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Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Brichy, hmmmm hardcore Marxists. I can see where you got your powers of logic, and abiding respect for double speak. The red apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Posted by Nick R on 05/02/2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “US Military to Weaponize Alligators Trump Announces

I heard a story about how some Green Berets had a gator as a mascot. Being airborne qualified is a requirement for SF, so they decided to rig up the gator and toss him out of a C-130 at Ft. Bragg, the gator landed successfully, but chewed out of the rigging. Now there is an pissed off gator in NC.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/02/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “US Military to Weaponize Alligators Trump Announces

I heard a story about how some Green Berets had an alligator for a mascot. Part of being SF is to be airborne qualified, so they rigged up a chute and threw him out of the aircraft at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The chute is said to have deployed successfully, but the gator gnawed through the webbing and escaped.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/02/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “US Military to Weaponize Alligators Trump Announces

and the killer hogs are already going after Isis - of course if some of the weaponized gators get loose at Mar-a-lago .....

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Posted by Peter Ceren on 05/02/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Grove,

Perspective is important. Very important. In some places on this Earth, slaves produce the sons of kings, and they become princes in their own time. However, the false choice presented in this opinion piece is still misleading, as intended. So also with the "check your privilege" curse so easily tossed about these days.

Both also rely on envy, pride, ignorance and sloth to do their magic.

It would also have been nice if the author had at least paid attribution to the original. This topic has been bouncing around for about 4 years, at least.

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 05/02/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

Corporatists will be the end of democracy.

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Posted by B on 05/02/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “US Military to Weaponize Alligators Trump Announces

Hahahahahaha.

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Posted by Dagmar Bergan on 05/02/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

@Bric,

Then you didn't have the same privilege as I did.

That's my point. It does exist. That's the point of the article too.

There are certain advantages that some of us have over others. Sometimes race plays as an advantage (and yes that can occasionally work in your favor or against you). Sometimes your sex plays a role.

I've always contended that your upbringing and socioeconomic status growing up play the biggest role.

Pretending that everyone has the same opportunity is just ignorant though. We don't all start from the same place. Yes, the great thing about our country is that you can make something of yourself regardless of where you start in life. However, it's fair to recognize that some people face more obstacles than others.

The reason race gets brought up so much when it comes to privilege, in my opinion, is because due to the history of our country, minorities haven't had as many generations of opportunity to work themselves into the upper socioeconomic classes. Therefore, the random odds that you'll start out life on second or third base are higher if you're a white male than if you're something else in this country. There are plenty of poor white people who grow up in poverty though, and they face a ton of obstacles.

From the article:
"So, would you rather be an attractive, wealthy, black female lawyer or a poor, old white man who works wiping down cars at Mr. Pride?"

I think you can extend that to, would you rather be the daughter of the former or the son of the latter? While some race and sex privilege certainly exists, I think I would put money on the daughter of the former to have more success than the son of the latter. Either way, it's fair to recognize that the daughter of the former would have certain obstacles still in her way due to being a minority female.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 05/02/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Yes Nick R, you should try using someone else's ignorance!

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Posted by :) on 05/02/2017 at 4:51 AM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Nick,

That's just your own ignorance.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 05/01/2017 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Bricabrac, Funny, considering your perpetual infantile rebellion, I would have taken your family for Freudian.

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Posted by Nick R on 05/01/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Grove,

That's just it grove, I didn't know that there was such a thing as a "professor" until I was 26 years old. My family did almost nothing for me regarding academics after the 6th grade. There was no "pathway to prosperity" presented to me. It's complicated how that came to be the case, but that's how it is (still). In fact, my family would best be presented as a lifelong roadblock to me.

FYI: They are hardcore Marxist.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 05/01/2017 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Reading the CA: This Column by I. Dunno

I feel left out of the opiate abuse craze - just as I was left out of the crack and crack baby media frenzy and terror of the Nineties.
Is there a government subsidy or something to help? Maybe Ms. Name of Column Writer could do another column?

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Posted by ALJ2 on 05/01/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

It could be worse?!? It can ALWAYS be worse..
In fact, I can almost guarantee that it WILL be worse, here directly.

Just wait for it.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/01/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Reading the CA: This Column by I. Dunno

My understanding, is that the impact of opiate abuse, is a failure to remember the writer's name. Or at least that's what it looks like here. That's my best guess.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/01/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Reading the CA: This Column by I. Dunno

Well...uh....in their article about the "Great Wine Race", coyote, as in "Coyote Ugly", was spelled, Cayote, not once, but twice, in two different snippets....But, their spell check hasn't been working for some time now....

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Posted by mejjep on 05/01/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

@LDD and Bric,

Just a note on what you've said. Yes, you still have to work hard. No one will argue that. However, there is a certain privilege to growing up in a family and an environment where you get to see that opportunity exists.

That's not a racial thing, but it's a truth that some people grow up in situations where the pathway to prosperity is never displayed to them. That's an obstacle. No matter how privileged you are, you aren't given the entire path. It's fair to recognize though that some people have more obstacles in their path than others.

I know I'm the poster child of privilege. I am a white male that grew up in an upper middle class suburban home. Now, my parents came from blue collar families and didn't have anything handed to them. However, they did have parents that emphasized the need for college and did what they could to make that happen for my parents, even though it was a struggle for them to do it.

That doesn't mean they didn't have to work hard. It doesn't mean that I don't work hard. However, it does mean that they started with at least a boost in the right direction, and I was fortunate to start with even more of a boost. I still had to stay on that right path, get my degree, go back and pay to get my own Masters, and I had to work hard and build relationships in my current position to get where I am. None of that was given to me, but it's fair for me to recognize that I had plenty of obstacles removed for me before starting down that path. I think that's a more fair way to put things, that you don't get a free ride down the path, but privilege is about the number of obstacles you have to overcome along your path.

I've said before that I don't know if I would have had the drive or will power to overcome growing up in a bad neighborhood with parents that didn't care. Even if I had parents that cared, I don't know if I could've had the drive to succeed if I knew college wasn't likely to be funded in any capacity for me. My personality type may not have been enough to get me out and on the right path. That's why I'm working within my current role to try to start a program that I hope will provide hope for some of those kids in this community, and show them that they do have a pathway out. We'll see how far I can take that, but I think that just showing people a pathway to possible success can go a long way.

On another note, I will say that when it comes to females versus males, I honestly believe the majority of the salary gap is self-driven. If you read "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg, she'll tell you that a lot of that gap is because women don't push for raises like men do. From my experience, this has been true. None of the women I've hired have asked for more money than the initial offer. Almost every male I've hired has tried to negotiate a better salary offer. Now, I've rarely re-negotiated off the initial offer, but I do think that men tend to negotiate a lot more often, where women are more likely to accept an offer "as is" and then simply wait for promotions or pay raises rather than pushing for them.

That makes a big difference, and I don't think there is a need for legislation to try to fix that. What we need is to start raising our women to be more aggressive. Raise them to think more like men when it comes to business. Raise them to take emotion out of it and be a little bit more selfish and aggressive. I'm doing that with my daughter currently. I want her to treat business the same way a male does, and she won't have a salary gap.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 05/01/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

Ah, corporations, the undead frankenstein golems of the legal world, built to do all those things too morally unsavory for a respectable human being to do.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 05/01/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

Peasants. I had a full ride with scholarships and a generous daddy. Plus, being beautiful, people alwas wanted to buy me things. If you've got it, don't hide it. And don't apologize with the humble brag. How gauche.

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Posted by Thoughtful on 04/30/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Checking Your Privilege

I worked 160 hours a week earning three degrees simultaneously, augmented by selling a minimum 8 pints of blood bi-weekly, saved the family farm, volunteered at the old folks home offering encouragement to those still willing to pull up their own bootstraps while demanding their adoration!

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Posted by ern on 04/30/2017 at 5:06 PM

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