I'm going to opine on the BJ Community (the BJC) and their collective public silence as they stand back and watch a rogue element of the community itself attempt to re-write the history of BJ -while they look on and say nothing.
Many, if not most, of the BJC (included in this are the pros to be sure) are probably not enamored with Arnold Snyder�s (AS) effort to erase Don Schlesinger�s (DS) contribution to the body of BJ work. They are unwillingly however -as in the laws of diminishing returns -to be antagonistic towards him. Moreover, many will actually see an upside to being on friendly terms with AS at any cost.
I am familiar with the laws of diminishing returns, and I am aware there is no �advantage� to jumping in a fight that has no upside for you personally.
But put very plainly, the effort now afoot to marginalize and trivialize the contribution DS has made to the BJC is shameful. Almost as shameful as the deafening silence from the community itself.
Sometimes people do what is right, what is required of them to do �because it is right.
In November, when the Blackjack Historian (no, I don�t know exactly who that is but lets just say it was AS himself; he has the post prominently displayed on his website) took the first shot across DS�s bow only one or two individuals with any BJ credibility chose to speak out and call it what it was.
As a relative new-timer to the BJC, I was actually shocked, on several levels, at the deafening silence that surrounded that post.
First of all, the premise is ludicrous. If the logic in that epistle is accurate, all but a few individuals since the Four Horsemen should be returning their medals, their accolades, and their BJHOF certificates.
Second, here is AS himself in so much admitting that he published DS�s works as gospel, that he quotes DS in his own texts, and that he endorsed DS�s published works only so he could sell books and periodicals. For all the new-timers out there relying on your word, AS �thanks; thanks a lot.
Third, that AS would post or allow it to be posted anonymously. Cowardice at best.
You can have whatever opinion you care to have of DS, but that article demanded an outcry from the BJC. And it was silent.
Hind-sight being what it is, it�s easy enough to see now that when that post was made, the senior members of the BJC already knew exactly what was only days away; the second coming of the new BJFOL. Admittedly, I was dumbfounded then at the silence, but now I understand �no advantage in telling AS he was wrong or out of line �better wait and see how things play out; that is the advantage play.
And the beat goes on to marginalize DS.
I guess once you find out that you (AS) can actually admit that everything you said and published about a man for the last twenty years was .. crap, just wrong, a lie, whatever .. and nobody will call you out on it, you come to believe you must truly be larger than life, that you can expand on the hypocrisy, and sully others reputation to suit your pleasure along the way.
How about it Michael Dalton? How about it Bill Zender? How about it Steve Forte? DS endorsed McDowell�s book and AS (Yoko, Radar O�Reilly, Blackjack Historian, is there any real difference) says it�s a load of crap. Huh. AS try�s to give you guys a pass when he says you endorsed the book without reading it or if you did read it you didn�t understand it, or if you understood it just did it for the money. Is that right?
So, what? What else is there?
I post here as it is impossible for me to post freely at AS�s site and I don�t want to infer that AP.com shares all my views here equally. I have no idea; I didn�t ask.
I�m not a lot of things. Not a professional BJ player. Not a BJ math geek. Not an author. Not a board op. Not a hero worshipper. I�ll never be invited to the BJBall and probably never have dinner with anyone mentioned in this post. I�m just one of the guys on the edge of the BJC peering in.
But I am amazed .. that the BJC �the senior members, the professional members �in particular, would remain silent while one of it�s long time contributors, educators, and friend is vilified in public.
I myself find it shameful. How many pieces of silver does it take to purchase silence like that?