“the gay couple should have returned wearing a confederate flag tee shirt while carrying an AK-47 across their backs. i'm certain that they would have created an unsolvable conundrum that would have caused the conservative owner's head to explode!”
May 15, 2014 at 00:23:13
“i know it's wrong...but i'm going to buy this album, not necessarily for the music itself, but for the pleasure of announcing to my wife: "Love, i'll be right back....i'm going to run to the store and pick up White Women. i'll be back in about an hour!" the look on her face will be priceless!! well worth the cold shoulder treatment that i'll get for the next hour or so! lol!! (it's funny...you know...because i'm Black!! -- it's okay to laugh...wait, that's too hard. stop.)”
“i mean geesh...after the concerned citizens run them out of town because they tire of having to look at them in all their desperation, where are they supposed to go? i thought the desert...you know, a place where there are NO resources, NO homes, NO anything....would be okay. but i guess i was wrong.”
“did he say this from Costa Rica? because i remember very clearly that he said he'd leave the U.S. if Obamacare was passed. umm...it passed. so unless he is broadcasting from a beach, i don't want to hear what he has to say. he's already proven himself untrustworthy.”
“really? so what was this place called when the Pilgrims settled it? it was called America, right? thus, this nation was founded LONG before it was declared its independence from Britain!! as i never used the terms "United States of America," your feigned counterpoint is moot. i said "the majority of a COUNTRY'S history"...that would include any time from the moment the first settler arrived until this moment...as i (and history) have shown, African Americans have, indeed, been enslaved for the majority of THIS COUNTRY'S history.
you say Jim Crow was not slavery, but when an entire race of people are INTENTIONALLY LOCKED into a status of a THIRD CLASS citizen with very few if any rights, it IS slavery. it may not be the Americanized version of slavery, but then we're just talking semantics, now aren't we. and you can never win an argument with semantics.
sorry, but in this conversation/debate, if we are to split hairs, then i am Bob Marley and you're Curly from the Three Stooges. get some real info and counterpoints and then try again.”
“you did the math....but not the history. the first enslaved Africans arrived in this country in 1619. a full 157 years before the Declaration of Independence in 1776 (238 years ago). add your 89 years to that and you get 246 years. not to mention the 100 years after slavery ended where African Americans were enslaved by racist laws and traditions such as Jim Crow...which would bring the count to 346. either way, it is the "greater number' of years that you speak of. thus my initial statement was correct.
what is obvious, sir, is not that i have the wrong key....you're simply in the wrong building.”
aha njirimara on Mar 6, 2014 at 15:02:48
“Oh, I know my American history!! You may have made it to history class, but you missed some reading comprehension lessons. You obviously read where we declared our independence in 1776, but you didn't comprehend that that's what made us our own country. Prior to that, we were just another part of Great Britain. So our country - my country - The United States of America, has only been around since 1776. But you were correct about one thing....slavery ended. "Jim Crow" and any perceived or real injustice is not "slavery". Hairs must be split if we are to get the record straight.”
“if they are both, and they are trying to honor both their ancestors, then they should be both conscious and respectful of the oppressed and not make statements that detract from their experience and their suffering. quite simply, there is a right and a wrong side of history when it comes to the oppression and genocide that many cultures experienced here in America. just make sure that the words that emanate from your soul are on the right side.”
“no, we're not the only ones who have been oppressed. but you know what....my statement applies to ANY group that fits that description!! African American, Native American, Chinese/Japanese in America, etc.!! the basic rule still applies. if you are a descendant of the OPPRESSORS, you do not get to tell the descendants of the OPPRESSED that they have a chip on their shoulders!! that ought to be common sense!
and no...pointing fingers and crying offense isn't why racism is all but gone..that's a silly assertion. instead, try Florida, Mississippi, try the Tea party, try the Stop and Frisk policy in NY, try police officers who racially profile/ assault/ kill African Americans, try those whites who are still trying to hold on to the vestiges of power left to them by the Old South.....THAT is why racism is still here. it has nothing to do with the people who observe and point it out!”
Jonathanrex1 on Mar 5, 2014 at 22:12:01
“What happens when one is a descendent of BOTH the OPPRESSED and OPPRESSOR as millions of Americans are? What are they allowed to say?”
“yeah...your comment is BOUND to make things better! (yeah, right) allow me to help you out. when a people have been enslaved, maligned, and oppressed for the majority of a country's history, you don't want to tell their descendants that they have a "chip on their shoulder"!! it's just in bad taste....really bad taste.”
aha njirimara on Mar 6, 2014 at 09:51:34
“I did the math, 1776 - 1865 is 89 years. 1865 - 2014 is 149 years. So it hasn't been "a majority of a country's history". The definition of majority is "the greater number". If you need me to, I can get you the definition of "greater" too.
Obviously, you have the wrong key to the lock.”
laundrybrick on Mar 5, 2014 at 11:22:23
“I have news for you, slavery ended before any of us were born, but the holocaust was only 70 years ago, I don't see jews crying racism or oppression.”
lebari762 on Mar 5, 2014 at 07:01:43
“You think you're the only ones who have been maligned and oppressed?? OK...Pointing fingers and crying offense at every turn. That must be why racism is all but gone these days.”
“"streetfighter terminology"? i played that game all the time, i never heard a character use those terms!! on the other hand, being a resident of Louisiana, i HAVE heard that term used by another faction of the population.”
Pete Cornwell on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:00:39
“More hot air. I think Ted wants to portray himself as some kind of scrapper or brawler but the truth is he had his chance to prove his bravado during the Vietnam War and walked into an interview for possible military service fully armed with a load in his pants so he be considered a mental defective, by his own account. He's a gutless chicken, no matter how many weapons he surrounds himself with.”
“oh...so officers harassed another officer by illegally accessing her information and using intimidation tactics, huh? interesting. maybe now the courts will believe it when an ordinary citizen complains of the same.”
“that line was followed by the statement that she wasn't interested in flying. it left the genealogical question unanswered. for example: despite being named after the famous Louis Armstrong, my son has no interest in jazz music or the coronet. in fact, my son IS related to Louis Armstrong...but likes Dubstep. (go figure!)”
“the article doesn't state whether she's related to the famous Earhart.”
theveggiedude on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:57:26
“"Despite being named after the famous aviator..."
That line implies she is not.”
Klytemnestra on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:15:52
“There's no relation. When she was in college she had someone trace her genealogy, but they did a bad job and told her that she was related to the famous Earhart, so for a long time she believed they were distantly related. When she got a little bit older, she had professionals trace her genealogy and they found there was no relation. People have been giving her a hard time about that, unfortunately Still, it's pretty cool what she's doing.”