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#2873521 - 08/17/17 09:16 AM White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans.
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Just glanced at a friend's facebook page to see a racist rant by a semi-well-known nationally, locally-based white blues guitarist. Not a surprise... I pretty much take it for granted here that if a white guy plays the blues you'll hear racist comments come out of their mouths in private, which is why I avoid the local blues scene unless it's the genuine old African American guys in a club people from the suburbs are scared to go near.

It's just offensive to me to see these guys gladhanding with the greats in photo ops or jamming with them onstage if they get the chance. But Lee Atwater loved the blues, while doing his best in his day job to make sure there was material for it on the part of African Americans. A sad situation.

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#2873529 - 08/17/17 09:45 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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I got no time for racists, they are idiots, or at least people who have bought into idiotic ideas. We are all African descended according to the scientists. So what is there to be prejudiced about?
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#2873592 - 08/17/17 03:51 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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This has not been my experience. The white blues players I've known have played the music with great respect and reverence for the genre. I have never heard any of them make disparaging remarks about black people.

As I've mentioned many times on this forum, I had the good fortune to study the Blues with the great Philadelphia Jerry Ricks who was a black man. I am forever indebted to his memory for teaching me. RIP, Jerry.
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#2873632 - 08/17/17 11:03 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Fred_C]
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+1 Fred, this calls to mind Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton's close relationship, great admiration and friendship with BB King. I too think white blues players revere all of the black blues players that came before them. The Rolling Stones admired Buddy Guy and put him in their Shine a Light movie. The Animals were enamored with Bo Diddley. I'm sure there are a lot more we could name. I dig John Lee Hooker as one of the early blues icons... cool
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#2873650 - 08/18/17 03:48 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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I'm dismayed by P90's comment, "I pretty much take it for granted that if a white guy plays the blues you'll hear racist comments come out of their mouths...."

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that many white ROCKERS may have done so, but the white BLUES players I know of always gave respectful props. I wish P90 would have given up the NAME of that clown so I could go through my collection to make sure I don't have anything of his, or if I do, get rid of it or maybe put it in the kitchen to use as a trivet.

BTW Larry---The Stones, claiming him to be a major influence and their cover of "Little Red Rooster" getting wide acclaim, brought HOWLIN' WOLF on TV's "Shindig" with them in '65. I remember seeing that show and Wolf TORE IT UP!

How ANYONE can like Blues, Rock'n'Roll or Jazz and still be racist is beyond my comprehension. But I have to disagree with DBM about racists being idiots. They aren't SMART ENOUGH to be that stupid! wink
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#2873687 - 08/18/17 06:47 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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While I appreciate the sentiment...

If we actually followed through and rid ourselves of all things created by people with reprehensible qualities & beliefs, we'd soon find ourselves with only a handful of possessions.

Even just sticking to music, you'd be hard pressed to find a recording that didn't feature participation by less-than-angelic people.
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#2873702 - 08/18/17 08:29 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
I'm dismayed by P90's comment, "I pretty much take it for granted that if a white guy plays the blues you'll hear racist comments come out of their mouths...."
Whitefang


You left out the key word: "here." In my locale, it's the rule... in fact, I quit a local musicians group on facebook partly because someone posted a vid of a hip hop version of "Boogie Chilen" they thought was cool and most members launched into "I hate what 'those people' do to 'our music!'" (The other reason was one jackass posted racist jokes every day and they wouldn't ban him... of course, he leads a 50s and 60s R&B covers band).

But this is a racist place. David Duke almost got elected Governor, here. When they integrated the schools (in the 1980s, after putting it off until it got to the point of Federal intervention) whites left town to move to places with different schools systems... parts of town keep trying to secede to have their own school systems (and get away from the black majority gaining political power, now). The Klan has never been a hidden presence. I stay out of the rural areas and keep to the cosmopolitan area in the shadow of the University, where I was fortunate enough to grow up, but you guys wouldn't believe things here, probably.

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#2873706 - 08/18/17 08:33 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
How ANYONE can like Blues, Rock'n'Roll or Jazz and still be racist is beyond my comprehension.


My point, exactly.

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#2873711 - 08/18/17 08:42 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
While I appreciate the sentiment...

If we actually followed through and rid ourselves of all things created by people with reprehensible qualities & beliefs, we'd soon find ourselves with only a handful of possessions.

Even just sticking to music, you'd be hard pressed to find a recording that didn't feature participation by less-than-angelic people.


I can certainly separate the music from the musicmaker (I crank up the radio when "Free-For-All" or "Cat Scratch Fever" come on...) but when you're appropriating a musical form from people you're disparaging... bugs me.

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#2873713 - 08/18/17 08:49 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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It bugs me too.

But I shudder to think what my music collection would look like if I eliminated everything created by bigots, pedophiles, robbers, murderers, drug dealers, perpetrators of domestic violence, etc.

(FWIW, I'd have ditched that FB group, too.)


Edited by Dannyalcatraz (08/18/17 08:55 AM)
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#2873741 - 08/18/17 10:55 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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As much as I miss family and friends, and sometimes I get sick of Asia`s `dictatorships in Disney costumes` crap, it`s still far preferable to the kind of BS the U.S. cranks out. If it wasn`t for racism I might have been born on a farm in the middle of rural Tennesee-frankly a thought that still makes me shudder. My dad was forced to move North after he asked a simple question about voter registration. Don`t even get me started.

That said, I play rock guitar. I sing songs by singers who are not only not Black, but often aren`t even guys. You have seen nothing at all until you`ve seen a bunch of Japanese guys freestyling around a huge boombox. They are probably totally unaware of the history-that`s fine. I can forgive ignorance-I disagree with the courts. They say it`s no excuse-no, actually it`s the ONLY plausible excuse. Racism is willful ignorance-that, is not even close to an excuse.


Edited by skipclone 1 (08/18/17 11:06 AM)
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#2873769 - 08/18/17 01:01 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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If it wasn`t for racism I might have been born on a farm in the middle of rural Tennesee-frankly a thought that still makes me shudder. My dad was forced to move North after he asked a simple question about voter registration.


OTOH, if it wasn't for racism, that farm in rural Tennessee might have been an awesome place to call home.

I mean, probably NOT, but still...;)
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#2873783 - 08/18/17 02:55 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
While I appreciate the sentiment...

If we actually followed through and rid ourselves of all things created by people with reprehensible qualities & beliefs, we'd soon find ourselves with only a handful of possessions.

Even just sticking to music, you'd be hard pressed to find a recording that didn't feature participation by less-than-angelic people.


I can certainly separate the music from the musicmaker (I crank up the radio when "Free-For-All" or "Cat Scratch Fever" come on...) but when you're appropriating a musical form from people you're disparaging... bugs me.


There's a similar sentiment on the TCM forum I'm in. Separating the actor/actress/director etc. from their perfomances on film. same basic principle in music. But yeah, when it comes to say, someone making a very lucrative living playing the music brought to us by the people the guy is disparaging IS going too far. And different than Frank, Ted or others putting down certain individuals or a segment of society's idealologies.
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#2873850 - 08/18/17 09:13 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
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If it wasn`t for racism I might have been born on a farm in the middle of rural Tennesee-frankly a thought that still makes me shudder. My dad was forced to move North after he asked a simple question about voter registration.


OTOH, if it wasn't for racism, that farm in rural Tennessee might have been an awesome place to call home.

I mean, probably NOT, but still...;)


As a seasonal home when blizzards are going on up North maybe...not in a place with major segregation issues. I don`t care how awesome it might have been.
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#2873852 - 08/18/17 09:18 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Thinking back on it, I only got to play with one black guy back in '68. I was a senior in High School and there was a wine and beer bar that my band buddies and I would hang out at. The two owners played guitars and entertained the local crowd and would let us sit in. They also served us brown beer in a coke glass knowing we weren't exactly 21 LOL! Anyway my drummer and I stopped in after Karate practice for a quick beer sans equipment. The two owners weren't playing that night due to an amp problem. So I asked if I could play a few tunes on an old piano sitting against a wall. They said sure if you can play it as good as you play that guitar! I said nope, I can only play a boogie in the key of C, but I'll give her hell...

So I went over and played the boogie and a few chords and what little blues runs I could do. An old black man sitting at the bar came over and took out his harp and started playing some jump blues with me. Sounded pretty good so I started signing all the old Elvis revamped R&B tunes I knew as 50's R&R songs, but he knew them from the 40's. We ran through every song I could think of and the crowd loved us and never got tired of that single key and my 3 chords.

So, [long story I know, but I'll keep it short] We stayed late and my new found friend needed a ride home. My drummer and I poured him behind the seats of my Sunbeam Alpine and I drove him to his apartment. We got him out and he was a little wobbly, so I helped him to the door and started to help him up the stairs. He stopped me and said we were good pals but there are some dudes inside that wouldn't like a young white kid roaming the halls LOL! I took his advice and from that point on, we met at the bar and continued to play together. But, I started bringing my guitar so we could play in more than one Key! Anyway, that's the only black blues musician I ever got to play with and I will always remember how great he made us sound... cool
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#2873858 - 08/18/17 09:30 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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I mentioned that I had a reunion recently with the singer on one of my songs. We were walking in Yokohama and talking about the racial diversiy in Rotterdam where she lives, and other cities in Europe. I told her that, there are still some places in America where I could be asking for trouble by simply walking down the street with a blond girl from Holland. She had trouble even imagining it-unfortunate but true.
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#2873867 - 08/19/17 04:29 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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Racism isn't only about blind, ignorant hatred, but also making assumptions. For instance, my ex's Dad, who claimed not to hate "colored" people(as he always put it), but believed all the crap that wasn't true about them. Like, they all live on a diet of chittlin's and carp. They brush their teeth with wood ash to make them so white. They only smoked menthol cigarettes. Nonsense like that.

The same assumptions are made about African-Americans when it comes to music as well. Like none of them LIKE Rock'n'Roll( yep. I knew some who believed that) and a story of mine a bit similar in scope to yours, if not technically.....

Talking with a black guy I worked with and in telling him I played guitar, he invited me to jam with a band he and his brother had. They mostly just jammed in his basement, but I went and jammed anyway. Turned out they PREFERRED Rock'n'Roll over most of the MOTOWN that people ASSUMED would be all they'd play. First tune we jammed on was Jeff Beck's "Goin' Down". The only MOTOWN tune we did was RARE EARTH's version of "Get Ready" grin Then we did a bunch of blues tunes, and those guys were GOOD!

That was in '73, and you'll like this, Larry....they claimed their favorite band was THE EAGLES! So, there's ONE assumption tossed on the trash heap! (and we did "Take It Easy" too. wink )
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#2873900 - 08/19/17 07:57 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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The only black music that I do not like is Rap and/or Hip Hop. I really can't tell you what the difference is as I do not listen to it. It has found it's way into new country music which is white music that I do not like with or without the rap injection LOL! I love old country and country rock, but the new cowboys and cowgirls can have the new country crap...One of the things I love about The Stones and The Eagles is the country influence in their classic rock! I'm glad to hear that the black guys that you hung with like the Eagles.

Elvis was a guy that bridged the gap and got chastised for playing those old black R&B hits from the mid 40's revamped to invent R&R like That's Alright Mama, his 1st recorded tune. (Along with that hillbilly favorite Blue Moon of Kentucky on the flip side LOL!). The old white farmers didn't like many of the greats like Chuck Berry and Little Richard because their daughters were loving them too! (along with the rest of us!). Music brings us all together as we both love the same things and the vibes that go with it. That's why I understand when a lot of people like Rap or New Country, that it doesn't matter if I like it or not...I just listen and play what I like and let the others do their thing(s). cool


Edited by Larryz (08/19/17 07:58 AM)
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#2873903 - 08/19/17 08:27 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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P90, yer profile doesn't reveal where yer "her" is. Can ya tell us ?
That won't reveal a special pocket of backwardness, of course b/c this kinda crap's all over & coming back out in the open more of late.

As far as the general subject, let's start w/ the fact that there's only a single race of humans here on Earth[*], so racism isn't just some benighted thinking but an irrational denial of the truth, flavored w/ paranoia abt being outdone by others.

It is more widespread than many may realize (or want to realize).
The famous story abt J Lee Lewis (who's career is largely based on the influence of R&B) vs. Chuck Berry over who'd follow the other as headliner at a concert is an example, as are things such as Elvis Costello's still-bewildering decision to insult some American musicians by calling Ray Charles a "blind ignorant N" ( thanks, Bonnie Bramlett, for putting him in his place, that is, lyin' on the floor w/ a bloody lip ).
It's said that when Monterrey Pop was being set up, a "well-known member of the folk community" who'd spent a lotta time in Greenwich Village, saw Jimi Hendrix as a suggested performer but protested that he was nothing but a modern day minstrel show.

There's also a kinda odd racism that crops up often---even here from at least one member, maybe more---whereby ppl claiming to like blues maintaining that early blues masters just played what was "natural" & didn't/couldn't understand what they were doing as musicians or creators, or the types who only like bands like Cream or the Stones but not the cats who set the standards in the 1st place.

What to do ?
I'm not sure, except I know 3 things: (1) while violence in self-defense may be necessary, it mostly keeps the feuding idiocy going; (2) calling out falseness is important, sunlight being the best disinfectant & all; (3) there are some who simply will not alter their thinking, no matter how obviously wrong, until something happens inside them.

I suggest everyone with an interest in how music has & can play a role in changing things read a book= MUMBO JUMBO by Ishmael Reed.
While a work of fiction (sorta) it suggest how the spread of certain forms of "outsider" popular music in the USA did as much or more to change society simply by spreading it as a sorta contagion that did it's magic in a way bypassing arguments & convincing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAaDEpaOOKw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh4xXxr0LWo


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[*] It's worth noting that the way there got to be just a single genetic group of ppl involved the internecine warfare & slaughter between early hominid groups.
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#2873922 - 08/19/17 12:47 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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As I recall, P90 lives in Louisiana. New Orleans, if memory serves.

NOLA's history with racism is pretty unusual. Complex.
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#2873948 - 08/19/17 03:20 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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d's clip entries makes me wonder.....

Was it BLACK musicians who first referred to the musical style as "Boogie-Woogie"? Or was it because black musicians largely developed and played it that WHITE people gave it that moniker? Seeing as how over many years the word "boogie" was(and still is to some) used as a racial slur? "Chicken or Egg" type of query.
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#2874036 - 08/20/17 11:38 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
As I recall, P90 lives in Louisiana. New Orleans, if memory serves.

NOLA's history with racism is pretty unusual. Complex.


Thanks.
Yer right abt NO.
Although it illustrates the truth abt what's called racism, that it's actually skin-color & culture prejudice.
There, as there is to some degree in other places, there is (or was) a lotta hype placed on exact shade of skin + on whether one was an original upper crust Creole or not, along w/ other foolishness.

[BTW, I skip the La part b/c, what ? we gotta distinguish it from all the other NOrleanses ? laugh ]
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#2874057 - 08/20/17 01:37 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d

BTW, I skip the La part b/c, what ? we gotta distinguish it from all the other NOrleanses ? laugh


Actually, yes!

Besides being nicer to look at (NO vs NOLA) and sounding cool, it helps distinguish between the city and the many things it shares its name with, like:

New Orleans- the first steamboat in the central United States
The USS New Orleans- four different warships of the U.S. Navy
New Orleans- a residential skyscraper in Rotterdam, Netherlands
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#2874144 - 08/21/17 05:04 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Yeah, d...

Both white AND African-American cultures in this country carried that crap out beyond just skin color. Polish-Americans hating Irish-Americans, and them hating Italian-Americans and THEM not liking German-Americans.....and on and on

And DARKER skinned African-Americans looking down on "high-yellow" and vice-versa. THAT'S all too much like WORK for me. It seems easier to me just to go on about my business and live and let live.

And DANNY----That all sounds like too much of a STRETCH to me....

NO v NOLA? But maybe it's because I don't text, or even SPEAK "text", preferring to talk like a grown-up is probably why I find that a non-issue. wink
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#2874448 - 08/22/17 11:04 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
As I recall, P90 lives in Louisiana. New Orleans, if memory serves.

NOLA's history with racism is pretty unusual. Complex.


85 miles away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana... the State Capital, "part college town and state government hub" that leans more Liberal and Cosmopolitan, part "industrial cowtown" that generally leans the other way. I'm out on the town in New Orleans, playing or taking in shows, more than most of the people I know who live there, though. My dad was a New Orleans guy, but was happy to be here instead because the overall standard of living was much better (probably still is) and his multiracial background wasn't a barrier socially or professionally... people just thought he was a talented, smart, well-spoken guy.

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#2874495 - 08/22/17 02:30 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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A lady I used to work with(African-American) transferred to a plant down in Baton Rouge back in '95. Last I heard about her, she was pretty happy living and working down there. Anyway....

P90, one of my favorite singer/songwriters supposedly hails from New Orleans. CHRIS SMITHER. I'm assuming you're pretty familiar with him. But anyway, a lot of talent DOES seem to come out of there.

Like.....YOU for instance! wink
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#2875066 - 08/24/17 10:16 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Been BUSY. Stoppin' by this thread, all I wanna say is that

I

LOATH

RACISM.
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#2875068 - 08/24/17 10:27 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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Hear hear!
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#2875091 - 08/25/17 04:33 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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I just participated in a heated office discussion about racism, as a matter of fact.....

It's a very sticky subject - lots of blame to go around, of course. Sometimes unfairly assigned.... but that's a whole 'nother can of worms, LOL.

My personal experience with musicians is that most of the time those of us who love to play hang out with our "birds of a feather", so to speak, and don't let race hang us up too much - we're more concerned with learning new tunes and new licks, and creating something worthwhile. Give the customer his money's worth....

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#2875096 - 08/25/17 04:43 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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I know this is going to get within beeping distance of political-and I wasn`t there for the discussion. But there is a long history of legitimate, peaceful protests being hijacked by agent-provocatuers-for the younger crowd, look up cointelpro. Personally, I never heard of antifa before the big news story, and I`m not a news idiot. I think it`s important to step back a bit-counterprotests have been going on a long time, without blowing up like the recent one.
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#2875153 - 08/25/17 07:36 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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I know music bridges the gap between the races, at least it has for me. Most musicians appreciate each other and get along just fine. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music from different areas of the US and other parts of the world as well. cool
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#2875190 - 08/25/17 10:38 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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Absolutely, and other areas of the arts have the same quality. My friend is from Australia, his wife is Japanese, he studies Wing Chun kungfu and she is a hula dancer.
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#2875238 - 08/25/17 02:49 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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Thanks to my wife and her family, I've been exposed to far better Mariachi music thean I would have ordinarily. At least compared to what I've been privy to hear beforehand.

Never a wedding(except ours) went by without an excellent Mariachi band contributing to the festivities.

And growing up, I've been exposed to plenty Polish music, and growing up in close proximity to Detroit, lots of local jazz and R&B. Then came Motown and a further appreciation for the contributions Black artists made to music.

Plus my stepfather being Hungarian, I learned what Czardas music was and the limitless possibilities of the zither.

But I always disliked the term "world music" because I've always considered ALL music to be worldwide. There's just different cultural styles and distinct instrumentation, but that shouldn't imply limits and/or seperations.
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#2875257 - 08/25/17 04:17 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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It maybe a little OT, but I loved Linda Ronstadt during her Mariachi days! Still do. love

One of my buds hired a full Mariachi band (like about 10 players or so) for his daughter's wedding reception...what a gas! cool


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#2875265 - 08/25/17 05:47 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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But I always disliked the term "world music" because I've always considered ALL music to be worldwide. There's just different cultural styles and distinct instrumentation, but that shouldn't imply limits and/or seperations.
Whitefang


Those of us in the "world music" world just call it "folk music."
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#2875267 - 08/25/17 05:50 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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It maybe a little OT, but I loved Linda Ronstadt during her Mariachi days! Still do. love
One of my buds hired a full Mariachi band (like about 10 players or so) for his daughter's wedding reception...what a gas! cool


Here in LA there's a lot of work for Mariachis. At least once a year some neighbor of mine hosts a Quinceañera, & there's always a Mariachi band playing late into the night within earshot for those. It's a wonderful music tradition. I've worked with a lot of those bands, both recording & mixing live.
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#2875291 - 08/25/17 11:20 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Scott Fraser]
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There are several Mexican culture festivals here during the summer, with excellent music and dance performances. Unfortunately, this being Japan, the food kept getting blander and blander. Finally my friends and I got fed up (so to speak), we don`t go anymore.
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#2875316 - 08/26/17 05:24 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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Yeah, as a wedding photographer I've also done a few Quinceaneras, which is like shooting the largest "wedding" party ever, and Mariachis were always there too. A unique and fascinating musical form. And I've long been fascinated with that big GUITARRRON they use. That 5-string GUITARRA de golpe is interesting too.
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#2875323 - 08/26/17 07:21 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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The Mariachi dancers that go with the music are fantastic too. Many traditional dance steps and costumes. I watched some YT clips of the Quinceaneras to see what you guys were talking about. The mariachis have some provocative traditional dance steps that they do around the 15 year old girl. They get some oooh's from the audience...

The guys on the trumpets really impress me as they add so much to the music while not blasting the acoustic instruments out of the water. They always remind me of the Tijuana brass for some reason. cool


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#2875431 - 08/26/17 11:19 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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Here`s one from the festival a few years back:
https://goo.gl/photos/nvo7iqSF2imX1NgS8
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#2875441 - 08/27/17 04:44 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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Not all the ones I've beento had all those dancers and added attractions, but there's ALWAYS a good time to be had anyway.

And note that Mariachi doesn't follow what we "whettoes" think of as "traditional" rhythm patterns in both the music AND the vocals. wink

My wife once told me that she and her sisters took lessons in those dances and have danced at a few quinceanera's when they were little girls. I've seen old B&W photos of them and have to say they were "cuties"! wink
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#2875684 - 08/28/17 04:28 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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As we get further from the point, I'd like to wheel back & ask who was the original schmuck in question here, the one that provoked the outrage ?
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#2875717 - 08/29/17 04:06 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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That was P90jr, who brought up the sad fact that there ARE some white blues and R'n'R artists who don't mind raking in the bucks playing African-American based music while privately( and not so privately) venting bigoted epithets.
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#2875772 - 08/29/17 09:22 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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I think he was asking who the guitarist was, whose ID has not yet been revealed.

I think I know who it is, but not having p90jr's direct experience- which prompted the thread- I'm not going to engage in open speculation.
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#2875829 - 08/29/17 02:16 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Hey, DanA, thanks for attempting to clue the clueless in.

BTW, got the perpetrator's name from P90 but he/it seems to be a local hero, nobody in the national leagues.
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#2875907 - 08/30/17 05:15 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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I just re-read the OP and it's clear he's venting about ALL white bluesmen who badmouth African-Americans. Or white musicians that do so. Especially in genres that exist due to a lot of African-American influence.
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#2876164 - 08/31/17 01:01 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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I just re-read the OP and it's clear he's venting about ALL white bluesmen who badmouth African-Americans. Or white musicians that do so. Especially in genres that exist due to a lot of African-American influence.
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Yeah... is that off?

I badmouth white people a lot, but that's more nuanced. (joke)

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#2876167 - 08/31/17 01:21 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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Bad topic IMHO. There's too much "us" and "them" going on in the world today. I totally agree with Fred: All musicians I've come in contact with over my 80+ years have been highly respectful of their peers. I can't recall a time when anyone referred to another as it relates to their ethnicity.

Now, I'll share a humorous story (at least I thought it was). I was sitting at a catfish shack just outside of Holly Springs MS back in the late 60s. There was some great music coming from the backporch. I finished my lunch and wandered out back to find R. L. Burnside jamming with a couple of local boys. When they finished their song (Asspocket full of whiskey) and I was clapping, he smiled and looked over to me and ask, "what is that you're drinking?" I told him I was drinking a bloody mary to which he walked over, pulled a pint of whiskey from his back pocket poured a good slug into my glass and commented, "Now white boy, that's how you drink a bloody muthafucker.


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#2876182 - 08/31/17 02:57 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: DocPate]
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Well, not related to music, I've always noticed there were differences in what I've noticed how many black people were and with how many whites in my neighborhood and family said they were like.

Many over the years said they were lazy no 'counts that didn't want to work. But I noticed that when I hired in to GM, most of the workers in the Cadillac plant I was at were black. And working harder than I ever cared to.

And most of my favorite music and music artists were black.

There was Sidney Poitier in the movies and Ruby Dee too. And Rex Ingram.

I never really understood all that racial antipathy.
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#2876693 - 09/02/17 08:26 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Well, I've been avoiding this thread because as Cavean so eloquently stated "I loath racism." Now that that I've jumped into and read all of it, I have to say that I'm proud to be a part of this forum. I grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada and didn't see a black person in real life until I was 5 in 1961. We had 3 channels of TV, 2 Canadian, CBC Toronto, CTV Thunder Bay and 1 American, CBS out of Marquette, Michigan. I grew up in "The Great White North" in more ways than one. Of course we watched black people on TV, the tremendous athletes, musicians, entertainers. The riots and MLK came a little later. When I was 12 our family drove down for the first time to visit relatives in Farmington, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. This was in the summer 1968 right after the Detroit riots. Instead of taking us across the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ontario over the Detroit River which would have taken us over and past downtown Detroit, my dad took us through the tunnel which emptied into the downtown core of Detroit. My first vision of America was a torn down, burnt up hole, something out WW2. My dad did this intentionally, to give the 3 of us kids a reality lesson. At the same time, Gordon Lightfoot's "Black Day in July" was on the radio airwaves. Our relatives in Farmington were very racist, some of it no doubt reignited by the recent events. My American wife of almost 35 years was born in Joliette, Illinois. We know what happened there. My dad stressed to us that this was the result of what Gordy sang in the song "when all is out of reach". He argued with my American uncle a few times regarding the racial line. We learned a lot from that experience. Racism has no place anywhere, and it's so sad to see it still exists.
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#2876742 - 09/03/17 04:05 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Delta]
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Well Delta, the riot only tore up one neighborhood of the city, not all of it. But it tore up an even bigger section of the city's soul. And it did bring about some significant changes. The main drags through the riot's epicenter were renamed after Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. Five years after your visit Detroit elected it's first black mayor. Eventually the city council changed from a bunch of old white guys to a black majority, as well as the city workers, fire department and police force. And also eventually, celebrated singer MARTHA REEVES(of the Vandellas) became a councilwoman.

The city still has enough problems to deal with, but now the racism has expanded to include Latinos and Arabs as well. But that racism is felt more outside the city than within. So I guess that is a level of progress. Plus, musically, we've had MOTOWN here since before you saw your first "real life" black person. wink
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#2876859 - 09/03/17 12:32 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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"I pretty much take it for granted that if a white guy plays the blues you'll hear racist comments come out of their mouths...."

Isn't this the dictionary definition of prejudice?
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#2877266 - 09/05/17 02:35 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: picker]
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"I pretty much take it for granted that if a white guy plays the blues you'll hear racist comments come out of their mouths...."

Isn't this the dictionary definition of prejudice?


Yep... and I should've put "here" in that sentence, as I think explained earlier.

And as local discussions with people who saw the post have pointed out, it is a certain type of person that we know locally from certain areas that we expect it from.

Not baby boomer-age, because - as one guy put it - "we took beatings from the crew cut 'necks around here ourselves for liking 'black people things' back then." There's empathy that came from having to dig into stuff back then.

Younger guys than that... who have grown up with an internet pipeline of everything into their rooms (and can I mention again that I think the internet - as wonderful as it is in the right hands - is making some warped human beings) and don't have "human" connections to much at all.

But with this, let this thread die.

Proud to be a member of this place, too.

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#2877272 - 09/05/17 02:41 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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And we're glad to have ya here too. smile
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#2878247 - 09/10/17 09:35 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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He's at it again... I'm biting my tongue off...

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#2878270 - 09/10/17 01:58 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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If you enjoy his music, enjoy it. If not, then don't. But at some point, you either have to stop torturing your own conscience dealing with his hypocrisy by ignoring press about his personal views or taking a stand against it.


Edited by Dannyalcatraz (09/10/17 01:59 PM)
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#2878273 - 09/10/17 02:22 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Then also as was mentioned before, and as Danny just pointed out, if you enjoy his music, let it go at that. I mean,

There's a LOT of Frank Zappa's viewpoints I strongly disagreed with, but I never stopped liking the music. But on the other hand, at no time did he seem to be a hypocrite.
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#2878418 - 09/11/17 11:57 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Just curious. Why do people associate rural Tennessee with rednecks and racism? I grew up in middle Tennessee on a farm and

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#2878421 - 09/11/17 12:10 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: DocPate]
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Just curious. Why do people associate rural Tennessee with rednecks and racism? I grew up in middle Tennessee on a farm and


Blame Movies and TV shows.
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#2878441 - 09/11/17 01:33 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: A String]
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Just curious. Why do people associate rural Tennessee with rednecks and racism? I grew up in middle Tennessee on a farm and


Blame Movies and TV shows.

I know. Stereotyping is just another form of bias. All bad

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#2878452 - 09/11/17 02:40 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: A String]
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Just curious. Why do people associate rural Tennessee with rednecks and racism? I grew up in middle Tennessee on a farm and


Blame Movies and TV shows.


And what, Doc?

And you can't blame it all on TV and movies. I've worked in a GM plant that had plenty transplanted Southerners from Tenn. KY. and other states that had strong racist attitudes. But, sure, not everyone from Southland did. And plenty whites in the neighborhood I grew up in that WEREN'T from the South had them too. Odd thing.....

Of course, me and my brother grew up in the same house, raised(of course) by the same people, who never to my recollection ever uttered any racist nonsense. Yet, my brother wound up for YEARS being a "militant" racist, while I never was. In fact, man of my "friends" used to razz me because I insisted, when doing "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" on sayng "Catch a TIGER by the toe." wink
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#2880490 - 09/20/17 03:19 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Stereotypes often (not always) have some basis.
Skin color prejudice [*] is rampant in many areas, not just rural, but it does tend to be more obvious there.

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[*] A term that I employ b/c there is no different human race on which to base "racism".
Calling it what it is makes the idiocy of it more obvious.
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#2880562 - 09/21/17 04:19 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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I sort of believe in "innocent until proven guilty" and things like that, and that we are all 100% human and yet unique individuals.... but being human, I have my prejudices and tribal loyalties and all that.
If I acknowledge as much, I can hope to look beyond people's outward appearance and not leap to conclusions about people I don't even know.
But it's not always EASY....

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#2880567 - 09/21/17 04:47 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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If you asked any bigot WHY he hates blacks, or whichever "color" his reply will most likely be based on unsubstantiated stereotype. But mostly it boils down to beause they don't "act white". It's very similar to those stupid "conservative vs. liberal" feuds.

I'd like to address d's second part of his post up there, "there is no different human race" part----

I remember back in the late '60's cartoonist AL CAPP('Li'l Abner") was at the time an outspoken social critic that toured college campuses giving lectures sometimes raising the ire of college students with some of his commentary. Anyway....

He was on Johnny Carson's "Tonight" show one night, and Carson had handed out little cards to the audience to put down questions some might have for Capp. One question he read was "What is your opinion on interracial marriages?"

Capp's reply was, "Interracial marriages? I don't know of any. The only marriages I'M familiar with involve members of the HUMAN race." wink

So, d's calling it "skin color prejudice" IS more on the money, and actually no less stupid than bigotry or "racism" to begin with.
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#2880603 - 09/21/17 07:21 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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I am ashamed to admit that my mother was a racist. One day I was listening to a recording and she said to me, "Fred, the only music you listen to and play is by drunken, old, black men." I remained silent because I could not refute the statement. It was true. They were old. They were black. They were often drunk. I loved their music.
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#2880614 - 09/21/17 07:56 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Fred_C]
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Fred, that was yer mom.
She was led to think one way but may've at some time came to think differently, as you , me & others have.

While it's important to remember what various ppl have done, it's also important to realize that we ( & even , ugh, "them") can change.
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#2880616 - 09/21/17 07:59 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Fred_C]
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Well, conservatives and liberals often have actual reasons for disliking each other, or at least their politics and methods.

Racists- at least the ones who weren't raised in a household of hate- usually have one or more catalyzing event that drove them to their bigotry.

As for being embarrassed by the racists in our families, well...it can happen in any family. Even black ones- don't let anyone tell you differently.

My fraternal aunt has a history as being a militant black. Not exactly Black Panthers, but enough so that she has often espoused a hatred of whites. However, my friends seem to have softened that edge, particularly the one who cared for her cat for a while when she could not.

And I worked very, very hard with a couple of my cousins who were headed down a path of antisemitism and hatred of Asians back in the 1990s. Educating them on reality helped a lot: that they were descended from Jews on their mothers' side had never been explained to them. Pointing out the importance of Asians to the history of NOLA and the black community helped too.


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#2880621 - 09/21/17 08:11 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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@d,

Unfortunately, she never changed. She died in 1980 and went to her grave as a racist.

I understand that the vast majority of white people of her generation were vehemently racist and their hatred was basically cultural. My father, although far from being "enlightened" did not spew hatred like my mother.
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#2880629 - 09/21/17 08:38 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Fred_C]
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Here's a contrast.
My mum was born in late 1920s Appalachia.
She grew up in an environment full of hate against others, often inculcated, as one of our Bob's said, as pawns in the game.

None of her sisters or brothers grew out of that.
When my maternal GMa, who was my 1st slide gtr teacher, saw Rahsaan Kirk & Mingus on the Sullivan show in 1960s she was speechlessly aghast.
To her the Rolling Stones, even the Beatles , sounded like "screaming nigs"---incidentally the same term used by a drummer I auditioned in 1979 when confronted w/ some PFunk tunes.

My mum, however, while she never fought her family on such things, made sure my sister & I knew better.
At one point her 2 fave recordings were Aretha Franklin's "House that Jack Built" & cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

I've mentioned this before but, to reiterate, the best tool we have before us for changing ppl's hearts is music.

Please, all who care abt this stuff, find the book MUMBO JUMBO by Ishmael Reed.
It delineates how music, more than anything else in the 20th C, changed culture in the USA &, thence, around the world....though the job's not done.
Plus it's a fun read & very creative twist on standard narrative tech.
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#2880646 - 09/21/17 09:50 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d
Please, all who care abt this stuff, find the book MUMBO JUMBO by Ishmael Reed. It delineates how music, more than anything else in the 20th C, changed culture in the USA &, thence, around the world....though the job's not done.
Plus it's a fun read & very creative twist on standard narrative tech.


I feel the truly important triumph of roll & roll was that it signaled white youth's rejection of the previous generation's segregation. By embracing Black culture, 50's white youth laid the ground for the Civil Rights era of the 60's.
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#2880737 - 09/21/17 02:59 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Scott Fraser]
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Yes, I can understand the feeling when it's discovered that some people you long love and respected reveal they have attitudes you yourself have long before rejected.

Like the shock, disappointment and sick feeling I got when leaving a visit with my Grandfather( biodad's dad) just as the popular TV mini-series "The Holocaust" was coming on the TV. He turned and said, "Boy, you know, that Hitler had the right idea. Kill all those Jewish bastards." And when it was clear he wasn'tjoking, I said my goodnight and didn't see him again. until his funeral.
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#2880774 - 09/21/17 04:44 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Many years ago, right before he boarded a plane home, my grandfather told me I had to marry a black woman. I just shrugged it off. After moving away from NOLA, I don't know that I've lived in a city with more than 5% black population demographics. And because of who I am, where I live, and what I do, I don't interact with American blacks all that often. Africans, yes. South American and Caribbean blacks, yes. Those from the US of A? Not so much.

A lot of minority kids growing up in the USA hear something like that from their ancestors. Or sometimes from other friends and family, A good freind of mine had a tough time convincing her naturalized Chinese parents that the white guy she met in college in San Antonio would actually be a worthy son in law.

Just like the white nationalists/separatists/nationalists, there's a fear of cultural erasure resulting from assimilation and blending.

Me? I'm gumbo and proud of it,

And should I find a woman who is as fond of me as I am of her, her melanin count will be utterly irrelevant.
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#2880837 - 09/22/17 04:29 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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In some cases, it gets that bad in other area's,like Catholic families disapproving of their sons or daughters marrying outside of their FAITH, Or even ethnicity. Like Italian girls always encouraged to find themselves "A nice Italian boy" and like that with other "nationalities". And then some purposely avoid it, like none of my wife's sisters, and of course her too, married any Mexican men. In fact, according to my wife, it was growing up noticing how their friend's Mexican fathers constantly cheated on their Mexican mothers, plus their Father's strong sense of chauvinism, that repelled them against the idea of marrying a Mexican man.

And in spite of how some "traditionalists", either white or black feel, the "mixing" of the "races" goes on and is even increasing. It was a bit comically approached in the Warren Beatty movie "Bulworth" when the title character, a senator running for re-election, talking about the "issue" of interracial marriage and mixing and the big deal some peple make about race issues, saying, "We're all gonna keep f***king each other until we're all the same color anyway, so why make a big deal out of it now?" grin

As to "cultural erasure", well,I always thought "culture" was about HOW and WHAT people were and did, and not WHO they were.
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#2881620 - 09/26/17 05:06 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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The human race has been "mixing" with people from other ethnic/religious/racial groups for CENTURIES - something to do with high testosterone and estrogen levels, as best as I can tell........
Me personally? I'm a Caucasian Midwesterner who married a Latina from Colombia, whose skin color shows that she has African ancestry. My family accepted her with open arms, and vice versa, so I have no complaints on that score. And, apart from a couple of comments when he first got married about how our kids were going to be "zebras", LOL, no one has ever bothered us about the racial difference.
We never had kids, but I have to wonder about how they would be treated - I certainly wouldn't be happy if anyone disrespected them based on their color.

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#2881655 - 09/26/17 08:05 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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There has never been a "human race" other than what we have now.
All other "races" were killed off by other pre/proto-humans before we existed.

Skin color has the only "basis" for what separates us other than what certain biz opps to divide us.


Keep it up only if ya wanna keep that up.
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#2881739 - 09/26/17 02:56 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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And sadly, too many people stupidly can't seem to let it go.
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#2881789 - 09/26/17 09:27 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Quote:
There has never been a "human race" other than what we have now.
All other "races" were killed off by other pre/proto-humans before we existed.


Science has determined that homo sapiens & neanderthals mingled their genes, & we now have a certain percentage of neanderthal dna within us. So there was absorption involved in the killing off.

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#2881814 - 09/27/17 03:26 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Scott Fraser]
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grin
I can envision some toothless grub sitting in some bar wearing his JOHN DEERE cap getting mad...

"Ain't NO "homo" in MY background yew sonofa....."
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#2881849 - 09/27/17 07:13 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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#2881887 - 09/27/17 09:54 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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Originally Posted By: Eric Iverson
The human race has been "mixing" with people from other ethnic/religious/racial groups for CENTURIES - something to do with high testosterone and estrogen levels, as best as I can tell........


Certainly. The mere concepts of racial separation are a very recent development in the big hourglass of time. When people started to stay in place and claim things, that made competing groups of people competing enemies, and the emphasis on noting differences became of importance.

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#2881891 - 09/27/17 10:17 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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There has never been a "human race" other than what we have now.
All other "races" were killed off by other pre/proto-humans before we existed.

Skin color has the only "basis" for what separates us other than what certain biz opps to divide us.


Keep it up only if ya wanna keep that up.


Actually, if you keep up with the wondrous unraveling of the human genome project and DNA research, those hominid precursors to Modern Humans are buried inside of us. They weren't killed off or outcompeted, they lived with and intermarried with us and joined us in the lineage. Every day, it seems, they find a new genetic marker for another Hominid precursor race in the DNA of a population from a certain place. It seems that natural selection just gave an edge to people with more Modern Human genetic admixture and tilted the scales in that direction until the only humans left were mostly genetically Modern Humans, our ancestors.

Now, for a part a lot of people can't accept (well, they usually don't make it this far on the subject, because first they have to accept that Modern Humans evolved in Africa while they were cut off there - a tropical paradise at the time - during the Ice Age, with few adversities, and what defines a "Modern Human" is a brain that is naturally tilted toward an even-tempered disposition and executive function that suppresses impulsiveness. Neanderthals, our close cousin precursors and the group that Modern Humans leaving Africa joined together with the most, were bi-polar as an environmental necessity. They had to jump from sedate to fight or flight at a seconds notice to survive in a bleak, snowy landscape full of predators like saber-tooth tigers. In the grassy plains or jungles of Africa at the time, groups of humans were less vulnerable and sat at the top of the food chain. Anyway, the part I began this with is that the only almost completely Modern Human people left on the planet are the Bushmen of Southern Africa, who have no violent impulses and are happy just to live off of the land in peace... and we have to maintain reservations for them to protect them from the rest of us. Our natural dissatisfaction and the resulting drive to do things and achieve things is a legacy of the Neanderthal and other genes that give our brains a hint of bi-polarity and discontent. We're all slightly mentally ill... if we weren't, we'd go find a beach with edible vegetation and a tree with a hammock nearby and a tent and be happy the rest of our days. Some of our mental illness is more beneficial than others, and some cases are at a helpful amount (a perfectionist musician, for example) and some are too much.

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#2881895 - 09/27/17 10:35 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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and a sad tale about the modern troubles of the Bushmen, if you want to become depressed...

Botswana Bushmen: "Modern Life is Killing Us!"

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#2881900 - 09/27/17 11:12 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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As all these nine pages were kicked off with the mention of modern day white musicians making a living from their recordings and performances of a form of music typically attributed to African-American origins while simultaneously denigrating the culture that music grew out of and it's people, what happened over millions of years ago in human evolution doesn't really matter. What to do about it now is the problem at hand, and there really doesn't seem to be much that can be done. As long as one "side" claims superiority over the other, the clashes will continue. The reality that the only real differences are merely cosmetically superficial needs to be driven home.

Essentially, at the core, white people and black people have the same intristic desires. To exist with as little disturbance and difficulty as possible. A sound structure to protect them from inclement elements, sufficient compensation for their labors, sufficient nourishment for their children and a safe environment in which they could live to maturity. To go about the business of life without unwarranted obstruction. I believe this is true of ALL peoples, regardless of epidermal hue, shape of eye, natural origin, language or spiritual leanings. Or, "race, color or creed" if you will.

Now, it's individuals from each supposed "race" that make a conscious choice of a certain pattern of behavior which can and should NOT be extrapolated into a generalized belief that ALL from that cultural designate behave in such a manner. To whit: not ALL white people are racist, nor are all black people shiftless and lazy thieves and cheats. Nor are all of Asian ancestry inherently smarter than any other peoples. Nor any more industrious than any other. And until this is realized by ALL individuals, regardless of any "heritage", then the current problems between them all will needlessly continue.
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#2881905 - 09/27/17 11:37 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Excuse me, I'm a bit of a natural egghead and like discussions of... well, everything. To me, it all connects is many ways.

The course of human societies on Earth have been determined by guns, germs & steel... the things that allowed some to gain advantages and prominence (forcefully or just taking advantage) over others... but all of human civilization a big snowball that collects everything as it rolls.

A favorite joke I've seen lately on facebook is people posting something warning parents that public schools in America are teaching "Arabic Numbers" to impressionable school children, which is true, and watching the ensuing freakout and calls for protests and everything else before informing them that "Arabic numbers" are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10... the standard numerical system of the world that everyone has used for quite a while, which was developed by Muslims and Hindus... we don't use Greek or Roman numerals in daily life, do we?

Every group can take pride in the culture of earth, because every group has contributed to it. It all belongs to us all... and we shouldn't denigrate or not appreciate any group. Which takes us back to the original post.

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#2881929 - 09/27/17 02:35 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Every group can take pride in the culture of earth, because every group has contributed to it. It all belongs to us all... and we shouldn't denigrate or not appreciate any group. Which takes us back to the original post.


Yeah, pretty much the theme I was "riffing" on. wink

Funny about the "Arabic numbers" thing. And I wouldn't doubt that too many probably take it too seriously. I even know some who would blame it all on Obama, due to them actually believing he IS Muslim. But as an added "aside"----

There are those bigoted who seem to think that after this many years since it's abolishment that too many black people obsess about slavery. I kinda go with that and know other African-Americans that wish other black people would just let it go already. But a significant(to me) view about that comes from an old friend of mine who became a Rabbi:

"You know, there are over a million or so Jews living in Italy that NEVER complain about when the ROMANS kept Hebrews as slaves. And you have to wonder...what's to be gained if they did?" wink
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#2881935 - 09/27/17 03:09 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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It's easier not to be constantly reminded of slavery the less your present-day life resembles it... and the less other people constantly remind you that's what their relative position to you is based on.

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#2882023 - 09/28/17 04:34 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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I fail to see how anyone's "relative position" to ME can be based on slavery. You might need to clarify that a bit.
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#2882065 - 09/28/17 07:10 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Well, despite the social improvements won by the civil rights movement, there has actually been very little economic improvement in black society since 1910. Some of this lies at our own feet. But not all of it.

Consider we're much more likely to be jailed for the same offenses as whites, and with stiffer sentences; we are more likely to be shot and killed; we are more likely to be refused a job or loan than whites of identical personal statistics, etc.

Redlining still exists. Sundown towns still exist. Being ignored by salesmen still exists. "The job has been filled" still exists. Ask any black persons you know for personal stories of racism, and I bet you'll get them.

IOW, society, while better, is still rigged.

The writer John Scalzi once put it something like this: being a white male in the USA is like playing the video game "Life" on easy mode. You can still have setbacks of even lose- badly- when playing Life as a white male, but your odds of success at any given juncture are simply better.

Or as Chris Rock put it, "There is not one white man out there who would trade lives with me, and I'm rich!"


Edited by Dannyalcatraz (09/28/17 07:16 AM)
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#2882110 - 09/28/17 09:52 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Or as someone recently put it in a meme on facebook:

"You can be white and have problems, but being white isn't THE problem."

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#2882113 - 09/28/17 09:56 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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I fail to see how anyone's "relative position" to ME can be based on slavery. You might need to clarify that a bit.
Whitefang


Well, from what I know of you on here, you aren't a bigot and you don't wave a Confederate flag and hurl racial insults at people and demean minorities every chance you get.

I live in a town with no shortage of people who do all of that all the time. You should see the comments section of our local newspaper, which we all avoid because it's just depressing to know this is who we share a city with...

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#2882224 - 09/28/17 05:52 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Or as someone recently put it in a meme on facebook:

"You can be white and have problems, but being white isn't THE problem."


Nicely put.
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#2882265 - 09/29/17 03:21 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Originally Posted By: whitefang
I fail to see how anyone's "relative position" to ME can be based on slavery. You might need to clarify that a bit.
Whitefang


Well, from what I know of you on here, you aren't a bigot and you don't wave a Confederate flag and hurl racial insults at people and demean minorities every chance you get.

I live in a town with no shortage of people who do all of that all the time. You should see the comments section of our local newspaper, which we all avoid because it's just depressing to know this is who we share a city with...


Odd thing is....

I live in the city I grew up in. It's a suburb just over the Southwest border of Detroit that until about 30 years ago was one of many all-white enclaves in an area known as "Downriver". And in spite of a growing diverse population, there are still people in this town that do just that. I can only say that I'm glad to know that those don't make up what can be considered a large section of the population. I also believe that it's the right of every American to hate any kind of people they choose, but that hatred shouldn't exceed their own personal space. And should never take the form of overt vocal or physical aggression or any other action that could lead to violence.

Don't like your black or white( whatever the case may be) neighbors? Fine. Then just be indifferent to them. Don't give them the satisfaction of having the power of their existence being a controlling factor in your life. Indeed, I sort of find that kind of thing, when directed at ME, to be kind of flattering! wink Remember the old saying----

"My life is in the hands of any fool who can cause me to lose my temper." smile
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#2882326 - 09/29/17 08:14 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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I think it's clear that we here are (at least in public) on the same side abt most of this stuff.

However the larger world definitely does have some continuaing probs.
The question becomes whadda we, as musos, do abt it ?
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#2882364 - 09/29/17 10:16 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d
I think it's clear that we here are (at least in public) on the same side abt most of this stuff.
However the larger world definitely does have some continuaing probs.
The question becomes whadda we, as musos, do abt it ?


Continue to make beauty & speak truth in our music. And to see the beauty & truth in the music of all peoples from all over the world.
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#2882366 - 09/29/17 10:25 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Scott Fraser]
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+1 Scott...let the music continue to bring us together! cool
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#2882465 - 09/30/17 04:00 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Larryz]
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#2882486 - 09/30/17 08:12 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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#2882628 - 10/01/17 07:32 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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So, will we be changing this from a guitar site to a race relations site?

Honestly, what does anybody expect folks to say? Is there anybody here stupid enough to say they hate someone for their race, whether it's true or not, or that it's okay with them if people hate folks for the color of their skin?

I've been posting here a long time, and my experience is that it gets weird around here whenever somebody deviates from talking about guitars. SO I have to ask, what did really you hope to accomplish with this post, P90 jr?
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#2882865 - 10/02/17 10:29 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: picker]
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I hoped to turn the board into a race war... which would be everyone else against Dannyalcatraz and myself, I guess.

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#2883070 - 10/03/17 05:00 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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The only "race war" that interests me is being at war with the "rat race". wink

But it's personal. I always resented it that the "rats" could always outrun me. crazy
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#2883099 - 10/03/17 07:48 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
I hoped to turn the board into a race war... which would be everyone else against Dannyalcatraz and myself, I guess.


Wha ?
Leavin' me out ?
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#2883179 - 10/03/17 03:26 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
I hoped to turn the board into a race war... which would be everyone else against Dannyalcatraz and myself, I guess.


Wha ?
Leavin' me out ?


Oh, you too... sorry.

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#2883181 - 10/03/17 03:27 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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The only "race war" that interests me is being at war with the "rat race". wink

But it's personal. I always resented it that the "rats" could always outrun me. crazy
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Yeah, I think The Onion had a headline once that was "Rats winning Rat Race."

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#2883232 - 10/04/17 03:38 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Well you`ll know the future is here when there`s a post that goes,
`Hi, this is Skipclone`s guitar, I have a question about pickups.
Skipclone says sorry he can`t comment, he`s stuck in traffic...`
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#2883236 - 10/04/17 04:30 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Yeah, I think The Onion had a headline once that was "Rats winning Rat Race."


Sorry, but I gotta admit:

I copped that concept from the old PAUL LYNDE sitcom from the early '70's. He comes in the house when returning from work and the wife asks, "How goes the rat race?" and he answered sardonically, "The rats are winning." grin

Strange, some of the crap one remembers, isn't it? wink
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#2883290 - 10/04/17 10:45 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Yeah, I think The Onion had a headline once that was "Rats winning Rat Race."


Sorry, but I gotta admit:

I copped that concept from the old PAUL LYNDE sitcom from the early '70's. He comes in the house when returning from work and the wife asks, "How goes the rat race?" and he answered sardonically, "The rats are winning." grin

Strange, some of the crap one remembers, isn't it? wink
Whitefang


Yeah, I might be mixing up things... I know The Onion did have a famous headline that said "Drugs winning War on Drugs" among others.

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#2883291 - 10/04/17 10:48 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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Originally Posted By: skipclone 1
Well you`ll know the future is here when there`s a post that goes,
`Hi, this is Skipclone`s guitar, I have a question about pickups.
Skipclone says sorry he can`t comment, he`s stuck in traffic...`


Oops... I forgot you, too, in the joke about a race war... which was a bad joke/smart ass comment, anyway.

Everybody who posts here are brothers, complete with occasional brotherly spats and misunderstandings. I do wish we'd attract some sisters, just for a variety of perspectives.

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#2883335 - 10/04/17 02:46 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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HEAR, HEAR!

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#2883404 - 10/05/17 03:12 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Originally Posted By: skipclone 1
Well you`ll know the future is here when there`s a post that goes,
`Hi, this is Skipclone`s guitar, I have a question about pickups.
Skipclone says sorry he can`t comment, he`s stuck in traffic...`


Oops... I forgot you, too, in the joke about a race war... which was a bad joke/smart ass comment, anyway.

Everybody who posts here are brothers, complete with occasional brotherly spats and misunderstandings. I do wish we'd attract some sisters, just for a variety of perspectives.


Umm......ya-I`ll get over being forgotten PDQ, don`t worry about it.
I can`t offer any particular advice about having more of our sisters in arms hanging out, other than not treating every comment as a contest. I would postulate, that a spirit of helpful advice would do some good.
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#2883410 - 10/05/17 04:25 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: skipclone 1]
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Yeah, true. After all, the name of this place is "guitar players" forum. Not "guitar players one upmanship" forum.

Yeah, don't bother. I Know...

I'm guilty too.
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#2883733 - 10/07/17 04:37 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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OK.....

Then there's(sorta)the other side of the coin......

I remember reading also early on in HIS career, Jimi Hendrix was given a lot of grief by fellow African-Americans for "Playin' that HONKY s***t." Meaning psychedelic rock'n'roll rather than the same kind of R&B other black artists were doing at the time. And him towing those two "Ofays" around with him didn't help either. That plus him being so big on Bob Dylan more or less made him an outcast from African-American culture at the time. And it had it's effect on him. Notice that towards the end, his look began to change....

He started wearing his hair more "natural" than the looser curls he had when we first saw him. Plus his clothing was getting less "gypsy" than before. But I thought it was funny. Him being accused of playing that "Honky" music when not that long before, white musicians were accused of "stealing" that music from black artists. I guess we all could be thankful there were MORE people who liked the music regardless of where it came from or who. And just now while typing all this crap I recalled another thing.....

Remember a thread I started a few years ago about band names? It just struck me that I once knew a friend who had a "basement" band back in the "day" that called themselves THE WHITEWASHERS. grin Should only take a second or two to figure out what they meant by that. wink
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#2884176 - 10/10/17 05:31 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Yes, I had a black friend who is a bass player, who gave me one lesson (he decided I was too advanced to need lessons from him, which I don't believe for a minute, LOL). Anyway, he played violin as a kid and quit because some people gave him grief for playing a "white" instrument; he told me "I caved."
I hope to see the day when all this racial BS will came to a well-deserved end, but I am afraid I won't LIVE long enough.....

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#2884202 - 10/10/17 07:33 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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I remember as a kid having music appreciation at school... which, I mean, my home life was a perpetual music history and appreciation class, but I remember it tracing the history of folk music in America, and work songs... along with a history lesson how in America's early days indentured servants from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and other European countries worked alongside slaves from Africa, and the African vocal chants met the folk song forms from Europe and American folk music and everything that was built upon it later was born.

They don't teach Music Appreciation (or Civics) anymore, apparently, in schools.

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#2884260 - 10/10/17 11:34 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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Originally Posted By: Eric Iverson
I hope to see the day when all this racial BS will came to a well-deserved end, but I am afraid I won't LIVE long enough.....


1 thing abt die-hard haters is that they, uh, die hard.

I reiterate, though, that 1 thing that keeps this crap going is actually the use of the flawed term "race/racial".
If ppl stop using that word the idiotic concept won't end immediately but will die out faster if for no reason other than allowing the idea to fade.
Sounds too simple ?
Sometimes the best most effective solutions are simple.
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#2884270 - 10/10/17 11:53 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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What we need is for aliens to land. We'd forget about bigotry pretty quickly- we are may not be all the same, but "BY GOD, WE are not THEM!!!"
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#2884300 - 10/10/17 02:37 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Originally Posted By: d
I reiterate, though, that 1 thing that keeps this crap going is actually the use of the flawed term "race/racial".
If ppl stop using that word the idiotic concept won't end immediately but will die out faster if for no reason other than allowing the idea to fade.
Sounds too simple ?


Indeed it does. The simplest thing about the idea is that ceasing to use any particular word or words isn't going to magically change people's way of thinking. That'll take years to overcome and make any headway with, but the idea IS a step in the right direction.
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#2885528 - 10/17/17 03:20 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
Originally Posted By: d
There has never been a "human race" other than what we have now.
All other "races" were killed off by other pre/proto-humans before we existed.

Skin color has the only "basis" for what separates us other than what certain biz opps to divide us.


Keep it up only if ya wanna keep that up.


Actually, if you keep up with the wondrous unraveling of the human genome project and DNA research, those hominid precursors to Modern Humans are buried inside of us. They weren't killed off or outcompeted, they lived with and intermarried with us and joined us in the lineage. Every day, it seems, they find a new genetic marker for another Hominid precursor race in the DNA of a population from a certain place. It seems that natural selection just gave an edge to people with more Modern Human genetic admixture and tilted the scales in that direction until the only humans left were mostly genetically Modern Humans, our ancestors.

Now, for a part a lot of people can't accept (well, they usually don't make it this far on the subject, because first they have to accept that Modern Humans evolved in Africa while they were cut off there - a tropical paradise at the time - during the Ice Age, with few adversities, and what defines a "Modern Human" is a brain that is naturally tilted toward an even-tempered disposition and executive function that suppresses impulsiveness. Neanderthals, our close cousin precursors and the group that Modern Humans leaving Africa joined together with the most, were bi-polar as an environmental necessity. They had to jump from sedate to fight or flight at a seconds notice to survive in a bleak, snowy landscape full of predators like saber-tooth tigers. In the grassy plains or jungles of Africa at the time, groups of humans were less vulnerable and sat at the top of the food chain. Anyway, the part I began this with is that the only almost completely Modern Human people left on the planet are the Bushmen of Southern Africa, who have no violent impulses and are happy just to live off of the land in peace... and we have to maintain reservations for them to protect them from the rest of us. Our natural dissatisfaction and the resulting drive to do things and achieve things is a legacy of the Neanderthal and other genes that give our brains a hint of bi-polarity and discontent. We're all slightly mentally ill... if we weren't, we'd go find a beach with edible vegetation and a tree with a hammock nearby and a tent and be happy the rest of our days. Some of our mental illness is more beneficial than others, and some cases are at a helpful amount (a perfectionist musician, for example) and some are too much.


I recently read a National Geographic article regarding paleogenetics, which is the study of our DNA from things that have been dead for a very long time. It's basically an interview with scientist Adam Rutherford about a book he just wrote called "A Brief History of Everybody Who Ever Lived". He explains the mixing of Homo Sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans and one more undiscovered human species that has made us who we all are. According to genetics, race isn't a reality.


Edited by Delta (10/17/17 03:30 PM)
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#2885533 - 10/17/17 03:54 PM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
Originally Posted By: d
I reiterate, though, that 1 thing that keeps this crap going is actually the use of the flawed term "race/racial".
If ppl stop using that word the idiotic concept won't end immediately but will die out faster if for no reason other than allowing the idea to fade.
Sounds too simple ?


Indeed it does. The simplest thing about the idea is that ceasing to use any particular word or words isn't going to magically change people's way of thinking. That'll take years to overcome and make any headway with, but the idea IS a step in the right direction.

The basis of my suggestion is that old ideas & terms that fall into disuse become dead.
When ppl no longer use a word, it---& the idea behind it---tends to fade.
Doesn't happen overnight (although social evolution is increasing in rapidity in recent yrs) but it's faster than tryna change ppl's minds philosophically.
You make their mind change by removing an option.
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#2885620 - 10/18/17 05:22 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Sounds good on paper, but deeply bigoted people will invent a new option to replace the one you remove. Like political correctness changing "short" to "vertically challenged" didn't stop people from how they saw and thought of people who hadn't much height. And there are PLENTY of options to replace the "N" word for bigots to choose from.
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#2886104 - 10/20/17 04:31 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Yes, moral character and musical talent [or ANY kind of talent] don't necessarily go hand in hand.

Of course, then some people go to the OTHER extreme and adopt a "guilty till proven innocent" attitude towards certain groups (say, MUSICIANS, LOL...), and that's not right either.

For example, I have known a lot of musicians who weren't alcoholics or drug addicts - at least, they didn't seem to be, and weren't drinking or drugging in my presence, over the course of YEARS in some cases. Nor did I hear them rattle on about how they hated anybody. Not that they were angels.....

Amos Garrett did a funny song, "Some Musician Was To Blame" - I will try to dig up the lyrics if anyone's interested.

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#2886137 - 10/20/17 08:15 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: Eric Iverson]
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Originally Posted By: Eric Iverson
Yes, moral character and musical talent [or ANY kind of talent] don't necessarily go hand in hand.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntPlrnLuvp4


Originally Posted By: Eric Iverson
Amos Garrett did a funny song, "Some Musician Was To Blame" - I will try to dig up the lyrics if anyone's interested.


Looking forward to that, Eric !
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#2886138 - 10/20/17 08:23 AM Re: White Blues guitarists who don't like African Americans. [Re: d]
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Gotcha !
Nice low-key track, great bass & ensemble bass/gtr work w/ a cool solo.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6Q6f13257xFipn05x6P1Y1

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