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Malcolm Gladwell: Biracial and proud of it

English: Malcolm Gladwell speaks at PopTech! 2...

English: Malcolm Gladwell speaks at PopTech! 2008 conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cover of "Outliers: The Story of Success&...

Cover of Outliers: The Story of Success

I have just listened to three audiobooks  read by author Malcolm Gladwell.  I have heard of him and his books but just happened upon his Tipping Point and Blink both of which are worth a read.  He is not quite as smart as John McWhorter because in his interview with Gates he peppered his answers with lots of  “ahms, and you know” I’m like WTF?  This guy is not doing a good interview.  Was he nervous or was there bad chemistry between the two talkers.  During his many lectures Gladwell is well, coherent and not stumbling over his words.

My only problem with his thesis in Blink about thinking without thinking is that one is not using the brain or thoughts to reach lightning fast accurate assessments of situations that would harm them if they were to stop and think.  It’s called intuituion and it operates above the mental plane not on it.  So technically he is not correct but subjectively I can give him a pass on the book.  It gets people to thinking about intuition or making choices without thinking but intuiting and TRUSTING THAT INTUIT.

 Oh and how can I forget the Outliers about success.  This October his new book ” David and Goliath” should be out in print.

He  confirms one thing I know from my past life research that nurture and culture are huge and they are passed down just like genes to offspring.  Not only that but particular traits are indeed part of a family’s DNA

I also found this link about his genealogy and that his grandparent was named Thomas Adams.  That’s strange because that’s my maiden name and my grandfather, not the same person of course, was also named Thomas Adams!

I will have to do a little more research because we in fact could be related through our European ancestors.  It’s ironic because my anglo ancestors are mostly on my father’s side hence the name Adams.  However, my mother’s people are Mediterranean hence my olive coloring and Italian ways. 

More later on this guy.  He has interviews on youtube also you can check out. 


UP w/ Chris Hayes

Up with Chris Hayes

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I watched the recorded version of UP with Chris Hayes which airs live over the weekend.  He to his credit usually has at least one or two black folks from the ivory towers to talk about the fodder from the week past.

But this Saturday I began to wonder if they were not more than window dressing.  When there is something that relates to black people that’s one thing.  But when it comes to economics or something really heavy the black people are made to sit silently.  McWhorter did not say more than two short sentences this saturday and the woman Michaela Davis, don’t know what she’s doing there, said even less.

I am starting to notice a pattern with his show.  Okay we know Chris is Jewish and he got his start from another Jewish host–Rachel Maddow.  But he typically has one or more Jews on his show and peppered with at least one black, which is a good thing.

But don’t let them be seat holders Chris.  I expect a little more.  Melissa does speak up whenever she is on anybody’s show.  Nobody is going to shut her up.  I hope she does not take over her show like Joe does and talks over everybody and uses up the majority of air and waves. 

No show is perfect but at least don’t let the black knowledgeable folks embarrass themselves with their stupid silence. 

McWhorter’s War On Drugs–my rebuttal

Now, one thing Darnell could do is get his GED, and meanwhile get a job stocking shelves at Staples. Or working at a shoe store or supermarket. He could get vocational training of some kind, with a small loan it wouldn’t be hard to get. But that’s not what a lot of his friends do. The way they make money is by selling drugs.

Of course nobody calls it that. No one walks up to Darnell and says “Would you like to help us sell drugs on the street to make a living?” It goes by euphemisms“out on dem corners” and so on. There is a quiet community norm: Young men who drop out of school and do not take jobs, because they can keep money in their pockets by selling drugs on the street. Hardly all young men do this in the community. Most don’t, in fact. But many doenough that to Darnell, there is nothing unusual about it.

That’s an excerpt from his article. I agree drugs should go legit so that the prison industrial complex will lose its sting in the black community. However, one word that McWhorter does not mention is “free market.” That is an important word he left out. Why? Because there is such a thing as the line of least resistance. In other words it’s damn easy to get a job selling drugs and making money. He also totally ignored “Darlene on the corner” you know what she’s up to. She is selling her body because it is the only skill that will pay her a living wage on the open/free market.

How we gonna get her off the corner John? What if drugs were made legal what would Darnell do? He would go the black market/resale route is my first guess. Then he would get more involved in the sex/slave trade. How we gonna make that legit, i.e., because it is a growing market don’t you know?

I lived through the crack epidemic when it hit the black community in the 1980s. We were warned to do anything but “Stay away from crack…it’s addictive.” That’s what the smart black people did…said no to crack. Seems like every freakin body else was saying yes to crack.

I think getting rid of the war on drugs will go a long way to ease some of the problems in the black community. If we have stronger males instead of endangered males we might be able to start over or at least have some bootstraps to pull up.

I don’t know if McWhorter is being facetious when he writes that it will fix most ills in the black community but he seems to be serious. So, I have to answer with…not so fast.  In some countries, such as Italy, it’s a way of life. I mean this not working thing.  And the war on drugs admittedly is just not working.

McWhorter on SCOTUS and Race

from The New Republic

Will Black Folks Watch the Next “Celebrity Apprentice?”

Donald Trump was on Hannity tonight talking up his latest enterprise that has been wildly successful==The Apprentice. At this point Donald needs a trump card to get his casinos out of hock. Now, The Donald is into “Celebrity Apprentice” because he has watched them “through the years.”

Good show, but then I love reality shows. The regular episodes of the Apprentice were teacher worthy in terms of the tasks presented with each group. People, money and management skills were required to pull off a win. It seemed that the minorities in the group lacked people skills. People skills sank their chance of winning. But exactly what were those same shows teaching young people about race in America? And about races getting along with each other, forget having a meaningful conversation? Not much. Or maybe much, along the lines of the races really do not get along. They avoid each other, evade questions about race and plain don’t like members of the other race.

Anthropologists might say that it is all coded into our DNA, DO NOT ASK! (me about race)

Heloise : “I’ll ask–are Americans watching racism when they watch interactions on reality shows?” I think so.

Trump and his inclusivity is an enigma in that not sure if he is liberal or right wing. He says he likes black people, and invites blacks to participate on the Apprentice. But they always end up behind the eight ball. Not too many bright moments for the brothers and sisters who dare to expose themselves to the very white world of TV. Too white for me.

I could barely watch when blacks participated on shows like big brother, america’s next top model, survivor  or apprentice. They bombed big time. Okay, next.

I checked out the lineup for Trump’s latest–quite a few black folks are slated.

We shall see how they fare.

If Donald’s appearance on Hannity is any indication, then he is pretty much in the conservative camp. They call themselves the big tent party. It’s more like a tent without the poles in place. Much room underneath no doubt if you’re white…No one is fooled by Michael Steele, black man in white face.

Conservatives are one thing, but the party is another…they don’t just get it wrong they miss the whole point of politics, enough said? I hate this buzzword “post-racial society” mostly because I never used it and don’t get its relevance. 

I will believe that we are in a “post-racial society” the day I see black people participate and thrive on white TV reality shows. Funny test isn’t it? But that is perhaps “the conversation about race” that Holder hoped might happen when he called the country a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.

Eric Holder, the first black AG, you might have a point when it comes to this lack of lingo between the races. Because if you watch reality shows you will see black and white are NOT talking to each other but about each other, even when on the same team! Ouch.

Message to black America–stay away from participating in reality shows, really.

See my posted comment from Bill Moyers here .


Caroline Kennedy–The Very Definition of Inarticulate

OK, so what, uhm, you know are like you know what John McWhorter expressed in my interview with him for I asked him what advice would you give to public speakers and politicians alike. Obviously, Caroline didn’t read it. He said that simply to avoid “uhm” and “you know” would be enough to make anybody sound articulate.

Enough said? Next time, take your time. Jack Kennedy was not a good public speaker at the advent of his career. When he was just a neophyte congressman people told him he spoke much too fast. He slowed it down and studied the words and speeches of Lincoln to see exactly what made him sound soooo great. Simple formula: lots of monosyllabic words to sound both musical and poetic. After all Abraham Lincoln had been William Shakespeare in an earlier life. He got it.