Was Bill Cosby right about race in America? - History and politics.
So called "victimhood" is a white based, conservative right wing "talking point" and bumper sticker, and nothing more. It's code for black people and Democrats, and liberals. I'm from the inner city (Chicago and Houston), went 1-A in the draft and missed being called up, for a war I would have never fought in (Vietnam War), and would have opted for a CO, if the call had come through...encountered racism from the faculty of the University of Houston, and later landed a college level position in the Texas Medical Center, with determination and smarts. I've never asked for handout. Never got one either.
Some of us work for "ours"...contrary to popular belief.
Last edited by aaronssongs; 03-20-10 at 05:53 PM.
I condemn your characterization. Black people in the store were "victimized" by a racially-based prank.
Apparently, criminal charges are being brought against the juvenile offender, and rightfully so.
I agree with 1069's position.
Try this: Economist's View: Black and White Unemployment Over Time
Do you dispute these charts?.....
So, I was curious about this word "victim".
Victim - According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Obviously the first definition does not apply in this case...I hope.Main Entry: vic•tim
Etymology: Latin victima; perhaps akin to Old High German wīh holy
Date: 15th century
1 : a living being sacrificed to a deity or in the performance of a religious rite
2 : one that is acted on and usually adversely affected by a force or agent <the schools are victims of the social system>: as a (1) : one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions <a victim of cancer> <a victim of the auto crash> <a murder victim> (2) : one that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment <a frequent victim of political attacks> b : one that is tricked or duped <a con man's victim>
So it would seem the second must.
I find myself seemingly somewhat in the middle on this.
I don't consider "inner city blacks" (or any subset of the population in a similar situation) to be powerless in the face of whatever force is causing them to be in such a situation.
Neither, however, do I consider them exclusively to blame (due to laziness, or whatever) for their own situation.
I think there are multiple factors involved, most of which I probably don't even know exist.
Since I'm a selfish bastard, and have more important things to do (*goes off to play a PC game*), I probably won't take the time to find out.
What could I possibly do if I did know all the factors (which would probably be the work of a lifetime in itself)?
Write a book?
Give speeches about it?
Has it really changed anything?
Not so far as I can tell.
Although I will say that it seems the poor people in the US (even the homeless), are filthy rich, compared to some in other countries.
It's a f'd up world.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.