“I hear what you are saying, but please don't downplay the % of the 99% who did get an education, tried to play by the so called rules to no avail!! Our country is run by a select few - don't get it twisted.”
“When did our individual lives become so important that we must track it by the second?? I see 'phones' to ears at groceries, walking down the street , etc. and nothing being said is that important! People rev up the volume when speaking on cells - now we must pay to be exposed to this??? Considering the state of our society, a few hours of downtime would probably be a good thing. Put your phones away and reacquaint yourself, with yourself.”
Tom S Cedar Mill on Nov 21, 2013 at 19:28:37
“People can't stand to be alone with their own thoughts.”
markhas2 on Nov 21, 2013 at 19:24:43
“these are all people who don't have a life. they have replaced their emptiness with the cell phone to no end without any positive results.”
“Sadly this is representative of too many Americans on too many issues. At a time when information is literally at 'our fingertips', we choose to relegate that responsibility to the media and govt in lieu of educating ourselves. And unfortunately, don't see this trend changing anytime soon.”
“OK. Just in my lifetime, I like you have only seen these stereotypes in the media. I know they exist in all cultures but try not to paint everyone with the same brush. But I understand (and have read Dubois). Just maybe if the playing field was equal from day one, your conclusion would have validity. Maybe the progress made since 1964/1965 isn't measurable to some, but change takes time. Lets revisit after another 50 years. ”
joegoofinoff on Aug 2, 2013 at 12:17:32
“Hello Luv, Sorry, the jury is in. There is no more time. Technology has made blacks irrelevant in this society. The [more time] gambit has run its course some time ago.
equal playing field - no such thing, You can or you can't. Sadly, black people have proven beyond any reasonable doubt, they fall into the can't category.”
“Really sorry you feel this way. My family's roots were blue-collar yet we have produced neurosurgeons, college deans, design engineers, corp SVPs (of which I am one) and many more productive citizens. And WE are black.
As an ethnicity, we are more than the 'slice' media loves to portray.”
joegoofinoff on Aug 2, 2013 at 10:31:25
“Very good. But your story doesn't in any way disprove the rule that black people don't measure up overall to this society. WEB Dubois called it the "talented tenth."There are always a few exceptions to any rule. ”
“So much misinformation. Less than 1% of employers given exstension. But we grab sound bites and never dig deeper for ourselves.
Many of us feel this is not needed in America. Yet most of us have never asked for let alone reviewed our employer policies. How many of us are aware that the majority of employer health plans contain 'lifetime maximums'? How many of us understand that we are in affect, renting these benefits? You leave or are asked to leave that employer, you lose those benefits.
Is this Act the answer? I don't know, but it is a start. Certain things should not be about profit.”
Unca Allen on Jul 26, 2013 at 23:39:55
“"Effect," not "affect." This "act" is no answer to anything. It's biggest effect is driving O.'s ratings down, down. This is not an answer to anything except O.'s ego, and guess who profits?”
Jul 21, 2013 at 21:04:05
“mmm.... not sure there is a difference. If we consider the progress made in civil rights during the 60s and possibly we got to a point where we thought we had finally made it, not understanding that its a continuous process.”
Jul 21, 2013 at 17:01:33
“Reading the various comments is somewhat depressing because most are from a limited, personal point of view. Yes, we ALL have a ways to go. And as an intelligent, informed nation, I trust that we will get there. I am not deluded into thinking this will happen during my lifetime, however.
The civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965 were less than 50 yrs ago. It takes time to catch up and even more time to become equal and acquire an understanding and empathy.
State of our nation/the world (economics) tend to slow this process because it ftends to focus us on our individual survival. At the point where we recognize that we are not 'islands', then and only then will we move forward.”
amitchell3251 on Jul 21, 2013 at 18:59:27
“Interesting observation, but I can't help wonder why things seem to be progressing so much faster for the Gay community?”
“In the end, WE are our experiences. This isn't political. It is a 'light' shone on
ALL of our insecurities as 'haves' and 'have nots'. Some are fearful of losing what they perceive are theirs by birthright; others waiting to get what they feel they have a right to as a right of birth.
As long as we persist in viewing our society through our limited individual lens, nothing is going to change. At least now we ALL have (or should) a better understanding of each others' limitations.”
“No. What I am saying is that America responds to 'sensationalism'. Thus the advent of so much reality tv. We get a perverse satisfaction from 'others behaving badly'.”
Racquel Hagen on Jul 17, 2013 at 19:02:42
“That's not an American thing though... it's a human thing. As a species we thrive on rubbernecking at car crashes and watching train wrecks. Remember the show Big Brother didn't start in the US, it was in Europe markets first.
Why I can't wait to see Julie interview Aaryn is not because I get a perverse satisfaction in people behaving badly, it's because I get a perverse satisfaction in seeing people who are behaving badly called out on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen enough in this world and that's why you continue to have people behaving badly.”