Comments on: The Myth of Rampant Racism in America http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/ A journal of progressive Southern culture and politics Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:46:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 By: StephStephanieSteph http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-45726 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:17:00 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-45726 I’m trying to get my point across here https://plus.google.com/+StephStephanieSteph/posts/KzmFCVMg5QU

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By: Billy Howard http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19406 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:18:41 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19406 The beauty of America, with all of its flaws, is our ability to embrace the dignity of all people and to take the power of the great wealth we have generated, not as individuals but as a society and to understand that in order to remain strong, we must have empathy for those left behind. While some people take advantage of this notion, most do not. Spend the night in a homeless shelter Brenden and you will see --when you give people their 4 am wake up call, which they have requested so they can get out onto the streets to seek a job, any job — that most people are doing everything they can to survive. You seem to see the worst in people and suspect everyone of looking for a handout. You call it a nanny state. I see it as the many making sure that the few are not left behind. I see us as a great and caring nation and you look at it as a nation of individuals angling for the best economic advantage they can get, with no social responsibility to anyone but their banker.

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By: Brenden http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19392 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 01:07:28 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19392 If progressives would stop urging the government to intervene in every transaction through a corruptable process of taxation and regulation — soon they would realize their “enemies” would have fewer opportunities to corrupt the system. Progressives prefer to institutionalize corruption through a series of regulations designed to “protect” the people. Meanwhile the systems being protected are actually being destroyed through government “guaranties”: for example: healthcare, housing and private capital. With friends like these….

I don’t understand why progressives don’t want people to willingly form cooperative enterprises. When they profit from their successes, they can support whomever they choose politically. What is unconscionable are public unions who extract campaign contributions to give to candidates without the individual member’s consent. If I am in a union but don’t support the union candidate — there’s nothing I can do to stop the union from docking my wages to support a candidate I oppose.

Again Monica offers the “emotional… hysterical” dismissal. Methinks she doth protest too much.

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By: Monica Smith http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19387 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:07:31 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19387 Some brains simply don’t register the sequence of events and, as a likely result, the person whose brain is deficient in this respect cannot accurately relate cause and effect. And, if one can’t identify cause and effect, it’s obviously impossible to process who’s doing what to whom and when. Nevertheless, events and experiences are lodged in memory, probably according to some similarities which may be emotionally connected. Which would account for them to be retrieved from memory in response to an emotional prompt. So, they may be relevant to a person’s emotional state, but nothing else.
Well, that’s probably not quite correct. Emotional outbursts do reveal that a person is basically instinct-driven and short on executive functions.

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By: Billy Howard http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19377 Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:47:10 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19377 What complete and utter BS. While there are people sponging off the system on the lower end of the scale, it doesn’t come close to comparing to those sponging off the system at the top of the scale which is evidenced by the dramatic shift of wealth in this country over the last few decades. To claim that progressives don’t want to work is such a complete bunch of malarky that it boggles the mind. There are millions and millions of hard working, patriotic contributing members of our country and society that take extreme umbrage at your completely made up fraudulent line of thought.
The only people confiscating wealth are the corporations and new American oligarchs and their apologists, like you, who would have us revert to a system of robber barons and the complete disenfranchisement of the common worker.
That, if you would read any news from the 20’s through the 40’s, did not work before and it won’t work now. Wealth is not just created by CEO’s, it is created by the millions of hard working Americans who are being shafted.
Banks, the insurance agencies, huge corporations of all stripes are now considered “people” for the purposes of infusing millions and millions of untraceable contributions to the politicians who will do their bidding. There PR machines spew out misinformation which imbeds itself into brains like yours and you spout it back thinking you are a free thinker while you are but a cog in their machine.
And back to the point, as it says in the Bible, why not try walking a mile in someone else’s shoes? You will never understand the corrosive effects of racism and its continuing legacy if you are unwilling, or in your case, I am afraid, unable, to muster empathy.

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By: Brenden http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19375 Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:39:52 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19375 Racism and progressivism fit hand-in-glove. Progressives insist upon the inferiority of social groups to convince otherwise free people they need progressive political protection. Progressives seek to gain economic allocations through coercive political outcomes — court orders, taxation or direct economic transfers — rather than willing trade and exchange of value for value among free people. {I earlier posted this under the wrong thread, woops!}
Ultimately, progressives attempt to convince people they are victims of an illegitimate social hierarchy. Progressives insist the hierarchy is illegitimate because it is racist, sexist, homophobic … and so on. In reality, the hierarchy is illegitimate to progressives because of progressives’ perverted notion of “work.” To progressives, work is “organizing,” i.e., filing lawsuits, carrying signs, signing petitions and publicly agitating their grievances against private wealth and capital. To progressives, work is NOT developing superior technology, investing in productive enterprise and taking financial risks to raise our standard of living.Those are the true activites of private capital. To progressives, such activities are the illegitimate hierarchy’s pretense to facilitate their racist conspiracy to subjugate “the least among us.” It is utter bollocks.
Progressives seek to convince “the least among us” problems with bills, health and safety are not their fault and can be solved by dismantling the illegitimate social hierarchy. Progressives slander private, productive interests to “organize” a movement to petition the government to confiscate private citizens’ wealth. Progressives offer promises to their followers of “fairness” and free healthcare, green jobs and the usual claptrap. Progressives probably know they will never need to deliver upon these as they have not for 70 years or so.
The worst political outcome for progressives would be for Americans to acknowledge that institutional racism has largely disappeared from our society. As indeed racism has done. Rather than recognize this obvious fact, progressives invest their time attempting to connect fringe bigots to progressives’ mainstream political opponents (those favoring private property, trade and exchange) and label opposition political agendas as heretical lunacy (when, in reality, progressivism is political lunacy, QED). Progressives seek to make a crime of racism and bigotry — which, whether you like it or not — are private thoughts by private individuals and not subject to criminal inquiry by the state. Progressives know once they can adjudicate bigoted thought crimes, it’s only a small step to connect private capital to racist thinking and thus confiscate private individual’s wealth without meaningful due process.

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By: Patrick http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19374 Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:15:20 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19374 Old aquaintances who were racist are still, but they know to keep their views under wraps except for like minded folks. They equally hate the internet as being against them because they know their views are unpopular. Thus the poll may be skewed because racists also dislike the internet as an new ‘outside agitator’.

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By: Baker http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19354 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:31:47 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19354 I don’t think anyone would dispute that blacks are faced with much more difficult experiences just by the color of their skin. I think what the article is trying to get across though is the idea that although racism is certainly still a problem in our society, we have made tremendous progress and to portray it as a widespread problem is inaccurate.

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By: Lee Hatling http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19351 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:56:41 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19351 I agree with the comment above. Racism is not just about surveys and percentages, but how people are treated. Although we have made progress, people of color still experience more prejudice than white people in every part of our society. For us to act like it is a myth or not there is wrong, and increases the righteous attitude of white priviledge.

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By: JJ http://likethedew.com/2011/03/10/the-myth-of-rampant-racism-in-america/#comment-19346 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:21:14 +0000 http://likethedew.com/?p=20501#comment-19346 The portion of this poll that is most interesting is the disparate views on the issue of racism that whites and blacks have. Is it possible that you believe racism is exaggerated due to the fact that you are white? White people do not have the daily experience of racism in our society that non-whites do. So they tend to believe it “isn’t there.” Seems like you share this belief, but fail to consider how your own identity and white privilege might shape this viewpoint.

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