William Grier the coauthor of Black Rage (with Pierce Cobbs) died this week at the age of 89.Ed Doctorow(an old classmate )from Bx. Science High) died several weeks ago and this blog recounted the death of Dan Sugarman another Bx.Science classmate,both were 84. There is nothing profound here.We have to accept that most octogenarians will not become nonagenarians and most nonagenarians will not become centagenarians.We think analogically and metaphorically and see only so far as this can carry us.We need help from the digital thinkers of this time in peering into the future.
Black Rage is anecdotal and ingeniously constructed and caught fire with the avant-garde of the 1960s. It gave an explanation for deviant black behavior ranging from urban gangs through the rise of groups like the Black Panthers.It included drug addiction and crime.Rage was the outcome of slavery,segregation and discrimination and its expression universally expectable.Of course it inadvertently supported harsh policing.A later effort to indicate some of the negatives associated with the black church(The Jesus Bag) was much less accepted.
Anger can be dealt with.The righteous anger of the proto Aryan(Englishman) according to James Bradley’s “The Imperial Cruise”will always trump(no pun intended) the anger of the non aryan.It is one of the mechanisms of the attainment of manifest destiny.”Though I’ve belted you and flayed you, by the living God that made you…You’re a better man than I am Gunga Din” Kipling’s acknowledgement of Din”’Din”’Din is conditional on the defense of empire.The trick for Gunga seems to be to die so as not to be able to lay claim to anything.These are evolutionary survivals.That God is invoked in such goings on is not surprising.(But Whose?)
If we don’t look for paradox and contradiction in the dogmas that are available for consumption we will not notice that the 15 men and one woman in the republican Presidential fold are asserting a military strength that we do not possess and which would destroy us economically if we pursued its attainment.A standing army of conscripts is needed ;no million man army can be made up of volunteers even with the pull of inevitable war.
Serena’s powerful game forced errors and produced intimidation unforced errors(opponents trying to do too much).she lost while playing well at Flushing Meadows because she was out finessed.Frank Marshal’s international efforts were a bust.National character? We may be characterized by the big hit and front running.What to do if this is exactly what is being counted on for better or more likely worse, internationally?(Friends and enemies)
MSNBC reported,I hope incorrectly but probably not,that following the charade of the republican presidential debate and the monolithic espousal of Israel,Ann Coulter(remember her ?)let loose a barrage of antisemitic tweets from her twitter account.I don’t think that she is a neo nazi or a member of the Aryans;this may mean that solidarity around Israel is more to embarrass President Obama than to support Netanyahu.
I was saddened to hear for the first time of Carly Fiorina’s loss of a child to addiction.But I fear that the Donald is right; she did wreck Hewlett Packard. Meg Whittman’s firing of 35,000 yesterday belongs on Fiorina’s doorstep along with the 50,000 she deep sixed.
(I wonder what Hollywood has wrought with”Pawn Sacrifice”,the latest attempt to delineate the amazing antisemitic,half mad Jewish kid from Brooklyn who was arguably,the best chess player ever. but who abandoned America.((After he lost his mind?)