May 23Liked by Adam B. Coleman

Also, if you haven't yet read Adam Coleman's excellent book, "Black Victim to Black Victor", I'd recommend you do so. Very eye-opening perspectives. ZL

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Your observation that "the definition (of supremacy) has expanded to include any idea, and even any ethnicity; to include not only the prior extreme examples (Nazis, skinheads, KKK, Confederate flags) as an anchor point but (segue) into more mundane things" is spot on. This agenda driven, casual redefining of extreme views to loop all of one's political opponents into a category of "evil" has become the lifeblood of today's politics, particularly from the left. Of even greater concern is how many people are buying this ideological snake oil. If you're interested in reading more about this, I covered some similar points in two chapters (on "cultural appropriation" and "white supremacy") in my book, "A White Man's Perspectives on Race and Racism" (smashwords.com/books/view/1184004). I invite you to check it out - I'd love to hear what you think. Great article! ZL

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interesting take but the notion that yodeling is ethnically owned by whites or that it even originated in the Alps is to neglect the fact that yodeling probably originated where mankind began mid-west Africa. I mean Jimmie Rodgers did a yodel duet with Louis Armstrong in the 20s. I mean, Rodgers learned yodeling from the railroad workers he worked along side. White cowboys learned yodeling from black cowboys an Mexican Vaqueros... I have lectured with video accompaniment on the subject and have written 2 books on the subject and put together the Rough Guide to Yodel. The big thrill is opening up people to a bigger picture – one finds yodeling almost EVERYwhere except maybe Antarctica. It is hard to explode prejudices, preconceptions and myths regarding many things and this is true regarding yodeling. My 2 books were necessary because NO one had ever discussed yodeling as a global phenom - yes from Africa to India to Japan, Australia, Hawaii, most of Europe and the US as well as South America & in every genre from opera to blues to techno. I have done radio mixes on the subject as well inc. one for the BBC which featured black yodeling in rock, pop, rap, reggae, soul, gospel etc. and includes pygmy yodeling, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Sly Stone, Slim Gaillard, Lee Scratch Perry, Howlin Wolf...

books: YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World & Yodel in HiFi - if you want any pdfs of chapters or whatever, just ask.

BTW, thanx for your interest in the subject. I'm going to send you 2 links [of many] that might help explain.

an amusing overview of yodeling as global phenom: The INSANE Logic of the YODEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0uYBkSS5oE&list=PLW8j3q5BJOUSZ5L7ha4gq7xoq9Y5jDCYc&index=1

black yodeling > Wreck Dub Wire Yodel 1160: https://www.mixcloud.com/wreckthismess/wreck-dub-wire-yodel/

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