Posted On: Tuesday - June 7th 2022 4:51PM MST
In Topics:   Lefty MegaStupidity  Music  Race/Genetics
(It's probably OK in the daytime, but still, watch out.)
I almost didn't recall that above-linked-to Walking in Memphis post with the memorable Marc Cohn song. This post could be a continuation of that 1/2 year old one, though, or a continuation of a conversation that I only overheard the last time. This is about people that have the same excuses for black people's violence and dysfunction as a 1965 Civil Rites marcher. That was 57 years back, but as the Pete Seeger song from 67 years back said "When will they ever learn? When will they evvvverrr learn?"
Most of the guys I work with are of a Conservative bent, so this was a little bit different from the norm. This 27 y/o, best I could calculate from something he said, seemed to know it all, so I don't think he was ready to "ever learn" a thing. OTOH, he's a very decent guy, and the conversation didn't start out about the racial stuff, but just about his home and living arrangements. That home is Memphis, Tennessee.
Now, I didn't start this racial talk, but this guy noted how dangerous Memphis could be. He didn't use the word "sketchy" (as in the other post), but more like "bad"* and "dangerous". I agreed. He told me "We have to pay a good bit more to rent our place in order to be in a good area." [Uhhh, yeah...] Well, later on, while talking about geography a bit, he noted that he liked Chattanooga**, on the eastern side of the State. For those not at all familiar, Tennessee seems to get linearly Whiter from the west to the east, and it's a LONG LONG way west/east across it. (Nashville is north/central, so it's not so great.) Oh, and then the young guy said he liked Knoxville and also the Tri-Cities - that's Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, in the very northeast corner.
"Yeah, well western Tennessee, especially Memphis, has got a whole lot of black people." That was my most polite version of "no duh!" Well, now the excuses came out. "It's a lack of jobs there." "The schools are bad." (One wonders why...) I let some of this go, but then, yeah, he went there: "redlining", "not selling them houses in good neighborhoods", and there was more.
Though nobody was listening, I didn't want to really get myself in trouble, so I didn't mention natural causes. I brought up "half a century of the Welfare State, so the Moms have the State as their husbands, and do you know that 3/4 of these people don't have Dads at home? That doesn't work out well for the boys." He just plain blew that off as "that kind of talk is just discouraging to people..." or something like that. OK, "well did I mention that, no kidding, Detroit was called the 'Paris of the West' back in the 1950s and then when the White people got their businesses and houses trashed and burned, they had to get out to the 'burbs, so there was nobody left to supply the tax money?"
Well, "the banks wouldn't lend to them", "nobody would give them them good jobs", man, again with that stupidity.
It kind of tailed off there, which was good, because I like the guy. I was so miffed after this conversation that these half-century old excuses are still being brought up. Well, not everyone, not even CLOSE, unfortunately, to everyone, reads Steve Sailer or listens to Jared Taylor. Even more importantly, not everyone is honest to himself***, such as when he walks down Beale Street at night and won't think about what the root cause of what he sees may be.
Yeah, and he is only 27 years old. At 27 years old, was I the same way? Not exactly, but I probably did bring up a few of those excuses occasionally, really believing them. On the other hand, the excuses were nowhere near 55 years old then, and we hadn't learned as much of the real problem. Maybe the Welfare State would solve all this. Nahhh, actually I never bought that crap. I guess that was just my growing up with a Dad who believe in honesty over fitting in.
We can't go on as a country if we won't freaking learn anything. It doesn't help when one can get in trouble for explaining the truth. It's an endless cycle of
Instead of that old Pete Seeger folk song or another great old Memphis song, how about some blues, as a great contribution by the black contingent of musicians long ago? This is what Beale Street celebrates - the Blues, with museums and live music, but first, Is it safe?!!**** It's safer with White people playing it, if you're gonna go live. Hey, lots of White musicians appropriated this stuff, and I like it. This is yet another blues song that got its history from the black blues guys that were up and down the Mississippi River. I guess they didn't get as far north as Bemidji, Minnesota, where the river's already big.
Jesus Done Left Chicago, at least the ZZ Top version that I really like, doesn't mention Memphis, except for "all points in between" Chicago and New Orleans, where The Son of Man was bound.
The thing is, Jesus Done Left Chicago must always follow Waitin' for the Bus (all Day) which I don't like that much. However, I'm not like one of those DJ's bound straight for DJ hell who split up Journey, Zeppelin, or Queen songs like that. So I got both of them but starting at the song I do like:
These 2 songs are from ZZ Top's 1973 album Tres Hombres.
Billy Gibbons – guitar, vocals, and harmonica on "Waitin' for the Bus".
Dusty Hill – bass guitar, backing vocals.
Frank Beard – drums, percussion.
* My old boss long ago used to use the phrase "balance due area". It took me 2 months and asking someone to find out that stood for "black and dangerous".
** Yeah, I know, I read about the very recent shooting there, by black people, at least from my calculations using both Sailer's and Coulter's laws. (Not quite the same as using Newtons' and the 1st Law of Thermo, but at least there's a little logic one can use there.) The thing is, this country doesn't really divide up black/White by State. There's an urban/rural divide too. On a county level, the rural places up the Tennessee River NE from Chattanooga are extremely White.
*** This was not about his being honest or not to me based on a fear of getting in trouble, either. I brought up the western Tennessee has got a LOT of black people first.
**** Without knowing the movie Marathon Man, you won't get that one.