Willful defiance

… is an attribute of blackness.

That is to say, in any given setting, if perhaps 20% of white people would display willful defiance, perhaps 30% of blacks would.  The actual differences in proportion are probably much greater.

We will examine first the evidence that this is so, and then consider the ramifications for black prosperity.

I do intend the evidence to be exhausting.
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Bee’s

Ends and Beginnings

A couple of years ago I turned a little area of my yard into a bird, bee, butterfly, and bug paradise. My motivation was twofold, one, I like birds, bees, butterfly’s, and bugs and two, it was less yard I had to mow.

Following the guidelines of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (www.scwf.org/carolina-fence-gardens) I created an area for our urban wildlife that includes food, water, cover, and places to raise young. I also got a nifty sign designating my little patch of earth a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

I am three years into it now and I have really enjoyed watching some of these marvelous creatures make themselves at home in our backyard. My little plot has transformed from a patch of weeds as my wife first called it, into quite the oasis. But despite all the wonderful wildflowers, and flowering shrubs I planted I noticed that I was…

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The emperor’s new clothes: False prophecy in the news

Here is my first audition file.  The sound quality and performance aren’t the best, but I’ve chosen to post it anyway given the weight of the subject matter.

I need to show that I can speak off the cuff about current events, and an opportunity to do so came in the controversy over recent tweets by Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

A transcript appears below.

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Problems everyone should have

Everyone has problems; always have, always will.

But some problems are better (more desirable) than others.

I have some of the best problems in the world.  Everyone should have such problems.  They’d be so much better off.

For example, this man shows up every time I look in the mirror, and I’m absolutely hating on him.  He’s so good-looking, I can’t stand it.  I’m jealous.

Originally posted 2014-12-31.

Podcast – Are you big enough to take it?

It don’t come easy.

Are you big enough to take it?

Related: Paying my dues, singing the blues?
Related: Willful defiance (becomes available 10/24/20)
Related: 19. Sacrifice

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“Jackie” and The Rolling Stone

Bookmarks:
U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of alleged sexual assaultTV experts who aren’tFox news affiliate distorts coverageVast dogfighting ring in Baltimore, Baltimore County broken upMonkey heroically rescues its friendPhylicia Barnes update
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