So delicious to be able to indulge in this. As much as I despise some of the aspects of material culture sometimes I wonder if this is the only thing that enables this:
I like the song, I like the imagery -- the theme is a bit fetishist I guess. I wonder why people fetishize that age? IS that a fucking word?
Anyhow, I had to google it because I love the lesson in physics line. I am now listening to it over and over which I will probably do for a couple hours while I try and work.
I can work here:
How much power do you guys think the names we call ourselves have?
Still working on the Redskins thing.
Here in Alaska we have a team called the Halfbreeds. The story isn't a bad one, they used to be the knights or something, and in the 70's they decided to change their name. They chose halfbreeds to reflect the racial makeup of the town, many of them were half native, and half white. aniak is also far enough up the river it was like a mixing place of yuuks and koyukons so it was already a place where cultures met. their logo is a white man with a gun, and a native man with a spear arm in arm or some shit. Here I found it:http://www.maxpreps.com/news/twUEhTOqTEevyzzYkJcejg/maxpreps-mascot-mondays--the-aniak-halfbreeds.htm
(I wonder how many of them are halfbreeds?)
IDK, I feel like its not a big deal, ofc I never really thought the redskins thing was either. i mean yeah fucking change it, no brainer right? i think someone here said it well about this not being a surprise at all the trademark decision. even if the term is outdated, its still not one we should accommodate. you might get away with calling a black person a spook (ala Clint Eastwuzzle) but I dare you to name a team that, or try and trademark it.
i understand shit gets grandfathered in though, it wasn't like there was a demarcation where the PC police came into existence, it happens slowly as our culture changes right? the redskins name going away was inevitable. well maybe better to say the PC police are always here, but what they enforce changes.
alaska is always like 10 years behind on everything. seems silly to be even writing this, maybe im just showing them "hey that writing on the wall? you can't ignore it"
hahaha, man. writing on the wall always makes me think of dicks. i have seen so many dicks drawn on so many walls.
anyhow, halfbreeds. good intent, bad execution or whatever it is we used to say in the corps.
so i wonder how much power those words have over us? for them it seemingly has none, halfbreeds is what they are. they show up in local headlines
(obligatory stormfront link to what I'm talking about: https://www.stormfront.org/forum/t226535/
)Halfbreed boys and girls dominate Kuskokwim Conferencehttp://kyuk.org/halfbreeds-boys-and-girls-dominate-kuskokwim-conference/
I wonder if they ever give editors pause when putting THAT out there? My editor never even heard of them.
You know, I'm not that concerned with the power of that name. It has none or not much I guess.
We got tons of other teams with names like "braves"
I like this one too, the track itself not so much but I like the imagery. It's kind of perversely beautiful in a way, like these are the crowning achievements of our collective people. This video, built on just millenia of whatever horrifying things we have gone through as human beings. that whole nasty poor, brutish and short part and through every story you can think of and some of it culminated in this. At 1:52, she stripping and that made me think of the whole strip club experience, I won't lie I enjoy it. A place that my exploitative, capitalistic, patriarchal society makes possible, and you have to admit it has its own appeal.
I just can't think of an equivalent experience. Yes, you can get women to dance on your lap and get naked for free. Drunk chicks. lol
But that is not a strip club. It's not giving money, or paying for a lap dance. I wouldn't even want one if it was free.
Probably says something weird about me, but while I'm not in good company -- I have lots of it.
I think overall I just want "this" for more people. The luxury of sitting my ass and listening to music, and thinking and writing and reading. I have a world of worries, and the world is so torturous to me but sometimes life is good and it should be. This is it right?
I might end up having to write this book on TZT like its my livejournal which might work because my audience is you.
So out of all the other teams the one I chose to pick on was the Wasilla Warriors, because high school rivals, and Sarah Palin hometown. Part of the difference between names like the "braves" and "warriors" is those words are fundamentally different than redskins and halfbreed. in the case of redskins, just bad all around. halfbreed can be neutral, but it can only AT BEST be neutral. Names like braves and warriors can be positive, and aside from reducing an entire culture to a caricature (which to me, is only potentially problematic) can also be associated with native americans in a positive way. you go to the warriors fanpage though:
and its fat white kids dressed as indians for DAYS.
who can blame the kids, i don't. doesn't even make me mad, but i wouldn't allow it if I was the principal. that picture would spark outrage in indian country, or in the more liberal parts of the lower 48 but here it's on the official website. i imagine it will go away as well, but it's local enough it might fly under the radar -- maybe not though. after all, when you look at the mascot:
This is clearly a plains indian of some sort. Wasilla has perfectly good indians who are from the area. knik tribal, who are iirc dena'ina.
they don't wear headdresses though, and they might not like chubby white kids dressing up like them either. plus the population of native americans in the valley is a pan-ethnic group that includes my parents who are transplants but have put down some roots in Palmer.
should we wait for the pc police to catch up to alaska or is this something we should get out ahead and collectively decide the words we call ourselves, or other people? idk, we all live in Alaska and I'm resigned to the fact that white people are likely here to stay, so we got to live with them somehow right? lol