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Again, I've been followed and asked to empty my pockets in a store by clerks. Everything else is fine but it's ones like those that always bug me when these topics come up.
I do feel bad for her friend to have been subjected to that article.
While not everyone is as goddamn dumb as John Derbyshire, there are plenty of people around who don't get "why black people won't stop talking about race." There are people for whom that article is probably a revelation, and it has to do with race, at least partly. When people talk about privilege, they are talking about the people for whom the questions in that article are purely hypothetical.
I've seen interviews with both Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby in which they say the only way to end racism in America is to stop talking about race.
I'm not sure it's really a matter of "dumb" or "not dumb."
Surely there is room for radically different approaches to problems that are chaotic in nature because there are simply too many variables?
" The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar. "So in other words what he's saying is not "tax me" but rather "tax all those other rich people who aren't willing to be taxed because they lack sufficient committment to the greater good of society".
"The Koch brothers are right-wing creepazoids, but they’re giving right-wing creepazoids. Here’s an example: 68 million fine American dollars to Deerfield Academy."Ah-ha. So there's your message: Don't bother being charitable because only super-smart people like Trent Lott and Nancy Pelosi and John Edwards know what needs spending money on. If you go around giving money privately you'll just give it to local women's shelters or teacher's-assistance organizations, and not things we need like repeated studies to determine whether clearing brush in the mountains around Santa Cruz would have a negative environmental impact, or ensuring that anyone who wants to sell rabbits for use as pets is properly licensed to do so, or ensuring that former police commissioners who live in suburban Arizona get paid like they lived in downtown San Francisco.