We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
LOURY: It started a movement, didn’t it? The events that happened in Ferguson, Missouri had deep political resonance for the country as a whole. If it wasn’t Selma, what was it then? What exactly is the difference in your minds between the classic—the iconic—narrative of African-American struggle against oppression on the one hand, and what unfolded in the wake of Ferguson on the other?
S. STEELE: It’s not like Selma. You and I grew up in segregation. I know about segregation. I lived the civil rights movement, saw those noble fights against an enemy that was everywhere in the world I grew up in. So no one had any doubt about the moral integrity of Selma’s protests. But in Ferguson, Missouri, what was the argument? That because one cop killed a black that somehow racism is systemic? It seems to me that the elephant in the room is that racism is so minimal now, that it couldn’t really, in and of itself, get any movement off the ground. There’s not enough of it around. There’s not enough injustice. And what we had instead was a generation looking for power and looking to see how guilty white America would respond. And, in that sense, the movement was cynical. It mimicked the real movement—Selma and the civil rights movement in the ’50s and the ’60s and so forth. It was mimicry. It was theater. It wasn’t real.
Racism in the US was practically eliminated in the US until Obama and his buddies Rev Wright and Sharpton brought it back with a vengeance in the form of Critical Race Theory.
CRT turns the definition of racism on its head. According to CRT every white person is both an oppressor and a racist, regardless of his behavior, and every black is an automatic victim and entitled to all the freebies he wants. And accepting this as if it were fact is "anti-racist." Beliefs don't get any more racist than that.
And this is being taught in our grade schools, including where school boards have forbidden it. Don't take my word for it, ask your kid about the subject. Then do something.
Obama worked as hard as he could trying to rile up the blacks. He is probably still behind much of the BLM movement. When the rioting began in Ferguson the then Dem. governor Jay Nixson with the push from the Obama White House would not try and stop the rioting, looting and burning. The Missouri National Guard guys were ordered not to do anything. It used to be a good place to grow up and it broke my heart to see the places I walked through frequently be destroyed. I was not raised racist but tyring to understand what is going on makes me question people.
Selma is a disaster area. Like Detroit but on a smaller scale. You could take a camera and spend a week in Selma and create an album of photos that would be comparable to the well known photos taken during the great depression. You wouldn't though... Because unlike during the great depression if you did that in Selma today you would probably be found dead.
An 18 year-old driving his own BMW M-5? Isn't there something wrong with the picture already? Either he's behind his payments and doesn't want it to be his fault, or he's spoiled rotten and wants a Lexus. He's too stupid for either one, according to his actions.
White privilege is so real that they believe they hold the power of an entire race of people in their hands. Imagine what it must be like to be a black parent, trying to raise your kids to live their lives with confidence and verve.