Friday, September 21, 2007

Apparently Megan doesn't read Orcinus

Shocking, innit?
Not that Orcinus is the only place one could learn about the case of the Jena 6, but, well, I at least first heard about it there, sometime last fall, not long after the case began.
But Megan needs wikipedia to tell her the basic facts of the case. Fine. She's an "econoblogger", and it'd be somewhat unfair to single her out solely for the failures of the MSM to remember race relations remain an important issue in America...
Oh, wait, singling her out for journalistic failures is what we do here. Ok.

Dear Megan,

Next time, please, at least read the wiki page before you start blogging about it.
Otherwise, you end up making very uninformed arguments that come, via right wing transmitters, straight from racists. Remember that guy who posted about miscegenation in your comments? Right now he is very, very happy with you for saying "jail the Jena 6".

Aren't you bad enough without becoming a useful idiot for racists?

Love,
brad

11 comments:

JasonC said...

I wholeheartedly endorse this post.

MCH said...

Based on past behavior, documented by y'all and teh Sadlies, it seems to me that an even more better title might be "Apparently Megan doesn't read".

Even if I'm proven wrong, I still prefer my explanation.

Clem said...

Reposted from another thread.

Oh, hi, Jason. Just so we're clear, what was it about McArdle's Jena 6 post that prompted this interested response?

The weirdest thing about this story is the black kids "asking permission" to sit beneath the white person's tree. What century are these people living in?

That's the weirdest thing about this story? Wow, dude, where to begin? Many schools, public and private, maintain traditions of exclusivity, most often embodied in unofficial "seniors only" rules. If the black kid sensed that there was something exclusive about the tree, he/she might not have known or assumed that it was of a racial nature. Or, maybe he/she did know that it was a racial exclusion zone, and went to the school's principal to get some back-up before mounting a challenge.

You saw fit to cage "asking permission" in quotation marks, but not "the white person's tree." Were you questioning the validity of the former, but not the latter?

Finally, "these people" sounds a little funny. Could be taken the wrong way. Setting aside analysis of your intentions, the appearance of FUCKING NOOSES on the tree demonstrates that, yes, some people are living in a past century, and remain determined to carry their peculiar institutions into this one.

JasonC said...

I responded on the other one

brad said...

Y'know, I'd retitle this post "Letter from a Brooklyn Loft", but I'm white, so no.

Clem said...

Jason, your ability to clarify your clarifications is, dare I say it, McArdlean. Althousian, even.

I hope that Megan's Jena 6 posts, and the wrath she's incurred, causes at least one Atlantic editor to cock their head and say, "Huh," followed closely by "Oh, fuck me."

JasonC said...

I can use smaller words if you can't keep up, clem.

concern troll said...

You people do realize the ancillary publicity you create for McArdle increases her traffic, right?

brad said...

Ok, folks, everyone can learn something from concern troll. That is some grade a subtle absurdity. Well done.

M. Bouffant said...

At least Megan didn't type "String up the Jena 6."

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