Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#689. Chimney Sweeping

Just doing his part in bringing back chimney sweeping
It is a well known fact that many of the eighteenth century chimney sweepers in New York City were free men of color. And by "free men of color," we mean Black people. Regrettably, this vocational practice has gone out of vogue in the Black community as the time honored tradition of apprenticing and training to sweep chimney's for a living is borderline dead.

Is it because homeowners fear having a Black person in their house? Is it because Black people grew tired of wiping soot and ash from their clothes and body? Is it because of pernicious impact of White Privilege and the continued usage of the white Santa Claus paradigm, instead of embracing a move toward inclusion by crafting a new myth around a Black Santa?

Regardless of the reasons, chimney sweeping - as a profession for employing Black people - is on life support. Until 17-year-old Renaldo Jack (of the increasingly unlivable Gwinnett County) made a bid to restore luster and prestige to an occupation that is known to give white people who perform the task a culturally-unacceptable blackface:
If Santa knows whether you've been bad or good, he knows 17-year-old Renaldo Jack is part of the former group.
The Atlanta-area teen was charged with burglary after trying to break into a Norcross home through the chimney. 

He got stuck, and was trapped for nearly half a day.
The teen’s cries for help were finally heard, and he was rescued by firefighters around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Gwinnett County police said Jack had been stuck in the chimney since 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Chimney Sweeping: A once proud Black tradition
Jack was also charged with providing false information to a police officer after he gave a fake name to a policeman who recognised him from a prior arrest.
According to WSBTV in Atlanta, no less than six patrol cars showed up to the scene.
The AP headline for the story at Yahoo stated Teen Rescued After 10 Hours in chimney of Georgia home, without providing the crucial detail of the uninvited nature of his visit to that chimney. Even if he was trying to resurrect Black people's interest in having a career in chimney sweeping, Renaldo was still participating in an attempted home invasion. 

And instead of perpetuating an image of Black people as hard working chimney sweepers, Renaldo's arrest - and time stuck in a chimney - highlights one of the primary reasons that homeowners don't trust having Black people in their home.

Stuff Black People Don't Like, sadly, includes chimney sweeping, a once proud tradition within the Black community. It's just a profession that doesn't pay as much as the government these days.


Anonymous said...

Is it bad that I wish he'd have died in there. Course the home owner would probably get the charge...wait, who pays for all of this?! How much ya wanna bet it's the white home owner.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

Good thing he didn't get in. Can you imagine coming home and finding a black criminal in you home, dressed in black-face?

Remnant said...

Paul, have you seen this satirical site? It is a guy who writes in the voice of a black man confronting white society. Extremely funny and well done. Seems like a kindred soul to you, although he comes at it from a different angle.

Anonymous said...

If they would put as much effort into education as they did being thieves, gangstas, thugs...bah...nevermind...Kid Clorox

Anonymous said...

Ret'd LAPD here. A long time ago I responded to a burglary call as a backup unit. A store owner called and said someone had fallen through a hole in his ceiling, and he wasn't moving. And with good reason.

His store had beeen burglarized for years, with the burglars entering through the aforementioned hole in the roof. Fed up, he tried blocking entry into his store by putting up a portion of reinforced chicken wire near the ceiling. That didn't last as the burglars just kicked it out. So, the store owner strengthened it and added a twist- he electrified it by running wires from a 110 outlet.

Fast forward about two weeks later. Some unsuspecting thief, who had visited the store before in this manner and relieved it of some merchandise, fell flat onto the chicken wire and was thusly electrocuted. What an absolute stench that was.

The decedent was black, the store owner Jordanian. There was a lot of uproar about this poor guy was tortured to death and amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The Jordanian took a plea after a very zealous DA was going to charge him with murder (malice aforethought).

This chimney chump ought to be lucky he's alive. Instead of humility he tries kicking out a cop car window and his rage is undiminished.

~AV~ said...

Swift posts here....we all know about him/her/it

Zenster said...

Ret's LAPD: This chimney chump ought to be lucky he's alive.

What might have happened if the homeowner was deaf and just happened to decide that the time was right to burn some trash? (pun intended)

countenance said...

Seems like someone got a big ole lump of coal in their stockings way too early.

Anonymous said...

The very nature of black culture dooms blacks to societal inferiority. Blacks will always be at the very bottom rung of society. Nothing about that is ever going to change. Earmarks of black culture will always be: sky-high rates of illegitimacy, feral children, poverty, welfare dependence, abysmal academic performance, and crime.

My great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren will be dealing with the same effing bullshit of having to support and avoid black hordes. Sadly, the only solution I can see for my descendents is expatriation.

Lily White said...

The ACLU, no doubt, is prepping its lawsuit against the homeowner for having a chimney.

10mm AUTO said...

What is it with negroids and Chimney's? "It must be da Chimney sweeping gene!", La'toilet Toby Brown Shabezz said to our cameras, "Our new motto is to go Slithering Black365, yo!. Crackers got bad skin, yo, Africans are made by Allah to be able to move anywhere and sheet."

And finally, the final price paid by negroids who go "Slithering Black365"

YT said...

Effing media...

I once ran into a ex-restaurant owner that something similar happened to except the groid did die in the vent.

The media claimed he was trying to get gifts for his children for xmas. But the break in happened in November and the guy had tools with him.

After the media played the story and made sure to point out the jig died in the vent over the stove nobody patronized the poor guy's place anymore.

If/when the revolution happens, I hope some future field commander gives any and all MSM reporters to the black POWs for sex and food.

Anonymous said...

I would have turned the furnace on full blast and deep fried him!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Sadly, the only solution I can see for my descendents is expatriation."...I have friends in Tasmania...Several times I have asked them to look around for a deal on some land, maybe a house & land. Very restricted firearms laws there, and he says the 'aboriginal youth' are quickly becoming as bad or worse than our negroids here....(well, I've always liked Asian women...maybe somewhere there?)...Kid Clorox

Rev. Dr,. Swift said...

Support from a random cracker? Will wonders never cease? Thanks, honkey!

Anonymous said...

I would have lit a raging fire and recorded the screams

SwampThizzle said...

Wasn't this in "How The Moolie Stole Christmas" by Dr. Malik Seuss-Shabazz?

Dissident said...

This reminds me of a book entitled, "They Were White and They Were Slaves", by Micheal A. Hoffman.

In it, he chronicles the use of poor white children in industrial England, that were commonly used as human chimney sweeps. Many of these children died horrible and excruciating deaths due to soot inhalation and crushing from dilapidated chimneys falling in on them.

It's an excellent book to give to all the DWL's and uppity blacks in your life, that think that only they have suffered under the burden of slavery and injustice.

HandoStomper said...

Not only did they leave race out of it, they mock up the title for semblance of victimhood.

teen was charged with burglary and giving false information to a police officer.

It's like the AP was forced to include that information.

Well here's to a swift release of this fine upstanding man; it will be no coincidence that while he sits in jail, Mr. Evergreen won't be posting here.

Anonymous said...

"Sadly, the only solution I can see for my descendents is expatriation."

No. The more humane solution (if non-Whites are going to be a part of post-BRA [Black Runa Amerika] once the EBT cards hit the fan, is the restoration and implementation (due to world population overages, you understand, and to ensure everyone rising to the intellectual level of those most intelligent- i.e., Whites) is the science of Eugenics, and forced steriization of all non-Whites, after one child, or before such, if criminal records are found, imbecility is in the family, or sub-normal (IQ 70) occurs. You don't have the moral problems of abortion (killing babies) nor unwanted (rape) preganancies, but the eugenicized can at least still enjoy the conjugal act.

- Fr. John+

Terry said...

Well SBPDL you just made a mistake. Chimney Sweeping isn't a black tradition, it is actually a white tradition. The only time a black will do any chimney sweeping is if he wants to steal like your article suggests. How about the old joke, "What do you get when you cross a black with an Hispanic," = "Soneone to stupid to steal." Traditionally Chimney sweeps were white boys ages 5 to about 10. Even when the British governmnet was working on emancipating the blacks from slavery, they still had white boys as slaves sweeping out their chimneys. Yes, they were slaves. In fact, the first slaves in America and the colonies were white, not black. They were treated worse than black. For proof I would suggest that you obtain Michael Hoffmans book, "They were white and they were slaves." go to. or

W74 said...

Renaldo could have learned from Tyrese and Jaykwon here.

If only he had gone to their lab for physical testing the three budding scientists might have foreseen that Renaldo would not have made it down that chimney.

Playing Roots Backwards said...

None of you seem to be aware of that guy's true identity. That was Black Peter bringing all of the bad girls and boys their lumps of coal for Christmas.

You were probably thrown off by the date. Black Peter, for obvious genetic reasons, is not nearly as efficient as Santa Clause so he has to get a 6 week head start.

Try to pay more attention from now on.

Anonymous said...

He will probably try and sue the homeowners for racial stereotyping. They should have know an oversized coon would try to squeeze down the chimney. To top it off, they trapped and humiliated him by forcing him to do blackface.

Anonymous said...

"The decedent was black, the store owner Jordanian. There was a lot of uproar about this poor guy was tortured to death and amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The Jordanian took a plea after a very zealous DA was going to charge him with murder (malice aforethought). "

Setting up what amounts to a deathtrap has to be against code. Still the criminal got what he deserved, and I'd have been weary of giving the guy anything more than a slap on the wrist for it.

Anonymous said...

Has the committee that hands out the Darwin Awards been notified? No fatality was involved here,but doesn't this rate a "Damned Good Try",or something along those lines????

josh said...

Chim chimeny chim chimeny chim chim cheroo/Good luck will rub off if oy shake 'ands wit you!!



" Setting up what amounts to a deathtrap has to be against code..."

Setting up a boobytrap should be illegal because firefighters and police officers sometimes have to enter properties unannounced in emergencies, hot pursuits, etc. Not to mention inquisitive children and teenagers who've "gone exploring". Identifying your target is the first rule of Life Or Death situations.

YES!!! In this case some scumbag got what he deserved but still it ain't worth it.

No Boobytraps!! because true satisfaction is shooting your burglar while starin' him in the eyes as you pull the trigger.


Anonymous said...

I don't remember the website, but it chronicles ridiculous lawsuits. One burglar was stuck in a homeowner's garage while they were on vacation. He sued and was compensated.

YT said...

Christmas Comes early for black people. It sounds eerily like this black people carol:

Wus da night afo' Crizzmus, and all thru da hood,
everybody be sleepin' and da sleepin' be good.
We hunged up our stockins, an hoped like all heck,
dat ObamaClause soon gonna brang us our check.

All of da family, was layin' on da flo',
my sister wif her gurlfriend, my brother wif some ho.
Ashtrays was all full, empty beer cans and all
when I heared such a fuss, I thunk...."Must be da law"!

I pulled the sheet off da window and what I'ze could see,
I was spectin' the sherrif, wif a warrant fo' me.
But what did I see, made me say, "Lawdy look 'a dat!"
Dere was a huge watermelon, pulled by eight big-ass rats.

Now ovah da years, Santy Claws he be white,
but it looks like us brotha's got a black un' tonight.
Faster than a poeleece car, my homeboy he came,
and whupped up on dem rats, as he called dem by name.

On Biden, On Jessie, On Pelosi and Hillary Who,
On Fannie, On Freddie, On Ayers, and Slick Willy too.
Obama landed dat melon, right there in da street,
I knowed it fo' sho', - can you believe dat sheet?

He didn't need no chimney, he picked da lock on my do',
an I sez to myself, "Damn he done done dis befo!"
He had a big bag, full of presents, I speck?
Wif "Air Jordans" and fake gold to wear roun' my neck.

But he left me no presents, started stealin’ my shit.
He got my guns and my crack, and my new burgler kit.
Den, wif my shit in his bag, out da windo' he flew,
I sho' woulda shanked him, but he snagged my blade too!

He jumped back on dat melon, wif out even a hitch,
and wuz gone in two seconds, dat sonofabitch!
So nex year I be hopin', a white Santy we git,
'cause dis black Santy Claws we got just ain't worf a shit!

Credit:Sickle Cell Anemia on NM forum

Anonymous said...

Black Pool Party in Harlem
Tosh O.

Anonymous said...

the first slaves in these parts were
injuns, enslaved by injuns...
I read how in the pacific northwest the rich would kill slaves at parties...just
to show how rich they were....
arriving by canoe the slaves would lay in the sand,,,the canoe would run over them...
some party, eh

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11:35 AM, a friend of mine used to leave an old booze bottle 3/4 full of methyl alcohol sitting on his desk at his shop. He figured that no thief would be able to resist a free drunk.

Anonymous said...

Votes for Women! (Step In Time!)

Anonymous said...

Chimney Sweeping, of course they don't like that- It combines the two things black people hate more than anything else: Work and Getting Darker.

Anonymous said...

Chim Chiminey Chim Chim Cheree!
Seriously people, this is Kwanzaa Renaldo. You see on Chirstmas Santa comes down the chimney and leaves gifts. Well, on Kwanzaa eve, Kwanzaa Renaldo comes down your chimney and takes everything. The next day when you see your empty house, you experience the magic of Kwanzaa!

John said...

I'll bet he washes up shinier than a....., well, piece of coal.

Anonymous said...

I am a black chimney sweep and have owned my business for 20 years now, the money I earn is FANTASTIC. The field of work is great and even allows me to employ 4 white and 2 black chimney sweeps. 99% of my customers are white and my repeat business is just as high. The business and residential community I serve are great. I earn great money and pay higher than normal wages to all my sweeps. We focus on safety and customer service. I give public education classes to realtors, insurance companies and give training to other chimney sweeping companies. Homeowners do not care about my color, they care about my experience, honesty and knowledge. It is always fun when one of my sweeps has a problem and needs to call out the boss for a solution and to see the surprised look on the face of the customer. It only takes a few minutes to win them over and they see the flowing of knowledge and experience. When they want the best...they call me.

The bigotry of this blog is here for a reason. There are many times I am ashamed for being black and there many times I am ashamed of being human. There is good and bad in each country, in each race on all levels. Education is the key. Many bigots are poorly educated just as many criminals. It is true that many black people are looking for a handout, an apology. They should focus of themselves and not in blaming the white man. I am a living example of what you get when you help yourself to education, hard work and motivation. I have had many positive role models both white and black. The black community should rally around education instead of street corners and committing acts of violence and should the whites.

None of us should blame the other for our position in life. We all need to move forward with the determination to better ourselves. None of us are free from blame.

Prejudice is learned and can be defined as ignorance.

There is no place or time in our society for baggy pants, low riders, loud and degrading music, fake gold jewelry, guns and criminal behavior.

All of us should be man enough to admit that we are men and to behave as men. We cannot be thieves or bigots. We cannot continue to make excuses.