December 11, 2014

Getting closer to what "acting white" really means

Daily Caller: MSNBC Guest: Capitalism Is An 'Oppressive Force' Against Blacks

[Can't figure out how to stop the stoopid autoplay.]

DYSON: The problem extends beyond police departments. What is the next institution that needs to be isolated and challenged?

"HIP HOP ACTIVIST" ROSA CLEMENTE: The economy. Capitalism! I think that's the institution all over this country, it is really what is the oppressive force. And the police are actually in my opinion-- and we have a lot of theory that proves this-- are that force that are keeping us as particularly working class people from achieving this idea of, you know, economic justice. Economic justice is not devoid from racial justice, just like it's not devoid of gender justice.

Dear Ms. Clemente, "Justice" does not equal "make people give you things."

Don't Demand the Unearned Economics and Markets Egalitarian Socialism From the other side Posted by JohnGalt at December 11, 2014 2:31 PM

Hardware guys . . . You just set the WidgetId to 2 instead of one in the embed code.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2014 3:54 PM

She teaches at the California State University, Los Angeles. You don't suppose those taking her courses in the Pan-African Studies Department are given an incomplete appreciation for the benefits of free markets?

Nah. it's probably just me.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2014 3:57 PM

I was looking for autoplay=true, so I could change it to false. Unlike you, I can't understand "condenser language." [paraphrased Star Wars reference]

I am quite certain she is a collectivist of one or more stripe. But this is an important connection between "racial justice" and "economic justice." And Dyson cued her perfectly, almost as though he knew what her answer would be.

Posted by: johngalt at December 11, 2014 4:16 PM

In a real discussion of police power, I suggest over-legislation is the #1 problem. If cops are not hassling folks for untaxed cigarettes, driving without a seat belt, possessing a joint, or -- my new cause celebre: "puffing*" I think people of all stripes would start to see the thin blue line's protecting their rights rather than taking them.

On race, the #1 (maybe not but a huge) problem is in your headline: "acting white." Jason Riley just breaks my heart in Please Stop Helping Us [Review Corner]. His friends and family can be quick to denigrate his incredible success as "acting white."

* Note to Californians: "puffing" is the CRIME of leaving your running car unattended to warm it up or defrost the windows. You can get a ticket for that in Colorado, as the State is spending gobs of dough to advertise.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2014 4:22 PM

Perhaps there's some more low-hanging fruit here for depopulating our prisons and reducing the size of our police forces?

Posted by: johngalt at December 11, 2014 7:26 PM

Yes, but you're fighting baptists & bootleggers -- we need $10/pack cigarette taxes to protect the children!!!

Maybe folks will listen; there is a window.

Posted by: Jk at December 11, 2014 9:27 PM | What do you think? [6]