All a Blur

26 06 2016

Wells-Goodfellow

I dunno, something about segregation and guns, or something like that.  I guess Tony Messenger has some sort of point, though I’m beside myself trying to figure why he didn’t work an anti-Semitic whisper campaign into this and blame that as well.

And then there’s this:

This is often the sentiment shared by North Side African-American aldermen whenever there is high-profile violence in other areas of the city, like downtown or on the South Side. They see immediate pledges to do something, anything. Patrols are stepped up. Attention is paid.

Anybody who spends much time downtown has seen an increased police presence at various times, for instance, since the May shooting of 21-year-old Brandi Hill on Washington Avenue.

Meanwhile, violence continues unabated in many neighborhoods on the North Side.

So what do they want?  More cops in Bell Curve City, at which time Messenger will write a new op-ed accusing the cops of racial profiling?  Their solutions are such that their implementation will always give them an open lane to complain about problems.





Magic and Tragic Dirt

20 06 2016

Cleveland

I found this gem while searching the Cleveland media for news about riots overexuberant bouncyball fans.

It’s a thing, but it’s not a brand new thing to me, because this kind of thing is discussed in St. Louis a lot, the zip code health gap.

But now I think it’s just another excuse for AFFH.  Notsam perhaps can help me, but I get the feeling that the Cleveland area zip codes 44103 and 44108 have a lot of gentrification potential and are close to Cleveland’s central business district.





I Remember That

15 04 2016

Ferguson

Michael Brown died because he wasn’t able to get a call center job with a firm that is heavily dependent on Federal contracts.





Essence of Diversity

13 02 2016

Boston

Campus Reform:

Harvard med students demand diversity, but no more Asians please

(snip)

They similarly lament the insufficient diversity of the student body, complaining that “while … 21.7 percent of HMS students are underrepresented in medicine,” just two of the 165 current first-year students are black females, and contending that “these numbers are not reflective of a nation in which African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians comprise 32 percent of the population.”

According to The Boston Globe, Asians and Pacific Islanders are not mentioned in the petition because they are not considered “underrepresented” by the Association of American Medical Colleges. As of 2012, the two groups together constituted 18.9 percent of the HMS student body.

Two themes I’ve been noticing for quite some time are present in just those two paragraphs:

(1) The very definition of “diversity” is a moving goalpost which moves back and forth over the heads of Asians most often, in that they go from being diverse to not diverse most often, depending on the micropolitics of the question at hand.

(2) “Diversity” also means black women trying to ride on the backs of all “diverse” people for the benefit of black women.





Just In Time For MLK Day

15 01 2016

Midtown; CWE

To solve the “problem” of only 4.4% of occupational therapists being black…

Let me translate this for you:  All it means is that all the black person (Harris-Stowe is St. Louis’s HBCU) would have to do is get admitted to Harris-Stowe, which isn’t very hard, and should he or she stay on academic track, he or she will end up with a diploma from a consistently top five in the country med school.

Not even Trump will take on affirmative action.





Tip of the Spear

17 11 2015

St. Louis City

And that is a double entendre.

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pd-std-2015

In the local focus, I wonder how far down I have to read before I encounter the typical bitching that we usually get when the topic is violent crime or crime in general — You know, “St. Louis is an independent city,” “We can’t expand,” “It’s apples and oranges to compare us to cities that can annex,” blah blah.  Because we got it last year at this time.  Just as St. Louis City and County will start jointly reporting their crime stats as if they’re a single entity, for the purposes of statistical concealment, I fully expect the same to start happening with STD rates.





Being Black for a Living

11 10 2015

Frontenac

bmwc

He’s a doctor, but you get the sense that he’d rather be black for a living.  Perhaps he’s on his way of being the Ta Coates of physicians.  In which case it would make sense for him to speak and write of black bodies often, unlike Ta.

And also, he’ll never let us forget that someone microaggrieved him by mistaking him for the maintenance man.