Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Gay Birdwatcher Remembers Emmett Till

NPR Radio Fresh Air interview:
The man, Christian Cooper, has written a new memoir and is my guest. One chapter is devoted to the Central Park incident. The rest of the book is about growing up as an outsider and how he turned that to his advantage. Growing up in the '70s, he was a young Black birdwatcher in a world of white birdwatchers, a closeted gay boy and a Marvel comic book nerd before that was considered cool. While at Harvard, he came out and then became a gay activist. He was one of the first openly gay writers and editors at Marvel and created what he thinks was Marvel's first lesbian character and was in on the creation of Marvel's first openly gay male character....

Up until then, it had been the second-oldest story in the Ramble, which is dog owner versus birdwatcher. But now, suddenly, it had a racial dimension because it took us to a place where a white woman is saying, a Black man is putting my life in danger. And that has led to so many dark places in our nation's history, you know, most famously, Emmett Till, the lynchings in the South, so many instances of a white woman making a damsel-in-distress call and the full weight of the authorities coming down on, sometimes, entire Black communities as a result.

So he blames her for what happened to a Mississippi boy in 1955.

The show ends:

GROSS: Christian Cooper's new memoir is called "Better Living Through Birding: Notes From A Black Man In The Natural World." Tomorrow on FRESH AIR, we'll talk about how the American Catholic Church, for about a century, relied on the profits from enslaving and selling Black people to fund the building of schools and churches, support its clergy and keep expanding. My guest will be Rachel Swarns, author of a new book about the Catholic Church's involvement in slavery and the families it enslaved. I hope you'll join us.
They have race hatred all the time, I guess.


CFT said...

Spoken in utterly bored feminine dulcet tones...

'On NPR tomorrow night, How much we despise America, its history, white people, and particularly white men who don't wear dresses or mental illnesses on their sleeves, and anything that doesn't follow their twitter post dead name and pronouns with a capital 'D'.

In a much lighter vein,

If you want a good laugh about how utterly predictable NPR is in tone, style, and content,
watch the Saturday Night Live 'NPR interview skit' with Betty White where they peg the entire establishment in just a few short minutes. It's a generational culture clash of epic proportions when Betty takes the conversation in a 'different' direction.

You will never look at dry muffins or Betty White the same way without smiling.

CFT said...

As to NPR, just imagine if you will, if they decided to own up to the history of the very political party they are joined at the hip with:

Tonight on NPR, how the Democrat party WAS the party of slavery and the KKK, and initially voted against the civil rights act, and was perfectly comfortable with former democrat Governor Robert Byrd of West Virginia being a former grand wizard in the Klan...He served the democrat party for over 51 years and yet not a peep of moral indignation. Imagine that.

NPR sure likes to clutch their pearls a lot, but heaven forbid they acknowledge the skeletons bursting out of their own closets.

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks"
Hamlet (most likely written by Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford)

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
Matthew 7:5