May 18, 2016

The New Three Stooges: Alcee Hastings, Carolyn Finney, and the Ever-Popular Joy DeGruy Leary


Just when you think it might just be possible that various race hustlers of the African-American persuasion could not possibly become more delusional than they are, along comes Sultan Knish: Our Racist Trees

Now Alcee Hastings, an impeached judge, and a coalition of minority groups is demanding increased “inclusiveness” at national parks. High on their list is the claim that, “African-Americans have felt unwelcome and even fearful in federal parklands during our nation’s history because of the horrors of lynching.” What do national parks have to do with lynchings? Many national parks have trees. People were hung from trees. It’s guilt by arboreal association. The origin of the bizarre racist lynching theory of national parks appears to be Carolyn Finney. author of Black Faces, White Spaces. In it she claims that “oppression and violence against black people in forests and other green spaces can translate into contemporary understandings that constrain African-American environmental understandings.” Finney cites the work of Joy DeGruy Leary who invented a Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome that she claims black people suffer from. Affected by PTSS, black people experience “fear and mistrust of forests and other green spaces.” According to Finney, the tree is a racist symbol to black people. “Black people also wanted to go out in the woods and eat apples from the trees,” Finney explains.
I guess if you tried really, really hard with a room full of infinite writers on infinite word processors from Saturday Night Live when it was funny that you could, in fact, make this shit up. But then you'd be called "racist." So you might as well relax and let these "scholars" of our African-American Studies Programs do it for you.

And speaking of "scholars" here's a report on "Blackness Matters" from the National Association of Scholars

Readers who have not previously dropped in on Black Lives Matter internal discussions may be disconcerted by the racist rhetoric, the narrow-minded ideas, and pernicious premises. Some of what follows in this essay is pretty raw.  Consider this a trigger warning.  I am about to recount, with direct quotations, what I saw and heard at Black Lives Matter 101. When I have mentioned some of these details to others, some have responded to the effect that it is grossly impolite of me to repeat such things. I have cleaned up the language to the extent of deleting the expletives that accented much of what was said.  Otherwise the quotations are accurate and as close to verbatim as I could transcribe.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 18, 2016 9:22 AM
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Well, this is a new one on me. It's still the same old race-hustling b.s. cloaked in phony scholarship, but a new twist nevertheless. Makes me want to spend more time in forests.

Posted by: waltj at May 18, 2016 12:01 PM

Yeah, one thing you can be sure of is that anyplace that makes a white person feel comfortable and safe will be anathema to urban blacks.

Forty-five years ago I worked as a hospital aide outside Chicago. One of my co-workers had grown up on the (looked like Beirut) West Side, and had categorically never seen Lake Michigan. There was a "retreat" weekend for staff training held in a very nice and relaxing wooded conference center, and her anxiety levels were just through the roof - this despite living and having lived her life virtually surrounded by gunfire.

And of course all the white folks Felt Her Pain, and congratulated themselves on their collective higher consciousness.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at May 18, 2016 12:39 PM


It's snakes, you know. That is fear central for colored folk.

Posted by: itor at May 19, 2016 9:22 PM

Harriet Tubman's success at escape and evasion was due in part to her skill in guiding people through woods and swamps. Arboreal, wild areas were safe; it was urban and farm areas that were dangerous.

So yeah, this would seem to be yet another attempt by rich urban people to shame rural black people, or at least to pretend that they no longer exist and don't count.

But of course, the Left knows better. It knows whether Native Americans are offended by the term "redskin," which is of course a direct translation of a Native American idiom for Native Americans and therefore offensive. Duh.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at May 20, 2016 6:00 AM

I taught in Santa Ana and Lynwood, CA for over 28 years before I retired due to burnout. Not *one* non-white student (and there were precious few of them) had ever seen snow or could even identify a pine tree.

After a few years of this I ceased to be amazed.

Posted by: Fuel Filter at May 21, 2016 9:56 AM