Texas is an extreme state of extremes. When it rains it pours. When its hot its so hot your germs sweat. The people, by and large, are friendly, open, giving and big-hearted, even within their interracial relations, which are many, as the cities of Texas are huge melting pots. For one thing, I have yet to be accosted inside the jails or on the streets of the Lone Star state by racially threatening otha brothas as has happened to me more than a few times in the cities on east and west coasts. Both coastal halves of white middle class progressive America have gaping racial wounds festering in the midst of their self-congratulatory "progressiveness". This is the point that whiteysphereans refuse to admit as they become horrified when our hero Bernie is upstaged by angry #BLMers at some of his stops in liberal strongholds such as Seattle and LA.
Make no mistake, Whitey. The target of these protests isn't Bernie, who has responded well to date with both decency and respect. No, the target is wee, the oblivious whiteysphere.
Wake the fock up everbohdee!
Black kids in Texas and their latino, asian and white millenial cohort are unfailingly polite and deferential to my status as an oldster. Anecdotal? Of course, but who is doing the necessary statistical survey? Maybe this is also a sign of the times and kids are just nicer in general, even to aging white bloviators.
Yes, the political and injustice systems of Texas, which most of the open and friendly conservative white people not only support but deify, are more racist perhaps than anywhere else in this godforsaken hellhole of a third world country AKA the US of A-holes.
Houston has quietly become a capital city of hip hop culture America (along with Atlanta which it maybe surpasses). Dwight Howard chose the Rockets over LA for less money in large part because of cultural factors. James Harden, ditto.
When NOLA imploded after Katrina the evacuees of the Crescent City by and large settled into Houston, which absorbed them with minimal fuss and grumbling about increasing crime, etc.
Barrett Brown himself is an extreme version of Texas. And like many Texans he is talented, articulate and telegenic. A handsome junkie anonymous. Texans make up an astonishing large number of movie actors and especially grate musicians. There was Leadbelly. There was T-Bone Walker. Lightning Hopkins. There was Buddy Holly, Waylon, Willie, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Janis. Selena. Beyonce. DJ Screw. George Jones the quintessential country crooner, the list of legendary talent is nearly endless.
Incredibly, Jordan Spieth lurks in contention for the fourth golfing major championship of 2015 after winning teh first two and falling only one pulled makeable birdie putt on the 72nd hole at St Andrews out of a playoff in the third. These are Golfing God-like accomplishments by the unassuming young man seen only a few times previously, by Texas own Ben Hogan, by Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods. Walter Hagen. To be mentioned for the same feats as these best of the all time great names at the mere age of 21-22 is astounding. Again, maybe it is just that kids today are simply astounding. Spieth so they say, is also unfailingly polite and nice to his fans, all of whom it seems are older than he. His little sister who is mentally handicapped is said to be his inspiration in both golf and in life its own self.
I'm not all that interested in Brown's writing, it is witty but somehow needs to be punched up and made more universally memorable. I have read some of his prison schtick and its pretty good, better than most everything I read of his from the outside which has appeared in the Graun among other big league venues.
His linking to a site that revealed credit card numbers, if that is what happened, is not cool. Is it criminal? Don't know the answer but if it had been my card numbers revealed I wouldn't be too happy about it. His YouTube diatribe against the FBI was just dumb. Criminal? Most definitely not.
But he seems to have found himself unfairly pinned behind bars thanks in good part to his own YouTube meltdown and seems to be thriving from the experience in an odd martyr-like way. He is bright and very ambitious. I expect when he emerges from the Federal Hilton he will surge to the top of the pops in teh Whiteysphere.
He is a solid Texan. Texas will also prove to be a bellweather for Bernie, one way or t'other. If he plays well here and especially makes inroads among blacks and latinos, who make up a very large and growing contingent of Demotardic votes (most whites are, of course, GOP) then his campaign will surely be on track elsewhere. Still, many Texas blacks and latinos are also more conservative than are persons of colour nationally and Hillary has longtime connections to South Texas going back forty years. #BLM hasn't caught on here as yet much either. I have many minority acquaintances and business associates who are rock solid Republicans, in fact.
Of course, neither Hill nor Bern will win Texas in the general. Blog Jesus hisself running as a Demotard would get killed among the God fearing Bible thumping majourity Texas demographic.
Still, much of the real humanity comes in through the hegemonic Christianity of the area. Many Texan and other Christians responded in a big way into the Haitian quagmire a few years back with very mixed results but they were there when poor people suffered and they done more good than bad. Many White Anglo-Saxon Protestants go on missionary trips among the poor in other continents which forms a more compassionate worldview, again whether they actually provide assistance or spread imperialism, or both is a question I am not qualified to answer. My point is that God Fearing Christians are not without compassion for the poor since it is, uhhm, a cornerstone of Jesus gospel teachings, even as their preferred political system serves to make the poorest poorer. It is another of those extreme/extremist conundrums. Can as many agnostic/atheist libertards say as much about our own acts of social outreach to the impoverished of this and other lands?
Didn't think so. We tend to more blog our compassion, lol, rather than deliver the canned goods in reality.
Remember, W Bush carried through on his crusade to eradicate AIDS in Africa even while he implemented the horrors now unfolding in the Middle East.
Rick Perry of all people led the criminal injustice system reform effort to reduce non-violent offender captivity.
So, in closing, Texas is complicated and extreme in so many ways. I could go on forever but alas this is by circumstance of necessity a mailed-in entry. have a nice day.