In 2018, Kendrick Lamar threatened to pull his music off Spotify if they implemented a "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy that would removed R. Kelly and others.

That put a stop to the move toward censorship for a few years.
If this becomes routine, real question about what remains. Just think of the Stones oeuvre. Brown Sugar? Midnight Rambler? Stray Cat Blues?…
YouTube announced they would not be removing Meet the Flockers a little more than a week ago. Curious to see reporting from the inside on how and why they reversed course so quickly.
Basically this is likely to be an aleatory, unprincipled process: whatever becomes salient because of what happens in the news and what happens to attract the ire of activists will go down.
It was the head of Lamar's label that made the threat to Spotify -- the headline was ambiguous

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7 Apr
Good post on a medical student named Kieran Bhattacharya who raised some concerns after a micro aggressions seminar and was “subjected to formal censure, repeated psychological evaluations, suspension, and eventual expulsion.”… Image
As I used to say, “cancel culture” was just a means and an expression of a not yet fully unconsummated will to power; now that they have the power to subject someone to psychological evaluation and expulsion for questioning their dogmas, we have moved on to the successor regime
Would be interested in @DavidAFrench’s thoughts on the post and the lawsuit linked within it
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5 Apr
My first Asian friend at school was the son of a Hong Kong ship's captain from a wealthy merchant family who would beat the hell out of his two sons and wife.

My parents got upset when he told me that physical strength was the most important thing in life.
He moved to the rural West of NJ by the PA border in third grade and became a hugely muscled redneck.
It was useful for my formative years that the toughest bully in class was an Asian kid
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4 Apr
Student newspaper at Lowell HS calls for recall of school board members including former VP Alison Collins, who refused calls from mayor and dozens of officials to resign over her use of N-word against Asians and filed unhinged lawsuit… Image
Good thread summarizing Collins lawsuit
Previous thread on mural controversy
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2 Apr
Elizabeth Warren was a lower-middle class white woman from a middling law school. She did what she had to do.
I'm pointing out that this cuts in both directions: 1.) she stole a position that was supposed to help native people and appropriated it for herself as a white woman, 2.) she was responding to a system that favors POC and a class of wealthy white incumbents.
Her act was far more revealing of the nature of the system than anyone quite lets on
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2 Apr
Yang has had a certain Teflon quality throughout the mayoral race and the municipal political lifers who know they have to tear him down to have a chance must also be weighing this imperative against their own political futures if the favorite wins
Calling him a mini-Trump is of course obscenely wrong in one sense, but not entirely wrong in another sense: he gives people an opportunity to vote against the entrenched political system per se for the first time. (And the promise of more competence in being an alternative.)
(more competence than Trump that is.)
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2 Apr
The YG song about robbing Asians that YouTube refused to take down begins

“First, you find a house and scope it out

Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don't believe in bank accounts...”…
A key initiative here is to get Asian immigrants to get over whatever weird superstition prevents them from trusting in banks
I first heard about Meet the Flockers soon after this security cam video went viral. People were all like “slay kween” etc...
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