cowboys & indians

Life as a Runway: On the Brooklyn Prairie: Framing these (white) folks as would-be homesteaders in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the New York Times features these residents as “pioneers in spirit”. Forgive me if I feel a little “jaundiced”, that is to say how I feel when my person o’ color radar goes off, but if these are the pioneers and Red Hook is a stand-in for the West, then who are and where are the “Indians” to complete this little scenario? My favorite quote? Resident/artist Mark Manning: “After East Harlem, this is the final frontier.” [NYT]

PR live-blog: 5.4 ‘Rings of Glory’: I’ve been live-blogging Project Runway for my own amusement. [Jasmine Shops]

monday night storms: My crap video of the thundering skies from Monday night’s crazy storms. [Flickr]

Brangelina’s Chinese Baby: I’m particularly proud of this DISGRASIAN™ post because not only did Jen write a hilarious dispatch but because I PhotoShopped a genius pic. [DISGRASIAN™]

Third Coast Comics: Jeff’s friend Betsy’s friend Terry opened a brick & mortar Third Coast Comics, 6234 N. Broadway, 60660 (that’s Edgewater, Broadway bus or Granville stop on the red line). Go buy stuff from him! [Third Coast Comics, Google map]


~ by Jasmine on August 7, 2008.

One Response to “cowboys & indians”

  1. Red Hook has been victimized by an invasion by The Dorothies.

    These are the newly minted white minority hailing from Midwestern and New England home towns. (It’s reflected in the out of state plates on their moms’ hand me down Volvos.)

    A racial divide has long existed in Red Hook between the people of color in The Houses and the white landlords in The Back.

    Racism and classism are rarely acknowledged verbally, in public, in Brooklyn. Dismissive language is generally reserved for private audiences. Dismissive looks and stares are for public consumption.

    As a result of the underlying class/race issues native tri-staters have not flocked to Red Hook. Maybe The Dorothies perceive New York as a melting pot. In actuality they are a highly visible minority that is often viewed with animosity. Like drops of oil floating atop a large bowl of water.

    Ignorant of their need to demonstrate a common plight with the majority of Red Hook’s residents they seem to only highlight the divide. They talk on their cell phones on the bus about their important jobs, their vacations and the last amazing art show that they saw. They exit their style conscious shops and eateries seemingly without a care in the world.

    They are viewed as another example of whites taking whatever they want. They are severely scrutinized yet appear to be oblivious to this.

    The divide of affluence in Red Hook continues to grow. Where will it lead?

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