I have no idea how Americans of color are able to resist either decking whites or laughing at the white community as a group of misfits. Start with the headline at the Times today in which we are informed that -- gee willikers! -- black people also enjoy breeding pigeons! The prototype -- the hero -- of pigeon breeding is, of course, Marlon Brando. I'm not kidding. You have to have a very long memory...
When New Yorkers consider the subculture of people who raise pigeons on rooftops, many are likely to think of Terry Malloy, the longshoreman in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront” played by Marlon Brando. He was a classic rooftop breeder, rough-hewed, working-class and white ethnic to his toes. ...NYT
Watch as the years go by. Pages fly off the calendar. Kennedy. Vietnam. Civil rights. Motown. Iran-Contra. Faux wars... And all that time we continued to think of pigeon people as white -- remember? Well, you'd be surprised at the ethnicity of rooftop pigeon coop owners these days. Their sexuality -- their gender preferences -- and their team identifications we have yet to learn. Their political leanings have yet to be uncovered by Pew. But here's the thing: they are getting browner.
A new book, “The Global Pigeon,” by Colin Jerolmack, an assistant professor of sociology at New York University who spent three years hanging out with pigeon fliers, makes the point that pigeon breeding brought Italian-Americans and other ethnic whites “into contact with people of a different ethnic and age cohort with whom they were not voluntarily associating before.” ...NYT
Meanwhile, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is one of the best new irrascible op-ed writers --smart, unfettered, independent and only a couple of columns away from the pigeon report at the Times' website today -- picks up on another staggering case of crossover. This time it's not taking place on the rooftops of urban America but in the seedy backrooms of the Republican party where Benjamin Carson is being welcomed and the "plantation metaphor" rules.
The plantation metaphor refers to a popular theory on the right. It holds that the 95 percent of African-Americans who voted for a Democratic president are not normal Americans voting their beliefs, but slaves. A corollary to the plantation theory is the legend of the Conservative Black Hope, a lonesome outsider, willing to stare down the party of Obamacare and stand up for the party of voter ID. Does it matter that this abolitionist truth-teller serves at the leisure of an audience that is overwhelmingly white? Not really. Blacks are brainwashed slaves; you can’t expect them to know what’s in their interest. ...Coates, NYT
Kind of like pigeons, I guess. But let's be serious for a minute: should Republicans be allowed to wander off their plantations supervision? Are they reaching above their station -- above their genetic capabilities? Aren't we going to have to face reality and find a way -- a kindly, tactful way -- of keeping Republicans at some distance from political power?
Another white male is having a fit. George Will has a thing or two to say about race. And -- yet again -- conservatives are taking the fall for progressive nonsense.
The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R’s — formerly reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling. Especially racism. Consider Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. It evidently considers “instruction” synonymous with “propaganda,” which in the patois of progressivism is called “consciousness-raising.”
Wisconsin’s DPI, in collaboration with the Orwellian-named federal program VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America; the “volunteers” are paid), urged white students to wear white wristbands “as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.” A flyer that was on the DPI Web site and distributed at a DPI-VISTA training class urged whites to “put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege,” to “make a daily list of the ways privilege played out” and to conduct an “internal dialogue” asking questions such as “How do I make myself comfortable with privilege?” and “What am I doing today to undo my privilege?”
After criticism erupted, the DPI removed the flyer from its Web site and posted a dishonest statement claiming that the wristbands were a hoax perpetrated by conservatives. But, again, the flyer DPI posted explicitly advocated the wristbands. And Wisconsin’s taxpayer-funded indoctrination continues, funded by more than Wisconsin taxpayers. ...WaPo