Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // August 18, 2017

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // August 18, 2017

We're all about free speech, but there's no room for hate at the dinner table. The problem is more insidious than a few extremists complaining about their statues, and we urge you to see through that to help stamp out the institutional racism plaguing America. In addition to getting out there on the front lines when there's a rally in your area, our friends of color have suggested that we indicate our allyship with a donation to the NAACP as a show of financial support.

There are a few happier links in here to take your mind off this stuff, but don't let it leave your mind completely; we've got some work to do.

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

A lot has been written about America’s racism this week. We found this story both on-topic for this newsletter and connected to current events; it’s of the woman who urged Brown-Forman to go through with their promise to correct its past failure to acknowledge Nearest Green, the slave who helped build Jack Daniel’s whiskey operation. No, Mr. Trump, you cannot rewrite history and pretend that Robert E. Lee and George Washington are equals in their support of slavery. No, public spirits company, you cannot say you’re going to recognize the man who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey, and then fail to recognize him for the $3B business that resulted, and get away with it. Frat boys and everyone’s drunken uncles should have been drinking Nearest Green’s Tennessee Whiskey all these years, and we applaud Fawn Weaver for her efforts to make this known.

At the Heart of Every Restaurant

An ode to the dishwasher by way of the Post’s restaurant critic’s reporting on his own recent stint in the role. The small team running a pop-up has to be 100% all hands on deck, so doesn’t typically include a standalone dishwasher. This means it’s everyone’s job. And sometimes the appliance of dishwasher is non-existent (or worse, 1 hr 55 min per cycle). We’re certainly familiar with the advantages of a methodical dishwashing program vs. one that’s an after thought. And they’re huge. (Shout out to my former Oaxacan amigo Makeas in the dish room at Pazzo, who used to say every day “Hola Kah-tie, muucho bizzzy?” and sometimes buy me an orange pop.)

The Kardashian Decade: How a Sex Tape Led to a Billion-Dollar Brand

An oral history of KUWTK is exactly what you’d expect: details so mundane you can’t really take your eyes off it. Sound familiar? Having spoken to our share of reality tv production folks, we enjoyed the anecdote from the then E! CEO about trying to convince Kris he was entitled to a piece of the Kardashian’s earnings outside the show.

8 U.S. National Park Road Trips to Fit in Before Summer Ends

Man we love a National Park! Even the ones that are kind of a snooze are special--especially because they’re not too crowded. Highly recommend the Utah swing and the Pacific Coast parks. Who’s going to fit in all 8 in the next 5 weeks? You’re living the dream, if it’s you.

Vice News on Charlottesville

PlaceInvaders believes that Black Lives Matter. You know that “All Lives Matter” doesn’t mean all lives matter, right? We know what the three individual words mean, and we know what you might think you mean by saying them, but those three words don't mean that any more and are not original thought. They’re a retort to a call for just treatment from those disenfranchised by a partial, heterogeneous government. Someone took those three words from the lexicon and they're now an unoriginal, racist, anti-equality statement. If you know anyone who thinks that “All Lives Matter,” you can help by talking with them and explaining this. If you don’t 100% believe what we’re saying, reach out to us. We’re happy to have a conversation of any length with you in order to possibly flip the paradigm in the mind of just one more person to understanding that this sentiment, this video, this baseless racism is not OK. TL:DW click here.