January 11, 2013

Calling a spade a spade

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry has got that covered.  Which is important. Because when you’re gardening, you don’t want to be fooled by a cheap imitation tool that refuses to show obeisance to a very specialized and segregated tool box.  What you want is a real, authentic tool.

–Like, for instance, Melissa Harris Perry.

(h/t JHo)


Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:28am

Comments (17)

  1. 404 error, Jeff.

  2. Thanks. I hope your hand gets better soon.

  3. Melissa Harris Perry uses an odd physical science sort of language to work her way through what might appear, on the surface of linguistic appearing, political problems (not to say this is the sole sort of language she uses, since she also uses a martial sort). To wit: optics (Newton!), physical body (Galileo!), set (Descartes!), women in a space (Thurber!).

    I wonder whether she has a distinctive odor in the flesh, or possibly an especially alluring perfume.

  4. Link fixed. Sorry the broken link took away initially from the multi-level metaphorical brilliance on exhibit here.

  5. Her logic sounds like something Captain Kirk would use to confuse and burnout a computer.

  6. Doesn’t she realize that if someone who is actually black can be said not to represent black people, then the converse can also be true, so that the little god-king is once again no longer the First Black President — but that rather, the Father of the Year is?

  7. I suspect that the ancestors of inauthentic American blacks suffered as much under slavery and Jim Crow as the ancestors of authentic ones did. So authentic blackness is just a pose, a marketing concept, a brand. I’d say that the brand has been largely ruined by its own erratic courses of action and mendaciousness over the decades. That is probably why it is so compelled to lash out against competing brands like ‘self sufficient’ or ‘post racial’. If your mindshare is shrinking due to a perceived loss of value, reliability, quality, and relevance to the intended consumer then you need to move to targeted cult marketing strategies and start making it more of a status symbol than a real product.

  8. I am just relieved I can go back to stereotyping all blacks and women as being exactly the same instead of having to pretend to listen to them and try to understand them and shit.

  9. You can’t be certified black if you don’t meet the black specs, which have to do with political obedience to the left.

  10. I’m with BMoe on this. I’m just going back to stereotyping everyone to save time.

    Especially Canadians.

  11. Especially Canadians.

    “Canucks,” if you please. We’re dispensing with the formalities.

  12. Thanks! I didn’t want to get ahead of myself.

  13. Who determines whether a person “represents” the group to which they belong? I think the who is me.

    Anyone who disagrees with me is racist.

  14. But are we talking authentically racist or what?

  15. But, I think we want to be careful, because no one wants to assume that any given physical body carries with it a set of political ideas, so for example, you know, Clarence Thomas sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States does not mean that Justice Thomas is representing, necessarily, the positions, the issues, even the Constitutional interpretation that is shared by the vast majority of civil rights organizations and by the vast majority of African-Americans.

    Oh, this I’ve gotta hear. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to find out that Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois weren’t black enough.

  16. the Constitutional interpretation that is shared by the vast majority of civil rights organizations and by the vast majority of African-Americans.

    Judging from history, and I know I’m going to get denounced for this, but the word for that constitutional interpretation shared by the vast majority of (presumably authentic) civil rights organizations and African-Americans is: wrong.

  17. No denouncing from me McGehee. More like spot on.