I need a graphic for “The Great Stupid,” but until I get one, that clip above from Ed Wood’s masterpiece, “Plan Nine From Outer Space,” will have to do. I have to check back and find out which generous reader sent me this after I asked if there was a “Stupid, stupid!” equivalent of the “Madness! Madness!” clip from “Bridge Over The River Kwai.” That’s the immortal Dudley Manlove uttering those words, by the way. And that was his real name!
Update: Commenter Wallphone found the “Plan Nine” clip, and has my enduring gratitude.
Here are some especially annoying recent developments on the incoherent “systemic racism” front.
1. Philonase Floyd, the brother of the late, great,George Floyd, said, following the sentencing of Derek Chauvin, “I just want to reiterate: not just black lives matter, all lives matter.” Strangely, he was not immediately condemned as a racist or racially insensitive and forced to apologize like so many others who were hounded mercilessly for saying “all lives matter.” Of course, the explanation is that Floyd’s skin shade gives him license to say “all lives matter.”
I only want to know the rules, that’s all. That seems like a reasonable request. But the systemic racism scam is truly Calvinball.The rules are made up and changed according to whatever is expedient at the time. Incidentally, there is a politician named Calvin Ball who is the county executive of Howard County, Maryland. Guess his party and race. [Hint: He’s allowed to say “All lives matter.”]
2. There has to be some designation for the cowards and enablers of rising totalitarianism that accurately describes sniveling traitors to democracy like Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, the directors of Capitol Hill Pride in Seattle. I was considering the “Winston Smith Award,” but that seems unfair to Orwell’s tragic hero.
“It has come to our attention that an event called ‘Take B(l)ack Pride’ at the Jimi Hendrix public park June 26th is charging Whites only admission as reparations. We consider this reverse discrimination in its worse form and we feel we are being attacked for not supporting due to disparaging and hostile e-mails. We will never charge admission over the color of a person’s skin and we resent being attacked for standing in those values.”
The event they were referring to, Taking B(l)ack Pride,” will feature live performances, dancing and other activities, and announced on its Facebook page that “EVERYONE is free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK & BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT. White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK & BROWN Trans & Queer COMMUNITY.”
This is racial discrimination, and, to be blunt, signature significance for hypocritical assholes. Nobody should endorse such divisive and bigoted words and conduct. But you know, Seattle. The Seattle Human Rights Commission, “22 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments” posted the letter on Twitter, and responded that “the unique nature of your situation does not in fact violate any of your human rights as stated in the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, which is the charter by which our Commission operates. Black trans and queer peoples are among the most marginalized and persecuted peoples within the LGBTQIA2S+ community. They often face shame not only from the cis-heteronormative community, but within the queer community at large as well.” The commission continued. “In making the event free for the Black Queer community, the organizers of this event are extending a courtesy so rarely extended; by providing a free and safe space to express joy, share story, and be in community. We would like to recommend, if possible, that you educate yourself on the harm it may cause Seattle’s BIPOC community in your pursuit of a free ticket to an event that is not expressly meant for you and your entertainment.”
The ethics void this revolting response demonstrates is beyond belief, and a responsible city government would disband such a body immediately, with a public rebuke. Instead, LeFevre and Lipson, apparently lacking the wit, rhetorical tools and ethics training (The Rationalization List would be a good place to start) groveled an apology!
“We apologize for the inquiry to the City of Seattle regarding Take B(l)ack Pride, it was not meant to be an attack or divide but to ensure equality for all,” the pair posted on Facebook.”Capitol Hill Pride encourages community events and our mission is to recognize the LGBTQ+ community and all spectrums. We sincerely want to elevate the segment of the LGBTQ community especially of black transgender women, recognize the important history and contributions and support this segment of the hidden rainbow. At this time we have requested an invitation of a meeting of hosting parties to resolve any issues and find common ground.”
Yes, by all means find common ground with racists, bigots and bullies. The term “weenies” doesn’t begin to do justice to Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson. They, and people like them, are facilitating anti-democratic and malign persecution based on race and sexual orientation by refusing to oppose power-abusing hypocrites. They are at least as despicable as those they are bowing to.
3. This was discussed in yesterday’s Open Forum, but it also belongs here. ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose complained that Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Kevin Love was included on Team USA only because he’s white, because the team doesn’t have “the courage” to send “an all-black team” to play basketball at the Olympics. Never mind that the last Olympic basketball team sent by the U.S. was all black: what happened to “diversity and inclusion”?
Like so many other pieces of cant being used by the cynical anti-white racists now being permitted to use perverted logic to cow lazy and cowardly Americans (See #2 above) into abandoning core principles to avoid being called “racist,” “diversity and inclusion” is obviously only supposed to work in one direction, benefiting those “of color” and penalizing those who are the “wrong” color. (See #1 above).
Rose’s accusation is also just plain stupid (See clip above!) He doesn’t know why Love was chosen for the squad. The coaches have to assemble the best team, not the team with the individually most outstanding players. Maybe Love fills a role. Maybe he’s the kind of competitor who elevates the performance of others. Assuming that a white player was chosen only because of his race is the essence of bigotry. Maybe Love was chosen for the content of his character—I know I’ve heard that phrase somewhere before. Nobody would put Rose on a team on that basis.
Disney, which owns ESPN, should fire Rose, as it would a white analyst who made an equivalent comment. It won’t, of course. So what are the rules?