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Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

@FUNKbrs - Linguistically, 'style shifting', in choice of dialect, slang or vernacular, is a tool used primarily to keep communication in code, in order to delimit group membership, and enforce social distinctions, by facilitating communication only between those who know the code language. It's used by the underclasses just as much as, if not more than, the ruling classes.

In fact, it is the essence of ethnic culture, particularly in the melting pot that is America, to identify and appropriate a specific language style, from whence all other cultural motifs, such as the musical and graphical arts, arise. This particular sociocultural perspective or 'stance' is part of what is being communicated when people use those code words. It is a direct statement of social group membership to use it. On both sides.

People have written about this subject for some time now. You may enjoy this article on how it works. You appear to have thought about the subject a bit:

http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/sssocio/readings/S…

Posted by OakTree on 02/27/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

"saw almost nothing but affluent black people the whole time I was in town. "
That was Holly Springs, MISSISSIPPI?

Posted by crackoamerican on 02/27/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

I went to Holly Springs MS week before last, and saw almost nothing but affluent black people the whole time I was in town.

"Affluent" means "rich" to those such as myself in the audience that attended intentionally defunded city education system which was so sorely attacked by people who aren't at all racist (obviously, it's offensive to even imply the school system was defunded in protest to Brown V. Board and federally enforced desegregation, so I won't, even though the historical, factual, archaeological, and anecdotal evidence consistently supports this world wide recognized fact)

But "love"BC is right: educating the labor class is so obviously (I would never be sarcastic on the internet, ever) casting pearls before swine, anyone who attempts to teach an "urban" youth is clearly unaware of the naturally limited intellectual capacity caused by the "urban" environment. (I said "urban," because it's a hip codeword for something else that in plain english would again be offensively racist).

I mean, what good would educating the working class do for taxpayers (Read: more code language, this time meaning "not urban") do? They might try to use that education to lobby for higher wages, for say, sanitation workers, teachers, firemen or cops. Obviously, that will end badly for the "taxpaying" (Urban folks, obviously, never have to pay taxes) class.

If only I had some kind of civil right like freedom of speech to things like I saw them. A man named Samuel Clemens, who preferred to go by his "street" name Mark Twain, said: "The repulsive feature of slavery is the thing, not it's name. One needs but to hear an aristocrat speak of the classes that are below him to recognize--and in but indifferently modified measure--the very air and tone of the actual slaveholder; and behind these are the slaveholder's spirit, the slaveholder's blunted feeling. They are the result of the same cause in both cases: the possessor's old and inbred custom of regarding himself as a superior being."--Mark Twain, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" Chapter XXV: a competitive examination paragraph 2

Luckily I'm way too dumb to understand that quote, because I attended defunded urban schools.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 02/27/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

Perhaps African-Americans could have a bigger slice of the pie if they finished high school at the same rates of whites and Asians.

Perhaps AAs could have a bigger slice of the pie if 15% of their children were borne out of wedlock and 85% of their children were born in a stable married family.

Perhaps AAs could have a bigger slice of the pie if they would stop killing each other over really stupid stuff, such as he dissed me, my gang, or walked on my street.

Perhaps AAs could have a bigger slice of the pie if they referred to their women-folk as ladies, instead of bitches and ho's.

I could go on, but I think you get my gist.

In spite of two black mayors over the past 25 years in Memphis, and one black president, things are not improving overall for blacks in this city. However, if a AA works hard, studies hard and pays his or her dues, they can be successful. Don't take my word for it, ask my black physician.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/27/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Bike, Pedestrian Projects Win $2.2M in Grants

@apok

I've been bike commuting east all the way out to ridgeway and haven't died once. It's always sketchy to be the only cyclist on the road, but the first person to take the lane makes it much easier for the next one. M

Posted by FUNKbrs on 02/27/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Heroin 'Epidemic' Focus of Summit

Law enforcement thinks by stopping and lock up a bunch of addicts is going to help clear up this epidemic and that is just not so. Yes, it is much easier to lock up the user but they create other problems; overcrowding jail and prisons, break up families for twenty years and causing financial ruin for families, but no one offers solutions. Even if the county sheriff's office, MPD, detectives and the Federal government are given names, addresses of the dealers and pushers they still do nothing. The young addict is setting in jail/prison life wasting away with each passing day making it impossible to get a job when they get released and become a productive part of society and taxpayer. Another thing even when these first time offenders do their time for the crime; they carry a scarlet letter with them wherever they go to apply for a job (Felony), why is that necessary? They are paying for that one mistake for the rest of their life. There needs to be some brainstorming and discussions on these topics.

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Posted by Carol Silvestri Griffin on 02/27/2017 at 3:26 AM

Re: “Bike, Pedestrian Projects Win $2.2M in Grants

Electric bikes are a great (and cost effective) way to get around the city with this new bike infrastructure. However any place east of highland still feels risky.

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Posted by apok on 02/26/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Cops, Lottery, & Racism

I'm not in favor of a PILOT for the Belz's in this case. They really don't need any help staying in town. Hell, they probably own a third of it. And this project isn't unique enough to deserve a special tax incentive. If it doesn't stand on its own merits, let it fall. Real estate prices are rising in Midtown. Pretty soon there will be something that does make financial sense without us giving the Belz's more money.

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Posted by OakTree on 02/26/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Cops, Lottery, & Racism

Midtown Market Returns: I want a PILOT. My property tax bill is in the four figures. As a Memphis resident, I am upset that my county taxes do not benefit me much, but I still have to pay them.

Lottery fight: No two ways about it, the lottery targets mathematically unsophisticated poor people to exploit them to pay for the higher educations of the children of middle class people that have an understanding of math.

Race of Beale: Let Beale Street take care of itself. Bureaucracy only gums up the works.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/26/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The Resistance: Memphis Activism Sprouts Everywhere

I'm sure the dudes on the city hall escort list are going to score big with the Trotsky chicks. You know, that bad boy thing.

Posted by LoveBC on 02/26/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “MATA President Won't Give Start Date for Trolley System

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Posted by Frank Smith on 02/25/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Start Seeing Trolleys (But Not Ride Them)

Thanks barf, good answer. Each of the current trolleys in Memphis appears to be of a different design, and each will probably take different parts which undoubtedly causes headaches of warehousing parts, logistics, skill sets, etc. Guess that is why Southwest only flies 737s.

I can see how the newer street cars would especially make economic sense on longer routes, say like from downtown to the airport, or along the Poplar corridor, but rail infrastructure is frightfully expensive, especially with electrical rail structure which requires catenary lines which would dwarf the price of the vehicles. Plus, we have to remember that Memphians absolutely abhor public transportation and it would be underutilized. Heck, back when we had rapid bus service from Germantown to downtown a few years ago, I would often be the only passenger.

Anyhew, I am looking forward to the trolleys coming back. And by the way, people like you and me are no longer nerds, but STEM graduates. So, throw away your horn rims and get those eyeballs lazed.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/25/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Fly on the Wall 1461

Mae should change her middle name to "WTF."

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Posted by B on 02/25/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Bike, Pedestrian Projects Win $2.2M in Grants

I recommend more green paint to replace the worn out green paint!!!!!

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Posted by datGuy on 02/25/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “The Resistance: Memphis Activism Sprouts Everywhere

You forgot a group. The Tennessee Equality Project Shelby County Committee which has been working for LGBTQ protections and equal rights since 2004.

Posted by Breckrider on 02/24/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Start Seeing Trolleys (But Not Ride Them)

Just because I happen to need to know this kind of nerdy stuff for work:
A brand new, high quality, low boarding light rail "vehicle" (streetcar) will cost somewhere between $4.25 million and $5 million per "vehicle". By that standard, the 4 restored streetcars are a bargain.
However, as Love noted above, these would be new vehicles so initial maintenance costs would be low and spare parts easy to obtain. They would be able to accelerate more quickly, safely operate at greater average speeds and (depending on the model) would be capable of comfortably carrying around 150 passengers. They would also allow for shorter stops because the boarding process would include multiple entrances and would not involve stairs or the lengthy wheelchair lift process.

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Posted by barf on 02/24/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Bike, Pedestrian Projects Win $2.2M in Grants

Toby - what is the status on the b-cycle bike share program? Many cities public transit systems partner with bike share programs.

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Posted by BP45 on 02/24/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Start Seeing Trolleys (But Not Ride Them)

Free marshmallows for all passengers.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 02/24/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

Most white people in Memphis are too apathetic or self-absorbed to even acknowledge the glaring racial inequalities in that city, muchless do anything about it, and Memph is a perfect example of this.

Carnita Atwater brought up some important points, and Memph's response was to be dismissive and perpetuate some baseless, anti-Semitic "alternative facts" about Jews being rich and powerful rather than address the very real racial disparities in Memphis.

Jews haven't "moved on", and anti-Semitism certainly hasn't either... in the last two weeks alone, over 60 Jewish Community Centers recieved bomb threats from various white supremacist groups... groups with politics and worldviews that don't differ all that greatly in my experiences from the average middle class white Memphian.

It always is astounding to me that anyone could seriously say "black people are lazy" in a city that literally would never have existed without the unwaged and undercompensated labor of African-Americans.

It isn't that African-Americans are lazy, its that white people in Memphis continue to benefit from the accumulated wealth, power, education, and social capital of previous generations that African-Americans were excluded from and continue to be. It's the real world equivalent of inviting someone to play Monopoly 2/3rds into a game and berating them as "lazy" and "irresponsible" because they can't amass the resources to beat you.

Like the aforementioned game, the material reality of today is rigged by the material history of yesterday, and that is precisely why black history is so important.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 02/24/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The Resistance: Memphis Activism Sprouts Everywhere

Oak,

Actually, Chris Davis has a long list of names he calls people. Very long.

It's almost as if he never made it off of the playground, intellectually speaking.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 02/24/2017 at 9:27 AM

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