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From Plagiarism Today:

Plagiarism Today Plagiarized in a Plagiarism Atonement Essay
Jonathan Bailey May 9, 2022

Not bad, but I would have gone with a headline like “Plagiarist Plagiarizes Plagiarism Today in Her Plagiarism Atonement Essay (That Was Plagiarized).”

… In Google News, I ran across an article written by author Jumi Bello

Jumi Bello is a Person of Intersectionality.

entitled, “I Plagiarized Parts of My Debut Novel. Here’s Why.” …

Looking at the comparisons, it’s pretty obvious that she copied my words and then rewrote them to fit her style and message. Specifically, she’d actually copied from two articles I wrote on that subject, one for my site in 2011 and another for Turnitin in 2019.

In short, Bello, an author who admitted to plagiarizing in her now-cancelled debut novel, wrote an article about the experience and, in that article, included poor paraphrasing without attribution of an article that I wrote over a decade ago.

It’s a moment that even 16 years of work in this field did not prepare me for.

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  1. Tony Tea says:

    Looking at the comparisons, it’s pretty obvious that I didn’t copy this comment and then rewrite it to fit my style and message.

    • LOL: Matthew Kelly
  2. A Joe Biden Scholarship for affirmative plagiarism seems in order. Call it hip-hop literacy, just as older music is “sampled” in electronic black music, other people’s ideas can be sampled into a black writer’s work. Share and share alike as the African myth goes, it’s just a vibrant culture of “borrowing”. Print some money for her and her kind, now, Joe, c’mon man!

  3. Surely taking paragraphs from different sources and rewriting them in your own style while retaining the relevant information/arguments is what every student does with every essay?

  4. You won’t be laughing when she becomes President in her 80s.

  5. Life is as tedious as a twice-plagiarized tale,
    Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
    It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, and plagiarizing, signifying nothing.
    To plagiarize, or not to plagiarize, that is the question.

    • Replies: @Sean
  6. It’s a fairly old impression really that resurfaces here.In the version of – öh – medieval singer/songwriter Walther von der Vogelweide it sounds like this:”Poor me – where to have all my years disappeared / is my life dreamed up or is it true?”
    A bit more on the depressive side but in the same vein: W. B. Yeats:

    … the falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    World meaning: the world of letters too.


    It has become a mass-practice to copy and paste. The falcon roams free. And the very difference between copy and original is – part of the white canon, isn’t it?

    Jumi Bello is a kind of an avantgardist. Her ideal is pretty market-oriented and the market is not so much about thoughts anymore, but about presence in the light of the narcissistic and presentistic 21st century, that wants to forget about the common past and common heritage and stuff:

    I say that (= x) – and that must be enough to please ya, since you don’t exist any longer, Falconer (= God, the rational tradition, reason….) –

    These maneuvers are are all a bit repetitive, because these food-soldiers in the wars of the zeitgeist t are still beating the drum of postmodernism – and not much else…: God, the rational tradition, reason – The Falconer – : – In the postmodern context they are simply plalce holders for: Suppresssion).

  7. @YetAnotherAnon

    Reminds me of when Microsoft Word first introduced its auto-summary feature. A guy I knew in college would just copy an entire chapter from a book then hit “Summarize”, and hand that in as his essay. Not sure if he ever got nailed for it…

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @fish
    , @Stan Adams
  8. Coemgen says:

    Joe Biden has had some serious allegations of plagiarism.

    Perhaps plagiarism is a career booster for Democrat politicians.

    Maybe Jumi should go into politics.

    • Replies: @fish
  9. EdwardM says:

    Perhaps, but there is a difference between a student who is trying to demonstrate knowledge attained versus a professional writer trying to inform/enlighten/entertain an audience.

  10. J.Ross says:

    There you have it: J.Ross readers are ahead of iSteve readers by a day or two, give or take delays for moderation. But that is a better headline.

    OT — any plans to see and discuss 2,000 Mules?

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  11. J.Ross says:

    Yes and no. Also, the standard is higher for an academic or professional author than for a student.

  12. J.Ross says:

    OT — 2,000 Mules — this is the “meat” of the documentary, the presentation of a group which used cell phone data to trace the movements of illegal ballot harvesters, edited by an anon. I have not checked this so it could also be Rick Astley.’Souza-documentary-that-proves-2020-election-fraud---Documentaire-de-D’Souza-qui-prouve-la-fraude-%C3%A9lectorale-de-2020

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  13. Mike Tre says:
    @James of Africa

    Wait till the black man is able to legally sample your wife on your wedding night. They’re going to call it prima negro.

    • LOL: fish
    • Replies: @James of Africa
    , @fish
    , @Kylie
  14. bomag says:

    Reminds me of a response many moons ago from our pseudonymous commenter Truth, suggesting that lying and dissembling are relevant and useful skills.

    Alas, too much of such activity means we can’t have nice things.

    As the pilots fight for control in the cockpit of society, the passengers wonder if the descent will stop; and we can at least level out; or maybe climb a little higher, so we don’t see danger rushing by just below us.

  15. It wasn’t until Bello’s essay that the reasons came out: Bello realized that her work contained plagiarized passages and, rather than wait for it to be published, she did the right thing and informed her publisher of the issues.

    I’ve never heard of this Bello before, but from what I’ve read so far, I doubt that she realized this on her own. Someone else brought it to her attention and pressured her to do the right thing.

    … specifically a paragraph about what many consider the world’s first plagiarism case involving the Roman poet Martial in 80 AD.

    One of Plato’s younger contemporaries, Theopompus, accused him of having plagiarized from Protagoras. Since their views are not very similar, it’s hard to believe this.

    • Replies: @Deckin
  16. Why does the word “plagiarism” immediately bring to mind the words:

    Martin Luther King Jr.?

    • Agree: 3g4me, Kylie
    • Replies: @Kylie
  17. @James of Africa

    Yo Jimmie: Forgot I to mention
    My issues done give me exemption;
    An’ besides, Doctor King
    He done did de same thing
    An’ everyone gave him redemption.

    • Thanks: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @James of Africa
  18. slumber_j says:
    @James of Africa

    A Joe Biden Scholarship for affirmative plagiarism seems in order.

    I wanted a similar scheme to honor the egregious Elizabeth Wurtzel before she departed this world. It takes a special sort of person to keep soldiering on in the world of letters after having been fired from publications not once but twice for plagiarism at the start of one’s career.

    As my ex-father in law said of her decades ago after learning of yet another of her many, many acts of utter shamelessness: “I actually have to admire Elizabeth Wurtzel. She’s a perfect testament to the indomitability of the human spirit.” President Biden is right there with her.

    • Thanks: James of Africa
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    , @duncsbaby
  19. Nodwink says:

    Plagiarism of smaller content producers by big news sites is out of control, too. Trashier outlets like the UK’s Daily Mail seem to be the worst offenders.

    • Replies: @Henry's Cat
  20. Arclight says:

    In a normal society, Bello would be blackballed (sorry) by every publisher in America for her deceptions and obvious lack of actual talent. But because she is a member of the most protected class, no doubt she will pop up again in various media outlets talking about how the stress of being a minority in an overwhelmingly white field trying to get ahead led her to do some things she shouldn’t have, she will be lauded for it, and possibly better off overall in terms of her career.

    Failing upward is a very real thing, particularly in fields dominated by guilty whites who want to see minorities succeed. I was just reading about a young black woman who works in community development in my city (since it affects my job) who was given a very impressive sounding role at a large non-profit, but upon review of her resume on LinkedIn, she really hasn’t done anything at all other than hop from one role to another every few years. Interestingly, the one truly private sector job she had was quite low level but came after she had served as an executive director of not one but two local non-profits, which tells you how an enterprise that actually needs to produce things to make money viewed her true utility. She didn’t stay there very long and went right back into the NFP world with much better sounding job descriptions.

    • Replies: @Escher
  21. @slumber_j

    I’d never heard of Ms Wurtzel, (though I’d heard of her book) but she sounds like chutzpah personified. However God gave her wisdom late in life (early 40s), unfortunately too late, if Wiki is correct.

    “In early 2013, Wurtzel published a New York magazine article lamenting the unconventional choices she had made in life, including heroin use and spending much of a lucrative publisher advance on a costly Birkin bag, and her failure to marry, form a family, buy a house, save money or invest for retirement.”

    • Replies: @Sean
  22. Just call her Martinique Lucifer King.

  23. JimDandy says:

    Bello is cool and funny. Sorry you don’t get her humor.

  24. The Next Day

    What up, white folks, this Jumoke Bello;
    Only my friends call me Jumi.
    Today I ain’t feelin’ so mellow
    About how y’all tryin’ to do me.

    In Black culture, we call it samplin’;
    We do it in rap songs; y’all love it!
    All over Black culture yo’ tramplin’.
    Yo’ copyright law? You can shove it!

    Yeah, I sampled parts of my novel;
    White folks call it plagiarism.
    So what? You expect me to grovel?
    Suck —-! Hope you gag on the —-!

    • LOL: Charon
  25. Catdog says:

    I don’t really care about plagiarism that much tbh. If you think about it, it’s a little strange that it’s so taboo.

    • Troll: Hangnail Hans
  26. @J.Ross

    Link es muerte amigo =(

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  27. SafeNow says:

    When that midair collision occurred in Europe, the main cause was that the Russian pilot followed the instruction of the air-traffic controller, rather than the automated conflict-avoidance voice, which gave a different instruction. An insightful Russian chief pilot later speculated, what do you expect, the human voice is emphatic, while the computer voice is calm and less engaging.

    Airlines have finally convinced pilots to follow the computer voice. But Bello’s rewording is the catchy, stylized, emphatic voice that is the pay-attention voice for modern America. When Biden was campaigning, he said that regarding Covid, he would “shut it down! worldwide.” I can’t prove it, but I think it got him elected. When you Google a movie review now, a few “audience reviews” are placed atop professional reviewers.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @AnotherDad
  28. Deckin says:
    @John Pepple

    If you think the views of Plato and Protagoras are similar you haven’t read or thought much about either.

    • Replies: @John Pepple
  29. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Dr Kang, he only stole from racists! Das why he great man!

  30. Writing is hard.

    I learned in 6th grade how to write a 5 paragraph essay: introduction, thesis, point 1, point 2, point 3, conclusion/restatement of thesis. Almost all my point paragraphs would weave in quotations to substantiate my points and would make up my bibliography. I always struggled with how to present the intro paragraph but that basic format carried me through college graduation.

    In my senior year of college, I had one professor give me an “A” with the comment, “A 5 paragraph essay, really?” or something like that. Point is that I was extremely limited in my writing technique but would have been considered a very good writer throughout school.

    After college, I fancied myself a writer and journaled everyday for a couple of years. I taught myself economics/politics and wrote some essays inspired by comment threads in websites like this one. I wrote short fiction, screenplays and then knocked out a novel. I learned a lot writing a screenplay with a buddy who has a very good handle on story structure. That enabled me to plan and write the novel.

    It would be interesting to know how Steve learned to write. I can imagine him in lit-fic workshops with ambitious wine moms snapping their fingers after reading his latest statistical analysis.

  31. fish says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    I imagine really “Early Adopters” could get away with this! But who are we kidding, they should just be including college diplomas with the paperwork sent home from the hospital when the baby is born!

    Education….the traditional model anyway….is as dead as Joe Biden pecker!

  32. fish says:

    Perhaps plagiarism is a career booster for Democrat politicians.

    Clearly yes…..

    Remember though Joe wasn’t in it for the “statesmanship” until just recently so any guilt over pilfering someone else’s thoughts would have to come later. Grift always came first for the pervy Mick! If that meant stealing Neil Kinnock’s speeches….well it served a greater purpose.

    • Replies: @Philip Neal
  33. fish says:
    @Mike Tre

    How about I let him have a crack at the ex-wife!

    Never mind….he’ll just ask for reparations!

    • LOL: Charon
  34. Escher says:

    Why do a lot of these intersectional professional victim types look like they haven’t showered or changed clothes in a long long time?

  35. johnmark7 says:

    If you read the article you’d see the hilarious news that the original essay of Bello’s story of her plagiarism was pulled because it also plagiarized another’s work again.

    A kleptomaniac at work.

  36. Kylie says:
    @Stephen Paul Foster

    MLK (or as I invariably refer to him, the pudgy plagiarist) was so keen to have his children, and by inference, all his dark brethren, “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.

    Apparently he was under the misapprehension that our estimation of them would rise accordingly. And, in truth, insofar as individuals go, mine has. I have know too many bright, scrupulous, kind black people to hate their race. But I utterly loathe leftist whites encouraging the worst behaviors of blacks.

    But I this latest plagiarist find herself unemployable in any way meaningful to her. But I suspect that with the help of her enablers, she’ll profit in terms of both fame and fortune.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  37. @Matthew Kelly

    AutoSummarize debuted in Office 97, released at the peak of Microsoft’s dominance over the computer industry.

    Office 97 also introduced Clippy, a “lovable” animated help character based on a failed Microsoft product partially designed by Melinda Gates. He wore out his welcome very quickly.


    (That is a real book, by the way. I assembled the graphic on the left.)

    • Thanks: Charon
  38. Escher says:

    she really hasn’t done anything at all other than hop from one role to another every few years.

    Did she hop or hip hop from role to role?

  39. Jumi Bello is a Person of Intersectionality.

    More directly she’s a “Person of Parasitism.”

    I quickly scanned her bio. This boring talentless nimrod has been cosseted by our institutions her whole life. Which means subsidized by … all the actually productive white people out there.

    The whole minoritarian edifice is essentially this–parasites that white Americans feed, house and clothe, while they whine and bitch and abuse us.

    This is why there really is no substitute for my “separate nations!” slogan. The only effective way to end this parasitism is simply cut them out. Let’s go back to having majoritarian, republican institutions that look after our interests and do not feed the parasites–our enemies.

    • Agree: Kylie
  40. If you are accusing John Pepple of writing to the effect that “the views of Plato and Protagoras are similar” then you have misread his comment. Take another, closer look.

    • Replies: @John Pepple
  41. J.Ross says:

    I have essentialist webms but do not know how to upload webms to Unz.
    (A webm is like a gif you can control like you controlled your VCR.)

  42. J.Ross says:

    Was that the one were the air traffic controller company allowed people to take random breaks while on duty, so one guy ended up trying to juggle several different situations and fumbled? And then the architect tracked him down and knifed him for causing the deaths of his wife and daughter?

  43. J.Ross says:

    King did not want an America where writing was judged by the attribution of the author but rather by the character of the content.

    • Thanks: Charon
    • LOL: Kylie
  44. @SafeNow

    I was flying out West a few years back. (Pretty sure pre-pandemic–man i miss those pandemic flying days, deserted airports, whole row to lay down.) Had to have been SEA-DEN or the reverse, so somewhere in southern Idaho, northern Utah, or Western Wyoming.

    And quite a ways off i could see this plane plane approaching us–maybe 20 degrees from perpendicular. And sure enough it kept closing and closing and closing–looking more and more and more collisiony. I had a moment of two of real concern, till i could pick up that it was indeed a bit–not much–below us. And zwoosh it zipped by at what seemed like only a thousand feet or two directly below us–a legit “2D collision”. The closing speed at 500+ quite impressive. Same altitude would have been bad–very bad. (Y’all would have been deprived of 100s of thousands of words of my anti-minoritarian and separationist commentary.)

  45. Philip Neal says: • Website

    “The first Kinnock / the first Biden in a thousand generations to be able to get to university.”

    Rethinking it after all these years, it strikes me that something like 970 of those 1000 generations almost certainly relate to the same ancestors. In this age of genomics, perhaps Biden can claim that he only plagiarised 3% of Kinnock.

  46. @J.Ross

    ” … J.Ross readers are ahead of iSteve readers by a day or two …”

    No need for competition: there is value in reading both POVs. However, did a slinky, disturbing, skinbag of evil ill-disguised as a dog recently creep into the J.Ross camp? If so, expect your lead over iSteve to experience shrinkage.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  47. Not bad, but I would have gone with a headline like “Plagiarist Plagiarizes Plagiarism Today in Her Plagiarism Atonement Essay (That Was Plagiarized).”

  48. Plagiarism is a lot less of a sin in a culture in which literacy, originality, and consequences are all devalued.

  49. J.Ross says:

    That is a fantastic character description.

  50. @James of Africa

    I guess all sins are forgiven after 32 years

  51. duncsbaby says:

    Black dudes the world over heave a sigh of relief. A really heavy sigh of relief.

    • LOL: Kylie
  52. duncsbaby says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that Wurtzel had died. After all the years of drug abuse she died of breast cancer at 52.

  53. @Deckin

    It was Theopompus who thought their views were similar.

  54. Sean says:
    @James Speaks

    In the dedication to his manuscript, for example, North urges those who might see themselves as ugly to strive to be inwardly beautiful, to defy nature. He uses a succession of words to make the argument, including “proportion,” “glass,” “feature,” “fair,” “deformed,” “world,” “shadow” and “nature.” In the opening soliloquy of Richard III (“Now is the winter of our discontent …”) the hunchbacked tyrant uses the same words in virtually the same order to come to the opposite conclusion: that since he is outwardly ugly, he will act the villain he appears to be


  55. Sean says:

    I’d never heard of Ms Wurtzel, (though I’d heard of her book) but she sounds like chutzpah personified.

    No, it is the low status individual humans (and labrats) who get addicted. Journalism is the most competitive occupation there is.

    If you are going to take drugs then do it when young, it is a lot more dangerous if you start when older.

    Years ago Razib asked his commenters to fill in a survey and he seemed more than a little shocked by how few had reproduced.

    Failure to invest for retirement was prudent in her case.

  56. Anon[343] • Disclaimer says:

    Related: Diverse valedictorian at Duke accused of plagiarizing diverse valedictorian at Harvard.

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