Vacuous Hipster Lives Matter

While I don’t support Black Lives’ Matter Twin Cities’ strategy or leadership, I don’t doubt for a moment that black people have every legitimate reason to protest against perceptions of excessive police violence…

…while noting that the loudest calls for more police in neighborhoods like the North Side of Minneapolis, the lower East Side of Saint Paul, and the North End come from…

…black and other minority residents, who are the main victims of crime in those neighborhoods.

I also will not pretend to be qualified to judge the violent demonstration that broke out Saturday night in Saint Paul – although Governor Flint Smith Dayton’s statements on the Castile shooting were deeply stupid.  I do think that the subtext of these protests is to try to drive everyone to one extreme or the other – to “Frame” them, in Alinskyite terms.

WIth all that out of the way?  Here’s the mug shot gallery of those arrested at the Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday:

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I’m shocked – shocked, I tell you – to see that all but five of the 46 arrested were visibly annoying, Whole Foods shopping, oil-belching-Subaru driving and/or cargo-bike-up-Snelling-At-Universty-at-11PM riding, non-profit-“working”, amateur-“Professional-Protester”, Sanders-voting lilywhite hipsters.

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, of course – but then, I won’t beg forgiveness, since what are these protests but judging all humans by skin color – for and against?

34 thoughts on “Vacuous Hipster Lives Matter

  1. And now it seems they feel the need to block 35W during rush hour on a weekday. It’s a really great way to win people to your cause, but seriously do they think this shit out? And do they have jobs?

  2. Twin Cities. Where black lives matter have outsourced their work to white trash. Geesh, that crowd is as white as a Garrison Keillor audience.


  3. Chuck on July 13, 2016 at 8:41 am said:
    Twin Cities. Where black lives matter have outsourced their work to white trash. Geesh, that crowd is as white as a Garrison Keillor audience.

    My wife and I saw Keillor and Franken share a stage at the state fair a few years ago. My wife, who is from New Jersey, looked at the audience and said “My God. I’ve never seen so many blondes.”

  4. Looks like a Macalester crowd.
    Here’s how you break up the protests.
    Get the DA on a bullhorn to tell them that they will be arrested and charged with felony endangerment, and If convicted, they will never be admitted to the bar, and their chance at a government or management level job is gone forever.
    They will scatter like cockroaches.
    Of course, the DA would have to mean what he said.

  5. What’s the story with the old guy in the third row?

    He’s like the “Roy” character on the old Mickey Mouse Club.

  6. You don’t know anything about these people who were arrested, least of all if they merit the description of hipster that you so loosely apply – including if they were actually involved.

    Or did you forget how many people arrested were let go with no charges after protesters were arrested at the Republican convention?

    It is worth noting that the Black Lives Matter leadership were in close conversation and cooperation with the St. Paul police during the protest on I-94, and that both the black lives matter leaders and police agree that the people causing the problem were in fact outsiders not affiliated or in any way members of the groups peacefully protesting.

    So you want us to believe that these are those outsiders? And that they are all or mostly the violent individuals? Nothing indicates that to be true.

    Wait – weren’t you all about not rushing to judgment about the shooting of Castile? Seems to me Gov. Dayton was spot on in his comments if the dispatch reports about Castile and his girlfriend being pulled over are authentic.

    You are the kind of people lawyers don’t want on juries; you leap to judgment about people with inadequate information and poor reasoning.

  7. You don’t know anything about these people who were arrested, least of all if they merit the description

    Let me stop you right there, DG.

    You routinely characterize ALL gun owners as “Angry fat white men”.

    Leaving aside the noxious hypocrisy? You don’t know them, either. You treat all conservatives as subhuman stereotypes. You do it every single time you write about them, here and on what you are pleased to call your blog. Virtually no exceptions I can recall.

    So don’t you dare act holier than thou. You are not qualified.

  8. Now – Did I stereotype the people in the photos?

    You bet I did. I live among them, and interact with them fairly frequently, in a way I suspect you, in your exurban cocoon, do not.

    Can you even find Summit Avenue, much less Selby?

    Stereotypes are stereotypes because they’re true often enough that people use them for shorthand to describe groups. When they are unfair – like “black teenagers are likely to be criminals” or “gun owners are all angry fat white men” – they are bad.

    I’ll stand behind this stereotype; the special little white 20-something snowflakes in these photos are from middle-to-upper-middle-class families, have degrees (likely in some social “…studies” field or another) from Macalester, Carlton or the like, and are bummed about that whole “Sanders endorsing Shrillary” thing today.

    I can’t prove it – but I’d never bet against it, either.

  9. DG was originally pictured here, but her photo just bled on and on over all the other pictures, and there were no discernible features beyond her neverending scowl of ignorant contempt for everything, so someone finally threw up their hands and said “fuck it” and put up the blacked out sillouette in the first row. They did the same thing to Pesmegma in the third row.

  10. Why wasn’t dog out there? Is she the sort of lying, leftist reprobate that encourages others to break the law, then scuttles away?

    Or does she hate black people?

  11. You are the kind of people lawyers don’t want on juries; you leap to judgment about people with inadequate information and poor reasoning.

    If ever there was an experienced expert on that, it’d be you DG.

  12. DG, humans create stereotypes for a reason folks: they generally have more than a kernel of truth. Jesse Jackson admits to being worried about being followed by young black men at night for a reason.

    So you want us to believe that these are those outsiders? And that they are all or mostly the violent individuals? Nothing indicates that to be true.

    Point of order: those were mostly folks who volunteered to be arrested, so by definition all these folks are insiders to the BLM movement. When the crowd refused to disperse, the BLM leaders and the cops negotiated about the number of folks who would be arrested and the BLM leaders selected some folks and issued a call for volunteers to be arrested. That leaves you with a crowd of worthless, jobless “trustafarians” who have nothing better to do than a spend a few days in jail self-selecting to be included in the montage above.

  13. DG,

    Since you are unlikely to have read my comment in the other post, I’ll jack my own thread and put it here:

    Is this the “article you had published in the LSE blog”?

    A simple link to this…um…article?

    In other words, some “progressive” blog curator at the LSE found your post and linked it?

    Is this what you call having your piece published in the LSE blog?

  14. It is unacceptable that rulers of this town make the cops sit for 45 freaking minutes before they were allowed to do their job and arrest these terrorists.

  15. That follows dog’s pattern Mitch. She had a comment on some lefty website, and claimed 100,000 people had read an “article” she wrote. She made the claim in a comment on City Pages, I saw it and, you guessed it, humiliation ensued.

    She is a very, very fucked up woman.

  16. It boggles the mind that DG can’t wrap her mind around the obvious facts: the protesters are white and young to middle aged, and they’re doing something ostensibly on behalf of BLM, and they’re willing to be arrested doing so.

    In other words, straight up the liberal playbook–conservatives protest, but they’re not often arrested, and they definitely don’t block major highways doing so. Maybe we’d get better press if we did, but that doesn’t change the fact that all the categories here point to liberal, even “Wobblies” or the IWW.

    Wait a minute; experience, and those categories, suggests that no, it’s not a surprise that DG can’t figure this out, is it? She is, after all, the same person who apparently can’t figure out that one person at a university linking to her work is not equivalent to that university endorsing it, or even that it’s a university, not a “prestigious think tank.”

  17. For over a year people have been asking what the hell does BLM want?

    Here it is:

    The statement said: “The coalition condemns this violence and believes this shut down reinforces our belief that comfort and business as usual must be disrupted until substantive changes occur in our city and throughout the country. This group demands the dismantling of the police department, which includes disarming, defunding, demilitarizing and disbanding police. We believe that security for all of us does not lie in use of aggression and force.”

    They are nothing more or less than militant anarchists.

  18. DG,

    I”ve been searching all of the LSE blogs by every name I’ve ever known you to have. I’ve found nothing. If you have a link to the article you say they published, please post it, or if you’re prefer, send it to me offline.

    Here’s the deal: if you say you got “published” by a “prestigious” university website, that implies that they ran your material using your byline, under their institutional umbrella. It says “this person and their thinking reflect something we, as an institution, want you to be aware of, and to whom we lend our institutional prestige to that end” – like a newspaper and its reporters and columnists, or a magazine and the writers it publishes.

    A link is not “publication”; it’s a publication saying “here’s some additional food for thought”, whether they agree, disagree, or are ridiculing it. Example: I’m not “Publishing” Ladd Everett’s post from the Huffpo today; I’m excoriating it.

    By your (I’ll be charitable) faulty logic, I’ve been “published” by Wall Street Journal, MPR, the Strib, Hugh Hewitt, Instapundit, Powerline, the San Jose Mercury News, the Pioneer Press, WCCO TV, City Pages and Democratic Underground.

    But it would be dishonest of me to say I’ve been “published” at any of these places – because I wasn’t. None of them said “We, the Institution, are presenting Mitch Berg to you as part of our institutional voice”. I was linked.

    So, apparently, were you.

    Thing is, I don’t take anything away from small blogs who get linked by bigger blogs; that’s how the blog game is played. Anyone who gets ten hits a day can easily wind up writing a post that gets the attention of thousands; that’s the beauty of it. There’s no need to misrepresent yourself as something else.

    If you actually did get published by the LSE, by all means provide the link to the article. But I have a sneaking suspicion I already did.

    Am I right?

  19. Seems to me Gov. Dayton was spot on in his comments if the dispatch reports about Castile and his girlfriend being pulled over are authentic.

    I’ll note that even DG felt obliged to put a huge conditional in her praise of Dayton.

    I’ll also note that Dayton included no such conditional in his condemnation of police.

    So DG is more responsible and level headed than the Minnesota chief executive. That explains a lot about Minnesota government.

  20. Seems to me Gov. Dayton was spot on in his comments if the dispatch reports about Castile and his girlfriend being pulled over are authentic.

    To build on what Nerdbert said,what DG is saying here is that she thinks it’s racist for police officers to use indicators of a person’s race (“broad nose” in the radio logs, I believe) is racist. It is to conflate “looking like the descriptions of an armed robber” with “DWB”.

    Sad to say, this is the mindset we’re dealing with in St. Paul and Washington DC alike.

  21. Based on the photo gallery alone, it’s not a stretch when actual BLM members & leadership say that the people who threw rebar, rocks & cinder blocks weren’t with them.
    I’ve seen crowd shots at the RNC that featured more people of color. “Progressives”: Never too far removed from their Klan roots.

  22. I believe that lower picture, upper left corner is Lileks’ love child.

  23. Doggy advocates miscreants involved in left wing mass protests dropping heavy objects off of overpasses. One at the GOP convention and one among these worthless pieces of flesh. Way to go, Doggy! Show your inhuman side, you angry spinster!

    If I had my way, I would find out if any of those reprobates is collecting unemployment. If so, I would suspend it for 10 years.

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  25. Boss, I don’t believe she advocates them, at least not directly. What she does is act as if they don’t exist, as if they’re not connected with the liberal movement as a whole, and as if their actions aren’t murderous.

    Proper tack with them? I’m thinking prison work camps. Teach them not only that actions have consequences, but also teach them how to work in the process and what a callous feels like. Would do them a world of good.

  26. Since we’re still talking about physical appearance here, one interesting thing I just noticed: There are no blondes in the picture. Other than the three folks who are obviously not in their 20s, so they could be grey or blonde, and the guy in the lower picture, top row, 2 from right with the shaved head, all are brunette or redhead. There is one artistic young lass supporting Prince, but you can tell her hair is dark under the purple.

    There has to be some socio-economic demographic stereotypes related to that, based on urban vs suburban/exurban upbringings.

  27. Boss, I don’t believe she advocates them, at least not directly.

    I suspect she doesn’t acknowledge it happened; since it wasn’t on the first page of Google results, it wasn’t FACT.

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