Racial discrimination an in your face item today. Trump’s attempts to limit/stop Muslim immigration an example.
Today, it is Muslims. At another time, the Chinese. The year 1888. On this date in 1888, the U.S. passed a law forbidding Chinese laborers from entering America. Note the word “laborers.” Merchants, extra smart persons and seafarers not included.
California was the tender spot. Over 100,000 had come in. The Anglo cry was they were taking up the white man’s jobs and causing wages to be low.
By 1888, some Chinese had become successful. They owned and operated laundries and restaurants. Both considered women’s work up to that time.
The U.S. continued to discriminate against and exclude laboring Chinese till 1943. The middle of World War II. The Chinese were our ally and such blatant racism could not be permitted to continue.
Spent a little time yesterday reading about turtles and the Florida Keys. A tale of love.
Sloan came by mid afternoon. I called her. Needed her. I wanted to improve on my new Go Live videos on Facebook. Two problems. Quickly resolved.
Big night! Jenna at Berlin’s. We had not seen each other for several weeks. It was catch up time.
Jenna is absolutely amazing. Her professional life continues to develop. Her income accompanies the success.
She was excited I was doing FB videos. She was watching them. She quickly shared with me two things I could do to make the videos better. Love her!
Compared to Jenna, I am a rank amateur when it comes to social media, FB, video, etc.
She shared with me a recent exciting experience.
Jenna has been running the past year. I should be so thin! She has competed in several 5Ks. Comes in 1st or in the top 5.
She works out with Dante. Another thin creature. His abs pronounced.
Jenna ran a short video on FB of her and Dante standing waiting to run. Eleven thousand views! Wow! Even she was surprised. She could not figure out why the video became instantaneously hot.
Would I love to have 11,000 views!
Bria stopped by. Lovely! Enjoyed her singing afterwards.
Tennessee Williams time.
This afternoon at 2 at the Tennessee Williams Gallery at 513 Truman, a talk about the making of The Rose Tattoo. Starred Anna Mangani and Burt Lancaster. Filmed in Key West in a house 2 doors from Williams’ home. The movie based on a Tennessee Williams story.
One week from today at The Studios of Key West, a presentation involving Williams and Frank Merlo. Williams and Merlo were lovers. They lived together in Key West and elsewhere for years. I believe their love letters the basis of the show.
I wrote about the Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo relationship in an article in KONK Life three years ago. The emphasis was on the influence that Merlo had on Williams life and writing.
The State of Florida took like a 100 years to complete the reconstruction of North Roosevelt Boulevard. The State screwed up re the cross walks. How to long to spell out. If you live in Key West, you know.
Too many accidents at the crosswalks. Serious injuries the result.
The State has been screwing around about correcting the situation. Nothing definite from them.
City officials are trying again. The State has to come in and fix. It is a State highway. Even if the State agrees, I can tell you it will be an additional 2-3 years to get to it because of funding. Not in the budget or proposed budget.
Harry Truman loved Key West and Key West loves Harry Truman. On this date 1950, the President arrived in Key West for a one month vacation. A working one. At the Little White House.
I am fortunate to live on this island. Warm most of the time. Experienced enough snow while living up north.
New York City got hit by a major snow storm in 1888. Began this date. Forty inches in 36 hours. The City was isolated for days. An example being that messages to Boston had to be routed through England.
Here I go again with robots and autonomous intelligence. It is not sneaking upon us. It has. And no one is talking about where those human employees being replaced by robots, etc. will work.
The issue is not bringing jobs back from Europe, Asia and Mexico. Such an issue 20 years ago. Over the next 3-4 years, it will be the robots taking over.
And no one talks about it. Not even Trump who professes to know everything.
California plans to permit no driver vehicles on its highways by the end of the year. No steering wheel, no pedals, no driver.
A biggie beginning at 5:30 today. The NCAA Selection Show. I do not expect Syracuse to be selected.
Enjoy your Sunday!