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Popovich Named It: Disrespect for Racism, not Disrespect of the Flag

LeBron called it out and every person of color knew what he was talking about, but Pop called it out for “white” folks. (I hate that reference, but everyone knows what it is.) The Trump Card is using his usual play: Diversion

Pop declared that the real issue is that white folks get to start a 100-meter dash, in the socioeconomic play that occurs in the USA, with a 50 meter head start on people of color.

“It’s hard to sit down and decide that, yes, it’s like you’re at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash. You’ve got that kind of a lead, yes, because you were born white. You have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they’ve been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. But many people can’t look at it, because it’s too difficult. It can’t be something that is on their plate on a daily basis. People want to hold their position, people want the status quo, people don’t want to give that up. And until it’s given up, it’s not going to be fixed.” (Emphasis Added)

The 50 meter lead arose from slavery and even though we fought a war to end the slavery thing, then enacted a bunch of laws (in the sixties) and had litigation over it, the advantage still lingers, and the fight for dignity goes on. Worse yet, The Trump Card expressly plays down to those who believe the advantage should never be given up. They don’t realize/acknowledge that they are not entitled to the head start.

Louis Riddick was correct when he modified the optimism of Jalen Rose by stating that some people will not get “it” no matter what takes place (though Riddick and Rose had not articulated “it”). That people won’t get “it” is a dark thought, and Riddick didn’t state the reasons why, but the true reasons are either: 1. A group of people just can’t see beyond a limited understanding of how the US is intended to work under the Constitution; or 2. They know that the position should be given up, but just won’t let go even though they completely understand the conflict arising from preserving the purposeful handicapping that has occurred.

In today’s world, that is what Pop is talking about. Jalen is right: a good percentage of white folks will now be exposed to the concepts that people of color have learned to live with. Those white folks who can and will connect the dots might experience a paradigm shift such that what Pop articulated will be “realized” by a bunch of people who have never previously been aware of the conditions experienced by people of color.

In all fairness, it is hard to make any paradigm shift, but LeBron is Ali like in fighting for it. LeBron makes the point for people of color. Pop, though, provides the illustration for white folks, from the white folks’ perspective. What Pop ARTICULATED represents the essence of what Pete Carrol alluded to in his address about what was taking place. Carroll recognized that a change in paradigm was occurring on Sunday, but he may not even have articulated to himself the key points that Pop made.

Go here and listen to all of what Pop says, because it is the truth.

https://www.ksat.com/news/gregg-popovich-sounds-off-on-president-trump-at-spurs-media-day

Pop just tells the truth, and everyone who has not opened up to the truth is denying dignity, the Dignity that Dylan talks about here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSy267PTSnY

Pop, I think, is from the northern part of Indiana, in which steel mill work dominated the scene locally. That may be why he inclines to calling out the truth. In a steel mill, no lying was permitted and that concept was conveyed throughout the community over dinner as both management and union folks talked about what happens in a mill. There is no lying there because people died in the mill too often, and lying on top of the innate danger is not permitted by anyone.

Jalen holds out that enough will get it, and Louis hopes so too, but with a bigger grain of salt. Here’s a thought for Jalen: I don’t know basketball in the Gary, IN area, but I did know a steel mill in East Chicago, IN in ‘76. In those days though, I did my ballin north of the city along Broadway in Old Town. I did, however, know ball in Southeast Detroit, playing there in the second half of the 70s and through 83 while also knowing the steel mill in Ecorse. The game there did not allow for lying either, so I can see Jalen getting all this and recognizing that a white guy could begin to understand the paradigm of a person of color. Ha, just found out that Mr. Riddick may have a flavor for the steel world, based upon his listed growing up town not far from Allentown, PA. Maybe if we get enough steel mill city ballers in the room, truth will carry the day. After all, Akron is close enough to Cleveland and Youngstown to have a hint of steel.

Truth and Dignity may have a chance to change the actuality of Racism.

 

 

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Little Boy Trump

The Trump Card says that his rant about players not standing during the National Anthem has nothing to do with Race. Who believes that? Does he? His followers, especially in Alabama where he delivered the rant, know that it is all about Race.

Race was the origin of the kneeling by Kaepernick. He made that move to call attention to what he saw as disparate treatment of black people by police. Anyone that argues that there is no disparate treatment, or that not every policeman treats black people differently, misses the point. To the extent that there is ANY disparate treatment it is significant, especially if you are black. I lived through Cassius Clay becoming Muhammad Ali and all that he did with the draft situation, including the impact on his career. Most of the world accepted Ali as a hero by the time of his death, but the paradigm of the racists was dead against him during his time.

Now, if you are Euro American you may wonder what the big deal is. That is because your paradigm is created from a different set of paths. You have never been singled out because of your Race. It is funny, though, that the Race distinction has evolved. At one time, Irish and Italians, who were also were largely Roman Catholic, were discriminated against in the same way. (There are a number of instances in which such people were collectively attacked by the majority “other” Euro Americans who happened to be Protestant.) Ask any Jewish friend you have what it is like to be shunned or objectified merely because of your heritage. If you are Euro American you may be surprised to hear their story in response.

Did you know that at one time, after a most significant flood on the Mississippi, in the second half of the 19th century, New Orleans actually solicited Italians to replace the black work force? But they soon had second thoughts about the move, as the Italians would not toe the line as anticipated.

Trump’s rant was all about Race. He knows it and his followers in Alabama know it and they wink at it. (No NFL team in that state, and a long history of Racism ingrained there.) Ha, now he comes out and promotes NASCAR. How much more racial can he get? He wants to be sure that the 25% or so of voters who are his tried and true supporters who are (perhaps closet) Racist, will stay in the fold. Those folks will not miss the subtleties that make them smile, but they miss the more indirect subtlety that this is nothing more than pandering. If you are pandered to you eat it up unless you are naturally critical.

I used the title for this piece because The Trump Card behaves like a little boy. As a child, the only reason why one would play with him is if you either needed the numbers for the game, or he owned the only bat in the neighborhood.  Yep, he is that guy, the guy who couldn’t play for shit, but who had equipment you needed, or at least wanted. In my neighborhood, we would have pushed him in the creek and let him wonder home to cry to mom. Yep, I said it.

The Confederate Culture

Whatever “The Confederacy” (and its “Culture”) was, it now stands for everything that kept black people from competing in the game of life in America at the same level as those (mostly “white”) people who were already in the game. That is the reality of its origin and what it represents. Even if there are some diehards who insist that it has some “noble” culture associated with it, any such attachment pales in comparison to what it is understood to stand for. Anyone willing to admit that? If not, then you will always be on the wrong path to addressing the situation, for you are ignoring reality.

That reality is the paradigm that has resulted from all of the strides we have in fact made in the effort to integrate our country. Little did we know that it would lead where it has and the steps that have been taken. The bottom line is more white people have a greater awareness of the disparity in paradigms that are EXPERIENCED by black people as compared to the paradigm experienced by white folks. Most people can only learn from their own experience, but books, movies and, now, social media, have permitted more and more people to at least recognize the existence of a paradigm different than the one in which they find themselves. (Country mice and city mice are more aware of the paradigm of their cousin.)

Here’s the thing, it takes different lengths of time and levels of exposure to new information for an individual to begin to see a paradigm different than the one they emerge into (then modify while living in it). Certain people are, apparently, unable to modify their paradigm by just letting it modify as the result of taking in new data. Those people must be allowed to accept the new data (by having it illustrated to them in some way aligning with their learning methodology). The new data conflicts, usually diametrically, with the data upon which their paradigm runs.

(For Illustration only) That is the reason that there will, apparently, always be people that deny that humans have, are and will continue to change the environmental balance of the globe. They need to be taught to accept the conclusion, but they hang on to the data upon which they were raised (apparently that we could begin to add, exponentially, to the exhaust arising from the burning of fuels by mechanizing the manufacturing process in order to produce more goods. They think that mere capitalism, with rules arising only from the perspective of increasing outcome, will sort it all out. That would work only when the goal of saving the planet made monetary sense to everyone, and right now many infuencers are making money from the continued practice such that they will “teach” the opposite, reinforcing the useless concept driving those that don’t get it. A minority, but…

The same type of minority exist with respect to keeping black people from dancing in the dance that is America. The minority has been told that their place in the world has been usurped by blacks. Apparently, they have also been sold the concept that the Jews play all the music for the dance. Think about it. 200 years ago, when hardly anyone read books, newspapers, etc. that story was the one that was “whispered” in their ears by those that profited from the situation, especially in the rural south, which seemed like farm land put was already the industry of taking from the land, using cheap and disposable labor. That is the culture that is not to be lost at any cost? The fact that it was all reinforced by religion just puts another barrier to changing the paradigm.

Maybe that paradigm, and those individuals immersed in it, can never be changed. Clearly, it ebbs and flows. It is flowing now as the result of the sales job by Bannon’s perspective in the last election. Now he is back to selling the story, and he will always have an audience.

Set them aside, as they are a misdirection since there is a majority that works in a new paradigm.

The rest of society has begun to assimilate the data. They have come to learn about people that are different than are they. First was radio, then TV, but the explosion of the internet is accelerating the paradigm shift of many more people. They understand themselves that black people are still looked at and treated a different way such that they are not given the same chance to find the rhythm, or to dance on the floor once they do find the rhythm. I have to give a nod to LeBron James for getting this concept and standing as tall as anyone in his profession has. He is up there with Clemente, Ali, Russell and Brown. Through his lead, more people will shift their paradigm.

For whatever reason, rationale or otherwise, defendable or not, “The Confederacy” and the “Culture” associated with it now represents the model that was broken and cannot be supported. It must be cast into that place in history for similar cultures. Like the one that said only land owners get to vote, the one that said only men get to vote. Those cultures still exist some: The land owning gentry get to affect the rhythm that is permissible more than the workers, and women still don’t get accepted without strings attached, but for the most part, the culture is extinct in the paradigms of everyday Americans. (It’s not coincidence that our president behaves so slovenly toward women, since that is a culture in which he was raised.)

So, there it is. Quit talking about what the Confederacy as anything more than it was, because it has become what it has become – the representation of purposefully excluding and defiling people of some ilk. It must be given up such that those that have that paradigm learn that it is a paradigm that just doesn’t work in the “tribe” that we Americans are. That is the truth – They are Wrong, namely, Blacks, Jews and other people they would throw in the pool, are NOT the reason they can’t have it all.

Our Tribe is much different than any nation has known, because of how we came into existence and the Constitution (perhaps the greatest man made thing ever). That difference takes getting used to, those that would promote the culture of the confederacy must recognize that it was rejected because the US is not based upon a single culture. It was an amalgamation of diverse cultures, even within the landed gentry there was diversity that made us unique in history. The creators of America wanted to preserve “each” culture they liked, so they agreed that no one culture would dominate. If focused on religion for them, and they may well not have understood the paths they were starting at the time, but our American Tribe is different than any other entity ever created before. (Look at the divergence between the people that influenced the different colonies and how much they were different than each other, if you haven’t.)

The bottom line I set out has emerged from Charlottesville. Many people see it. LeBron sees it and this may help him and others articulate it. I hope so.

I hope someone takes this thought to the public. Fingers crossed that more paradigms can be shifted by understanding.

Bottom Line: The Confederate Culture has NO PLACE IN AMERICA!   This statement is not intended to be mean, but it is true.

Everyone rejects the Nazi aspect, but it is really the attachment to the confederate culture that must be acknowledged and brought to the center. No other mortal enemy of the United States of America would be given any other status, and that is what they are, and why they lost: Truth always carries the day!

Useless Numbers

In today’s world, the bean counters like to have a number to support any conclusion that they wish to draw (decision that they wish to have made for them instead of by them). If you can name a number, it will appeal to the general populace because they have learned to take solace in numbers, so numbers sell. What are they selling, though?

They are selling the mean, nothing more and nothing less.

The mean gives the bean counters solace because they define the impact associated with or arising from the mean. However, the anomaly scares the hell out of the bean counters. Why? Because they only see the anomaly when they do a post mortem on “what went wrong here?”. After they figure out what went wrong, they then decide: “Well, that will never happen again since it was so situation specific, and we can go back to targeting for the mean.”

Seeing anomalies as they arise, at a point in time when they can be taken into consideration, can only be achieved by an odd ball since it is an odd ball occurrence – by definition. Useless numbers are mostly noise, since falling within the mean, while not best, is mostly not bad. However, when achieving the mean is bad, it cannot be rectified by other decisions made in reliance upon the numbers.

Anybody get this besides me? (I think the understanding is limited, again by definition.)

Odd  Balls are the sheriffs that the town council finally turns to when the bad guys are affecting business in town. But once the Odd Ball cleans up the town, he then scares the shit out of the council and they want to return to that comfortable, but flawed, reliance on numbers (that can be useless).

The Finger

Trump, Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon have effectively given America the Finger on behalf of a subset of Euro Americans who see themselves as white put upons.

NeighborDave is old. When he was growing up the finger meant more, apparently, than it does now a days. Then it meant a throw-down or a race as the giver fled the target.

Conscientious Americans must throw-down. Of course, if the threesome and their ilk flee, then it will be just like my childhood.

Truth wins, eventually. It took a second world war to enforce the truth of the bad behavior exhibited by this type of assault in a developed country. It happens in lessor developed countries from time to time, but in America it needs to be recognized and stopped now.

America has always been different and it is time again to show that to the world. Don’t brush off the Finger that has been directed at you America.

Will the Acknowledgement come?

I had “When” in front of the title of this thought, but I had to take it off, simply because at this time, I cannot go over 50% chance that enough people recognize that Trump is as dangerous to the US and the world such that he must be muzzled, legally. I see the bus we are all in headed for the obvious cliff that is ahead of us, and realize that there is a parade necessarily following our bus. I go up to the driver, but he waives me off, maybe with an F bomb. I go to the back of the bus and have my hand on the emergency door handle, hoping to bail at the final moment. I don’t see many others that are seeing things like me. How do you turn the herd when it is stampeding.

It is better to divert the herd, but in this current situation do we have any hope that we can get a certain percentage of the herd to realize that whatever interest they have in any ultimate goal that Trump may espouse, they cannot absorb, on many levels, the philosophy he is allowing to be “his” at this time. It is so black and white to me, when does it become black and white to everyone. Pardon the pun?

Bannon is a diverter of the herd, and there have been others in such roles, but not one that is so directly connected with a racist espousal of philosophy. That is a given, but he would divert. That may be why direct stop by some of those in the herd might stop, upon not accepting the diversion, effectively saying, “Don’t piss on my back and tell me it’s raining.”

Hence my 50% hurdle on when. I sure hope it happens in time. He will not survive his term, it is so obvious to me. I have seen his type all over the world. He is such an easy read. In business they only survive if they have the ultimate leverage in the situation. Trump, in business, could always find a financial leverage. Either he owed you way too much for you to look short term, such that you would eat something currently in order for a chance to make it up over time, or you were too small to survive the fight such that you might accept 25% in lieu of the fight. In Trump’s world of leverage he would give the long term away consistently, paying the old debt that was now secured, ahead of current debts newly engaged in. The lenders will always be there, I guess, up to some certain point. I would not be surprised to learn of very interesting international banking debts of Trump.

He presumed that he became an emperor, not a mere president. He will have to be shown the distinction. What leverage the US has in any situation is such that it is more effective when exercised with restraint. The US is not in the mode of merely flopping its “case” out on the table and figuring that was the end of the discussion. That is exactly the style that Trump knows, and perhaps the only one he can practice. In the world of real negotiation, flopping gets everyone on the flopping side excited, but once the “case” lays out there for a while, it doesn’t have the same magic as that of sudden appearance of the “case”. The rest of the world is in no hurry, as they have centuries of experience with this kind of behavior. They  have never seen it from the US, but they have a record of it in their history. They smile and wait, as do I.

The resigning CEOs all acknowledge the conclusion that he just ain’t right on this. Just ain’t, but he does not see it. I almost said will not see it, but does not is better. Might he ever?

The four or five heads of divisions of the Armed Forces all see it, which should allow all of us to relax. Here’s the thing, they got the fist signal on the Transgender debacle such that they were on guard for an opportunity to make a clear statement that they will preclude his exercise of force in support of any patently unconstitutional goals would fall on deaf ears, forcing a showdown. That is how far ahead they are playing the game of Trump, because they recognized it in time.

Congress must be next, in overwhelming  numbers in agreement that is unwavering, consistent and conscientious. Some of the American people get it, but I don’t think they get the severity enough yet, at least not universally. As hard as it is for me to believe, they have other things to think about such that they set this aside. They will be the last of the herd to turn. The sure end point would be the Supreme Court, in deciding a conflict of authority. Will Trump make that happen by never recognizing that his position cannot be maintained under scrutiny? Well, if that has to happen, what else takes place in the mean time? I can’t do anything except point it out. Everything else must stop until he is shown his folly and accepts it. Truly, that is the only short cut.

Call it what it is

If the US were not a nation made up by a diverse set of people, we would be well down the road that Germany traveled when it became a Nazi state. Sure, when we started out we were dominated by “white” (hate that designation, but..) Europeans. However, those white folks were fundamentally diverse in the religion that they practiced. We have separation of church and state because those that created the “state” of the US did not want one of their religions franchised at the expense of the other. The two main choices were the Protestants of New England vs the Episcopals of Virginia and it’s surroundings. So, the diversity was still within the white world, but it was a fundamental schism that assured that we would be different than Europe in which the religion and the state were tied to each other. We also precluded a King or Emperor and the developing separation between congress and Trump is illustrating that division. (Trump’s advisers think his base will pressure the congress to toe the line, but the base is not enough votes to survive the battle.)

That diversity, created within the white folks and the relatively wealthy folks, but surely those solidly within the “franchise” of how things would run, may not have anticipated how far the created divisions would reach at the time of creation. After all, only male landowners could vote, so it is understandable that the breadth of the franchise could not be anticipated to include women, Catholics, brown people, etc. (Aside, the Jews already had a big inroad that few recognized at the time. The Dutch East India company owned a lot of New York and it was largely a Jewish run company, since every other country in Europe had kicked out or run off the Jews. The Netherlands did not, and that is where the Jews could safely carry out business (and pay taxes).) Now a days, everyone has a voice in the franchise, even though those with big money and a PAC have a much louder voice, but still.

The people that are now the “Alt-Right” see themselves decedent of the creators of this country, but they would likely not have been recognized as such at the time. The working laborer was not part of the franchise at that time. They had no right to vote and no voice. They fought, but that is because England, with a King, was more objectionable than the land owning businessmen who wanted to create a meritocracy as a new way to govern. None the less, the Alt-Right is who elected Trump. Yes, that is probably 25% of America that will never be disenchanted with/by Trump, unless he truly calls them out and he is unlikely so to do. The AR wants a meritocracy, but they want it to favor them because they think “they” (read: their people) created the meritocracy and they are now excluded from it. That is not true on both points, but unless you are able to discern reality from perception, it is lost.

The AR is who organized the Charlottesville invasion this weekend. They are organizing one for Boston next, at least that is what I hear on TV. The AR is Steve Bannon, the guy who came on once Trump was done with the Republicans and had only Hillary to face. The AR got the unfranchised white folks to vote for the Trump franchise, thinking he was one of them. Heck, he looks down his nose at all of them, just look at his history. He likes rich folks, of any color, not poor white folks. Here’s an illustration, in financial terms that might be understood, between the Trumps of the white world and the laborers of the white world:

The laborers might drive a full size pickup truck. Probably one that is 10 years old and has over 100,000 miles on it. They buy it used, then they use it. The Trumpers might drive a Cadillac Escalade, or even a big pick up. They buy it new and they don’t use it to haul stuff, except maybe floats to the Country Club swimming pool. However, look at the license plate of their vehicle and you may discover it has a “Farm” plate. Seriously, go to a place where only rich people go, the Country Club, the Boat Club, the exclusive restaurant, etc. and look for Farm plates on big SUVs and Trucks. They won’t have any mud on them and the inside won’t have tools or file folders on the seat. Why then do they exist you might ask. Well, they are tied to a piece of property that satisfies a section in the US Tax Code that allows the buyer of such a vehicle to amortize its cost (a direct offset to income) over 2 or 3 years. It is deemed to be used in furtherance of “farming” because it falls within the language of the tax code, which was a gift from law makers to rich folks and to the car companies that wanted to sell more of those big environmentally burdensome vehicles upon which there is a very nice “margin” of return.

So, poor white guy, you are supporting a sect of society that does not want you in their club, but smiles and puts their arm around you when they want your vote. Just try to get in their gated community some time, in your old pickup. No go, unless you are there to do landscaping or other manual labor, but never on Saturday night!

So, when trump “denounced” the KKK, and other named groups, he expressly left out the Alt Right by name. That was a key omission by his handlers and was not called out by the news people. Why not? That is the true crux of the matter. The AR is emboldened by Bannon – Breitbart – Trump. The AR is Trump’s base. The AR hoped that the US would toe the line under Trump and convert itself accordingly.

Fortunately, we are diverse enough to not let them sneak up on us, but they will always be there and it will take more and more of them showing their heads above the foxholes in which they have resided before the spades can be called spades, but in this time of increased communication curtesy of the internet, it will be harder for them to have it both ways. (It is my understanding that some faces showing up on the internet got fired by employers who recognized them. How could they not see that coming?)

Last thought – for those that want to protest and confront the AR. Don’t use violence or loud shouting. That is what they want, plays right into their hand, what they expect and what they feed off. Here is my suggestion. Form up, don’t say a thing, don’t carry a thing, but wait for them to march or talk. When they do, turn your back as one. If you really want to make a statement, then MOON THEM.