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Wednesday, May 11, 2021

Why do minorities make a lot of noise about discrimination and racism? Read Mikey’s piece on what it’s like to live day-by-day in a non-white skin, and you might get a glimmer of an idea.

The root motivation is to signify someone’s otherness, label it, and thus negate the person. Assigning stereotypical traits — blacks are lazy, Asians are smart, etc. — gives the mainstream shorthand mental profiles, allowing for judgement calls with little or no specific information. In a very real way, it dehumanizes the individual.

The overriding point is that non-minorities believe that pressured groups should be able to brush off what’s perceived to be relatively few and isolated instances of racism: The loudmouth bigot or stray overheard joke. In reality, someone with dark skin or any identifying “other” features is bathed in low-level hostility every minute of every day. Subtle expressions dominate, with everything from averted eye contact to slower table service in restaurants constantly reminding of an enduring apartness. Those overt, obvious examples of discrimination are merely the punctuation marks to a broader, minute-by-minute running commentary.

To an extent, this is the nature of society: To encourage a majority-based communal front against any external presence, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or any other specific trait. It’s a complex dynamic, not wholly rational. But it doesn’t make it any easier for those on the receiving end.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/11/2021 11:32:31 PM
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does a body goodI rarely ever write a post devoted to the ogling of another website’s layout and design. But I’ve got to give props to Spelled Melk, for no other reason than the clever use of a faux FDA nutritional food label for the sidebar navigation element. Well done!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/11/2021 04:30:23 PM
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shuffled away
Curse you both, NHL and NHLPA! Look at what young people in the Bay area are resorting to in the absence of hockey: Freakin’ shuffleboard!

It is kind of funny, the notion that a group of hip 20- and 30-somethings might give up their Friday nights to play a sport more popular among septuagenarians and cruise ship passengers.

But over the past month, a swelling crowd has turned out at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for weekly matches organized by a group of preservationists and young artists. They view art, listen to music and mingle with friends, just as they would in a loft or bar. Only they’re doing it on the city’s historic shuffleboard courts.

“It’s, like, kitschy beyond kitschy. It’s uber-kitsch,” said Phillip Clark, director of the Artillery, the St. Petersburg artists’ collective behind the tournaments. “It’s this weird, seemingly old person’s sport. But it’s just dying to have someone come in and freshen it up.”

Kitschy, my ass. No one in their right minds under the age of 100 would get into shuffleboard, ironic intent or not. I’m telling you, this can be correlated directly to the lockout; these hipsters normally would be kickin’ it at the St. Pete Times Forum instead of making like Sheldon Shuffleboard.

If this isn’t enough to get the two sides to declare “Game On!” this October, I don’t know what will. Think of the kids!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/11/2021 03:52:39 PM
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you wear it well
Pining for the days of NFL coaches who actually look like head coaches, patrolling the sidelines in their no-nonsense business suits and fedoras, ala Tom Landry?

Well, it ain’t gonna happen, and not just because of the predictable league-wide copycat effect from having, arguably, the two worst-dressed coaches of all reaching the Super Bowl this year. Rather, athletic-wear maker Reebok has a multi-million dollar deal to outfit the NFL’s skippers — and since Reebok doesn’t make suits, that means it’s t-shrts and sweats all the way.

How did the shift from three-piece suit to loungewear start in the first place?

According to lore, the tipping point came in 1986, when then-Jets coach Joe Walton came out for a Monday night game against the Dolphins wearing an ugly green sweater with the team’s name emblazoned on the chest. Callers flooded the Jets’ switchboard the next day asking where they could buy one. Now that supply has caught up with demand, both the coaches and the fans in the stands look as though they came to the stadium right after mowing the lawn.

So blame the Jets for the sloppy look. It’s bad enough they inflicted a season of Lou Holtz on the NFL…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/11/2021 03:33:49 PM
Category: Fashion, Football
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