1. Well, there’s blackface, then there’s dark make-up, then there’s stuff that idiots might think is blackface, as well as what someone may get offended over because they think it’s kind of like blackface—oh, what the hell, let’s ban it all. In a 1988 episode of “The Golden Girls,” Dorothy’ son, Michael, who is white like his mother (played by the imposing, also white, Bea Arthur) is planning on marrying Lorraine, a much older black woman. Dorothy objects to the love birds’ age difference while Lorraine’s mother disapproves of Michael’s race, saying, “No daughter of mine is marrying some skinny white boy.” Then flighty Rose (Betty White) and sex-obsessed Blanche (Rue McClanahan) interrupt the potential in-laws show-down by walking into the room wearing their mud facial masks.
Rose stammers: “This is mud on our faces; we’re not really black!”
“The Golden Girls” was a consistently liberal-tilting show, and the episode was obviously making fun of racial sensitivities. Never mind. Hulu has pulled it.
African-American podcaster and author Erica Williams Simon tweeted, “In what world does ‘Stop killing us’ sound like ‘Please remove episodes of Golden Girls’? I didn’t see that ask on anyone’s protest sign….To be clear: I’m not ‘attacking’ Hulu. I would just hate for the seriousness of this moment and movement to get lost in symbolic (and sometimes silly) over-corrections.”
Right, Erica…and changing the name of “Eskimo Pies,” banning the word “master” and defunding police departments are perfectly reasonable and not “over-corrections.” There has been far more symbolic and silly grandstanding to mollify the Black Lives Matter bullies than responsible reforms, and if you don’t have the integrity to ‘attack’ the lazy panderers who do this kind of thing, you’re encouraging the worst of the freakout.
2. Now, if this had been done, say, 50 years ago, that would have been laudible. The Mississippi state legislature voted on Sunday to finally replace its state flag, and to get rid of the Confederate battle emblem. The emblem was Jim Crow era defiance of the United States and civil rights reform. Now, because the state didn’t have the common sense and decency to take action on its own, the George Floyd mob can consider it one more notch in its metaphorical belt, giving them further motivation to bend others to its will.
“The removal of the flag marks the latestto topple in the weeks following George Floyd’s death as activists have called for a reexamination of the racism that exists in all corners of society,” writes CBS. Perfect.
Good job, Mississippi.
The bill passed by a vote of 91-23 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate. Those 37 legislators who thought it was still too soon to get rid of its symbol of open contempt…incredible. I’m going to watch “Mississippi Burning” again, as my own private Bronx cheer to these fools.
3. The fake news is getting stranger and stranger…The New York Times last week published a story claiming that Russia put a bounty on American soldiers in Afghanistan, and also claimed that despite knowing about it, the Trump administration did nothing. Oooo, my Trump Deranged Facebook friends were quivering with excitement, which, I suspect, was the Times’ objective. Impeachable! More Trump buddy-buddy with Putin! I confess, I didn’t and don’t understand the “scoop” at all. The Taliban is trying to kill our soldiers anyway, so why does it matter if Russia wants to hand out bonuses? It doesn’t endanger our troops, does it? It’s a nasty thing for Russia to do, but in practical terms, who cares?
Now CBS reporter Catherine Herridge reports, via tweet…
“The official said the inteligence collection report reached ‘low levels’ NSC but did not go further, not briefed POTUS, or VP because it was deemed ‘uncorroborated’ and ‘dissent intelligence community’,” Herridge added.
But the Times published it as fact anyway to embarrass the President and slake the hate-lust of its readers.
Added (6/30/2020): Now the AP is reporting the same story as the Times. I have no idea what the truth is, or who to find out. Wouldn’t it be nice to have reliable, trustworthy journalists so we could know who to believe?
4. Finally, a question and a poll: Should I add “Trump is responsible for thousands of deaths because of his mishandling of the pandemic” to the Ethics Alarms “Big Lies” of the “resistance” list?