Sunday, April 15, 2018

The black conservative minstrel-show shtick of Diamond and Silk

Photo credit:  Bree Newsome

Who Are Diamond and Silk? A Look at 2 Pro-Trump Social Media Stars.  (The New York Times, 4/14/2018)
They also sell Trump merchandise on their website and have embarked on a speaking tour that offers fans the chance to see them live for $50 a ticket (or $150 if you would like to take a picture with them and eat hors d’oeuvres). 
They were paid $1,274.94 by the Trump campaign in November 2016 for “field consulting,” according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. The White House did not respond to an email asking what those services entailed.

Most of the still overpriced merchandise has been steeply 'discounted'.

As for their "Chit Chat Tour", the pair certainly don't have a grueling schedule.

  • April 8.  Pittsburgh
  • May 6.  Greensboro, SC
  • May 13.  New Orleans
  • July 21.  Rancho Mirage, CA
  • August 5.  Cleveland

According to Merriam Webster, the first known use of the Yiddish term 'shtick' in the English language occurred in 1959.

Other new words and phrases from the same year:

  1. klutz
  2. kooky
  3. neatnik
  4. nutjob
  5. zonked

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