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u/JanePoe87 · 0 pointsr/inthenews

From the article:

" this Halloween is like every Halloween of the last two or so decades, at least one white college student or minor celebrity will arrive at a party wearing dark-brown face paint as part of a costume imitating a famous black person, photos of the incident will emerge on the Internet, and condemnations will rain down from authority figures.

In recent years, Facebook surveillors discovered and publicized photos of six University of Southern Mississippi students who colored their white skin to depict the Huxtable family from The Cosby Show, two Northwestern University students who painted themselves coal-black and dressed as Bob Marley and Serena Williams, Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes and his wife dressed and darkened as Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and a blonde Dallas Cowboys cheerleader appearing at a costume event as the rapper Lil' Wayne, complete with gold teeth, long black braids, tattoos, and chocolate-brown makeup covering her body.

As with all blackface performers since the civil rights era, charges against the latest range from insensitivity to outright racism. But virtually all critics of blackface agree that, as the Northwestern University president put it, the practice "demeans a segment of our community."

Some recent instances of blackface were obviously and viciously hostile toward African Americans. A photo of a 2001 Halloween party at the University of Mississippi showed a white student dressed as a policeman holding a gun to the head of another, who was wearing blackface and a straw hat while kneeling and picking cotton. A year later, two fraternity brothers at Oklahoma State were photographed wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and holding a noose over the head of another sporting black face paint and a striped prisoner's uniform.

But while blackface is nearly always assumed to be anti-black, the most common charge against contemporary blackface performers is that they are ignorant of its meaning and history—that they don't "know" that it's necessarily bigoted—which suggests that their intentions were not in fact hostile.

In fact, blackface performances are not always unambiguously antagonistic toward African Americans. Several scholars of the phenomenon have argued that blackface has usually been, to some degree, an expression of envy and an unconscious rebellion against what it means to be "white." There is substantial evidence that this was especially true in the first half of the 19th century, when white men first painted their faces with burnt cork and imitated slaves on stage in what were called "minstrel" shows.

Some early blackface minstrel performance was clearly little more than anti-black parody, but many historians see the songs and dances of T.D. Rice, Dan Emmett, Dan Rice (Abraham Lincoln's favorite), and other originators of the genre as expressions of desire for the freedoms they saw in the culture of slaves. "Just as the minstrel stage held out the possibility that whites could be 'black' for awhile but nonetheless white," David Roediger, the leading historian of "whiteness," has written, "it offered the possibilities that, via blackface, preindustrial joys could survive amidst industrial discipline." Similarly, the Smith College scholar W.T. Lhamon argues that slave culture represented liberation to blackface performers and fans, who "unmistakably expressed fondness for black wit and gestures." In early blackface minstrel shows, whites identified with blacks as representations of all the freedoms and pleasures that employers, moral reformers, and churches "were working to suppress."

The latest addition to this revision of our understanding of blackface is Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen's book Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop. The authors focus on the many, largely unknown, African Americans who performed in blackface from before the Civil War to the middle of the 20th century, but they also rescue white blackface performance from the simplistic moralizing that normally greets it. "If you dismiss [minstrelsy] as simply 'demeaning,'" they write, "you miss half the picture."

Taylor and Austen's book is an encyclopedic record of not only the black performers who coaled their faces but also of the minstrelsy's many contributions to what is now considered respectable popular culture: "If we were to throw out every song originally composed for the minstrel stage, every joke first uttered by painted minstrel lips, every performer who blackened up, every dance step developed for the olio (variety) portion of a minstrel show, our entertainment coffers might seem bare." They show that much of American music, dance, and comedy originated in an art form that was "wildly popular with black audiences" but is now reflexively dismissed as mere racism. For whites, they argue, minstrelsy offered the opportunity to indulge in a "carefree life liberated from oppression, responsibilities, and burdens"; and for blacks it represented freedom as well. "Despite the appearance of minstrelsy as a servile tradition, there were elements ofliberation in it from its very beginning, and these were instrumental to its popularity."

The enormous popularity of blackface in the 19th century cannot be explained without understanding that it coincided with a period in American culture in which Puritan values merged with Victorian ideas about work, leisure, sex, and emotional expression. Nineteenth-century children's books, school primers, newspaper editorials, poems, pamphlets, sermons, and political speeches told Americans that work in itself was a virtue, regardless of what one gained from it materially. European visitors frequently commented on what they called the American "disease of work." Typical was a popular textbook of the time, which instructed children that "Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do."

There was no such idea of work as godly in Africa, nor among American slaves. According to the African-American social scientist W.E.B. DuBois, the slave "was not as easily reduced to be the mechanical draft-horse which the northern European laborer became. He was not easily brought to recognize any ethical sanctions in work as such but tended to work as the results pleased him and refused to work or sought to refuse when he did not find the spiritual returns adequate; thus he was easily accused of laziness and driven as a slave when in truth he brought to modern manual labor a renewed valuation of life."



u/Kenny_94 · 1 pointr/inthenews

>there are issues with exporting files overseas. That's been determined to be a legitimate state security issue, and you'll see the same thing with Software distribution.

You can order a book online to other countries and pdfs written BY THE GOVERNMENT on how to make explosives and ordinance from conventional, household materials and it is freely available and legal for anyone to buy and download. Hell it is even free to download off of government websites.

It seems to me if it has always been legal to buy books, as you have said, how to make machine guns, explosives, suppressors, and things which are outlawed or legal to make with only with a licence and sell it online to anyone.Interesting how now the government wants to take a stand.

>And, TBH, I don't know why people get so fixated on DD

I am fixated on it because it is a blatant violation of the first amendment and it pisses me off they think they have the authority to ignore the constitution to virtue signal about guns that don't, and never have, threatened public safety. People have been milling out "ghost guns" for years and there was no increase in crime or use of those guns to commit more crimes.

>Two words: Muslim ban. It's against the Establishment clause to discriminate against religions, and yet, Trump did it.

the supreme court ruling said:

>the president’s power to secure the country’s borders, delegated by Congress over decades of immigration lawmaking, was not undermined by Mr. Trump’s history of incendiary statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to the United States.

Trump is using his authority under the Immigration Act of 1990 to control immigration and:

8 U.S. Code § 1182 - Inadmissible aliens

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.


If we want to change that, I am fine if we go through congress. I am not saying it is morally right just it is technically within his powers to legally do. He has a right to ban entire classes of immigrants so long as he can justify they are "detrimental to the interests of the United States".

u/dakta · 2 pointsr/inthenews

> forcing people into echo chambers of conformity

Nah man they do that on their own really really well. For an investigation of this phenomenon at scale in the real world, check out Bill Bishop's The Big Sort.

> excessive moderation

Funny, the least echo-chamber-ey subs I know of are some of the most heavily moderated. See /r/NeutralPolitics or /r/PoliticalDiscussion.

u/alfredbester · -1 pointsr/inthenews

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make here. In the report you linked the FBI thanked the Secret Service for their help in apprehending the shooter. I didn't see anything in that report that indicated the FBI thought the Secret Service was conspiring to protect this First Family any less than other First Families.

Do you have an inkling of how moronic that assertion actually is?

Apparently not. Here you go:

Do some shopping.

u/bonked_or_maybe_not · 3 pointsr/inthenews

Forget a few days.

Read One Second After to get a real perspective on what to expect (plus it's an interesting read.)

u/solzhen · 1 pointr/inthenews

Everyone needs to read Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here this political cycle.

u/mrbill · 21 pointsr/inthenews

I don't know if I'd call it "leaked" as all of these manuals are public property since they were produced with govt. funds.

You can even buy a printed copy on Amazon.

u/fongaboo · 1 pointr/inthenews

Thomas Frank wrote about this ten years ago. For 30+ years, the Republican establishment riled up their voter base by inciting their fears over social and morality issues. But amazingly, the track record shows that on average they don't actually do anything for these issues once in office, instead by and large defending corporate insider interests. At which point it's very easy to contrive their lack of follow-through on the left, and then continue the cycle of RedSox/Yankees politics into the next election cycle. A great example is immigration. 'Closing the border' and deporting illegals is an oft-used talking point on the right. But at the end of the day, they don't really want to lose that cheap labor base or its overall effect on the price of labor. This strategy has been a revolving door of status-quo-maintenance that's worked quite well for a few decades now.

However, now the Frankenstein they've created has become unmoored from the table and is smashing everything inside their proverbial mansion. This guy says he wants to ship all the illegals back and build a wall. And he actually means it. So now they are shitting their pants.

However now the Frankenstein monster will venture out and wreak havoc on the whole city.



u/BonusCork · 1 pointr/inthenews

This SHOCKING story of Trump's inauguration night is my standard response to off-topic Trump spam.

It's even available in paperback!

u/fukatroll · 1 pointr/inthenews

To be fair, he didn't say the Republicans did any of those things you state above. I don't know if he has said those things before, if so, he'd be wrong. What he said about Clinton, in relation to the debt, I found to be misleading but it made sense the second time I watched it. Going from talking about debt to deficit without explanation is inherently misleading because so many citizens conflate the two.

Bill Maher is an entertainer first, and as such I take his belief in something with a grain of salt; the two men he mentioned, Ornstein and Mann, now I do respect their opinions. I don't think what they say in their book should be disregarded because Maher mentions them. (Not saying you did that u/JanePoe87)

u/jcm267 · 2 pointsr/inthenews

The Hitler stuff is in books I've read. Here is an article that came up on a Google search.

I see in the box you created where I'd have to scroll several pages to the right that you start off by looking at Timothy McVeigh... whose act of terror was not done in the name of Christ. He was influenced by the Turner Diaries, not the Gospel.

The fact that the US invasion of Iraq was both legal and justified is irrefutable. It was passed by Congress, making it a legal war. The US tried to get the UN to go and do something about Iraq, but the UN refused to enforce its own resolutions. It turned out the UN was corrupt up to its ears in the Oil for Food Program. No wonder they opposed doing anything! They were lining the pockets under the status quo! The Iraq War was justified because Saddam Hussein had used WMDs in the past, promised to use them again, personally funded terrorists, and the overwhelming majority of those with access to the intelligence thought he had an active WMD program. In a post-911 world it would have been reckless to not do something. Iraq did not have to be involved in 9/11, and no serious person thought they had anything to do with 9/11 by the time of the invasion.

You need to educate yourself. May I suggest some reading material to get started with?

u/trueslicky · 1 pointr/inthenews

Calling the source "uber liberal" doesn't disqualify the merits of the argument. Typical association fallacy. I'm not surprised of your response. I bet you find the concept of climate change suspect because you look out your window & see its snowing in the middle of winter. Stick with your preferred ideology, all facts that prove contrary be damned.

You are in effect arguing against Ari Berman, a guy who literally wrote the book about voter disenfranchisement in the U.S. and how the new spate of voter ID laws is just the latest. Your argument? "Anyone can get an ID."

Pathetic. As I said, if you're not knowledgeable about a subject might I suggest you refrain from opining. Thank you!

u/TexasWithADollarsign · 8 pointsr/inthenews

Years ago at a now-closed bookstore in Reno, I bought a book called Sale of the Century about Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain. While the allegory isn't perfect, the synopsis shows some similarities to America's current situation:

> This new society did not just appear ready-made: it was created by a handful of powerful men who came to be known as the oligarchs and the young reformers. The oligarchs were fast-talking businessmen who laid claim to Russia's vast natural resources. The young reformers were an elite group of egghead economists who got to put their wild theories into action, with results that were sometimes inspiring, sometimes devastating. With unparalleled access and acute insight, Chrystia Freeland takes us behind the scenes and shows us how these two groups misused a historic opportunity to build a new Russia. Their achievements were considerable, but their mistakes will deform Russian society for generations to come.

An updated and modified version of this same strategy is being used here via Trump. The American oligarchs are trying to snatch our public lands to strip bare of anything valuable or pollute. We're forcing renegotiations of trade agreements and are in a trade war with China. If we are going through today what Russia went through 30 years ago, we're doomed unless we fight back against the tide.