David Herzstein Couch 
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Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

The murals should be covered most of the time, uncovered for study or for weekend art exhibits. I'm glad to see the Bd of Supes (as of Aug 9) may be moving toward the cover-but-keep approach. Although I am close to being a First Amendment absolutist, I must ask the writer Mr Cheng to think about the feelings of high schoolers. Cheng and some others (such as New York Times Op-Ed writers) seem unwilling to attempt empathy for young people. Cheng writes: "The notion that adolescents are excessively delicate and need protection from reality and history is deeply repugnant and patronizing." They are delicate -- sometimes! They do need protection -- sometimes! There is a time and place for everything, including the close study of "reality and history", which indeed belongs in the classroom. But imagine every single hour of every school day you are constantly seeing these powerfully painted gigantic art works that depict the victimization and humiliation of, and violence against, your ancestors, your fellow humans! Why on earth should these kids have to see that ALL the time? Looking at slavery and genocide every single day throughout your entire school day. (While people make jokes about it and normalize it -- "Meet you at the dead Indian".) Especially if they feel no ownership of the works, not having painted them themselves as part of a group effort. Have some empathy. But yes, don't destroy these works.

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 08/10/2019 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Lost Highway

Mike Yarmouth: Are you confusing Hank with his racist son, Hank, Jr? From what I have read, Hank Williams (Sr) was not particularly racist, although he was a white man of his (benighted) time and place. According to The Hank WIlliam Reader (ed. Huber, Goodson & Anderson), he was never quoted ever saying anything about race... except that he was proud to claim that the only musician he ever learned from was a black man, Rufus Payne, whom he "followed around" and played with when young. There is interesting analysis of their relationship in the "Reader" book, but he sounds if anything less racist than other whites there/then, not more so.

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 04/02/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Bun Mam Soc Trang

The map showing this in West Oakland is wrong because the zip code is really 94606. It's on EAST 18th, and the actual cross street is 14th Ave

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 09/03/2014 at 3:52 PM

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