a false equivalency is a false equivalency is a false equivalency is a false equivalency is a false equivalency.
"saw almost nothing but affluent black people the whole time I was in town. "
That was Holly Springs, MISSISSIPPI?
I went to Holly Springs MS week before last, and saw almost nothing but affluent black people the whole time I was in town.
"Affluent" means "rich" to those such as myself in the audience that attended intentionally defunded city education system which was so sorely attacked by people who aren't at all racist (obviously, it's offensive to even imply the school system was defunded in protest to Brown V. Board and federally enforced desegregation, so I won't, even though the historical, factual, archaeological, and anecdotal evidence consistently supports this world wide recognized fact)
But "love"BC is right: educating the labor class is so obviously (I would never be sarcastic on the internet, ever) casting pearls before swine, anyone who attempts to teach an "urban" youth is clearly unaware of the naturally limited intellectual capacity caused by the "urban" environment. (I said "urban," because it's a hip codeword for something else that in plain english would again be offensively racist).
I mean, what good would educating the working class do for taxpayers (Read: more code language, this time meaning "not urban") do? They might try to use that education to lobby for higher wages, for say, sanitation workers, teachers, firemen or cops. Obviously, that will end badly for the "taxpaying" (Urban folks, obviously, never have to pay taxes) class.
If only I had some kind of civil right like freedom of speech to things like I saw them. A man named Samuel Clemens, who preferred to go by his "street" name Mark Twain, said: "The repulsive feature of slavery is the thing, not it's name. One needs but to hear an aristocrat speak of the classes that are below him to recognize--and in but indifferently modified measure--the very air and tone of the actual slaveholder; and behind these are the slaveholder's spirit, the slaveholder's blunted feeling. They are the result of the same cause in both cases: the possessor's old and inbred custom of regarding himself as a superior being."--Mark Twain, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" Chapter XXV: a competitive examination paragraph 2
Luckily I'm way too dumb to understand that quote, because I attended defunded urban schools.
Perhaps African-Americans could have a bigger slice of the pie if they finished high school at the same rates of whites and Asians.
Perhaps AAs could have a bigger slice of the pie if 15% of their children were borne out of wedlock and 85% of their children were born in a stable married family.
Perhaps AAs could have a bigger slice of the pie if they would stop killing each other over really stupid stuff, such as he dissed me, my gang, or walked on my street.
Perhaps AAs could have a bigger slice of the pie if they referred to their women-folk as ladies, instead of bitches and ho's.
I could go on, but I think you get my gist.
In spite of two black mayors over the past 25 years in Memphis, and one black president, things are not improving overall for blacks in this city. However, if a AA works hard, studies hard and pays his or her dues, they can be successful. Don't take my word for it, ask my black physician.
Not for nuthin', but the "red button(s)" on his LPs are "kill" switches. The Atari style buttons turn off (kill) the sound. B also uses (quite often) a "pitch shift" pedal, which literally raises whatever note an octave (or more or less depending on how you set it). So when the writer said, "The red button is something like a Wah-Wah pedal for the face of his guitar...", what he was hearing was the kill switch in conjunction with the pitch shift pedal...far from a 'wah for the face of the guitar'. Understandable if you're not a guitar player...
The Mayor is a nice guy, but the fact that he doesn't read newspapers means that he lives in a bubble of his own making. This does not bode well for his administration. This paper, the CA and the Tri-State Defender are required reading if he wants to make well-informed decisions.
Brings back memories of Elian Gonzales.
If it's possible for crabs to crawl out of this barrel, how come we all fall when I try to climb up their backs?
I've been bike commuting east all the way out to ridgeway and haven't died once. It's always sketchy to be the only cyclist on the road, but the first person to take the lane makes it much easier for the next one. M
Last call and final word from the Incredible Brichy, mind reader, and his assistant the lovely Stolichnaya!
Law enforcement thinks by stopping and lock up a bunch of addicts is going to help clear up this epidemic and that is just not so. Yes, it is much easier to lock up the user but they create other problems; overcrowding jail and prisons, break up families for twenty years and causing financial ruin for families, but no one offers solutions. Even if the county sheriff's office, MPD, detectives and the Federal government are given names, addresses of the dealers and pushers they still do nothing. The young addict is setting in jail/prison life wasting away with each passing day making it impossible to get a job when they get released and become a productive part of society and taxpayer. Another thing even when these first time offenders do their time for the crime; they carry a scarlet letter with them wherever they go to apply for a job (Felony), why is that necessary? They are paying for that one mistake for the rest of their life. There needs to be some brainstorming and discussions on these topics.
You know what, I think all of you seem to believe there is some form of "world belief" that, if it were to be allowed to come to fruition, we all win and all will be well.
What crap. There is no such thing. There are ideas of such things, but there is no agreement as to what it is.
Well I'm thrilled you're back in Memphis being your creative self. Start the musicevoltion!
Nothing to say but win the AAC Tournament or stay at home. Unless you want a CIB or CBI berth. I don't even know which it is, that's how much I care about it.
Oak Tree, making perfect sense to oneself is the best way to approach bedtime.
@NickR - Yeah, that's why I asked. And also why I said it's a false equivalency.
OakTree, In the 60s I was more likely to be pushed in a stroller. But from what I've read or was told, waiting for the cultural consensus was wisely superseded and Legislative and Judicial was pushed ahead of the common will.
@NickR - Yeah.. did some marching too. How about you? Seriously.
One thing to remember, is that the Executive doesn't make law.
Real change happens via Legislative means.
And Judicial interpretation thereof.
OakTree, were you even alive in the 60's? "Executive control into areas where the cultural consensus hadn't jelled yet"
@datGuy, @NickR - That's a false equivalency. Much of this debate has been caused by people hiking up the rhetoric, without actually looking at what the right thing to do for each individual is. Because each case is different, justice requires a more specific prescription within the law. There is no 'one size fits all' in law here, just like there is no such thing as only two sexes. This issue would have been better kept within the medical paradigm, instead of the courtroom.
Obama pushed his Executive control into areas where the cultural consensus hadn't jelled yet, so he got push-back, it's as simple as that. This is one of many examples where his administration chose confrontation instead of consensus building, and as a result, he got a backlash. Now, everything he did is likely to be undone.
For those of us who believe in fighting for real progress, this is a tactical misstep which could have been avoided. He wanted a fight, so now we've got one. And it was totally avoidable.
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