On Native American Slavery

In my last post I called Native American slave ownership “settler nonsense”. Allow me to clarify, I understand that according to Wikipedia the Five Civilized Tribes practiced slavery. These are the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. There are currently 566 federally-recognized First Nations in the U.S. If five of those 566 tribes practiced slavery then…

#NativeTwitter vs. #BlackTwitter: Chocolate Pocahontas

    “only concerned ’bout the ones in my circle / I give zero fucks ’bout the rest.” -Omerettà the Great, For What This month when rapper, songwriter, and model Omerettà The Great posted a photo array on Twitter that she dubbed “Chocolate Pocahontas,” she unwittingly stepped into a war that Native women fight daily. The “Princess Pocahontas”…

Showrooming: Not Just for Barcodes Anymore

Oh, those folks who roam from shelf to shelf with their smartphones, finding what they want and scanning barcodes to see where they can find it cheapest.  They dart between the stacks, strenuously avoiding eye contact, knowing they are doing you a disservice but putting it out of mind by not actually speaking to a…

Indie Booksellers: This is What We’re Up Against

Steven Rosenbaum’s bedside lamp broke so he bought a cheap replacement on Amazon.  The lamp wasn’t quite right so he returned it, became overwhelmed with the number of online choices, and decided to visit a store nearby for help.  The salesman at Lighting by Gregory finds the exact lamp Rosenbaum needs but alas, it’s out of stock and…

The Five Worst People in America: Language Edition

Folks love disrespect in list form.  Believe it or not, there’s an anti texting-while-driving portion at that link which prompted one Sweet Reader to write to her local newspaper offering $20 to anyone who caught her texting at the wheel in her Key Biscayne neighborhood.  The letter asked others to make the same pledge.  No…