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"The online publication Slate has suspended a well-known podcast host after he debated with colleagues over whether people who are not Black should be able to quote a racial slur..."

"... in some contexts. Mike Pesca, the host of 'The Gist,' a podcast on news and culture... made his argument during a conversation last week with colleagues on the interoffice messaging platform Slack. In a lengthy thread of messages, Slate staff members were discussing the resignation of Donald G. McNeil Jr., a reporter who said this month that he was resigning from The New York Times after he had used the slur during a discussion of racism while working as a guide on a student trip in 2019....
Tags: Law, Censorship, New York Times, Anderson, Slate, Mike Pesca, Jacob Weisberg, Donald McNeil, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Joel Anderson, Employment Discrimination, DONALD G McNEIL Jr, Jacob Weisberg Slate, Slate disagreed For Black

"Yesterday I posted a tweet in response to a post that dealt with the issue of racism. While not intending the post to be interpreted as racist, the post was itself insensitive and so I shut my account down and removed the comment."

So says Wisconsin superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr, quoted in "State superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr apologizes for racially insensitive tweet" (Wisconsin State Journal). This woman apologized and deleted herself from Twitter just because she was criticized for an inept contribution to a discussion about race. I think the state school superintendent needs a lot more gumption than that. Her tweet was dumb. Someone on Twitter had put up the question "When was the first time someone c...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Karen, Wisconsin, Lips, Courage, State, Kerr, Deborah Kerr, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Madison School Board, Fine Kerr

The New York Post publishes the Bret Stephens column that the New York Times spiked.

It's not that Stephens, a regular NYT columnist, can or would just give the rejected column to another newspaper to publish. The Post tells us the column — which defends the NYT reporter who got ousted for saying the n-word — "circulated among Times staffers and others" and the Post got hold of it "from one of them, not Stephens himself." Presumably, the Post publishes it because it is newsworthy — not as an opinion on the news but because the spiking of it is news, so we need to see what it is....
Tags: Post, New York Post, Law, Congress, America, Journalism, Rap, Conversation, House, New York Times, Shanghai, The Times, Peru, Nyt, State Department, Morality

"I believe Althouse wants to protect her blog from reprisal by the woke crowd, but I think the main reason for her prohibition of the-word-that-shall-not-be-uttered is that she is disgusted by it, and disgusted by people that use it."

Wrote Roughcoat in the comments to yesterday's post about the firing of a NYT reporter who had spoken the n-word aloud.  I said:  I think once you've been informed that something makes some other people feel bad, you need a good reason to keep doing it.  I learned the n-word was bad when I was a little child doing the "eeny meeny miney moe" rhyme, which in the early 1950s in Delaware had the n-word. As far as I knew, it was just another one of the nonsense words, like "miney" and "moe." Anot...
Tags: Law, Jesus, Catholic, Nancy Pelosi, Morality, Delaware, Trump, Racists, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Insults, Young Althouse, Althouse, Disgust, Roughcoat

"It’s as much a war movie as anything else, with a woman as the general, and her gender isn’t the chink in her armor."

Wrote Frank Bruni, in the NYT last October, in "Sigourney Weaver Goes Her Own Way/Delivering performances both profound and eccentric, the actress has refused to be pinned down or defined throughout her nearly half-century career. At 71, she’s still going her own (mischievous) way."  There were 9 other articles with the word "chink" in The New York Times in 2020. Today, the NYT's delightful word puzzle "Spelling Bee" challenges us to make words out of these letters.... ... and it rejects th...
Tags: Law, Censorship, San Francisco, Metaphor, Puzzles, George Orwell, Language, New York Times, Nyt, Espn, William, Sigourney Weaver, William James, Frank Bruni, Domingo, Blindness

"[I]nsisting on this taboo [of the n-word] makes it look like black people are numb to the difference between usage and reference, vague on the notion of meta, given to overgeneralization rather than to making distinctions."

"To wit, to get [NYT reporter Donald] McNeil fired for using the N-word to refer to it makes black people look dumb. And not just to the Twitter trollers who will be nasty enough to actually write it down. Non-black people are thinking it nationwide and keeping it to themselves. Frankly, the illogic in this approach to the N-word is so obvious to anyone who does make distinctions that the only question is why people would not look on and guiltily wonder whether the idea that black people are les...
Tags: Law, Intelligence, Language, New York Times, Racists, John McWhorter, McNeil, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, McWhorter, Donald -RSB- McNeil

"'Originally, I thought the context in which I used this ugly word could be defended.' The science reporter... described the 'n-word' incident..."

"... as having occurred during a dinner discussion about the use of racial slurs, in which one student on the trip asked whether a classmate should have been suspended for using racist rhetoric in a video. 'To understand what was in the video, I asked if she had called someone else the slur or whether she was rapping or quoting a book title. In asking the question, I used the slur itself,' McNeil wrote. He apologized for 'extraordinarily bad judgment' to both the staff of the Times, singling out...
Tags: Law, Nyt, Times, Dean Baquet, McNeil, Donald McNeil, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, NY Times Star

"Will y’all call me when the 'this isn’t us' talk stops and the 'this is a systematic issue that we need to deeply examine, completely deconstruct, and rectify' conversation begins?"

Said Rissi Palmer, "the singer-songwriter who hosts Apple Music’s 'Color Me Country,' which focuses on the Black, Indigenous and Latino history of country music," quoted in "Country star Morgan Wallen suspended by record label, dropped by hundreds of radio stations after using racial slur" (WaPo). ... TMZ posted a video Tuesday night that showed Wallen loudly returning home with friends this past weekend. A neighbor, apparently annoyed by the racket, started filming the scene and caught Wallen u...
Tags: Law, Apple Music, Apologies, Wallen, Ann Althouse, Insults, Race And Pop Culture, Morgan Wallen, Rissi Palmer, WaPo TMZ

"'From a friend (who is very shy, so I can't attribute): "Pretty sure Brett about to enter the lexicon as the male equivalent of Karen,"' [Brett] Alder tweeted."

"He then started to try to get the term trending by saying a coffee shop Jo's Coffee was being a Brett after an image surfaced of the store with writing on its wall reading: 'I love you so much *except for Brett Alder.' 'Don't know why @JosCoffee is being such a Brett about all this...' he wrote."  From "'Douche' father-of-seven sales exec who moved his family from California to Texas then BACK again is blasted for complaining about Austin's 'rude locals, bland culture, oppressive heat and Yel...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, America, Austin, Bill Clinton, Driving, Graffiti, Jo, Austin Texas, Brett, San Diego California, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Hamamatsu

"Adams, the second US president and first to lose an election, simply refused to attend the inauguration ceremony of Thomas Jefferson in 1801, whose supporters had referred to Adams as 'hideous [and] hermaphroditical.'"

From "How many presidents have boycotted successors’ inauguration and who are they?/The 45th commander in chief is set to become only the fourth to skip the ceremonies" (The Independent). ADDED: The last President to avoid his successor's inauguration was Andrew Johnson. Here's a picture of him: Meade texted me that and said Johnson looks like George W. Bush. I said he looks like a combination of Nixon and William Shatner. Which is a pretty funny/terrifying idea for a President. [Author: nor...
Tags: Law, US, John Adams, Johnson, George W Bush, Nixon, Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Johnson, Meade, Ann Althouse, Insults, William Shatner Which

"It’s going to be the same old crap, frankly. It’s going to be people coming in without direct knowledge... giving some kind of hare-brained charge that can’t be validated."

"And we’re going to continue to do this. And every time we do it, every time we do something like this, as a country, as a state, as individuals, we’re taking more people out of the system. They’re going to say, 'This is crazy, I’m not going to vote anymore.' So yeah, there’s a hell of a lot of damage going on." Said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, referring to the hearing about the 2020 voting irregularities scheduled for today in the Wisconsin legislature. He's quoted in The Wisconsin State J...
Tags: Voting, Law, Metaphor, Wisconsin, Johnson, Madison, Ron Johnson, Downtown, Sen Ron Johnson, Wisconsin State Journal, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump 2020, Francesca Hong, Said Wisconsin

Is "nappy" a racial slur?

It's censored in the New York Times "Spelling Bee" game today: The "Help" page only says: "Our word list does not include words that are obscure, hyphenated, or proper nouns. No cussing either, sorry." So "nappy" must be a "cuss." I've noticed in the past that "coon" is off the word list, even though the word "coon" can mean "raccoon" (or, though there's not much occasion to say this anymore, a member of the Whig party). "Nappy" can also mean "diaper." And it can describe the surface of some...
Tags: Games, Law, New York City, Netflix, Npr, Sherman, Spelling Bee, Hairstyles, Slang, Thomas, HARRIS, Boston College, William Harris, Don Imus, Talkin, David Bromberg

The 12-foot-tall Chamberlin Rock — in the news these days as racist — is featured as a climbing destination at Mountain Project.

It's one of the "the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area" — "UW Madison Campus Bouldering" (click to enlarge and clarify): The route is marked:   There's "Chamberlin Rock East Arete": Sit start and work your way up the arete using holds on both sides of the corner. Top out. In my opinion this is the best problem on this rock.In the comments there: Found some more routes on this little boulder. Hang below the plaque and climb and top out at top left corner. If...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sports, University, Conversation, Canada, Language, Geology, Wisconsin, Native Americans, Landscapes, WSJ, Cemeteries, University Of Wisconsin, Don, Abraham Lincoln

"And their eyes — wow, it was like someone turned the lights on."

The image is from Earl Shaffer's Appalachian Hike Diary (1948), every page of which you can see at that link, at the Smithsonian website. I'm reading about Shaffer this morning in "Walking off the War on the Appalachian Trail," a new article at Gaia GPS. The author is Abby Levene.Shaffer was the first person to through-hike the Appalachian Trail: He travelled alone, walking around 17 miles a day. Shaffer packed light. He nixed a tent when he realized his poncho could double as a shelter. He men...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Eyes, Law, Shoes, Sports, Georgia, Marine, Military, Maine, Smithsonian, Bill Bryson, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Shaffer, Appalachian Trail

"And just so you know, because all Biden does is talks about COVID. Right? He doesn’t call it the China virus. You know why?"

"Because China has him paid off. He can’t use that term. They gave his son one and a half billion to manage. He makes millions of dollars a year, I assume. Right?... He walked in, he walked out with one and a half billion. Hey, maybe he’s not so stupid after all. Right? That’s the only thing. I thought he was so dumb. Maybe he’s not as dumb as we think.... The biggest story, no, the second biggest story, the worst was when they spied on my campaign and they got caught. That’s the biggest politic...
Tags: Law, China, Russia, Poetry, Biden, Tampa, Trump, Adam Schiff, Rimbaud, Tampa Florida, Adam Gopnik, Arthur Rimbaud, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Russia Russia Russia

Megyn Kelly calls Michael Savage an "absolute douchebag."

I think I speak for, oh, pretty much everyone when I say STFU you absolute douchebag.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 19, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Death, Law, Megyn Kelly, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, STFU, Ann Althouse, Insults

"In a YouTube video from May, Caserta claimed in a 30-minute diatribe that 'the enemy is government.' Caserta recorded the video in front of an anarchist's flag..."

"... and a map of Michigan. He did not post on YouTube again until three weeks ago. In that video, Caserta does not speak and simply loads and poses with a long gun while wearing a shirt that says 'F--- The Government.'... On TikTok, Caserta posted selfie videos railing against the state, along with antigovernment hashtags.... 'The price of freedom is eternal vigilance,' he said in a video posted Wednesday. In one video, Caserta is wearing a Hawaiian shirt, which is typically associated with the...
Tags: Facebook, Crime, Law, Etiquette, Nbc News, Bill Gates, Michigan, Flags, Trump, Joe Rogan, Caserta, Ann Althouse, Insults, Anarchy, Partisanship, Trump idolatry

"I’d like to hear your point of view. I also acknowledge that you are personally insulting me right now. I don’t give permission to myself to be insulted."

"So thank you for insulting me. But now let’s declare our values and our action plan for those values and get the personalities out of the way altogether."Said Deepak Chopra, quoted in "How to Have a Disagreement Like an Adult, According to Deepak Chopra/The longtime New Age celebrity has a working theory about how we can all get along. Your mileage may vary" (NYT). The quote is offered as something he might say in response to someone who has attacked him verbally. I like the creamy center: "I a...
Tags: Law, Conversation, New Age, Deepak Chopra, Ann Althouse, Insults, Said Deepak Chopra

Biden tried to aggravate Trump by calling him "man" over and over.

From the transcript: The first thing Biden said as he walked out onto the stage was: "How you doing, man?" Obviously that was planned. Trump returned a more polite: "How are you doing?"18 minutes in he said: "Will you shut up, man?" The context was that the moderator (Chris Wallace) had asked Biden whether he supported packing the Supreme Court. Biden had refused to answer this question before, as Wallace noted, and he didn't want to answer it now:Whatever position I take on that, that’ll become...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, Court, Debate, Biden, Joe, Trump, Wallace, Chris Wallace, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Court Packing

Anticipating the debate, Trump and Biden call each other dumb.

Source: ABC News.Biden predicted how Trump would debate and said: "It is going to be difficult. I know — I mean my guess it's going to be just straight attacks. They're gonna be mostly personal. That's the only thing he knows how to do. He doesn't know how to debate the facts because he's not that smart. He doesn't know that many facts." I think he meant to criticize Trump for making personal attacks, but then he turned around and immediately made a personal attack on Trump: "he's not that smart...
Tags: Law, Biden, Abc News, Debates, Trump, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Biden rhetoric

If Madison throws away money on this, we taxpayers should revolt.

I'm reading — and fuming over — "Attorney: Madison City Council could investigate, censure council member for vulgarity" (Wisconsin State Journal).At one point during a marathon, sometimes tense, online council meeting that stretched from a Tuesday evening to early Wednesday, a man’s voice was heard uttering an expletive right after a Madison resident’s name was read so she could speak during public comment at about 2:45 a.m. Video of the person who said the profanity did not pop up in the Zoom ...
Tags: Law, Office, Council, Free Speech, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Insults, Dirty Words, Madison City Council, Michael Haas

"In collaboration with the Black Student Union at the school, University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders are discussing plans to remove a 70-ton boulder from campus grounds due to it once being called a racist name nearly a century ago."

"The boulder had traveled to the region over 10,000 years ago, deposited by ancient pre-Cambrian bedrock drift from Canada, according to its plaque. In 1925, workers pulled the rock out of the side of a hill on campus and named it 'Chamberlin Rock' after Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, a 19th century glaciologist and University of Wisconsin president. The rock was adorned with a plaque commemorating Chamberlin and placed at the university’s Washburn Observatory, where it remains today. While Chamber...
Tags: Law, Canada, Geology, Madison, University Of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Madison, UW, Becky, Meade, Black Student Union, Rebecca Blank, Ann Althouse, Insults, Chamberlin, The Black Student Union, Nalah McWhorter

"This establishment is not black-owned, but you're stealing black culture... Trap Tea... You're thieves, Asian people, stealing black culture, once again...."

"You’re thieves! Asian people stealing black culture once again.” A strong, black Muslim woman went inside the new Trap Tea business in Aurora, Colo. on Friday and confronted the staff. A black customer tries to defend the business & is called a racial slur by her. — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 23, 2020 I had to look up "trap" in the Urban Dictionary. I see the top-voted definition is a type of anime character, but there's also a secondary meaning, a place where dru...
Tags: Tea, Law, Restaurants, Viral, Logos, Slang, Aurora Colo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Rukus, Insults, Andy Ngô

Imagine some member of your family talking to you about one of your siblings — talking for 15 hours — and secretly recording it then picking out the worst things you said and publishing it — with audio!

I'm reading "In secretly recorded audio, President Trump’s sister says he has ‘no principles’ and ‘you can’t trust him'" (WaPo).In response to a question from The Washington Post about how she knew the president paid someone to take the SATs, Mary Trump revealed that she had surreptitiously taped 15 hours of face-to-face conversations with [Maryanne Trump] Barry in 2018 and 2019. She provided The Post with previously unreleased transcripts and audio excerpts, which include exchanges that are not...
Tags: Post, Law, New York City, Reagan, Reading, Surveillance, New Jersey, Fox News, Judges, University of Pennsylvania, Shakespeare, Donald Trump, Barry, The Washington Post, Trump, Donald

An effective presentation of what Trump got right and Biden got wrong about the coronavirus.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, China, Biden, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump and medicine, Coronavirus

"It’s the diet version of the N-word, but as an African-American man, it’s something I deal with pretty frequently."

"If there’s a takeaway from the conversation, it is that Roger Stone gave an unvarnished look into what is in the heart of many Americans today."Said Morris W. O’Kelly (of radio's "Mo’Kelly Show"), quoted in "Roger Stone Uses Racial Slur on Radio Show/Mr. Stone, while being questioned about the commutation of his sentence by President Trump, used a racial slur in referring to his interviewer, who is Black" (NYT).The "diet version of the N-word" is "Negro," and Stone, in the middle of talking to ...
Tags: Law, Barack Obama, Radio, Harry Reid, Naacp, Trump, Racists, Kelly, Roger Stone, Reid, Stone, Negro, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Racial Politics

"Why We’re Capitalizing Black/The Times has changed its style on the term’s usage to better reflect a shared cultural identity."

The NYT explains its policy change. I assume the answer is: We're doing it because it's something we can do, and we want to do something.It makes me think of the phrase: I wouldn't lift my little finger to help you. By pushing the shift key when typing the "B," they are, at least, lifting their little finger...But are they helping? Are people with this characteristic helped by a gesture that says — or is supposed to say — you have a shared cultural identity with the other people who have the sam...
Tags: Law, Journalism, The Times, Nyt, Times, Racists, Brown, Abrams, Corbett, Lacey, Dean Baquet, Baquet, Du Bois, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults

Trump shifts his attack on Biden from insinuations that he suffers from old-age-related dementia to the more general impairment of "low IQ."

THE VAST SILENT MAJORITY IS ALIVE AND WELL!!! We will win this Election big. Nobody wants a Low IQ person in charge of our Country, and Sleepy Joe is definitely a Low IQ person!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Intelligence, Alzheimer's, Biden, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Sleepy Joe

"post-dead mom."

just got in my first post-dead mom shouting match with a lady whose mask was around her chin. Gotta admit, it felt good to yell “My mom died four days ago, pull your fucking mask up” in a pet store.— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) June 22, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Death, Law, Relationships, Masks, Motherhood, Ann Althouse, Insults, Laurie Kilmartin, Coronavirus

"No. You can not base your life on frowning and glaring at others literally behind your shades and think you are making a positive impact on lives."

"Just like the met gala is a ridiculous, outdated event that does no good except for advancing privilege. I hope we begin to understand how many generous, kind people there are in the world and that those are the individuals we should be celebrating."The second-highest-rated comment on "Can Anna Wintour Survive the Social Justice Movement?/A reckoning has come to Bon Appétit and the other magazines of Condé Nast. Can a culture built on elitism and exclusion possibly change?" by Ginia Bellafante ...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sunglasses, Hillary Clinton, United Kingdom, Vogue, Anna Wintour, Bon Appetit, Greenwich Village, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Insults, André Leon Talley, Ginia Bellafante, Dame Anna Wintour, Ginia Bellafante NYT

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