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Bernie wants a revolution! But let's not get crazy, right?

 
 
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 03:30 pm
@snood,
I agree whole heartedly that blacks in America have gotten a truly horrible shake, but the harms has decreased over the years since slavery. This is a fact, plain and simple. In the Jim Crow days there may have been a tiny handful of African-Americans for whom reparations might have seemed unnecessary, now there are, at the very least, hundreds of thousands, if not millions who would fit that category.

Taking nothing from the personal experiences of successful African-Americans, but it defies credulity that the government might make payments to Ophra Winfrey, Kaye West, Michael Jordan, Clarence Thomas, Jesse Jackson, Thomas Sowell, or any of MLK progeny and nieces and nephews.

Sometimes a jury in a case where a wrong has been committed but where damages haven't been proven will award the plaintiff one dollar. It's a symbolic award of course, but it remains true to the law. I would be content with such an outcome in this matter, even if the one dollar becomes one thousand dollars or a similar reasonable but not ruinous amount. I doubt however that the African-American community would be.

If the goal is to have a formal recognition of the terrible effect of slavery and racism on a significant segment of our society something like this, I think would fit the bill, but I don't think it has a snowball's chance in hell, and not simply because White bigots would oppose it.

It truly would be wonderful if there was a means to clean the American slate of racism, and it would be worth a great amount of money to do so, but this is a pipe dream. The government could award every African-American a million dollars, but it wouldn't put and end to racism and it wouldn't put an end to people complaining about it. However that is exactly what would be expected: "Jesus Christ we gave you all a million dollars and you're still bitching!"

Unfortunately there is only one solution: Time.

If I were black I wouldn't be happy about that, but that's the way it is.
snood
 
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Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 07:19 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Thanks for that. You put thought into it, and it was interesting.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 07:50 pm
@ehBeth,
Norm Mineta mentioned in the article invited me and several others to have lunch with him at the congressional dining room at the capitol. My sister and I were having a short vacation in DC after attending my nephew's wedding in South Carolina. My sister was invited too, but she left for home on the day of the invitation.
Norm Mineta served as Major of San Jose, and the international airport is now named after him.
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Foofie
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2016 12:54 pm
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

Foofie,

You are blaming African-Americans for the racism they face in American society. Would you ever blame Jews for the antisemitism they face?

Again, you are arguing racism against African Americans is justified. I don't accept that.



I am arguing nothing of the sort. Please quote me. And, your allusion to Jews is a non-sequitor. You continually attempt to make a point by pointing out something about Jews? Is someone Jewish here?
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2016 04:53 pm
@snood,
snood wrote:

Thanks for that. You put thought into it, and it was interesting.


Maybe I'm not the cracker racist you think I am.

I put thought into everything I post, even the stuff you strongly disagree with.


EDIT: I don't want this to come across as too aggressive. You're welcome, but just keep it in mind going forward.
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