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Leftism’s Wonderful Absurdity

July 13th, 2014 - 10:04 am
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With all the actual human suffering this leftist administration has caused on our borders, with all the left’s attacks on our constitutional rights and the oppressive corruption of our leftist bureaucracy from the IRS on down, it’s sometimes difficult to remember just how wonderfully funny leftists actually are. When harmlessly confined to a secluded space where only a select few will hear them — like a show on CNN — their ideas really are a delightfully absurd parody of a delightfully absurd leftist being delightfully absurd. It’s like an infinite regress of comedy.

To wit:  here’s CNN’s Don Lemon — who once wondered aloud whether a black hole might have swallowed that missing Malaysian jetliner — moderating a debate between University of Mississippi senior Sierra Mannie and writer and comedian H. Alan Scott. Miss Mannie wrote an article for Time demanding that white gay people “stop stealing black female culture.”

I don’t care how well you can quote Madea, who told you that your booty was getting bigger than hers, how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. It is not yours. It is not for you…

The difference is that the black women with whom you think you align so well, whose language you use and stereotypical mannerisms you adopt, cannot hide their blackness and womanhood to protect themselves the way that you can hide your homosexuality. We have no place to hide, or means to do it even if we desired them.

Mr. Scott responded on his Thought Catalog blog with a post called “Don’t Listen to Time Magazine”:

Recognizing the things that she thinks belongs only to black women is the very thing that causes the separation and hate in our society. There’s a reason why this country is called a “melting pot,” because eventually, once you lose the bxxxsxxx separation and start appreciating what makes us all amazing, you start realizing that, “Wow, we’re not all that different after all.”

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The term "gay" or "the gay life" is a 19th-century slang term for the non-respectable demimonde. At that time, the term encompassed actors and actresses, male and female prostitutes ("actors" and "prostitutes" often overlapped), bohemian artists, drug addicts, overt homosexuals, etc.

The term "gay" narrowed to mean the homosexual community by the mid-1930s, because actors and actresses and artists had by that time become relatively respectable---but the term "the life" or "in the life," which is derived from "the gay life" is still used by prostitutes today, and "In the Life" was the name that PBS chose for its gay-themed news show some years ago.

The old "Stash" record label, which reissued a number of 78rpm recordings of drug and sex songs, had on one of its albums a portion of an interview with one of Bessie Smith's aunts, who describes a visit to a "buffet flat," so named because there was a "buffet" of sexual delights available. The interviewer asks, "What was a buffet flat?" and she replies, "A buffet flat? Ain't nothin' but fagg*ts and bull-dykers---open house! Everything goes on in that place." The interviewer, clearly uncomfortable with this robust and non-euphemistic language, says, "So it was strictly a …gay place, was it?" "Oh, very gay!" replies the aunt. "Everything that was in the life."

Here we see the collision between a survival of the old 19th-century slang without self-consciousness, and the prissy pussyfooting of PC Leftist lingo---something that none of the people in the video atop this thread are aware of.

The old "gay life" demimonde, encompassing theatre and the world of prostitution as it did, was a connection/interaction point between black and white society. Whites in the '20s flocked to Harlem not only for sex across the color line but for same-sex sex; whites as well as blacks attended the drag balls at Harlem's famous Renaissance Ballroom.

In short, the "black woman" tics which outraged writer Sierra Mannie strenuously objects to being "appropriated" by white homosexuals were in fact a series of behavior tics that were developed by black and white "sissy men" and drag queens and black and white prostitutes interacting with each other, somewhere between 80 and 125 years ago.
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Seriously, I watched this. I'm dumber now than I was before.
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You're confusing Leftism with intersectionalism. Intersectionalism has only 2 interests: race and gender... usually but not always combined. Intersectionalism doesn't care about our groundwater reserves or how to fund a bridge or rovers on Mars. Intersectionalism hides in the Left but it is not the Left. It is a racist supremacist cult. Having said that, intersectionalism is increasingly the go-to platform of the Dem Party and you'll find it at the bottom of almost every internet dust-up.
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It is pretty hilarious but...having read the 10,000 comments that blew up under the NRO Kevin Williamson article, of which at least half were trans people insisting that trans men really ARE LITERALLY women, I now believe that the only people who will be able to defend female territory - because they have enough victim identity points - will be black women. So maybe we should be grateful that she is willing to stand up to the Gaystapo.
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I wonder what Mark Twain would make of all this, of us and what we have become?
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Were we to attempt to tell him, he'd call us damned liars.
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The single biggest reason I enjoy Andrew's writing is that it reminds me to laugh more often. Really, how do you combat this type of absurdity? Point and laugh. And keep laughing.
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I still have the old View-Master stereoscopes from when I was a kid. On the "Los Angeles" card is a 1950s scene of an outdoor pedestrian mall full of happy families in glorious Kodachrome color. A big light sign announces "THE GAYWAY".

It's probably still a very "gay" place today.
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Why can't they both just go to Burger King and share a "Proud Whopper"?
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We should absolutely encourage these kinds of disputes among our enemies. How wonderful it would be if they occupied themselves completely with attacking each other. It is just like with the Shiit-tites and the Shaat-tites in the middle east - let them wipe each other out. They deserve each other. A plague on all their houses. Good riddance.
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Honestly, this is the stupidest video I've seen in a long time.

That this concerns anyone at all -- that someone deemed it worth televising -- indicates that we're already in the idiocracy.
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H'm. If a person claimed anything cultural was for whites only, that person would be considered a racist. Reverse the polarity and a conservative will maintain it is still racist but a "progressive" will claim that the victim-identity wins. As Klavan notes, it's absurd -- except that these ideas currently run the country.
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Blacks have been angry for years over the attempt of gay activists to appropriate the moral standing of the Black Civil Rights struggle to themselves. No - Gay Rights are not like the Black Civil Rights struggle.
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Throughout the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, black men and women "stole" liberally from gay culture, especially in street fashion.
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This is a different thing but I remember a couple of older black guys in a white business district cursing out these 2 white teens on a bus stop for wearing low-riding baggy pants, a thing only black kids did at the time. I don't remember the year, maybe late '80s. They just stood there and cursed these kids out for cultural theft.
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In the 80's my xhusband (he's white) also gave white teens similarly attired a hard time. His point : if your going to "steal" the dress or mannerisms of another culture, at least choose a culture with a way of dressing or mannerisms worth stealing.
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How so?
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