COME ON

The Times reports that 72 Georgetown faculty, administrators, and graduate students have signed a letter protesting the school’s hiring of Douglas Feith for a two-year lectureship. Which of the 72 did Jason DeParle choose to interview? One is the author of the petition. The other

has appointments in anthropology and French and whose résumé lists several writings about French chocolate makers. (“From Master Chocolatiers Today: Bayonne and the Basque Coast.”) She complained that Mr. Feith’s appointment was “presented as a fait accompli.”

What better to reinforce a narrative which marginalizes critics of the neoconservative project as anti-American elitists than an anecdote about a French professor who studies “Master Chocolatiers”? That liberal media, at it again.

Incidentally, Professor Terrio has other research papers DeParle could have cited, like “New ‘Savages’ in the Suburbs: Criminalizing ‘Immigrant’ Youth in French Mass Media.” Or he could have talked to a professor like Judith Tucker, the historian who edits the International Journal of Middle East Studies. But that wouldn’t pack the same narrative punch.

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2 thoughts on “COME ON

  1. I like Prof. King saying Georgetown is “still one of the top 25 universities in the U.S.,” implying an ongoing, inexorable downhill slide into obscurity (though leaving the reasons up to us).

    It was suitably curmudgeon-y — didn’t improve the slant of the article, but entertaining all the same.

  2. “Chocolate City”
    Uh, what’s happening CC?
    They still call it the White House
    But that’s a temporary condition, too.
    Can you dig it, CC?

    To each his reach
    And if I don’t cop, it ain’t mine to have
    But I’ll be reachin’ for ya
    ‘Cause I love ya, CC.
    Right on.

    There’s a lot of chocolate cities, around
    We’ve got Newark, we’ve got Gary
    Somebody told me we got L.A.
    And we’re working on Atlanta
    But you’re the capital, CC

    Gainin’ on ya!
    Get down
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Movin’ in and on ya
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Can’t you feel my breath, heh
    Gainin’ on ya!
    All up around your neck, heh heh

    Hey, CC!
    They say your jivin’ game, it can’t be changed
    But on the positive side,
    You’re my piece of the rock
    And I love you, CC.
    Can you dig it?

    Hey, uh, we didn’t get our forty acres and a mule
    But we did get you, CC, heh, yeah
    Gainin’ on ya
    Movin’ in and around ya
    God bless CC and its vanilla suburbs

    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya! (heh!)
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya!
    What’s happening, blood?
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya!

    Yeah!
    What’s happening, black?
    Brother black, blood even
    Yeah-ahh, just funnin’

    Gettin’ down

    Ah, blood to blood
    Ah, players to ladies
    The last percentage count was eighty
    You don’t need the bullet when you got the ballot
    Are you up for the downstroke, CC?
    Chocolate city
    Are you with me out there?

    And when they come to march on ya
    Tell ’em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
    And don’t be surprised if Ali is in the White House
    Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
    Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
    Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
    And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
    Are you out there, CC?
    A chocolate city is no dream
    It’s my piece of the rock and I dig you, CC
    God bless Chocolate City and its (gainin’ on ya!) vanilla suburbs
    Can y’all get to that?
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Easin’ in
    Gainin’ on ya!
    In yo’ stuff
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Huh, can’t get enough
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Be mo’ funk, be mo’ funk
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Can we funk you too
    Gainin’ on ya!
    Right on, chocolate city!

    Yeah, get deep
    Real deep
    Heh
    Be mo’ funk
    Mmmph, heh
    Get deep
    Bad
    Unh, heh
    Just got New York, I’m told

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