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Kass Fleisher
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"I know what a greater fool is and I want to be one."
"I know what a greater fool is and I want to be one."

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Hello group! I'm still suspicious about whether this will go to anyone but we'll practice on Th (yay Ellen). I wanted to share something with a request. My in-laws got going on a flame war about the Dunn mistrial in FL (my 2nd spiritual home) and I grew weary of keeping my mouth shut, as well as the notion that Something Is Wrong W Florida. Finally I banged out the following reply. I would appreciate it if anyone could point out any blind spots I may have missed. (Btw, the entire family owns property except my partner and me. But I humored them.) Here it is, so  please slash and burn:

This has been long studied. Rap was at first antidisestablishmentarian (just felt using that word) but then it became tied to money and was pretty much co-opted by suits. That happened because the money was coming predominantly from suburban white boys. What attracted suburban white boys was the masculinity perceived to exist in this community. When you’re at the bottom of the barrel, the only person a black man still has power over is a black woman; white boys don’t think that through; they just hear the “power” being asserted over bitches and ho’s and the like (and that affirms their own sexism). Wannabe black boys still have access to real power, since wanna be black is not the same as being black. In people who aren’t in the position of 14-year-old white boys (all of us, for instance), the lyrics just affirm what we already are: a little bit scared of black males. White adults live with the mythology that blacks are out to get us, when in fact most racial crime is black-on-black (Latino on Latino, etc.). 

The problem w stand your ground is that is sounds reasonable to almost anybody, but it hasn’t theorized any of the above problems with how dominant cultures think (often sub-consciously—at least, they won’t have any awareness of this micro-prejudice). First of all, who owns the most ground to stand on? Who has the most to lose and therefore is the most trigger-itchy? In fact, who owns most of the guns? Who carries most of the prejudices (of which they’re usually not aware)? In fact, who passed the law? I’m sure few people in the legislature were culturally competent enough to testify to ongoing diversity studies. What we call “blind spots” are everywhere in the dominant culture; until we work those out, we really have no business enacting a law like AZ’s Show Me Your Papers If You Have a Latin Accent (of any dialect).

Stand your ground is easy to understand; the ways in which it was bound to go wrong are problems that are really subtle for us mortgagees.

My 2 cents. Enjoy the day.

Kass
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