Becky and friend caught on tape at The Kessler

I remember at high school dances when the DJ played Sir Mix Alot’s “Baby Got Back,” the white girls would scream and hit the dance floor. At the beginning of the track, Becky and her friend throwing shade was a hook that helped white folk identify with the song.

The fringe boot ladies caught on tape by The Kessler people in North Oak Cliff remind me of that kind of white people. They can all have fun at the expense of the hood, but they don’t have to deal with the guilt if they’re just dancing to a song. A quote by someone who can say it much better than I can:

White people already feel weird. There could be no better word [than “white privilege”] for the bitter, angry and divisive internal politics of America’s white majority. Isn’t it weird for a group that has long been the wealthiest sector of society and its dominant cultural force to embrace the status of victimhood it claims to find so offensive in others? Isn’t it weird for white people, despite all their economic, social, cultural and educational advantages, to increasingly see themselves as persecuted and oppressed? The intense and exaggerated response from many whites to my article and others like it was weird too, and perhaps revealing; it went way beyond disagreement into what therapists call abreaction, a release of repressed emotion. Discussions of white privilege have touched an exceptionally sensitive nerve. – Andrew O’Hehir


I’m into triples. Here are some examples

The idea was to start this blog with a triplet of posts about triples. It turns out that’s really tedious, and consequently I haven’t posted in a year. So here’s the whole thing abbreviated so we can move on.

Triplet No. 1: How cities work

Citizens, Elected Officials, City Staff

In a democracy, you gotta have people, and they have to vote for their elected officials, who direct city staff. In Dallas’ case, the people don’t vote, the elected officials are either dumb or powerless, and city staff does whatever special interests want them to do. Since, about 7% voted in the last elections this month, is Dallas a democracy?


Triplet No. 2: What makes a place

Identity, Community, Activity

A meaningful place has an identity defined by the people who use it, or a community. That community has to activate that place in order to solidify its identity. A successful public space functions like a mirror for the community that informs itself of its character.


Triplet No. 3: How to solve problems

Creativity, Responsibility, Accountability

To find solutions to problems, be creative and resourceful and bring in various perspectives to answer questions. Then you have to delegate responsibility to make sure that the strategy you’ve built from weighing different perspectives gets implemented. Lastly, hold people accountable to make sure that implementation is followed through and to measure the results of your solutions to make sure they worked.

Why is this so hard?