1. This Morning’s Grovel: A white Seattle hairdresser apologized profusely for daring to wear dreadlocks. The key quote: “I have come to understand—far too belatedly—that my hairstyle is harmful.”
To lightly paraphrase Orwell: ‘She loved Big Brother.’
It’s hard to work up any sympathy for people like Irene—weak, ignorant, unwilling to stand up for basic human rights, like being able to wear your hair any damn way you want to. This is yet another of the one-way “rules” that are being delivered by edict as an alleged remedy for “systemic racism”: Blacks can do anything they want to, whites are severely limited. The hair rules: black women can straighten their hair, dye it blonde, adopt any style the choose as a method of self expression, but a white woman who chooses dreadlocks has “harmful hair.”
Those who won’t stand up for their own liberties deserve to lose them. Irene is a fool, and betraying the values of her country.
2. Since that co-pilot gig in “Airplane!” didn’t work out, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been playing pundit…predictably progressive, but frequently perceptive. He wrote in part regarding the Nick Cannon mess without specifically citing it,
“Recent incidents of anti-Semitic tweets and posts from sports and entertainment celebrities are a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation. Given the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports world, we expected more passionate public outrage. What we got was a shrug of meh-rage.”
The retired NBA star went on to note Ice Cube’s June tweets implying that Jews were responsible for the oppression of blacks, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson sharing a fake quote from Adolf Hitler warning that “white Jews” planned for “world domination,” and NBA player Stephen Jackson’s defense of DeSean Jackson’s posts praising Louis Farrakhan
“That is the kind of dehumanizing characterization of a people that causes the police abuses that killed …George Floyd,” Abul-Jabbar concluded. “After all, if it’s OK to discriminate against one group of people by hauling out cultural stereotypes without much pushback, it must be OK to do the same to others. Illogic begets illogic.”
3. Speaking of illogic, Kareem, your obligatory slap at President Trump is illogical. In the same piece, Jabbar accuses the President’s reelection campaign of “playing the Rothschild’s trope” by accusing “three billionaires of Jewish descent” — George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer — of trying to “rig the November election.” This is just another version of the “gotcha!” tactic in which justified criticism of female politicians is called misogyny and earned criticism of black figures evidences racism. Three prominent billionaires have announced that they will use their money to win the election for the Democrats. They happen to be Jewish. If there were a non-Jewish Trump-hating billionaire on their level, does anyone really think that such a foe wouldn’t be grouped with Soros, Bloomberg and Steyer by the President and his campaign?
Yes, “rig” is clumsy word, but that’s typical Trump-speak.
4. And now for something completely stupid: In order to do its bit to combat “systemic racism,” the Scrabble elite have decreed that it will now be against the rules for players to use racial and ethnic slurs as well as other offensive terms in official tournaments in North America. Hasbro, which bought Scrabble, will also ban the words in the official game rules, though such words are and have always been in the dictionary, at least until the Democrats win the next election.
John Chew, the North American Scrabble Players Association CEO, told ABC that he had received calls from players to remove words such as the “nigger” and “cunt” from official play. “I thought to myself, ‘Why haven’t we done this already?'” Chew said.
Because it’s silly, John? Because Scrabble is about the words themselves, not their meaning? Because Scrabble players and the game itself is so insignificant in the matter of racism that the issue is not worth the time it takes to argue about it?
Chew says his association is looking at 236 “offensive words” to remove from official play. 236! I wonder if they’ll allow “trump.”
“One of our members asked what we were doing to reduce racial tensions in the U.S. and Canada,” Chew said. “And then someone else asked ‘what if we take the N-word out of the lexicon, would that at least be a good start?'”
If it makes you feel better, John. Here’s a photo of one of your recent tournaments:
See anything—or anyone— missing?
Hasbro’s rule changes are even more naive. Scrabble was the big game in the Marshall Sr. household, and we played by house rules, dictated by my mother: no slang words, and the blank tile was scored the same as the letter it was used to represent.
5. Finally, in San Francisco, police stations will be compelled to display large “Black Lives Matter” posters to show the departments’ “support for Black lives.”
The Police Commission yesterday voted 5-0 to pass a resolution that also commits the department to “make bias-free policing a reality” and improve its use-of-force policies. There’s nothing like a resolution to eliminate bias! And posters! Posters really help.
“This resolution is a small gesture to show that our department stands in solidarity for Black lives,” said Commissioner DionJay Brookter, who introduced the resolution. The San Francisco Police Officers Association, however, objected to the move in a letter sent to the Department of Human Resources before the vote. The union said it had “serious concerns” about the move:
“Police stations are places for the citizens of San Francisco to seek help and assistance when they have become victims of crimes,” wrote Rains Lucia Stern of the St. Phalle & Silver law firm, which represents the union. “They are not places for political endorsements or alignment with political organizations.”
“I don’t understand it,” said Commission Vice President Damali Taylor. “I don’t get why the letter talked about it being political speech, which is absolute horseshit.”
If an official can’t comprehend that “Black Lives Matter” is political speech, that official is too biased and dim-witted to be an official.