They consider themselves Arabs or something. Bantu people are their traditional slaves. (“Ibrahim says Somali Americans have been hesitant to claim black identities in the past, because they associate being black with being powerless.”)
Re. the Justine Damond killing in Minneapolis:
“He is extremely nervous … he is a little jumpy … he doesn’t really respect women, the least thing you say to him can set him off,” Mr Miller said. “When they say a policeman shot an Australian lady I thought uh, oh but then when they said who it was I was like, ‘OK.’
In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not… When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course.
Yesterday, two very prominent black pastors in the D.C. area filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association. In their lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior Court, accusations are made that the organizations knowingly deceive their black, and minority, consumers regarding the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages. These drinks are the cause of black communities high rate of disease, diabetes and stroke, they argue.
“What does it mean, in general, when victims of bigotry save the lives of bigots?” the author begins by asking, later saying that his black peers “imagine…that by becoming a shining example of this ‘righteous’ behavior, we might, somehow, guide these cannibals into becoming upright beings capable of following the very rules they enforce upon us.”
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used a commencement speech at Medgar Evers College Thursday as a platform to criticize the Trump administration and share her concern about hate crimes with the graduates.
A gallery at the museum on the National Mall was partially closed for about three hours, and U.S. Park Police were called in to investigate what was described by the museum’s director as a “horrible act.”
University of California Santa Cruz administrators recently agreed to meet to all four demands lodged by a black student group who commandeered a campus building and would not leave until their conditions were met.
But in addition to the four initial stipulations, the group made three other demands to the university, and it has warned UC Santa Cruz that it has four months to comply with these demands or “more Reclamations” will result.
A speech by Heather Mac Donald at UCLA on Wednesday frequently descended into chaos as Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the stage and chanted their signature phrase over and over, and also took over portions of the Q&A with angry accusations and raucous shouting, a video of the event shows.
Event organizers tried to calm the crowd and regain order. After the Black Lives Matter chant ended, several protesters remained at the front of the room, shouting and making gestures as a student organizer asked for calm. But they started up with more chants, including: “America was never great!”
Is Dana Schutz allowed to paint Emmett Till in his coffin? Dana Schutz is a successful artist: Her painting Open Casket is part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, a show whose mission is to indicate the country’s cultural temperature. The painting depicts the dead body of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered. The piece has become the focus of controversy in recent days; the artist and writer Hannah Black has called for its removal and destruction. She and many others have pointed out that black suffering is not a material that white artists can just make use of, like oil paint or videotape—an argument made in many debates over cultural appropriation. But the case of Emmett Till contains an extra layer of difficulty. His mother, Mamie Till Mobley, dealt with her loss by controlling the postmortem narrative and the image of her son in death. “I know that his life can’t be returned but I hope that his death will certainly start a movement in these United States,” she once said. It is a matter of both appropriation and of the history of American visual politics.
An artist who wishes to work with such a charged subject needs to approach with unmitigated rigor in order to succeed. In her body of work, Schutz does not demonstrate a rigorous sensibility. In her statements about the piece, she does not show any understanding that her own expression echoes Carolyn Bryant’s expression, and erases the story of the victim and his family. When Hannah Black and her co-signers call for the destruction of this painting, try not to interpret them as book-burners doing the work of censorship. Instead, hear their open letter as a call for silence inside a church. How will you hear the dead boy’s voice, if you keep speaking over him? More.
Reality check: It’s horrible, self-indulgent modern art, a sort of miscarriage of the mind. That would be enough reason to place it gently in the rain overnight in the garden.
All such work is an appropriation of an honourable name, art.
But we mask the problem if we make it about individual grief, grievance, and entitlement. The progressive encourages us to do that, of course, because he then gets to bully and censor others, and impose his tastes. He prevents—with lots of collusion—a discussion of the actual problem: The vacuum he himself creates and maintains.
It will be fun watching upper middle class progressives cave in the face of progressive demands for the removal or destruction of the old masterpieces as well. There again, they can find common cause with Islamists. Which should be some comfort to them.
As for the grievance group, they are book-burners calling for silence. For anyone except them.
See also: Why free speech infringes on “liberty” It is easy for the naturalist (man is just an animal) to dispense with liberty of the mind because he does not accept the existence of the mind.
This weekend the Feminist Initiative (FI) held its annual congress in Västerås. Hopes are high of getting into parliament next year, where the party would, among other things, push for absolutely free immigration. During the congress, Victoria Kawesa from Uganda was elected to Sweden’s first black party leader. Now she questions why foreign criminals are deported from Sweden, when “white Swedes” are not.