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White Riot

Black man's got a lot of problems. But he's not afraid to throw a brick.

UPDATE: As several commenters have noted, the correct lyric is "He don't mind throw'n a brick." My apologies. I've temporarily lost all my MP3s due to a mysterious demagnitization incident and am in the process of recovering them from my iPod. Also note that I endorse neither throwing bricks at the cars of Bush supporters nor the perpetuation of stereotypes about the black man's alleged proclivity for violence. I do sometimes feel, however, that the Democrats would do better if they, Jacobin-style, were willing to unleash the DC mob now and again whenever congress refused to bend to their will. The folks who live in the vicinity of Capitol Hill are not exactly members of the Tom DeLay fan club....

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"What to write about tonight," thought James Lileks. "Hmmm...."

Posted by: Ted Barlow | Oct 4, 2004 5:41:29 PM

In all seriousness, you'll probably save yourself some heartache by saying "I do not approve of throwing bricks at the cars of Bush supporters," before you become the next exhibit in the "culture of fear" at Instapundit.

I, Ted Barlow, do not approve of throwing bricks at the cars (or bicycles, or persons) of Bush supporters, and would wholeheartedly support the criminal prosecution of anyone who engages in such an act.

Posted by: Ted Barlow | Oct 4, 2004 5:46:16 PM

I saw this in the WaPo on Saturday, and I laughed. Then I remembered that Boondocks had been cancelled a few ago before for using the word "nigga." Weird censorship standards over at the Post...

Posted by: Oliver | Oct 4, 2004 5:52:42 PM

Indeed. My building managers, who are otherwise quite lovely people, have Bush bumperstickers in their car. On the other hand, I think McGruder may get some humorous license--Huey is often a caricature of a humorless radical.

Anyway, guess McGruder's given up on Nader.

Posted by: Matt Weiner | Oct 4, 2004 5:53:05 PM

Also, isn't it "He don't mind throwin' a brick"? What you've got doesn't scan that well.

Posted by: Matt Weiner | Oct 4, 2004 5:54:01 PM

By the way, I live in one of the most liberal parts of the country (Santa Cruz) and not only do I see, at least daily, a non-smashed car sporting a BC04 bumper sticker -- but I had my own car vandalized repeatedly for an anti-Bush bumper sticker (the message "Bush Lost" was a bit too much for someone, I guess). They cut a hole in my soft top, which is about as bad as smashing someone's windshield with a brick. They also defaced the sticker, giving a good clue as to their motivation.

Just my two cents. (Hi Instapundit)

Posted by: neil | Oct 4, 2004 6:01:57 PM

I certainly don't approve of brick-lobbing.

Letting the air out of the tires of BC04 bestickered cars, though, is fine by me.

Posted by: ahem | Oct 4, 2004 6:26:41 PM

It's not clear whether this is actually a brick. It could be a piece of foam.

Posted by: praktike | Oct 4, 2004 7:40:04 PM

From here it looks like a pen.

Why is this guy so angry?

Posted by: Reg | Oct 4, 2004 7:59:02 PM

Isn't it, "He don't mind throw'n a brick"?

Posted by: Spencer Ackerman | Oct 4, 2004 8:02:23 PM

Don't you guys know how to google? I got "But they don't mind throwing a brick."

Posted by: godoggo | Oct 4, 2004 8:07:18 PM

I listened to the actual song and Spencer is indeed correct. Apparently this was a stealth Clash-blogging.

Posted by: scarshapedstar | Oct 4, 2004 8:23:35 PM

It could be a piece of foam

Or a two-by-four.

Posted by: lemuel pitkin | Oct 4, 2004 8:52:26 PM


Posted by: Drmike | Oct 4, 2004 9:13:47 PM

Is Reginald Denny a Bush supporter?

Posted by: xt | Oct 4, 2004 9:20:57 PM

Try iPodRip, available on VersionTracker.

Posted by: Morgan | Oct 4, 2004 10:44:57 PM

Bollocks on you mate. I thought you said you was a Clash fan? Poseur.

When they kick out your front door,
How're you gonna come?
With your hands on your head,
or on the trigger of your gun?

When the law breaks in,
How're you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement,
Or waiting on death row?

That's from memory from way back in the day. So no guff. BTW, I couldn't find it in myself to mourn Joe Strummer though. Not when the previous year they'd sold out, I mean really sold out. They sold "London Calling" to Jaguar Motors. Bad enough they allowed any song of theirs to be used in an advertisement, but of all songs the very worst, the most hurtful blow to a fan was to use that song. And the very worst product to use it to shill for has got to be Jaguar. The ultimate anti-Thatcherite anthem used for the ultimate Thatcherite luxury status symbol.

It still stings. The sting of betrayal.

Can you tell just how much I loved that band?

I'll bet Satan himself and his whore-mistress The Iron Lady had themselves a real good hearty chuckle over that. RIght after the butt-sex, that is.

Posted by: Barry Freed | Oct 4, 2004 11:41:37 PM


White Riot.

Fucking awesome song.

They tore apart the clubs when they played that one.

IMNSHO, that's the first real hard-core song.

Posted by: Barry Freed | Oct 4, 2004 11:43:39 PM

It certainly worked for the Jacobins. For a decade or so, anyway.

Posted by: John Isbell | Oct 5, 2004 12:00:07 AM

This post just gets better and better.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Oct 5, 2004 12:38:44 AM

Allons enfants de la patrie...

I'd suggest a hip-hop remix, but French class has taught me that French rap is to be avoided at all costs.

Or we could all just stage a massive sit-in the day of the Inauguration and block Bush's motorcade. Or a general strike on November 3 if Bush gets "elected". I'm not big on violence.

Posted by: Maureen | Oct 5, 2004 1:28:47 AM

Bud, dude, Matt, with all due respect, ARE YOU MAD!! As a resident of DC, 2 blocks away from the Hart office building, the last thing we need here is MORE attention from Congress, what with their distaste for our self-rule and their love for assault weapons as long as they are not in their restricted zone. I think I want as little attention to our little village as possible. Jacobin style DC mobs--bleh, let other cities do their part for la Revolution; we have had enough of checkpoints and law enforcement officers with awesome guns and shades (polite though).

Posted by: Ana in DC | Oct 5, 2004 2:02:29 AM

I think said proclivity is well enough established statistically that you don't need to say "alleged", as sad as it is. Though it's doubtless cultural rather than genetic, it's real enough.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore | Oct 5, 2004 5:11:29 AM

I think if one was to say "the black man's proclivity for violence," the suggestion would be of causation by the blackness and not just correlation with it, so the "alleged" should probably be kept.

Going back to the original post, if more racially sensitive backpedaling included phrases like "the black man's alleged proclivity for violence" and allusions to black mobs, this would be a better Country. Imagine if politicians tried to pull that crap.

Posted by: andrew | Oct 5, 2004 6:36:06 AM

"I, Ted Barlow, do not approve of throwing bricks at the cars (or bicycles, or persons) of Bush supporters, and would wholeheartedly support the criminal prosecution of anyone who engages in such an act."

Posted by: Ted Barlow

I agree. I think that they should face the 'justice' that AQ Khan did, for peddling nuclear weapons technology (see: http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/002625.html). After all, could Condi be wrong?

Posted by: Barry | Oct 5, 2004 1:47:40 PM

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