Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Before the Nazi's over took Germany they were no threat and many people laughed at the idea. I see many similarities abound with the occupiers. The ideologies are very different but both movements are very close in nature. Get the public to hate the government. Get the public to hate private industry. Get the public to hate a certain groups of people. Place all blame on those groups, entities and the government. Incite a revolution.
Hell they even have their own salute. Its just the Extreme Lefts version. This isnt something that we should let fester into a head.
Bottom line: Poverty isn't restricted to black people, you'd realize this though if you weren't so, what was it called me? Oh yeah... racist.
Maybe you find you have to justify yourself to your "loads of black friends", that you feel guilty for things you've never done. In which case, I feel pity for you. Any time one feels they must justify their opinion with "I have friends of different color", no matter which side of the argument they are, just shows that they've nothing left to offer to a discussion except to justify their inane, and idiotic ideas.
Last edited by Hamster Buddha; 12-10-14 at 09:15 AM.
this study, you need to read the summary.
Again, you dismiss people of color's narratives when you talk like this. You're being calm, yes, but you're also being incredibly-tone deaf. What you refuse to understand is that it is your white privilege that allows you to talk like this in the first place. Blacks and browns do not have that choice, because it is systematically denied to them. And the fact that a lucky few blacks are multi-millionaires does absolutely nothing to contradict this fact.Here's the difference between today's society and that of fifty years ago. If a black man or woman is exceptional, then they can go as far as their dreams can take them as have been demonstrated by the likes of Oprah, Obama, Jay-Z, and the Xerox CEO. Because of that, I don't think racism is at play here. (It's important to note, White's aren't the demographic that has it best in this country anyways.) However, what I will admit, is that for an average young black man today who is getting ready to go to elementary school, it is much harder for that individual to succeed than it is for their White, Asian, or even Hispanic counterpart (It's amazing how far Hispanics have come when you consider that a generation or two ago, they weren't even here!). Now if we can stop pretending that "Whites", "Conservatives", and "Republicans" hates Blacks, then we can really start to address the issues that have the average black kid being behind the eight ball.
I am in no position to give an honest appraisal of racial dynamics from any perspective other than that which I have gained by listening to people of color; that is because my white privilege has blinded me from having to intuit these dynamics just to give myself a chance to function, let alone thrive. But I can and have learned a little bit. Part of that includes the understanding that openly disrespecting a police officer is never, ever an acceptable reason for being summarily executed. Why? Besides the obvious problem of the severe overreactions, blacks HAVE tried respecting white authority, and look how well that worked for them. And don't even think about trying to retort that "that problem is in the past," because it absolutely, categorically, is not.Why should they respect authority? Because you will go much further in this world when you do. That even goes for me when I go overseas and work with my Chinese and Japanese counterparts. In fact, if you go to those countries, you'll find the same demand for respect and conformity that you do with Whites here. Beyond that, I really don't have much more to say to you.
That is what was going on with that study; why take the chance on a black kid when their are equally qualified whites? It's not racism though because that line of thought isn't without merit. We all know the statistics by now; 1 in 4 African American Adult Males are felons, half of the homicides that are committed in this country are blacks despite the fact they only make up an eighth of the population (with 90% of those blacks killed in black on black crime), blacks have the highest dropout rates, etc. This all is on top of the fact that the black culture isn't exactly conducive to a professional atmosphere, to say the least. All of the above means that blacks are behind the eight ball in terms of starting out.
And by the way, there is hope. Look at New Orleans by the way and what they've done to drastically improve their schools and with it, the lives of blacks in that city. Prior to Katrina, the majority black city had a joke of a school system. I think the statistic was that in 2004, only around 33% of the city passed tests at basic level. Since the implementation of a charter system in the aftermath of Katrina, that number has doubled to almost 67%. In fact, New Orleans is on the precipice of setting history of being the first predominantly black school district to out perform it's mostly white state. I believe if a system like they have in New Orleans was implemented nationwide in these Urban areas, we would see a vast improvement in the quality of education and more importantly, the plight of blacks in this country.