanatages might also include that some traits which make somebody attractive on one side can be unpleasant in other contexts. A society with more attractive males will much likely have a higher violence level.
    All in all it seems that in the long run you can have either civilization (high life expectancy, technology, medicine, science) or attractive males. At the current historical situation of course many females in the West have the lunch and eat it at the same time. They can select for attraction at the partner market but still enjoy the civilization which was and is built by other men than those who they tend to get together with. But this a temporary situation.
    , @Steen
    Black men have STD rates that would make most whores blush.
    , @Jonathan Silber
    It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    And yet, as I've pointed out before on Steve's blog, data collected at the online dating site OkCupid reveals that most white women want nothing to do with black men: they won't even reply to messages from black men, much less date them.

    And the data also reveals that women of all races prefer men of their own race, but otherwise prefer white men.

    It's the White Man who's got game.

    http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/race-attraction-2009-2014/
    , @n/a
    "They are also unapologetically masculine"

    Black males, at least in the US, have repeatedly been found to be psychologically less masculine than white men (starting at least as far back as Terman and Miles: https://archive.org/details/sexandpersonalit007952mbp).

    Low intelligence + high emotionality does not equal masculinity.
    , @rob
    The first paragraph is stolen from Fred Reed. Don't know where he stole the second paragraph.
    , @e
    Laughable comment.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    But in the end, will whatever concessions, accommodations or alterations that are made or granted to black bodies be enough. TNC has already gone on record as saying no amount of reparations can ever alleviate the feeling of rejection that blacks have in America.
    , @AndrewR
    Successful troll is successful
    , @Jonathan Mason

    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular
     
    That could be partly true in some cases, but when it comes to sexual attraction women are mostly attracted to money, status, and good looks in that order.

    I think what comes into play is that most people have sexual inhibitions, the incest taboo if you like, making it difficult to become sexually aroused with someone who looks like themselves, but are able to throw of the shackles more with someone who is physically different in appearance and can therefore be more easily "objectified" or just seen as a fine physical specimen or sex object.
    , @Ragno
    Just a few more responses from suckers who took your troll-bait and you'll have enough free-range white racism for your own op-ed at the Huffington Post!

    Me, I'm with Missa Charlie Blow in Sailer's article. The idea is to pen you folks in, away from Whitey's evil, behind a strong, tall, and mainly electrified, hurricane fence - to provide your own services to your own people, up to and including "law enforcement". I figure it should take no more than 30 days before the overwhelming stench of death clearly signals that your overall numbers have at last thinned out to a manageable level. Plus, that you're out of ammo.

    Safe spaces, Buckwheat, safe spaces.
  2. Don’t they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.

    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.

    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: “above all” and “better.”

    One should write: “I played cards with Jack and Jill.” Not: “I played cards with Jack, and Jill.”

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: “I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill.”

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas–which of course you can do because it’s not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow’s case, you end up with:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.

    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.

    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Here's a sentence from Blow's original article that should not be read directly, but only with dark glasses on or through a mirror reflection:

    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.
     
    , @peterike
    Don’t they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT.

    Editing the writing of a black man is a racist act. Check your privilege brah.
    , @Danindc
    That is embarrassing. Maybe he and Ta-naheeheehisi take turns editing one another's work.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Charles Blow is aptly named.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn't grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.
    , @ben tillman

    Don’t they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT.
     
    As I've been saying for years, no, they don't. It doesn't appear that they have even one layer.
    , @Stephen R. Diamond
    I've called it the fundamental error of common usage. The error you found in Blow is widespread.

    "Misconstruing the compound as elliptical: The fundamental error of comma usage" ( http://disputedissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/misconstruing-compound-as-elliptical.html)
    , @Olorin
    Commas are the least of this guy's problems.

    "Anointed with value" actually made my windpipe spasm.

    "Virtual archipelago...of racial sanctuaries,..." Erm, excuse me? An archipelago is comprised of islands. So you're saying blacks do best in conditions of extreme island biogeography?

    Nice to agree on SOMETHING.

    "...racial sanctuaries...where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce."

    I think that's a misprint. It was supposed to read "racial sanctuaries...where I could be racially insulated from the racial scarring that intimate racial proximity to racial hostility can racially produce. On black bodies."

    BLM is a particularly boring form of Tourette's.
  3. Genius T. Coates lives in Paris.

    Maybe now he understands that there are bigger problems than escalator rudeness.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Genius T. Coates lives in Paris.

    Maybe now he understands that there are bigger problems than escalator rudeness."

    A White woman telling a Black boy to get out of her way is pretty much the worst thing on the planet. It is a trillion times worst than 129 dead bodies slaughtered by "The Religion Of Peace".

    Where is this evil White KKKK woman residing today? I hope Coates puts in a good word to the Hussein administration to tap her phone and listen in on all of her conversations. When White people tell Black people to get out of their way, it is code word for I want to kill all N words. She is a threat to Homeland Security.

    , @anon
    I doubt it. He lived in NYC during 9/11, and the deaths of all those white firefighters didn't bother him at all.
    , @dried peanuts
    I wouldn't hold my breath
  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    … Last week I heard artist Ebony G. Patterson talking about the black body as a “site of contention,” and that phrase stuck with me, because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.

    I’ve noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What’s primary is the sound of words and phrases.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Reminds me of the clips on YouTube of the AM radio show that does the "What in the Hell Did Jesse Jackson Say?" game.

    Also kinda reminds me of the story currently circulating about the B(L)M thugs who showed up to hector and attack white students in Dartmouth's library. What they were saying makes no sense at all. But it doesn't have to. They just like giving and hearing ookspeak.

    http://www.dartreview.com/eyes-wide-open-at-the-protest/

    , @Jonathan Mason

    I’ve noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What’s primary is the sound of words and phrases.
     
    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general. For that reason they make what seem to other races to be linguistic bloopers . For example Diana Ross named one of her children Chudney, and I remember seeing a UK newspaper columnist commenting that the name seemed too similar to "chutney" to be used as a first name, but chances are that this never occurred to the singer because she was most likely unfamiliar with the word "chutney".

    George Orwell famously suggested that if you wanted to write clearly, you should try to stick to shorter English or Anglo-Saxon words if they were available, rather than using longer Latin and Greek alternatives. (So fuck rather than copulate would be an example.) But these days such an admonition would be useless, because so few people know anything about the derivation of words.

    On a slightly different tack, both black and white Americans of the clerical classes have the greatest difficulty spelling my first name correctly and come up with several different variations, all of them wrong. When I first came to the US, I would suggest, no, it is spelled the same as in the Bible, only to get completely blank looks. I have since given up on this quest and just encourage people to spell my name however they want to, as that is what they will do anyway.
  5. Well, now I know why Richard Blow changed his name to Richard Bradley. At least, this platitudinous emission by his namesake would constitute a sufficient reason.

    It’s worth noting that while, by his own admission, Charles Blowhard was not born in slavery (or would that be “anointed” or “infused”) let alone under segregation. Indeed, he was born in _1970_, and therefore must have hit high school in about 1984. Give me a break.

    Furthermore, my experience with higher education is that SOC’s (that would be Students of Color) have always had clubs, frats, and other activities that would allow them to retreat into a protective shell, if they wanted to.

    So I would suggest this essay is not only a complete misreading of what these students want, it is also seriously disfigured by concepts and vocabulary that are pretentious and highfalutin and that only serve to draw attention to his (rather garish) craftsmanship. So he comes across as someone who prefers to use hot air to fill space rather than simple facts and reason. Just like his mentor, TNC.

  6. …and never letting them get close to white coeds.

    I wonder how much of the current discontent is driven by black coeds settling scores against their white counterparts for taking their men. I never noticed it until the description of the Dartmouth library protest, but it seemed to be under the surface.

  7. They sho’ be a whole lotta “folks” in de ol’ po-li-to-cal dis-course dese days. The chief clown is always rolling up his sleeves and talking about the folks, though there are few greater comic pleasures available to us than listening to Hillary go full Negro. It’s great that this seems to be spreading to the mimic community of journalists. Speaking of the volk, the NYT revealed that the “French” were hunting the “Belgian” mastermind of the recent slaughter, but –wary of profiling, no doubt — they neglected to reveal if he was a Flamand or a Walloon.

  8. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    “You’re daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.”

    But do remember to finish the sentence.

    You mean like Greg Hardy’s ex GF? Is that what they sign up for? High risk, dubious reward over the long term.

  9. “Black men are physically more attractive than white,”

    you secretly liked the “gentle giant” from ferguson or was it the cigarette peddler in nyc ?

  10. To all the trolls: Be aware that all commenter’s names are hyperlinks. When you comment, anyone can click your name and see your commenting history at unz.com. So if you write something outrageous hoping to derail the thread, people will click your name and, once they see you have only generated one comment, will immediately know you are a troll and won’t take the bait.

    If you want to derail the thread from time to time, you need to stick around and build up a portfolio of rational comments so that people might take you serious. Then when you decide to derail the next thread, you might get somewhere.

    • Agree: SPMoore8
  11. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    I do like well done satire.

    Please play again soon.

    • Agree: TomSchmidt
  12. “Furthermore, I fully understand the desire for safe spaces, for racial sanctuary, particularly in times of racial trauma. I have always had these safe spaces,…”

    But does he understand that non-blacks might also have a desire for “safe spaces”, for sanctuary that may not include lots of blacks? Or are those non-black spaces totally unacceptable and possible causes of racism?

    So only blacks can have their “safe spaces”.

  13. This Blow-viation is so “November 12th” as the kids say

  14. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    “That’s why what you right wing types will never understand. You’re daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.”

    My Italian sister married a man of Portuguese descent, so she is not fascinated with Black men.

  15. Just got through Episode 5 of Season 4 of “The Wire.” Was Coates the inspiration for Dookie Weems?

  16. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Boy, it just never ends with those people, the self-absorption is just total, always launching into Hamlet-like soliloquies: Oh, to be black and the greatest mind that ever lived, to be so wonderful and good looking, such a tragedy these whiteys are unable to recognize greatness when they see it because they’re so mean and jealous and prejudiced. That’s it, they’re all just jealous, and to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous whitey….

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    What's a Body to do?
    , @Anonymous

    Boy, it just never ends with those people, the self-absorption is just total, always launching into Hamlet-like soliloquies...
     
    I remember back in the 70s local "black leaders" got 30 minutes of free Saturday afternoon TV airtime to ramble on about any subject in the name of compliance with some FCC directive. It was like escape from clown college, with all the flowery bloviating. "Welcome Mr. Brown, a mover and shaker, a shaper of community. You are an instantiation of Negro intellectual achievement, taking time out from a circumnavigation of the civil rights communities of the nation to bless us with your presence today." None of this is new to some of us. These days they get paid to do it in the NYT.
  17. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    Here’s a sentence from Blow’s original article that should not be read directly, but only with dark glasses on or through a mirror reflection:

    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Here’s a sentence from Blow’s original article ..............:

    ""Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.""

    Kind of reads like those poorly translated and strangely flowery instructions one might get with some chinese merchandise - a belt sander from Harbor Freight, for example.

    , @tbraton
    I have always liked "urgency. . .that is in no hurry." It seems to fit in well with my tendency to procrastinate. It's why I prefer lightning that moves at a snail's pace. That way I can put off watching it until later when I have more time.
    , @2Mintzin1
    Elastic urgency draped over time?
    Sounds like a Dali painting.
  18. Throughout history, people have marveled at the lack of ingenuity and low of the native born African

  19. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Wait, I’m confused. I thought white males were inherently violent and hyper masculine. That’s why we’re always raping women and bullying defenseless blacks. You’re telling me we’re actually a bunch of sissies??

    • Replies: @WowJustWow
    It's precisely because you're such sissies that people invent stories about you being bullies in order to bully you.
  20. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Tim? Tim Wise? Is that you? Are you in direct competition with white women for black men’s affection?

    • Replies: @bomag
    Good one.
  21. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    Don’t they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT.

    Editing the writing of a black man is a racist act. Check your privilege brah.

  22. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    That is embarrassing. Maybe he and Ta-naheeheehisi take turns editing one another’s work.

  23. @SPMoore8
    Here's a sentence from Blow's original article that should not be read directly, but only with dark glasses on or through a mirror reflection:

    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.
     

    “Here’s a sentence from Blow’s original article …………..:

    “”Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.””

    Kind of reads like those poorly translated and strangely flowery instructions one might get with some chinese merchandise – a belt sander from Harbor Freight, for example.

  24. Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Lol! That’s brilliant. You can replace “urgency” and “elasticity” with almost anything, and it works just as well.

    Fear takes on another property, solidity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Compassion takes on another property, strenuousness, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Fishing takes on another property, copiousness, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Try it, it’s fun!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    My layman's attempt(s):

    Pretension takes on another property, hilarity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    or

    Command takes on another property, irrelevance, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Agency takes on another property, frigidity , when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that envelops both the moment and chocolate ice cream.

    The writings of Blow and Coates are good examples of negro word salad.
  25. WhatEvvs [AKA "Internet Addict"] says:

    Blow’s writing is hard on my eyes. Get the pun?

    TNC is not in France no mo. He is making a victory tour of collij campuses. He “electrified” a crowd at Harvard, alas, not literally.

    I enjoyed the ruckus at Dartmouth. Why should us prole schmucks have all the fun? Let them be terrorized by black baby bodies, too.

  26. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    Charles Blow is aptly named.

  27. BLM hooligans at the Dartmouth library:

    BLM protest at Dartmouth library

    Perhaps it was the first time they were ever there.

    • Replies: @Elmer T. Jones
    A few years ago I wrote a Spearhead essay about Dartmouth campus activists disrupting a small freshmen orientation meeting.

    There are people who go to school to be activists and hang around campuses for years doing battle with the school power structure.

    Back in the early 90s my wife had a part-time job as a math tutor for a branch campus of a local university. It was basically an office building in the middle of the desert. Yet there was a cabal of rabid feminists on a mission to right the injustices of the world while finding conflict with the school administrators.

    It's funny because liberal colleges are enabling these idiots while being the only viable target for their antics.
  28. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    I suspect it was a large part of the motivation behind Jim Crow. (Didn’t Steve say as much?)

    • Replies: @TheLatestInDecay
    Black male sexual attractiveness to white women -- to the degree that it exists at all, which is real though statistically minimal -- is entirely a function of a century of relentless pimping by the Jewish media. So, Severn, you're just in someone else's stable. The statistics of battering and murder of white girlfriends and wives by their black partners does, however, confirm the truth of your claim that you represent the "ultimate" sensual experience. So there's that.
    , @Malcolm X-Lax
    The word you are looking for is rape. As we know, black on white rape is astronomical compared to white men raping black women. Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver both acknowledged that black men are mad with lust for white women. Cleaver wrote about this lust and his practice of raping white women. And of course all anyone has to do is type the word "rape suspect" into google and one would think it was black men, not white, who are the majority male population.
  29. @JA
    Genius T. Coates lives in Paris.

    Maybe now he understands that there are bigger problems than escalator rudeness.

    “Genius T. Coates lives in Paris.

    Maybe now he understands that there are bigger problems than escalator rudeness.”

    A White woman telling a Black boy to get out of her way is pretty much the worst thing on the planet. It is a trillion times worst than 129 dead bodies slaughtered by “The Religion Of Peace”.

    Where is this evil White KKKK woman residing today? I hope Coates puts in a good word to the Hussein administration to tap her phone and listen in on all of her conversations. When White people tell Black people to get out of their way, it is code word for I want to kill all N words. She is a threat to Homeland Security.

  30. @SFG
    I suspect it was a large part of the motivation behind Jim Crow. (Didn't Steve say as much?)

    Black male sexual attractiveness to white women — to the degree that it exists at all, which is real though statistically minimal — is entirely a function of a century of relentless pimping by the Jewish media. So, Severn, you’re just in someone else’s stable. The statistics of battering and murder of white girlfriends and wives by their black partners does, however, confirm the truth of your claim that you represent the “ultimate” sensual experience. So there’s that.

    • Replies: @DCBillS
    Right on TLID! Every word glows with truth. Could we please hear from some white women on this? Does TLID's comment cross the sexual divide?
  31. “Or worse, most insidiously, black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury.”

    In all the many YouTube videos of blacks walloping their white victims, do you see the white victims failing “to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury”?

    • Replies: @Threecranes
    "walloping their white victims"

    Agree.

    I think what he would say if he weren't so repressed is "black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid inflicting injury" since it's obvious that his rage is bubbling just beneath the surface and he is severely holding himself in check.

    But have a little empathy and put yourself in his shoes for just a minute. How would you feel, as a black man, if upon looking around you came to the realization that not only were you not relevant to the culture in which you found yourself but that you were, in fact, a detriment, a millstone around the neck of a people whose gifts were so far beyond yours as to appear as though they came from some race of aliens from the future? Knowing that Nature had denied you the tools to contribute to this civilization you would feel shame and humiliation. Then the mere sight of these people--who (conveniently for you) are of a distinctive hue--would serve to remind you of your uselessness and helplessness and this would put you in a towering rage--especially if you are possessed of inordinate (and undeserved) self esteem. And, not being allowed to express this rage you would displace your anger by projecting responsibility for all of your problems onto them, distilled down to their whiteness. In short, you would be a racist who is blind to the beam in your own eye.

    So lets extend a little understanding and courtesy to our black fellow travelers. They can't help hating white people. It's the natural byproduct of their sense of inferiority and worthlessness.
  32. The black cry of 2015: Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever.

    Can we take your ridicule of black segregationism as endorsing integration?

  33. People who do poorly in school tend also to do poorly in the workforce. It is quite exceptional that a person who does poorly in school overcomes this and does well occupationally. I know of an example, one example, an anectdote against this but I don’t know of any real data that runs counter to the trend that people who do poorly in school also do poorly in the realm of occupation and employment.
    About 15% of the general population do poorly in school. This includes those who are below average but does not include those who are clearly handicapped or cognitively impaired. Roughly, the group I am speaking of are those with IQ above 80 but below 90. This is about 15% of the general population but about 45% of the black population.
    This group I speak of is uncompetitive in the labor force. They’re difficult to train (the military and universities will have nothing to do with them). They take no pride in their own work and do not admire or acknowledge the work of others. They overestimate their own ability and underestimate the ability of others. They have limited capacity for pace and persistance. They are resistant to education and often view those trying to educate them as “showing off” or as personally trying to one-up them. Low IQ people are easily frustrated and almost always have poor executive function. They are incurious and dismiss others’ interests as “boring” or as, “so what”, not ever considering learning, for its own sake, to be valuable.
    This feature is found in about 1-in-12 whites (8%) but is found in about 1-in-4 blacks (25%). What is to be done with these “morons”, those that cannot be trained for even the most simple of jobs, e.g., a housepainter, carpenter or plumber? One answer, famous on the left, is for them to marry white women. But this is of very limited value; the only white women interested in moron mates are those white women that are themselves morons. I suggest the Bryan Foy production of “Tomorrow’s Children”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndb0RVJxg9U as a primer for understanding the question before us.

    • Replies: @TheLatestInDecay
    All of these people have a prehistory, and the prehistory of some of them -- those whose ancestors resided in Africa for centuries-- have as part of their inheritance the fact that no one in their bloodline ever did anything -- even the most childish, retarded thing -- of any note. Unlike many commenters on this site, I don't sneer at them for this. That is like an owl sneering at a bittern. Creatures are different. The fact that no African ever discovered the wheel or learned to dig a well is not really a meaningful charge against them. Neither did the ostrich or the morpho butterfly. The African peoples of Africa thrived there for centuries and did not die out. Hateful though they may, for the most part, be, we should - and I certainly do -- feel almost equally not at home in the dysgenic, Judaized world we've been given. As William Blake said, "Thus could I sing, and thus rejoice, but it is not so with me."
    , @Joe Sweet
    "What is to be done with these “morons”, those that cannot be trained for even the most simple of jobs, e.g., a housepainter, carpenter or plumber? "

    You were on a roll there until you exposed yourself as a total idiot.
  34. There existed for me a virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries, places — communities, churches, schools — where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.

    Yes, nowhere is the black body safer than in a black community.

    Blow’s comment would be funny if he weren’t so sincerely and completely stupid.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "There existed for me a virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries, places — communities, churches, schools — where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.

    Yes, nowhere is the black body safer than in a black community.

    Blow’s comment would be funny if he weren’t so sincerely and completely stupid."

    Apparently Oprah Winfrey did not get the memo from Charles Blow that Black bodies are the most safe when residing in Black neighborhoods, because she lives in a neighborhood where her neighbors include the likes of Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore. I doubt Oprah fears for her physical Black body safety being surrounded by so much White privilege.

    I doubt Oprah Winfrey would move out of her lily White neighborhood in Montecito for Baldwin Hills, let alone Inglewood or Compton.

  35. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.
  36. “Black bodies are a battlefield: black folks fight to defend them as external forces fight to destroy them;”

    It is internal forces destroying Black bodies, not external forces. The reason cities like Detroit and Baltimore have such a high per capita murder rate is not because the Amish and the Hasidic Jews are slaughtering Black bodies in mass.

    “In other words, Blow is angry that a (fortunately declining) percentage of blacks try to adopt non-threatening body language that sets other people at ease.”

    If you want Nonwhites with non threatening body language that sets Whites at ease when in their presence, than that is what docile Orientals are for.

  37. What a pretentious load. “implacable yearning” “virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries” “about the black body as a site of contention” The average liberal in New York who works a 9-5 job will get a few chuckles or surf past it.

  38. The Greeks practiced navel – gazing as a means of meditation, literally to focus on the navel to transendence the mind. I think that’s interesting, and akin to other stuff that is interesting. But by now this rhetorical trope about black bodies does not make me laugh much anymore, kind of curiously befuddled at the evolution of language, and if it’s going to become parlance somebody should clarify for someone at least what the fuck is going and why it might really transmogrify what traditionally channeled this urgent proud impulse among black Americans to feel and act for themselves very rabid and vibrant: the black church. Because I’m thinking what they mean is the Black Soul. And there is all the difference in the world between preaching to the choir and preening to the choir that’s busy gazing at their own belly buttons.

  39. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn’t grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I don't think that's why they don't test grammar. The SAT and GMAT verbal sections are supposed to test verbal reasoning. The SAT Writing section tests grammar.
    , @ben tillman

    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn’t grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.
     
    Not in these instances. The comma usage was objectively wrong.
    , @Hubbub
    No, his use of commas is incorrect for the reasons explained.
  40. My brother is convinced PC is a mental illness that has now reached its final phase. I think what he wrote to me is quite prescient.

    Further to “Derb’s” four possible outcomes for the West, he missed one, the one that my money is on, Scenario No 5. The natives start fighting among themselves. The Paris attacks and the opening of Europe to invasion have highlighted one thing to those with eyes to see. The P.C. left wing will side with anybody, no matter who, for any reason, against their own kind. This is terminal phase P.C. It is actively seeking the means of it’s own destruction.The left wing say there is no god. Muslims will kill you for that and they must know it. Betraying your own people makes you a traitor. Historically you tend to get killed for that one as well. Either way, their destruction is assured.

  41. Charles Blow’s blog is supposed to be “about the numbers” or something but his use of statistics is often innumerate.

  42. @Gato de la Biblioteca
    There existed for me a virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries, places — communities, churches, schools — where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.

    Yes, nowhere is the black body safer than in a black community.

    Blow's comment would be funny if he weren't so sincerely and completely stupid.

    “There existed for me a virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries, places — communities, churches, schools — where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.

    Yes, nowhere is the black body safer than in a black community.

    Blow’s comment would be funny if he weren’t so sincerely and completely stupid.”

    Apparently Oprah Winfrey did not get the memo from Charles Blow that Black bodies are the most safe when residing in Black neighborhoods, because she lives in a neighborhood where her neighbors include the likes of Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore. I doubt Oprah fears for her physical Black body safety being surrounded by so much White privilege.

    I doubt Oprah Winfrey would move out of her lily White neighborhood in Montecito for Baldwin Hills, let alone Inglewood or Compton.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Doesn't Oprah also have an estate on one of the Hawaiian islands as well?

    So its quite possible that Marc Zuckerberg, the epitome of "white privilege" in the 21st century, is her next door neighbor when she's out and about in HI.
  43. @anonymous
    Boy, it just never ends with those people, the self-absorption is just total, always launching into Hamlet-like soliloquies: Oh, to be black and the greatest mind that ever lived, to be so wonderful and good looking, such a tragedy these whiteys are unable to recognize greatness when they see it because they're so mean and jealous and prejudiced. That's it, they're all just jealous, and to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous whitey....

    What’s a Body to do?

  44. “Or worse, most insidiously, black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury.”

    It’s remarkable how many people in the media (Blow is not the only one) routinely use the word “calibrate” and yet have no idea what it means.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    "black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury.”

    I think he means black folk carry .40-calibrate Glocks to protect their black bodies.
  45. @Auntie Analogue

    "Or worse, most insidiously, black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury."

     

    In all the many YouTube videos of blacks walloping their white victims, do you see the white victims failing "to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury"?

    “walloping their white victims”

    Agree.

    I think what he would say if he weren’t so repressed is “black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid inflicting injury” since it’s obvious that his rage is bubbling just beneath the surface and he is severely holding himself in check.

    But have a little empathy and put yourself in his shoes for just a minute. How would you feel, as a black man, if upon looking around you came to the realization that not only were you not relevant to the culture in which you found yourself but that you were, in fact, a detriment, a millstone around the neck of a people whose gifts were so far beyond yours as to appear as though they came from some race of aliens from the future? Knowing that Nature had denied you the tools to contribute to this civilization you would feel shame and humiliation. Then the mere sight of these people–who (conveniently for you) are of a distinctive hue–would serve to remind you of your uselessness and helplessness and this would put you in a towering rage–especially if you are possessed of inordinate (and undeserved) self esteem. And, not being allowed to express this rage you would displace your anger by projecting responsibility for all of your problems onto them, distilled down to their whiteness. In short, you would be a racist who is blind to the beam in your own eye.

    So lets extend a little understanding and courtesy to our black fellow travelers. They can’t help hating white people. It’s the natural byproduct of their sense of inferiority and worthlessness.

  46. @JA
    Genius T. Coates lives in Paris.

    Maybe now he understands that there are bigger problems than escalator rudeness.

    I doubt it. He lived in NYC during 9/11, and the deaths of all those white firefighters didn’t bother him at all.

  47. anon • Disclaimer says:

    what about tanned bodies? The tanned body is a battlefield on which the forces of blackness are pitted against helpless whites. Harmful black-body radiation of the kind that Charles Blow writes about in his reference to “black-bodies” pierces the white skin of whites, thus rendering the white skin tanned and vulnerable to skin cancer.

    #tannedlivesmatter

  48. Also remarkable is how so many black intellectuals (so-called, anyway), for all their efforts at sounding learned, just end up sounding like an updated version of the Kingfish from the Amos n’ Andy radio show.

    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    It's awful, but I prefer Calhoun, their lawyer. My father always got a kick outta that.
  49. @Dave Pinsen
    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn't grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.

    I don’t think that’s why they don’t test grammar. The SAT and GMAT verbal sections are supposed to test verbal reasoning. The SAT Writing section tests grammar.

  50. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Maybe you should get out more.

    Your projection of the behavior of your daughters and sisters and female relatives, and most importantly, the object of your desire, onto the entire population suffers from the defect of self-referential conceit.

    None of us seduced your lover, nor would we. But your desire to deflect the pain of your failure in that relationship onto others is evidence of your need for professional help.

    Maybe getting out more won’t help.

    You should see a psychiatrist, because a psychologist won’t give you the mind-altering drugs you clearly need.

  51. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Hello, Whiskey.

  52. @Trelane
    People who do poorly in school tend also to do poorly in the workforce. It is quite exceptional that a person who does poorly in school overcomes this and does well occupationally. I know of an example, one example, an anectdote against this but I don't know of any real data that runs counter to the trend that people who do poorly in school also do poorly in the realm of occupation and employment.
    About 15% of the general population do poorly in school. This includes those who are below average but does not include those who are clearly handicapped or cognitively impaired. Roughly, the group I am speaking of are those with IQ above 80 but below 90. This is about 15% of the general population but about 45% of the black population.
    This group I speak of is uncompetitive in the labor force. They're difficult to train (the military and universities will have nothing to do with them). They take no pride in their own work and do not admire or acknowledge the work of others. They overestimate their own ability and underestimate the ability of others. They have limited capacity for pace and persistance. They are resistant to education and often view those trying to educate them as "showing off" or as personally trying to one-up them. Low IQ people are easily frustrated and almost always have poor executive function. They are incurious and dismiss others' interests as "boring" or as, "so what", not ever considering learning, for its own sake, to be valuable.
    This feature is found in about 1-in-12 whites (8%) but is found in about 1-in-4 blacks (25%). What is to be done with these "morons", those that cannot be trained for even the most simple of jobs, e.g., a housepainter, carpenter or plumber? One answer, famous on the left, is for them to marry white women. But this is of very limited value; the only white women interested in moron mates are those white women that are themselves morons. I suggest the Bryan Foy production of "Tomorrow's Children"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndb0RVJxg9U as a primer for understanding the question before us.

    All of these people have a prehistory, and the prehistory of some of them — those whose ancestors resided in Africa for centuries– have as part of their inheritance the fact that no one in their bloodline ever did anything — even the most childish, retarded thing — of any note. Unlike many commenters on this site, I don’t sneer at them for this. That is like an owl sneering at a bittern. Creatures are different. The fact that no African ever discovered the wheel or learned to dig a well is not really a meaningful charge against them. Neither did the ostrich or the morpho butterfly. The African peoples of Africa thrived there for centuries and did not die out. Hateful though they may, for the most part, be, we should – and I certainly do — feel almost equally not at home in the dysgenic, Judaized world we’ve been given. As William Blake said, “Thus could I sing, and thus rejoice, but it is not so with me.”

  53. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    I applaud this troll. This took a lot of time and effort. Well done sir!

  54. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    I have longer suspected that you write these crazy comments to rile up the kooks, especially as they never connect to any comment history. Although perhaps that is just evidence that the UNZ false flag obsession has slipped under my consciousness.

  55. @El Gringo del Norte
    Wait, I'm confused. I thought white males were inherently violent and hyper masculine. That's why we're always raping women and bullying defenseless blacks. You're telling me we're actually a bunch of sissies??

    It’s precisely because you’re such sissies that people invent stories about you being bullies in order to bully you.

  56. Even though Mizzou University is only 7 percent Black, it is an extremely loud and vocal 7 percent because that school always appears Blacker than that when news cameras are there.

    Also Mizzou has a very low percentage of Asians by American university standards, as only 2 percent of the student body there is Asian. Or maybe it is the norm and not the exception for Universities in flyover country?
    https://diversity.missouri.edu/about/stats/

    Do the majority of flyover country universities have a percentage of Asians that is in the very low single digits?

    I wasn’t expecting a university in flyover country to be as Asian as universities in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York, but I was still expecting a typical average university in the heartland of America to be closer to 10 percent and not in the 1 to 2 percent neighborhood.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Missouri is a Border State, half Southern and half Midwestern. UM is in a small town and the small towns are more Southern. Not the type of place Tiger Moms are most likely to aspire to as a college for their kids.
  57. OT liberals freaking over republicans turning away “refugees”, it’s almost live they don’t want too many of the “Refugees” near them:

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/11/american-grandstand

  58. @Jefferson
    "There existed for me a virtual archipelago of racial sanctuaries, places — communities, churches, schools — where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.

    Yes, nowhere is the black body safer than in a black community.

    Blow’s comment would be funny if he weren’t so sincerely and completely stupid."

    Apparently Oprah Winfrey did not get the memo from Charles Blow that Black bodies are the most safe when residing in Black neighborhoods, because she lives in a neighborhood where her neighbors include the likes of Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore. I doubt Oprah fears for her physical Black body safety being surrounded by so much White privilege.

    I doubt Oprah Winfrey would move out of her lily White neighborhood in Montecito for Baldwin Hills, let alone Inglewood or Compton.

    Doesn’t Oprah also have an estate on one of the Hawaiian islands as well?

    So its quite possible that Marc Zuckerberg, the epitome of “white privilege” in the 21st century, is her next door neighbor when she’s out and about in HI.

  59. @Dave Pinsen
    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn't grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.

    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn’t grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.

    Not in these instances. The comma usage was objectively wrong.

  60. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    Don’t they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT.

    As I’ve been saying for years, no, they don’t. It doesn’t appear that they have even one layer.

  61. In other words, Blow is angry that a (fortunately declining) percentage of blacks try to adopt non-threatening body language that sets other people at ease.

    Elsewhere in Missouri….

    Why they’re on edge in the first place:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/teens-allegedly-kill-woman-car-wash-body-joyride-article-1.2433766

  62. @Mr. Anon
    "Or worse, most insidiously, black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury."

    It's remarkable how many people in the media (Blow is not the only one) routinely use the word "calibrate" and yet have no idea what it means.

    “black folk try to calibrate their bodies to avoid injury.”

    I think he means black folk carry .40-calibrate Glocks to protect their black bodies.

  63. @Dave Pinsen
    I thought his use of commas was fine. If I recall correctly, verbal sections of the SAT and GMAT didn't grade on the usage of commas, because what constitutes proper usage of them is often subjective.

    No, his use of commas is incorrect for the reasons explained.

  64. All joking aside, I truly do not understand this mode of discourse, which is so wildly popular with leftists. It does not inform, illuminate, explain, or reason. It seems to be some kind of verbal form of performance art. I still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about with “black bodies.”

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I'm sure you're familiar with the old saw, "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit." That's the approach of Messrs. Coates and Blow. They can't make a rational argument for their views so they just go all poetic and word-salad on us.
    , @Gato de la Biblioteca
    I still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about with “black bodies.”

    That's easy. They don't believe in black minds or souls. If they did they wouldn't constantly advocate that blacks act like soulless savages. Black bodies are all they've got.
  65. @Trelane
    People who do poorly in school tend also to do poorly in the workforce. It is quite exceptional that a person who does poorly in school overcomes this and does well occupationally. I know of an example, one example, an anectdote against this but I don't know of any real data that runs counter to the trend that people who do poorly in school also do poorly in the realm of occupation and employment.
    About 15% of the general population do poorly in school. This includes those who are below average but does not include those who are clearly handicapped or cognitively impaired. Roughly, the group I am speaking of are those with IQ above 80 but below 90. This is about 15% of the general population but about 45% of the black population.
    This group I speak of is uncompetitive in the labor force. They're difficult to train (the military and universities will have nothing to do with them). They take no pride in their own work and do not admire or acknowledge the work of others. They overestimate their own ability and underestimate the ability of others. They have limited capacity for pace and persistance. They are resistant to education and often view those trying to educate them as "showing off" or as personally trying to one-up them. Low IQ people are easily frustrated and almost always have poor executive function. They are incurious and dismiss others' interests as "boring" or as, "so what", not ever considering learning, for its own sake, to be valuable.
    This feature is found in about 1-in-12 whites (8%) but is found in about 1-in-4 blacks (25%). What is to be done with these "morons", those that cannot be trained for even the most simple of jobs, e.g., a housepainter, carpenter or plumber? One answer, famous on the left, is for them to marry white women. But this is of very limited value; the only white women interested in moron mates are those white women that are themselves morons. I suggest the Bryan Foy production of "Tomorrow's Children"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndb0RVJxg9U as a primer for understanding the question before us.

    “What is to be done with these “morons”, those that cannot be trained for even the most simple of jobs, e.g., a housepainter, carpenter or plumber? ”

    You were on a roll there until you exposed yourself as a total idiot.

    • Agree: Stephen R. Diamond
    • Replies: @Trelane
    Joe Sweet you're right. I didn't mean to say what I said. The trades I mentioned are each time-honored ways of life and the diligent exposition of which, the self-realization of one's aptitude in such a trade, is an extraordinary thing. It's what makes the finest among us who they are and what makes us all appreciate the excellence of our best craftsmen. You're right; I mispoke like (as you mentioned) an idiot.
  66. Scary thought: maybe this is what Blow’s writing is like AFTER it’s been sweated over by editors. Maybe this is the best they could wring from what he turned in to them.

    • Replies: @Daniel Williams
    He submits pages torn from a thesaurus with certain words circled. The editors write around his selections.
  67. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    “They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.”

    Yes, I believe you can find plenty of evidence of the black man’s charm in the video posted by Anatoly Karlin on his blog the other day. https://www.unz.com/akarlin/the-paris-terror-attacks/ (at roughly the 3:00 mark and the 5:00 mark.)

  68. Yawn. Angry black men again, and their angry women. Seen with justice in the Fifties, with a righteous quality in the Sixties, with a sense of fashion in the Seventies, with a childish attitude in the Eighties, with drug-fueled bad judgement in the Nineties, with bewildered truculence in the Oughties, and now with comically-foolish arrogance. Obama’s final revenge on the real blacks of America will be leaving them to squabble with Latinos for scraps. Geniuses like Coates and Blow will not be able to help their people. They can’t even help themselves to write coherently.

  69. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Whatever you say, Mr. Cosby.

  70. @SPMoore8
    Here's a sentence from Blow's original article that should not be read directly, but only with dark glasses on or through a mirror reflection:

    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.
     

    I have always liked “urgency. . .that is in no hurry.” It seems to fit in well with my tendency to procrastinate. It’s why I prefer lightning that moves at a snail’s pace. That way I can put off watching it until later when I have more time.

  71. @Paleo Retiree
    Scary thought: maybe this is what Blow's writing is like AFTER it's been sweated over by editors. Maybe this is the best they could wring from what he turned in to them.

    He submits pages torn from a thesaurus with certain words circled. The editors write around his selections.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Lugash
    Nah, it's the other way around. The editors send him a story with a few key words removed, and he fills them in Mad Lib style.
  72. Safe spaces is the new “lebensraum”.

    • Replies: @Thea
    Brilliant & succinct.
  73. @SFG
    I suspect it was a large part of the motivation behind Jim Crow. (Didn't Steve say as much?)

    The word you are looking for is rape. As we know, black on white rape is astronomical compared to white men raping black women. Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver both acknowledged that black men are mad with lust for white women. Cleaver wrote about this lust and his practice of raping white women. And of course all anyone has to do is type the word “rape suspect” into google and one would think it was black men, not white, who are the majority male population.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "The word you are looking for is rape. As we know, black on white rape is astronomical compared to white men raping black women."

    Even when White men are in a romantic relationship with a Black women, they never have any intention of raping them. That is why never hear about White guys like David Bowie, George Lucas and Robert De Niro raping and beating their Black wives.
  74. @Daniel Williams
    He submits pages torn from a thesaurus with certain words circled. The editors write around his selections.

    Nah, it’s the other way around. The editors send him a story with a few key words removed, and he fills them in Mad Lib style.

  75. Steve, did you hear that the Berkeley High student who posted the anti-black computer message was revealed to be a “student of color?”

    http://bit.ly/1WX8nMJ

  76. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    I’ve called it the fundamental error of common usage. The error you found in Blow is widespread.

    “Misconstruing the compound as elliptical: The fundamental error of comma usage” ( http://disputedissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/misconstruing-compound-as-elliptical.html)

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    I’ve called it the fundamental error of common usage. The error you found in Blow is widespread.

    “Misconstruing the compound as elliptical: The fundamental error of comma usage” ( http://disputedissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/misconstruing-compound-as-elliptical.html)
     
    He did make an error, but it has nothing to with ellipsis. And I've commented at your blog regarding the example you give there.
  77. “Charles Blow op-edizes in the NYT in the manner of Genius T. Coates:…”

    In the manner of third rate academic Michel Foucault imitators actually.

  78. I’m reading something quite different in Blow’s column than most—-

    a growing anti-civilized streak in blacks.

    Blow’s admonishment is that, far from trying to act civilized and polite, blacks should act even more aggressive and rude in public than normal. He’s giving cover to the younger generation to act up more.

    Perhaps he senses weakness in non-blacks to stop them. Or perhaps this is just his rabbit amygdala in complete denial. I don’t know.

    But he’s shamefully providing the intellectual cover for a lot of blacks to start getting themselves killed and assaulted by being even less civilized than usual. And it will be mostly other “offended” blacks who do the killing and the assaulting. After all, Blow forgets that disrespecting a black is a capital offense in the ghetto—especially on a Friday or Saturday night.

    And since the police are having their teeth extracted by the leftist in chief, the violence will snowball, since the police won’t step in now to stop it and be blamed as racists.

    One can’t help but think that those leftists stoking these fires –George Soros, Obama, Blow etc.—really do think that a final proletariat uprising is just around the corner this time. That was what some of the left felt was happening in the 1960s, both with blacks and hippies protesting. Or in the 1910s-1920s, with the Soviets marching and on the rise. But then it all turned into either totalitarianism or broken violent ghetto.

    If I were George Soros, I’d worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities—to no end.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "If I were George Soros, I’d worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities—to no end."

    Soros' entire adult life has consisted of exploiting and destroying things. He doesn't care.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    If I were George Soros, I’d worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities—to no end.

    That thought makes him cackle maniacally with delight. He's a James Bond villain. "Some men just want to see the world burn," and all that.

  79. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @peterike
    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Lol! That's brilliant. You can replace "urgency" and "elasticity" with almost anything, and it works just as well.

    Fear takes on another property, solidity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Compassion takes on another property, strenuousness, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Fishing takes on another property, copiousness, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Try it, it's fun!

    My layman’s attempt(s):

    Pretension takes on another property, hilarity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    or

    Command takes on another property, irrelevance, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

  80. A few random comments —

    1. The Maoist Red Guard humiliation of a generation of college educated elites left scars. It destroyed among the elites any sense of patriotism and sacrifice for the nation, leaving nothing but greed and score-settling in its place. White elites subjected to either Blow’s nastiness or the stuff at Dartmouth will certainly keep their mouth shut. And the lessons they have learned are to avoid Blacks at every turn, never hire one, and create as much Chinese Oligarchical money and resources outside the country as possible. There are many lessons to learn from China but this is not one of them.

    2. Black male attractiveness to White women exists, the Melungeons descended from Black males and White females around the mid 1700s are proof it was not “a Jewish conspiracy” but a a female need. Like most things female I don’t understand it but will acknowledge it. Fairly remarkable for White women (mostly prostitutes on the frontier) turning down available (due to women shortages) White men for unreliable, non provider Black ones. But then there is always an inner Kardashian or Klum in most women screaming to get out. I suspect it is the innate female desire for near zero future time orientation, i.e. men concerned with what happens right now not the logical consequences five minutes from now of, oh I dunno, fighting a police officer for his gun.

    The limits are, that most White women don’t have kids with Black men because their daughters are likely to turn out ugly.

    The flipside is the Black female desire for White guys, probably born out of desperation. Most of Shonda Rhimes TV shows seem to feature some Black woman involved with a hunky guy. See also the nerdy White guy with psychic powers and the finger snapping attitude Black cop in the future in Fox’s Minority Report (based on the Tom Cruise movie, it is failing in the ratings) and the once mighty now fallen Sleepy Hollow with a courtly 18th Century White hunk.

    3. Any Black person alive in the 19th Century would have been astonished at the idea of White men as wimps. Or those in the mid 20th Century. Men like Col. Jim Bowie, at the infamous Sandbar Fight (where he killed several men with his famous knife despite being stabbed, shot, and impaled with a sword) were fairly common. Up through the 1960’s it was fairly common for the Gym or Math teacher to be a WWII or Korean Vet who had killed lots of the enemy often in hand to hand combat.

    White men are ATOMIZED and essentially, naked individuals before a powerful state set up against them. Should any intermediary institution or individual arise, the ability of White men to fight for often, decades in conditions of absolute brutality and in shock battles of annihilation should not be discounted. It should be noted that in every Slave Rebellion in the South, the slaves NEVER took on any force of armed White men, but victimized those who could not fight back: the elderly, women, children. Africans in their own country were almost entirely, Adowa excepted, defeated by White colonial powers.

    It is absolutely true that any White exercising the right of self defense against a Black attacker or attackers will face the full weight of the State and the Media upon him or her. From the local prosecutor up to the Attorney General of the United States and the President. This only means that those acting in self defense will likely do so in either only extreme peril or in absolute secrecy and generally avoid confrontation.

    The British in Malaysia had nothing but contempt for “the little brown men” of Japan’s invading forces. How exactly did that turn out?

  81. @Mr. Anon
    Also remarkable is how so many black intellectuals (so-called, anyway), for all their efforts at sounding learned, just end up sounding like an updated version of the Kingfish from the Amos n' Andy radio show.

    It’s awful, but I prefer Calhoun, their lawyer. My father always got a kick outta that.

  82. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    that is exactly what (at least a substantial fraction of) rightwing people understand. They understand it even better than anybody else. An antiracist can not explicitly admit relevant racial differences (while everybody does is implicitly anyway, as). Right-wing people talk about this much more than everybody else.
    The point is: the HBD perspective does not only understand it but tries to explain the differences. So for example there is this thesis that different social institutions governing the partner market historical in different world regions led to different settings for biological adaptions to those institutions. (With the problem that I do not know how such a thesis could get proves or disproven).
    Also right-wing people do not only understand what you are talking about, but they see it in a wider context. Specifically in a right-wing perspective there seems to be a trade-off between advantages and disadvantages of a partner market which is mainly reacting to the different sexual attraction of females to different males. Disadvantages might include the lack for selection for other traits than sexual attraction, especially cognitive features like IQ, which can only get evolutionary developed when there are strong constraints which demand such an adaption, and will not develop otherwise due to the high costs and because of simple probabilistic reasons. Other disadvanatages might also include that some traits which make somebody attractive on one side can be unpleasant in other contexts. A society with more attractive males will much likely have a higher violence level.
    All in all it seems that in the long run you can have either civilization (high life expectancy, technology, medicine, science) or attractive males. At the current historical situation of course many females in the West have the lunch and eat it at the same time. They can select for attraction at the partner market but still enjoy the civilization which was and is built by other men than those who they tend to get together with. But this a temporary situation.

  83. @Percy Gryce
    Don't they have layers and layers of editors at the NYT. This writing is just terrible:

    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted, or better, dismantled.
     
    In each case, Blow put an unnecessary comma before the conjunction. In each case, a comma should have immediately preceded and set off the nonrestrictive clause: "above all" and "better."

    One should write: "I played cards with Jack and Jill." Not: "I played cards with Jack, and Jill."

    If one adds a nonrestrictive clause as an intensifier or modifier, then one writes: "I played cards with Jack and, believe it or not, Jill."

    The easy test is to see how the sentence reads when you delete the nonrestrictive clause that is set off by commas--which of course you can do because it's not essential to the sense of the sentence. In Blow's case, you end up with:


    because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity . . . true.
     
    and

    and to work towards a culture in which those forces are blunted . . . dismantled.
     
    Just nonsense and illiteracy.

    Commas are the least of this guy’s problems.

    “Anointed with value” actually made my windpipe spasm.

    “Virtual archipelago…of racial sanctuaries,…” Erm, excuse me? An archipelago is comprised of islands. So you’re saying blacks do best in conditions of extreme island biogeography?

    Nice to agree on SOMETHING.

    “…racial sanctuaries…where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce.”

    I think that’s a misprint. It was supposed to read “racial sanctuaries…where I could be racially insulated from the racial scarring that intimate racial proximity to racial hostility can racially produce. On black bodies.”

    BLM is a particularly boring form of Tourette’s.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    “Virtual archipelago…of racial sanctuaries,…” Erm, excuse me? An archipelago is comprised of islands. So you’re saying blacks do best in conditions of extreme island biogeography?

    #BlackMenAreIslands #BlackArchipelagosMatter
  84. If you have the time, watch this video: it is truly a classic masterpiece that cannot be deconstructed. The man is a genius.

    Missouri protest, Dr. Frankenstein & the Negro:

  85. @Anonymous

    … Last week I heard artist Ebony G. Patterson talking about the black body as a “site of contention,” and that phrase stuck with me, because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    I've noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What's primary is the sound of words and phrases.

    Reminds me of the clips on YouTube of the AM radio show that does the “What in the Hell Did Jesse Jackson Say?” game.

    Also kinda reminds me of the story currently circulating about the B(L)M thugs who showed up to hector and attack white students in Dartmouth’s library. What they were saying makes no sense at all. But it doesn’t have to. They just like giving and hearing ookspeak.

    http://www.dartreview.com/eyes-wide-open-at-the-protest/

  86. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Black men have STD rates that would make most whores blush.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Black men have STD rates that would make most whores blush."

    I hope Charlie Sheen didn't get AIDS from having sex with a Black guy.
    , @Jackson

    Data on STDs in U.S. blacks from the 2008-2011 period:

    Gonorrhea - 69% of all cases of occurred among blacks.
    Chlamydia - rate in black men nearly 11x the rate in white men.
    HIV - nearly half of all diagnoses were in blacks.
    Syphilis - rate for blacks over 8x rate for whites.
  87. @Malcolm X-Lax
    The word you are looking for is rape. As we know, black on white rape is astronomical compared to white men raping black women. Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver both acknowledged that black men are mad with lust for white women. Cleaver wrote about this lust and his practice of raping white women. And of course all anyone has to do is type the word "rape suspect" into google and one would think it was black men, not white, who are the majority male population.

    “The word you are looking for is rape. As we know, black on white rape is astronomical compared to white men raping black women.”

    Even when White men are in a romantic relationship with a Black women, they never have any intention of raping them. That is why never hear about White guys like David Bowie, George Lucas and Robert De Niro raping and beating their Black wives.

  88. @Steen
    Black men have STD rates that would make most whores blush.

    “Black men have STD rates that would make most whores blush.”

    I hope Charlie Sheen didn’t get AIDS from having sex with a Black guy.

  89. @Danindc
    Tim? Tim Wise? Is that you? Are you in direct competition with white women for black men's affection?

    Good one.

  90. @Steen
    Black men have STD rates that would make most whores blush.


    Data on STDs in U.S. blacks from the 2008-2011 period:

    Gonorrhea – 69% of all cases of occurred among blacks.
    Chlamydia – rate in black men nearly 11x the rate in white men.
    HIV – nearly half of all diagnoses were in blacks.
    Syphilis – rate for blacks over 8x rate for whites.

  91. One thing I’ve always wondered: How does this stuff come across to non-Americans who may lack the cultural context to understand it?

    I mean, I’ve grown up around both African-Americans and politically correct American Cultural Marxism. In both contexts, there’s a long tradition of humoring and encouraging what can only be described as bizarre emotional outbursts by blacks. Anybody who’s seen a primarily lower-class black funeral knows what I’m talking about. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Charles Blow and #BlackLivesMatter are just upscale versions of the old “overemotional black people having psychotic breakdowns in public” phenomenon that white Americans have been witnessing forever.

    I wonder, though, about how this stuff appears to, say, people in China. Do they read Charles Blow’s stuff and come away with the impression that black people are literally being hunted down like dogs in the streets of America? Do they read the stuff about attacks on “black bodies” literally? Or if they’re familiar with the reality of blacks in America, do they read this stuff and miss the whole “performance” aspect that Americans take for granted? Do they read it and conclude American blacks must all be crazy and mentally defective?

    I’m curious about how it all looks from the outside.

    • Replies: @anonymous

    One thing I’ve always wondered: How does this stuff come across to non-Americans who may lack the cultural context to understand it?

     

    My experience with foreigners tells me that they mostly buy into it for the simple reason that there's no major counterweight to this version of reality that's being put out there. It's the operative prism they've been handed through which they view things, initially at least. For everybody, native and foreign, it's through personal experience that people start to wise up and realize they've been sold a lopsided perspective and that there's more than one side to it.
    , @Ed
    Even though black folks are prone to emotion,Charles Blow's writing would seem bizarre to many blacks.
  92. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous
    Boy, it just never ends with those people, the self-absorption is just total, always launching into Hamlet-like soliloquies: Oh, to be black and the greatest mind that ever lived, to be so wonderful and good looking, such a tragedy these whiteys are unable to recognize greatness when they see it because they're so mean and jealous and prejudiced. That's it, they're all just jealous, and to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous whitey....

    Boy, it just never ends with those people, the self-absorption is just total, always launching into Hamlet-like soliloquies…

    I remember back in the 70s local “black leaders” got 30 minutes of free Saturday afternoon TV airtime to ramble on about any subject in the name of compliance with some FCC directive. It was like escape from clown college, with all the flowery bloviating. “Welcome Mr. Brown, a mover and shaker, a shaper of community. You are an instantiation of Negro intellectual achievement, taking time out from a circumnavigation of the civil rights communities of the nation to bless us with your presence today.” None of this is new to some of us. These days they get paid to do it in the NYT.

  93. @Jefferson
    Even though Mizzou University is only 7 percent Black, it is an extremely loud and vocal 7 percent because that school always appears Blacker than that when news cameras are there.

    Also Mizzou has a very low percentage of Asians by American university standards, as only 2 percent of the student body there is Asian. Or maybe it is the norm and not the exception for Universities in flyover country?
    https://diversity.missouri.edu/about/stats/

    Do the majority of flyover country universities have a percentage of Asians that is in the very low single digits?

    I wasn't expecting a university in flyover country to be as Asian as universities in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York, but I was still expecting a typical average university in the heartland of America to be closer to 10 percent and not in the 1 to 2 percent neighborhood.

    Missouri is a Border State, half Southern and half Midwestern. UM is in a small town and the small towns are more Southern. Not the type of place Tiger Moms are most likely to aspire to as a college for their kids.

  94. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    And yet, as I’ve pointed out before on Steve’s blog, data collected at the online dating site OkCupid reveals that most white women want nothing to do with black men: they won’t even reply to messages from black men, much less date them.

    And the data also reveals that women of all races prefer men of their own race, but otherwise prefer white men.

    It’s the White Man who’s got game.

    http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/race-attraction-2009-2014/

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    And yet, as I’ve pointed out before on Steve’s blog, data collected at the online dating site OkCupid reveals that most white women want nothing to do with black men: they won’t even reply to messages from black men, much less date them.
     
    OK Cupid is for adults. The white girls who wind up with mulatto children are generally targeted between the ages of 12 and 16.
    , @AndrewR
    internalized white supremacy :P
  95. From ABC News:

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/missouri-10-percent-black-faculty-35246612

    [ “Studies show that students normally do better if they’re taught by people that can relate to them, not only economically or socially, but racially because naturally we face similar struggles, being adults, students, staff,” said Deidree Golbourne, 20, an African-American studies major at Buffalo, New York’s flagship university, where 2.5 percent of the faculty and 5.7 percent of the student body are black, according to the data. ]

    One hears the same sentiments from the new Muslim Somali communities in Minnesota. I guess it is becoming clearer every day that integration of minorities from alien cultures and religions into White, Northern European, Christain high-tech society is and will continue to be a dismal failure.

    What’s next … Black demands for their own segregated university systems and neighborhoods … “safe spaces” for entire minority communities?

    60 years of forced integration and affirmative action. We want our money back!

    • Replies: @David In TN
    "What's next...Black demands for their own segregated university systems and neighborhoods...'safe paces' for entire minority communities?"

    They were demanding segregated dorms, etc in the late 1960's. In the early 60's it was "We want integration." Within a few years they yelled at the top of their voice to be segregated.
  96. For all his bluster about the racism of White people and the danger they pose to his black body, Blow accepted a job from Whites, works with Whites, gets paid by Whites, and writes for an audience of Whites.

    You would think he’d just look for employment in the sanctuary of the prosperous, tranquil Black “archipelago.”

  97. @SPMoore8
    Here's a sentence from Blow's original article that should not be read directly, but only with dark glasses on or through a mirror reflection:

    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.
     

    Elastic urgency draped over time?
    Sounds like a Dali painting.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    That was perfect.

    http://worth1000.s3.amazonaws.com/submissions/3473000/3473125_eafd_1024x2000.jpg
  98. @whorefinder
    I'm reading something quite different in Blow's column than most----

    a growing anti-civilized streak in blacks.

    Blow's admonishment is that, far from trying to act civilized and polite, blacks should act even more aggressive and rude in public than normal. He's giving cover to the younger generation to act up more.

    Perhaps he senses weakness in non-blacks to stop them. Or perhaps this is just his rabbit amygdala in complete denial. I don't know.

    But he's shamefully providing the intellectual cover for a lot of blacks to start getting themselves killed and assaulted by being even less civilized than usual. And it will be mostly other "offended" blacks who do the killing and the assaulting. After all, Blow forgets that disrespecting a black is a capital offense in the ghetto---especially on a Friday or Saturday night.

    And since the police are having their teeth extracted by the leftist in chief, the violence will snowball, since the police won't step in now to stop it and be blamed as racists.

    One can't help but think that those leftists stoking these fires --George Soros, Obama, Blow etc.---really do think that a final proletariat uprising is just around the corner this time. That was what some of the left felt was happening in the 1960s, both with blacks and hippies protesting. Or in the 1910s-1920s, with the Soviets marching and on the rise. But then it all turned into either totalitarianism or broken violent ghetto.

    If I were George Soros, I'd worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities---to no end.

    “If I were George Soros, I’d worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities—to no end.”

    Soros’ entire adult life has consisted of exploiting and destroying things. He doesn’t care.

  99. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Blank
    One thing I've always wondered: How does this stuff come across to non-Americans who may lack the cultural context to understand it?

    I mean, I've grown up around both African-Americans and politically correct American Cultural Marxism. In both contexts, there's a long tradition of humoring and encouraging what can only be described as bizarre emotional outbursts by blacks. Anybody who's seen a primarily lower-class black funeral knows what I'm talking about. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Charles Blow and #BlackLivesMatter are just upscale versions of the old "overemotional black people having psychotic breakdowns in public" phenomenon that white Americans have been witnessing forever.

    I wonder, though, about how this stuff appears to, say, people in China. Do they read Charles Blow's stuff and come away with the impression that black people are literally being hunted down like dogs in the streets of America? Do they read the stuff about attacks on "black bodies" literally? Or if they're familiar with the reality of blacks in America, do they read this stuff and miss the whole "performance" aspect that Americans take for granted? Do they read it and conclude American blacks must all be crazy and mentally defective?

    I'm curious about how it all looks from the outside.

    One thing I’ve always wondered: How does this stuff come across to non-Americans who may lack the cultural context to understand it?

    My experience with foreigners tells me that they mostly buy into it for the simple reason that there’s no major counterweight to this version of reality that’s being put out there. It’s the operative prism they’ve been handed through which they view things, initially at least. For everybody, native and foreign, it’s through personal experience that people start to wise up and realize they’ve been sold a lopsided perspective and that there’s more than one side to it.

  100. @Olorin
    Commas are the least of this guy's problems.

    "Anointed with value" actually made my windpipe spasm.

    "Virtual archipelago...of racial sanctuaries,..." Erm, excuse me? An archipelago is comprised of islands. So you're saying blacks do best in conditions of extreme island biogeography?

    Nice to agree on SOMETHING.

    "...racial sanctuaries...where I could be insulated from the racial scarring that intimate proximity to racial hostility can produce."

    I think that's a misprint. It was supposed to read "racial sanctuaries...where I could be racially insulated from the racial scarring that intimate racial proximity to racial hostility can racially produce. On black bodies."

    BLM is a particularly boring form of Tourette's.

    “Virtual archipelago…of racial sanctuaries,…” Erm, excuse me? An archipelago is comprised of islands. So you’re saying blacks do best in conditions of extreme island biogeography?

    #BlackMenAreIslands #BlackArchipelagosMatter

  101. @Mr. Blank
    All joking aside, I truly do not understand this mode of discourse, which is so wildly popular with leftists. It does not inform, illuminate, explain, or reason. It seems to be some kind of verbal form of performance art. I still don't know what the fuck they're talking about with "black bodies."

    I’m sure you’re familiar with the old saw, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” That’s the approach of Messrs. Coates and Blow. They can’t make a rational argument for their views so they just go all poetic and word-salad on us.

  102. @whorefinder
    I'm reading something quite different in Blow's column than most----

    a growing anti-civilized streak in blacks.

    Blow's admonishment is that, far from trying to act civilized and polite, blacks should act even more aggressive and rude in public than normal. He's giving cover to the younger generation to act up more.

    Perhaps he senses weakness in non-blacks to stop them. Or perhaps this is just his rabbit amygdala in complete denial. I don't know.

    But he's shamefully providing the intellectual cover for a lot of blacks to start getting themselves killed and assaulted by being even less civilized than usual. And it will be mostly other "offended" blacks who do the killing and the assaulting. After all, Blow forgets that disrespecting a black is a capital offense in the ghetto---especially on a Friday or Saturday night.

    And since the police are having their teeth extracted by the leftist in chief, the violence will snowball, since the police won't step in now to stop it and be blamed as racists.

    One can't help but think that those leftists stoking these fires --George Soros, Obama, Blow etc.---really do think that a final proletariat uprising is just around the corner this time. That was what some of the left felt was happening in the 1960s, both with blacks and hippies protesting. Or in the 1910s-1920s, with the Soviets marching and on the rise. But then it all turned into either totalitarianism or broken violent ghetto.

    If I were George Soros, I'd worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities---to no end.

    If I were George Soros, I’d worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities—to no end.

    That thought makes him cackle maniacally with delight. He’s a James Bond villain. “Some men just want to see the world burn,” and all that.

    • Replies: @CJ
    The latest James Bond movie would have benefited from having him as the villain.
  103. @peterike
    Urgency takes on another property, elasticity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Lol! That's brilliant. You can replace "urgency" and "elasticity" with almost anything, and it works just as well.

    Fear takes on another property, solidity, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Compassion takes on another property, strenuousness, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Fishing takes on another property, copiousness, when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that encompasses both the moment and the ages.

    Try it, it's fun!

    Agency takes on another property, frigidity , when it is draped over time that is in no hurry, time that envelops both the moment and chocolate ice cream.

    The writings of Blow and Coates are good examples of negro word salad.

  104. @Mr. Anon
    BLM hooligans at the Dartmouth library:

    BLM protest at Dartmouth library

    Perhaps it was the first time they were ever there.

    A few years ago I wrote a Spearhead essay about Dartmouth campus activists disrupting a small freshmen orientation meeting.

    There are people who go to school to be activists and hang around campuses for years doing battle with the school power structure.

    Back in the early 90s my wife had a part-time job as a math tutor for a branch campus of a local university. It was basically an office building in the middle of the desert. Yet there was a cabal of rabid feminists on a mission to right the injustices of the world while finding conflict with the school administrators.

    It’s funny because liberal colleges are enabling these idiots while being the only viable target for their antics.

  105. Academic failure, not white racism, is the true reason behind the campus BLM storm.

    • Replies: @Ed
    Exactly, I wonder how many college presidents are quietly scrapping or modifying their admissions policies? Seems to me if you're a college president interested in longevity you'd want to minimize the number of academically unsuitable blacks on campus.

    Sure people would notice but you could just pay lipservice to diversity & with few blacks on campus issue wouldn't gain much traction anyway.
  106. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    “They are also unapologetically masculine”

    Black males, at least in the US, have repeatedly been found to be psychologically less masculine than white men (starting at least as far back as Terman and Miles: https://archive.org/details/sexandpersonalit007952mbp).

    Low intelligence + high emotionality does not equal masculinity.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    Black males, at least in the US, have repeatedly been found to be psychologically less masculine than white men (starting at least as far back as Terman and Miles: https://archive.org/details/sexandpersonalit007952mbp).

    Low intelligence + high emotionality does not equal masculinity.
     
    True. Nor does treating women badly.
  107. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    The first paragraph is stolen from Fred Reed. Don’t know where he stole the second paragraph.

  108. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Laughable comment.

  109. @2Mintzin1
    Elastic urgency draped over time?
    Sounds like a Dali painting.

    That was perfect.

  110. @TheLatestInDecay
    Black male sexual attractiveness to white women -- to the degree that it exists at all, which is real though statistically minimal -- is entirely a function of a century of relentless pimping by the Jewish media. So, Severn, you're just in someone else's stable. The statistics of battering and murder of white girlfriends and wives by their black partners does, however, confirm the truth of your claim that you represent the "ultimate" sensual experience. So there's that.

    Right on TLID! Every word glows with truth. Could we please hear from some white women on this? Does TLID’s comment cross the sexual divide?

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I'm not sure white female attraction to black males is "statistically minimal" although it does depend on location, age, cultural background, social class, a females' prospects with white males (undoubtedly fat white females are more likely to end up with black guys than skinny white females are, if for no other reason than the fact that black men tend to like overweight women more than white men do), and the whiteness of the "black" male in question (the whiter a man is, the more white women will be attracted to him, all else being equal).

    But I think at a purely base level, the genetic differences between blacks and whites would tend to have an inhibitory effect on interracial attraction.
  111. @Harry Baldwin
    If I were George Soros, I’d worry that history was going to remember me as a monster who deliberately stirred up riots that never ended and destroyed cities—to no end.

    That thought makes him cackle maniacally with delight. He's a James Bond villain. "Some men just want to see the world burn," and all that.

    The latest James Bond movie would have benefited from having him as the villain.

  112. @kaganovitch
    Safe spaces is the new "lebensraum".

    Brilliant & succinct.

  113. “The black cry of 2015: Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever. ” Blacks are starting to figure out that the white Liberals were wrong all along, none of us really want to be around each other. My nine year old daughter has more sense than most of these adults, the kids quickly segregate each other based on behavior, interests, intelligence and even by what they eat at lunchtime. Somewhere along the lines ‘we’ (liberals) decided that commingling was of value but time and time again you see the practical results which is more distrust and suspicion.

  114. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    But in the end, will whatever concessions, accommodations or alterations that are made or granted to black bodies be enough. TNC has already gone on record as saying no amount of reparations can ever alleviate the feeling of rejection that blacks have in America.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Pay attention to what people do, not what they say. If he really felt that this was not his home he would have long since emigrated. But he knows that blacks live better in the US than in any other land, and that race-hustling is a more profitable industry here than anywhere else.
  115. Black bodies are a battlefield: black folks fight to defend them as external forces fight to destroy them;

    It’s hard to see a happy ending for white people in the long run, when half the country, non-whites, are constantly being told by the schools, government, and media, that white people are hell bent on destroying them.

    Here’s the top paper in America telling blacks that whites want to kill them. You see this sort of thing all the time in the media, and no one even bats an eye.

  116. @JA
    Genius T. Coates lives in Paris.

    Maybe now he understands that there are bigger problems than escalator rudeness.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath

  117. Blow’s bad writing resembles Coates’s bad writing because the negroprose style they use accurately reflects how blacks think.

  118. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    From NBCNews

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/paris-terror-attacks/paris-attacks-probe-centers-brussels-suburb-molenbeek-n464741

    “As France bombs ISIS targets in Syria following the horrific attacks in Paris, experts warned the roots of the onslaught were much closer to home: young people turning to radical Islam because they don’t feel they belong in Europe.”

    Don’t minorities in the United States feel the same way? What can Europeans learn from us to make the Muslims feel wanted?

    (1) Affirmative action
    (2) Integrated schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces
    (3) “Safe spaces”
    (4) Islamic studies departments in all universities
    (5) Economic subsidies for mortgages and education
    (6) An emphasis on minority rights over majority rule
    (7) Posting government documents in Arabic
    (8) Punishing “White European privilege” and “White European micro-aggressions” whereever they are suspected

    What can we learn from the Europeans to make Blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, and other minorities feel they belong in the United States?

    (1) Do away with the celebrations associated with “White” culture, e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, and replace them with African, Islamic, and/or Hispanic celebrations
    (2) Force young girls to cover their elbows, ankles, etc., lest they invite unwanted sexual advances or otherwise offend
    (3) Create “no-go” zones for Whites where Sharia Law (and other cultural and religious expressions) take precedence over the rule of law
    (4) Prosecute all criticism of minority cultures, religions, and attempts to make minorities feel wanted as “hate crimes”

    I’m sure I missed something. We Americans and Europeans have so much to learn from each other to make minorities feel wanted to avoid having our institutions shut down and/or minority youth turning to even more violent forms of terrorism.

  119. @Mr. Blank
    All joking aside, I truly do not understand this mode of discourse, which is so wildly popular with leftists. It does not inform, illuminate, explain, or reason. It seems to be some kind of verbal form of performance art. I still don't know what the fuck they're talking about with "black bodies."

    I still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about with “black bodies.”

    That’s easy. They don’t believe in black minds or souls. If they did they wouldn’t constantly advocate that blacks act like soulless savages. Black bodies are all they’ve got.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    I still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about with “black bodies.”

    That’s easy. They don’t believe in black minds or souls. If they did they wouldn’t constantly advocate that blacks act like soulless savages. Black bodies are all they’ve got.

     

    There is another meaning of "body" as in everybody, somebody, and so on. I have heard people in Florida saying things like "I need you to send me a body" when they mean that they need an extra employee to help out. So one need not be too literal about the meaning of body.
  120. I have gone to predominately black schools most of my life, schools that began so or became so because of white people’s deep desire to resist racial commingling. But what was born of hate, black folks infused with pride and anointed with value.

    Yes, because wanting to protect your children from victimization and protect property values is the essence of hate. There is no rational reason that a white person would want to live apart from blacks.

    Can I write for the NYT yet?

  121. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Successful troll is successful

  122. @DCBillS
    Right on TLID! Every word glows with truth. Could we please hear from some white women on this? Does TLID's comment cross the sexual divide?

    I’m not sure white female attraction to black males is “statistically minimal” although it does depend on location, age, cultural background, social class, a females’ prospects with white males (undoubtedly fat white females are more likely to end up with black guys than skinny white females are, if for no other reason than the fact that black men tend to like overweight women more than white men do), and the whiteness of the “black” male in question (the whiter a man is, the more white women will be attracted to him, all else being equal).

    But I think at a purely base level, the genetic differences between blacks and whites would tend to have an inhibitory effect on interracial attraction.

  123. “Reveletory in its simplicity.”

    Boy, is you simple?

  124. @Mr. Blank
    One thing I've always wondered: How does this stuff come across to non-Americans who may lack the cultural context to understand it?

    I mean, I've grown up around both African-Americans and politically correct American Cultural Marxism. In both contexts, there's a long tradition of humoring and encouraging what can only be described as bizarre emotional outbursts by blacks. Anybody who's seen a primarily lower-class black funeral knows what I'm talking about. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Charles Blow and #BlackLivesMatter are just upscale versions of the old "overemotional black people having psychotic breakdowns in public" phenomenon that white Americans have been witnessing forever.

    I wonder, though, about how this stuff appears to, say, people in China. Do they read Charles Blow's stuff and come away with the impression that black people are literally being hunted down like dogs in the streets of America? Do they read the stuff about attacks on "black bodies" literally? Or if they're familiar with the reality of blacks in America, do they read this stuff and miss the whole "performance" aspect that Americans take for granted? Do they read it and conclude American blacks must all be crazy and mentally defective?

    I'm curious about how it all looks from the outside.

    Even though black folks are prone to emotion,Charles Blow’s writing would seem bizarre to many blacks.

  125. @Elmer T. Jones
    Academic failure, not white racism, is the true reason behind the campus BLM storm.

    Exactly, I wonder how many college presidents are quietly scrapping or modifying their admissions policies? Seems to me if you’re a college president interested in longevity you’d want to minimize the number of academically unsuitable blacks on campus.

    Sure people would notice but you could just pay lipservice to diversity & with few blacks on campus issue wouldn’t gain much traction anyway.

  126. @Jonathan Silber
    It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    And yet, as I've pointed out before on Steve's blog, data collected at the online dating site OkCupid reveals that most white women want nothing to do with black men: they won't even reply to messages from black men, much less date them.

    And the data also reveals that women of all races prefer men of their own race, but otherwise prefer white men.

    It's the White Man who's got game.

    http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/race-attraction-2009-2014/

    It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    And yet, as I’ve pointed out before on Steve’s blog, data collected at the online dating site OkCupid reveals that most white women want nothing to do with black men: they won’t even reply to messages from black men, much less date them.

    OK Cupid is for adults. The white girls who wind up with mulatto children are generally targeted between the ages of 12 and 16.

  127. @n/a
    "They are also unapologetically masculine"

    Black males, at least in the US, have repeatedly been found to be psychologically less masculine than white men (starting at least as far back as Terman and Miles: https://archive.org/details/sexandpersonalit007952mbp).

    Low intelligence + high emotionality does not equal masculinity.

    Black males, at least in the US, have repeatedly been found to be psychologically less masculine than white men (starting at least as far back as Terman and Miles: https://archive.org/details/sexandpersonalit007952mbp).

    Low intelligence + high emotionality does not equal masculinity.

    True. Nor does treating women badly.

  128. @TheJester
    From ABC News:

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/missouri-10-percent-black-faculty-35246612

    [ "Studies show that students normally do better if they're taught by people that can relate to them, not only economically or socially, but racially because naturally we face similar struggles, being adults, students, staff," said Deidree Golbourne, 20, an African-American studies major at Buffalo, New York's flagship university, where 2.5 percent of the faculty and 5.7 percent of the student body are black, according to the data. ]

    One hears the same sentiments from the new Muslim Somali communities in Minnesota. I guess it is becoming clearer every day that integration of minorities from alien cultures and religions into White, Northern European, Christain high-tech society is and will continue to be a dismal failure.

    What's next ... Black demands for their own segregated university systems and neighborhoods ... "safe spaces" for entire minority communities?

    60 years of forced integration and affirmative action. We want our money back!

    “What’s next…Black demands for their own segregated university systems and neighborhoods…’safe paces’ for entire minority communities?”

    They were demanding segregated dorms, etc in the late 1960’s. In the early 60’s it was “We want integration.” Within a few years they yelled at the top of their voice to be segregated.

  129. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular

    That could be partly true in some cases, but when it comes to sexual attraction women are mostly attracted to money, status, and good looks in that order.

    I think what comes into play is that most people have sexual inhibitions, the incest taboo if you like, making it difficult to become sexually aroused with someone who looks like themselves, but are able to throw of the shackles more with someone who is physically different in appearance and can therefore be more easily “objectified” or just seen as a fine physical specimen or sex object.

  130. @Anonymous

    … Last week I heard artist Ebony G. Patterson talking about the black body as a “site of contention,” and that phrase stuck with me, because it seemed to be revelatory in its simplicity, and above all, true.
     
    I've noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What's primary is the sound of words and phrases.

    I’ve noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What’s primary is the sound of words and phrases.

    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general. For that reason they make what seem to other races to be linguistic bloopers . For example Diana Ross named one of her children Chudney, and I remember seeing a UK newspaper columnist commenting that the name seemed too similar to “chutney” to be used as a first name, but chances are that this never occurred to the singer because she was most likely unfamiliar with the word “chutney”.

    George Orwell famously suggested that if you wanted to write clearly, you should try to stick to shorter English or Anglo-Saxon words if they were available, rather than using longer Latin and Greek alternatives. (So fuck rather than copulate would be an example.) But these days such an admonition would be useless, because so few people know anything about the derivation of words.

    On a slightly different tack, both black and white Americans of the clerical classes have the greatest difficulty spelling my first name correctly and come up with several different variations, all of them wrong. When I first came to the US, I would suggest, no, it is spelled the same as in the Bible, only to get completely blank looks. I have since given up on this quest and just encourage people to spell my name however they want to, as that is what they will do anyway.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I have problems spelling "Jonathan" correctly, even though the punditry business is full of guys named "Jonathan," so I ought to have it down by now.

    I use "Steve" to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings "Steven" and "Stephen."

    , @Rob McX
    Orwell's advice was generally pretty good (though I suggest you test the waters before you start to swap copulate for its Anglo-Saxon synonym). You never find yourself rereading a sentence in his work to catch the right meaning, which I think is the best test of clear writing. But he didn't stick rigidly to his own advice, and his prose is the better for it. His most famous work on this subject is his "Politics and the English Language". Although he advises against using the passive voice, one in every five of the verbs in that essay is in the passive voice.
    , @Stephen R. Diamond

    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general.
     
    It derives from the different intellectual profiles of the races, each using its distinct advantages. Negroes are above caucasians on the intellectual factor of general retrieval capacity, better known to the general public as "creativity." (This area is called divergent production - as opposed to the convergent production of reasoning tasks - and it is somewhat correlated but definitely distinct from intelligence.) The fancy use of spontaneous language is a cognitive ability, and one negroes possess more of than caucasions.
  131. @Tiny Duck
    Black men are physically more attractive than white, being better built and more muscular -- and usually able to beat the stuffing out of white men, which whites of both sexes know. They are also unapologetically masculine, more assertive, and often charming. most white men these days tend to be neutered, carefully inoffensive, and usually cannot fight worth a darn. It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    That's why what you right wing types will never understand. You're daughters and sisters and female relatives have always been fascinated by Black Men and desire to experience the Ultimate in Sensual and Sexual experience.

    Just a few more responses from suckers who took your troll-bait and you’ll have enough free-range white racism for your own op-ed at the Huffington Post!

    Me, I’m with Missa Charlie Blow in Sailer’s article. The idea is to pen you folks in, away from Whitey’s evil, behind a strong, tall, and mainly electrified, hurricane fence – to provide your own services to your own people, up to and including “law enforcement”. I figure it should take no more than 30 days before the overwhelming stench of death clearly signals that your overall numbers have at last thinned out to a manageable level. Plus, that you’re out of ammo.

    Safe spaces, Buckwheat, safe spaces.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  132. @Gato de la Biblioteca
    I still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about with “black bodies.”

    That's easy. They don't believe in black minds or souls. If they did they wouldn't constantly advocate that blacks act like soulless savages. Black bodies are all they've got.

    I still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about with “black bodies.”

    That’s easy. They don’t believe in black minds or souls. If they did they wouldn’t constantly advocate that blacks act like soulless savages. Black bodies are all they’ve got.

    There is another meaning of “body” as in everybody, somebody, and so on. I have heard people in Florida saying things like “I need you to send me a body” when they mean that they need an extra employee to help out. So one need not be too literal about the meaning of body.

  133. I’ve heard this “body” claptrap on college campuses since the ’90s. I once asked some white coed at Berkeley, circa 1996, why she was into tattoos and piercings. She replied, “It’s about reclaiming the body”. She seemed to think her utterance was meaningful.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "I’ve heard this “body” claptrap on college campuses since the ’90s. I once asked some white coed at Berkeley, circa 1996, why she was into tattoos and piercings. She replied, “It’s about reclaiming the body”. She seemed to think her utterance was meaningful."

    I remember, back in 1994, hearing an interview with the author of this book on NPR:

    The Gifts of the Body

    I remember thinking at the time that it sounded pretentious and morbidly obsessed with illness. It probably is. I certainly never wasted my time reading it.

    As you say, that Body stuff was getting to be au courant in the 90s. Leftists seem to have an obsession with spiritually fetishizing the flesh.
  134. @Jonathan Mason

    I’ve noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What’s primary is the sound of words and phrases.
     
    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general. For that reason they make what seem to other races to be linguistic bloopers . For example Diana Ross named one of her children Chudney, and I remember seeing a UK newspaper columnist commenting that the name seemed too similar to "chutney" to be used as a first name, but chances are that this never occurred to the singer because she was most likely unfamiliar with the word "chutney".

    George Orwell famously suggested that if you wanted to write clearly, you should try to stick to shorter English or Anglo-Saxon words if they were available, rather than using longer Latin and Greek alternatives. (So fuck rather than copulate would be an example.) But these days such an admonition would be useless, because so few people know anything about the derivation of words.

    On a slightly different tack, both black and white Americans of the clerical classes have the greatest difficulty spelling my first name correctly and come up with several different variations, all of them wrong. When I first came to the US, I would suggest, no, it is spelled the same as in the Bible, only to get completely blank looks. I have since given up on this quest and just encourage people to spell my name however they want to, as that is what they will do anyway.

    I have problems spelling “Jonathan” correctly, even though the punditry business is full of guys named “Jonathan,” so I ought to have it down by now.

    I use “Steve” to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings “Steven” and “Stephen.”

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    Yes, Stephen is confusing. When I was about 6 years old and jut learning to read, I remember telling my mother about a story in my reader book about a boy name Step Hen who was in some way connected with Chicken Little. It all seemed logical to me.

    Even as an adult, there are certain words that I hesitate to say aloud, because I am not quite sure if I have got the pronunciation right. For example, amlodipine is a blood pressure drug, but where does the accent fall?

    I interact with quite a lot of older African Americans and find that with many fairly common words that are unfamiliar to them, they are about where I was with Step Hen. If you have never heard a word used, you may be able to spell it out, but be very uncertain of the accepted pronunciation.

    I think a careful writer or speaker will only use sesquipedalian vocabulary sparingly for effect, because stringing together a whole lot of long words just comes across as pomposity and loses the reader or listener, or at least it loses me, because if a person is using words that he or she doesn't really understand, then it is unlikely that he or she has anything really original to say.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist

    I use “Steve” to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings “Steven” and “Stephen.”

     

    This made me think of the NBA's second-biggest current star, i.e. Stephen Curry. His name has the classic Biblical spelling, so you'd think it be pronounced the conventional way, but I've never heard it pronounced as anything other than "Steh-fenn'.

    I wonder if this was his parents' intended pronunciation, or whether it was mispronounced so comprehensively by teachers, peers, sports broadcasters, and so on that Mr Curry just gave up.

    Anyway, he's the reigning MVP, his team won last year's title, and he plays a wonderful, elegant style of ball, so I guess it's not too important.
  135. @Steve Sailer
    I have problems spelling "Jonathan" correctly, even though the punditry business is full of guys named "Jonathan," so I ought to have it down by now.

    I use "Steve" to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings "Steven" and "Stephen."

    Yes, Stephen is confusing. When I was about 6 years old and jut learning to read, I remember telling my mother about a story in my reader book about a boy name Step Hen who was in some way connected with Chicken Little. It all seemed logical to me.

    Even as an adult, there are certain words that I hesitate to say aloud, because I am not quite sure if I have got the pronunciation right. For example, amlodipine is a blood pressure drug, but where does the accent fall?

    I interact with quite a lot of older African Americans and find that with many fairly common words that are unfamiliar to them, they are about where I was with Step Hen. If you have never heard a word used, you may be able to spell it out, but be very uncertain of the accepted pronunciation.

    I think a careful writer or speaker will only use sesquipedalian vocabulary sparingly for effect, because stringing together a whole lot of long words just comes across as pomposity and loses the reader or listener, or at least it loses me, because if a person is using words that he or she doesn’t really understand, then it is unlikely that he or she has anything really original to say.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber

    I interact with quite a lot of older African Americans and find that with many fairly common words that are unfamiliar to them, they are about where I was with Step Hen. If you have never heard a word used, you may be able to spell it out, but be very uncertain of the accepted pronunciation.
     
    This reminds me of an old joke where the punch line is: If I'm going to be important, I'm going to look important.
  136. @Steve Sailer
    I have problems spelling "Jonathan" correctly, even though the punditry business is full of guys named "Jonathan," so I ought to have it down by now.

    I use "Steve" to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings "Steven" and "Stephen."

    I use “Steve” to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings “Steven” and “Stephen.”

    This made me think of the NBA’s second-biggest current star, i.e. Stephen Curry. His name has the classic Biblical spelling, so you’d think it be pronounced the conventional way, but I’ve never heard it pronounced as anything other than “Steh-fenn’.

    I wonder if this was his parents’ intended pronunciation, or whether it was mispronounced so comprehensively by teachers, peers, sports broadcasters, and so on that Mr Curry just gave up.

    Anyway, he’s the reigning MVP, his team won last year’s title, and he plays a wonderful, elegant style of ball, so I guess it’s not too important.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    I would think that he is parents were pretentious enough give their child a name but have it be pronounced wrong.
  137. @Francis G.
    I've heard this "body" claptrap on college campuses since the '90s. I once asked some white coed at Berkeley, circa 1996, why she was into tattoos and piercings. She replied, "It's about reclaiming the body". She seemed to think her utterance was meaningful.

    “I’ve heard this “body” claptrap on college campuses since the ’90s. I once asked some white coed at Berkeley, circa 1996, why she was into tattoos and piercings. She replied, “It’s about reclaiming the body”. She seemed to think her utterance was meaningful.”

    I remember, back in 1994, hearing an interview with the author of this book on NPR:

    The Gifts of the Body

    I remember thinking at the time that it sounded pretentious and morbidly obsessed with illness. It probably is. I certainly never wasted my time reading it.

    As you say, that Body stuff was getting to be au courant in the 90s. Leftists seem to have an obsession with spiritually fetishizing the flesh.

  138. @Jonathan Mason

    I’ve noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What’s primary is the sound of words and phrases.
     
    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general. For that reason they make what seem to other races to be linguistic bloopers . For example Diana Ross named one of her children Chudney, and I remember seeing a UK newspaper columnist commenting that the name seemed too similar to "chutney" to be used as a first name, but chances are that this never occurred to the singer because she was most likely unfamiliar with the word "chutney".

    George Orwell famously suggested that if you wanted to write clearly, you should try to stick to shorter English or Anglo-Saxon words if they were available, rather than using longer Latin and Greek alternatives. (So fuck rather than copulate would be an example.) But these days such an admonition would be useless, because so few people know anything about the derivation of words.

    On a slightly different tack, both black and white Americans of the clerical classes have the greatest difficulty spelling my first name correctly and come up with several different variations, all of them wrong. When I first came to the US, I would suggest, no, it is spelled the same as in the Bible, only to get completely blank looks. I have since given up on this quest and just encourage people to spell my name however they want to, as that is what they will do anyway.

    Orwell’s advice was generally pretty good (though I suggest you test the waters before you start to swap copulate for its Anglo-Saxon synonym). You never find yourself rereading a sentence in his work to catch the right meaning, which I think is the best test of clear writing. But he didn’t stick rigidly to his own advice, and his prose is the better for it. His most famous work on this subject is his “Politics and the English Language”. Although he advises against using the passive voice, one in every five of the verbs in that essay is in the passive voice.

  139. @Buffalo Joe
    But in the end, will whatever concessions, accommodations or alterations that are made or granted to black bodies be enough. TNC has already gone on record as saying no amount of reparations can ever alleviate the feeling of rejection that blacks have in America.

    Pay attention to what people do, not what they say. If he really felt that this was not his home he would have long since emigrated. But he knows that blacks live better in the US than in any other land, and that race-hustling is a more profitable industry here than anywhere else.

  140. @Jonathan Silber
    It is easy to see how a white woman who wanted a masculine man would find a good-looking black guy appealing.

    And yet, as I've pointed out before on Steve's blog, data collected at the online dating site OkCupid reveals that most white women want nothing to do with black men: they won't even reply to messages from black men, much less date them.

    And the data also reveals that women of all races prefer men of their own race, but otherwise prefer white men.

    It's the White Man who's got game.

    http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/race-attraction-2009-2014/

    internalized white supremacy 😛

  141. @Jonathan Mason

    I’ve noticed that blacks have a different way of understanding and using language. The semantic content of words is secondary, often irrelevant. The primary function of words and speech seems to be aural and ornamental. What’s primary is the sound of words and phrases.
     
    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general. For that reason they make what seem to other races to be linguistic bloopers . For example Diana Ross named one of her children Chudney, and I remember seeing a UK newspaper columnist commenting that the name seemed too similar to "chutney" to be used as a first name, but chances are that this never occurred to the singer because she was most likely unfamiliar with the word "chutney".

    George Orwell famously suggested that if you wanted to write clearly, you should try to stick to shorter English or Anglo-Saxon words if they were available, rather than using longer Latin and Greek alternatives. (So fuck rather than copulate would be an example.) But these days such an admonition would be useless, because so few people know anything about the derivation of words.

    On a slightly different tack, both black and white Americans of the clerical classes have the greatest difficulty spelling my first name correctly and come up with several different variations, all of them wrong. When I first came to the US, I would suggest, no, it is spelled the same as in the Bible, only to get completely blank looks. I have since given up on this quest and just encourage people to spell my name however they want to, as that is what they will do anyway.

    I think this is largely a result of most blacks, and actually most people of all races in the USA having very little awareness of the development of language and of the historic meaning of words, or with literature in general.

    It derives from the different intellectual profiles of the races, each using its distinct advantages. Negroes are above caucasians on the intellectual factor of general retrieval capacity, better known to the general public as “creativity.” (This area is called divergent production – as opposed to the convergent production of reasoning tasks – and it is somewhat correlated but definitely distinct from intelligence.) The fancy use of spontaneous language is a cognitive ability, and one negroes possess more of than caucasions.

  142. @Joe Sweet
    "What is to be done with these “morons”, those that cannot be trained for even the most simple of jobs, e.g., a housepainter, carpenter or plumber? "

    You were on a roll there until you exposed yourself as a total idiot.

    Joe Sweet you’re right. I didn’t mean to say what I said. The trades I mentioned are each time-honored ways of life and the diligent exposition of which, the self-realization of one’s aptitude in such a trade, is an extraordinary thing. It’s what makes the finest among us who they are and what makes us all appreciate the excellence of our best craftsmen. You’re right; I mispoke like (as you mentioned) an idiot.

  143. @Stephen R. Diamond
    I've called it the fundamental error of common usage. The error you found in Blow is widespread.

    "Misconstruing the compound as elliptical: The fundamental error of comma usage" ( http://disputedissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/misconstruing-compound-as-elliptical.html)

    I’ve called it the fundamental error of common usage. The error you found in Blow is widespread.

    “Misconstruing the compound as elliptical: The fundamental error of comma usage” ( http://disputedissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/misconstruing-compound-as-elliptical.html)

    He did make an error, but it has nothing to with ellipsis. And I’ve commented at your blog regarding the example you give there.

    • Replies: @Stephen R. Diamond
    My blog is open to debate on the subject.

    [I continue to think Blow's mistake involves a mistaken sense of ellipsis. Your comment there serves to clarify a circumstance where ellipsis does occur.]
  144. @The Last Real Calvinist

    I use “Steve” to make it easy on people (not at all unreasonably) confused by the alternate formal spellings “Steven” and “Stephen.”

     

    This made me think of the NBA's second-biggest current star, i.e. Stephen Curry. His name has the classic Biblical spelling, so you'd think it be pronounced the conventional way, but I've never heard it pronounced as anything other than "Steh-fenn'.

    I wonder if this was his parents' intended pronunciation, or whether it was mispronounced so comprehensively by teachers, peers, sports broadcasters, and so on that Mr Curry just gave up.

    Anyway, he's the reigning MVP, his team won last year's title, and he plays a wonderful, elegant style of ball, so I guess it's not too important.

    I would think that he is parents were pretentious enough give their child a name but have it be pronounced wrong.

  145. @Jonathan Mason
    Yes, Stephen is confusing. When I was about 6 years old and jut learning to read, I remember telling my mother about a story in my reader book about a boy name Step Hen who was in some way connected with Chicken Little. It all seemed logical to me.

    Even as an adult, there are certain words that I hesitate to say aloud, because I am not quite sure if I have got the pronunciation right. For example, amlodipine is a blood pressure drug, but where does the accent fall?

    I interact with quite a lot of older African Americans and find that with many fairly common words that are unfamiliar to them, they are about where I was with Step Hen. If you have never heard a word used, you may be able to spell it out, but be very uncertain of the accepted pronunciation.

    I think a careful writer or speaker will only use sesquipedalian vocabulary sparingly for effect, because stringing together a whole lot of long words just comes across as pomposity and loses the reader or listener, or at least it loses me, because if a person is using words that he or she doesn't really understand, then it is unlikely that he or she has anything really original to say.

    I interact with quite a lot of older African Americans and find that with many fairly common words that are unfamiliar to them, they are about where I was with Step Hen. If you have never heard a word used, you may be able to spell it out, but be very uncertain of the accepted pronunciation.

    This reminds me of an old joke where the punch line is: If I’m going to be important, I’m going to look important.

  146. @ben tillman

    I’ve called it the fundamental error of common usage. The error you found in Blow is widespread.

    “Misconstruing the compound as elliptical: The fundamental error of comma usage” ( http://disputedissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/misconstruing-compound-as-elliptical.html)
     
    He did make an error, but it has nothing to with ellipsis. And I've commented at your blog regarding the example you give there.

    My blog is open to debate on the subject.

    [I continue to think Blow’s mistake involves a mistaken sense of ellipsis. Your comment there serves to clarify a circumstance where ellipsis does occur.]

  147. He simply doesn’t know how to set off a nonrestrictive phrase with commas. He’s confused about whether the comma goes before or after the conjunction.

    You’re making this too complicated.

    By the way, here’s an item for you to take up on your blog: the abominable “confirm whether”. A paralegal I worked with used to use this construction, and it drove me crazy.

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