The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
You bitch about a victimization culture as though it were some alternative explanation, rather than a perfect EXAMPLE of the lack of equality of opportunity.
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
I guess the question that begs to be asked is "Why do they have to be for a specific race"? And, "why just for men" - is there some unspoken competition between whites, blacks, asians and women? Have we come down to "let's see what race wins"? It all seems racists and sexists and it doesn't surprise me that it is in Texas.
"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." --Adlai Stevenson, Politician
Catawa is my favorite bleeding heart liberal.
I agree that if one particular individual fails in life, it is most likely due to his or her own lack of effort and didn't try enough. However if you ignore the individual and look on a macro scale, the reality is that there are certain groups within society that are marginalized, and this is reality. Now once we accept this, there are two possible conclusions a logical person arrives at: 1) there is something wrong with the group itself and 2) the system is biased against a particular group, or it's a mix of both (i think the truth is that it's a bit of both). The sociological data is clear: there are certain societal institutions that inherently treat darker-skinned people differently compared to lighter-skinned people even when all other factors are equal, and these include the job market and the justice system. Of course you don't want to teach your black child that he is doomed to fail because the deck is stacked against him, for his sake you want to teach him that he should give maximum effort in succeeding at life. But the reality is, in the real world people ARE often treated differently by society based on their skin color. It's not a liberal or conservative position, it is just plain unadulterated truth based on reams upon reams of sociological studies.
And for the record I see absolutely nothing wrong with what this Texas group is doing, more power to them.
Grow up in a small White community and many will discourage you from seeking any ambitions outside from where you grew up, that you are thinking you're something special if you want more out of life than those you grew up with. I spend half my time in Latin American and because North Americans and Europeans generally have more money they tend to think we are smarter, which is certainly not the case.
Thankfully, and at last, the situation is changing in the Native American communities and they are showing Native Pride and moving ahead. It will still take a lot of effort to bring them up from where they were but now they are having some role models, which is a good place to start.
You might think the people you grew up with are your friends but its surprising how many of them will show resentment if you leave the area, or success when you find it. People often try to keep others down to their own level because if you look good they become more aware of their own mediocrity. It's a cultural problem.