At a White House event in November, U.S. President Donald Trump honored World War II Navajo veterans, referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas, who translated military intelligence into Nawazo language Could not be read by the powers.
The real Pocahontus was the daughter of the chief Pavton of Tsenakomaka, not a tribe, but an alliance of several Algonquian tribes, presumably created to counter the influence of European, especially English, colonialists. Pocahontas is famous for allegedly saving the life of Captain John Smith. We only have Smith’s word on this incident, so it would never have happened.
Trump supporters say his remarks were not racist. Even if you agree, they were certainly not hipster racists. The term coined by American author Xinzi Clemens describes white, rich, ‘liberal’ people who believe they can say and do racist things without considering them racist. Why Because they are white liberals who are anti-racism. (Makes sense? Absolutely not. Racism is racism.)
The term was applied to troubled millennial icon Lena Dunham when she defended girls writer Murray Miller after being accused of rape by mixed-race actress Aurora Perineu.
Dunham defended one of the authors of her series, for which she has now stepped back and apologized, perhaps a little more motivated than necessary to protect her product, but if it Hipster was an example of racism, so in this case it would refer to latent or dull racist ideas held by young, hip, white people who otherwise believe they are not racist.
By now, the November words in the news are already full of surprises, but I can honestly say that one phrase I never expected to see in the headline was a pop-up brothel. I mean, does everything have to reboot for the 21st century? So, a pop-up brothel is a temporary or short-term basis for sexual activity.
While this may be an old-fashioned hotel room, some are arranged or secured using rental services such as Airbnb. This is obviously completely illegal, but then how legal is a pop-up restaurant in someone’s cramped London flat? What a world!
Finally, and to end it on a more calm note, Brexit faces another potential derailment in the shape of the Irish question. The Irish question is, to put it bluntly, a necessary boundary problem between the Republic of Ireland (which will remain in the EU) and Northern Ireland (which will exit the EU along with the rest of the UK).
The original Irish question, coined in the 19th century, was the question of Irish independence. Both are based on the model of the “famous” Schleswig-Holstein question, which had something to do with relations between Germany and Denmark. But apparently only three people understood it, and I’m not one of them.