...where I'm likely to ramble on most anything.
My goal: To persuade or be persuaded.
Feodor,Part of your link is obscured. But if it's from Michael Eric Dyson (If I remember his name correctly), you waste your time posting it. He's just another race baiter seeking to keep race issues alive rather than truly get over it. I much prefer those that insist skin color has no meaning and refuse to play the victim. My position is basically this: until both sides are not just willing, but actively living as if color makes no difference, nothing will ever change. It is only that which will bring change about, since that is the real truth of the matter. Expecting anyone to assume responsibility for what happened in the past, expecting anyone to pay for it to people against whom no one discriminates or oppresses, allowing people to wait until such things come to pass, all this just compromises the journey to true equality. He is not a black man to me. He is a man. I will treat him as such as I would any man and as long as we treat each other as such, we will reach the lofty goals expressed by Dr MLK Jr.
I don't get it, Feodor. Are you deleting your own stuff now?
Marshall:Good afternoon! I enjoyed reading the links, especially the second one by Larrey Anderson. The article brought back memories both distant and near:I attended a military and naval academy from 8-12th grade. As an 8th grader, my first year at the academy, a classmate called me and the only other black kid a jungle bunny. That didn't sit so well with me and I stood up and gave him a stern lecture (my father was an attorney) and wound up getting nominated and elected class president. The kid that called us a jungle bunny didn't vote; the only vote that I didn't receive. I wasn't called a jungle bunny again either. I also recall that I was ready to fight at any racial insult. As a small fry, I had courage because I had plenty of big friends -white and black- that would not allow me to get roughed up. Nonetheless, I got tired of this game pretty early in life. Later as a medical student I took care of an elderely patient who was delightful to take care of until the evenings. He was a sun downer, and he was a ble to spew some filthy, jaw dropping, and yet some funny racial insults that blew me away. The dichotomy fascinated me. To this day, there really isn't something someone can say that will raise my blood pressure one mm Hg. A few years ago, our pastor's wife approached my wife and I, as we are active in our church, to assist her during one service to acknowledge how "diverse" families are. She was recruiting "traditional", "single mom's", and we would fit the bill as a "mixed race" family as my wife is white. We had to look stunned with disbelief, because she told us to think about it when we failed to reply. I approached her later, and politely turned her down. In doing so, I told her that we don't see ourselves as a "mixed race" family, but a family! It provided a teaching point for our children to not allow others, be they family or friends, to label or define who you are.Thanks for allowing me to share.Best,Joe
Addendum:FWIW....Micheal Eric Dyson....blah!A first class tool in my opinion!Best,Joe
Feodor:I assume that your most recent comment is directed towards me. The answer to your query is neither. I have had the opportunity to hear Dr. Dyson on several occasions, though not on Fox News. Nothing against Fox News, my wife and I have elected to not have cable or satellite TV. From those occassions, I decided to pass on the opportunity to read his book Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Minds? which my mother owns and has read. In addition, I elected not to attend a talk he gave here approximately a year ago. A friend of mine who is politically liberal did attend and found him to be as foolish as I.I hope this addresses your concern.Respectfully,Joseph
When people like Dyson are called upon to give their views so often on a variety of TV and radio talk shows, one needn't read any of his books to get a good sense of what he believes. I've seen him often enough.
I somehow missed Feodor's last comment. His comments give him, and people like him, the ability to have it both ways. If he wants to use a source like Dyson, he must hold Dyson in high regard. Why would he? Likely because he believes Dyson is intelligent and makes a good case. But if Dyson is routinely called upon to give his opinion on TV and radio interviews, as well as opinion pieces in periodicals, wouldn't such a bright guy be able to get his points across in such limited venues? If Feodor believes Dyson is incapable of doing to, then why would he give him the time of day? Frankly, I've seen Dyson in spans greater than six minutes. More time doesn't make his goofy perspective any less goofy, just as further comments by Feodor fails in the same manner.
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