“Did you just compare the way Scandinavians relate to race, a group of countries that did not have slavery up until 1865, with the way Americans look at race? And expect anyone... anywhere... to take you seriously? Now we know why you were not more 'specific' with your random group of support.
Major Facepalm. If this were a court of law, you'd be laughed out of it.”
Kald on Nov 8, 2013 at 15:07:11
“Hold your horses.
If you read the conversation, you will see that I was specific from the beginning. In your deference; it is not easy to keep a good overview of the whole conversation in HuffPo’s new comment system. It is actually quite impossible.
And to correct a misunderstanding; there was slavery in Scandinavia. It was not always called slavery, but it worked like slavery and it was widespread. The main difference was that over there, the slaves were white.
But where you are completely wrong is where you think I am comparing anything to how Americans look at race. I would never dream of it. It is indeed because of slavery, Americans cannot contribute anything meaningful to a discussion on racism. It has been bundled into and convoluted within every single problem that has arisen in the US the last 150 years. Talking to Americans about racism is like talking to Catholic priests about sex.
And lastly, you should go easy on the arrogance, it looks bad. Especially when you are not talking from an intellectually superior position.”
“The ONLY reason a KKK costume would be appropriate for Halloween would be if the child was trying to dress as the most horrible monster he could imagine.
And even then... Mommy should have steered him in a different direction. As a Virginian, I am horrified that this happened in my home state. I know racism still exists. I won't pretend it doesn't. We need, as a society, to fight it each and every time it rears its ugliness. Every. Time.”
“It's called anecdotal, and it wouldn't even be admissible in a court of law. Who, for example ARE these people in your 'group of teachers'? That's what is meant by a vague source. Your comment could be no more vague if you stated that you heard this from a group of senators, or mechanics, or soldiers.
Vague. You have no evidence. It's all opinion.
And, I am not insulting educators. I'm a professor.”
Kald on Nov 4, 2013 at 06:09:45
“Sorry, but this is not a court of law. This is the comment field at HuffPo where the learned and laymen alike exchange thoughts and ideas. If you want to impost strict legal standards to the conversation, you are posting in the wrong fora.
But as I stated, this was not simply "a group of teachers", these people are teachers in inner city schools in Oslo, Norway where in many cases 80 to 90% of the pupils are children of immigrants from all over the world. In this situation, the interactions are not affected by any local historical factors such as slavery and very little by economic reasons, as everyone in Norway have a right to housing, food, "life money" (as the Norwegians call it) school and healthcare free of charge. What does seem to drive the social interactions within the group of immigrants children is mainly race and the more white they were, the higher they seemed to be in the pecking order. All this while the native Norwegians seemed to stand completely outside this system.
Now... there may be other reasons for this, indeed. But this was an interesting observation, albeit perhaps a politically incorrect one.”
“It was good because the advertisers showed the marriage as something normal, not as something taboo. By having the guts to create an add about a taboo subject, they are helping bring freedom and equality to women, one small step at a time.”
VERITASII on Nov 1, 2013 at 12:34:25
“The taboo you are talking about is not social. It is merely that men in other cultures prefer to marry virgins or very rich women.”
“Why does she need to read a book because she saw something beautiful? Perhaps you should read a book about productive communication. And, while suggesting others educate themselves, learn to spell the required terminology correctly. At best, your posts are humorous for others. At worst, you come across as hypocritical.”
“If what guy said what? And last I checked, more than half of Americans are pretty ticked with anyone Republican. So, you may notice that the folks who voted for the Republicans... are actually rather sick of the mistakes they made.”
“It may have something to do with intelligent people voting for him. Those who cannot discern between your and you're, who are completely oblivious to sentence structure and comma splices, and who believe that using an excess of exclamation points to hide a lack of a point tended to vote for his opponents.”
“Oh... you mean you found another person like yourself and, using the new math, decided that equated to an overwhelming number of people? Odd how that overwhelming number twice elected the man to the highest office in the nation. Just strange.”
carlar38 on Oct 25, 2013 at 00:39:45
“Your right, it is strange that he was elected twice, as for myself, I can't stand looking at the BUM !!!!!!!!!!!”
arizcitizen on Oct 25, 2013 at 00:28:48
“oh yes obama is very good at two things, getting elected and reading off a tlepromter. OF COURSE HE COULDN'T LEAD WITH MOSES HOLD IN HAND IN THE DESERT.”
wallac on Oct 25, 2013 at 00:28:35
“If the guy said it, I applaud him. After the mess he has made of our country, I hear more and more people who voted for him say they are sick of him.”
Ret USN on Oct 25, 2013 at 00:25:23
“Wow, an overwhelming number of people elected Hitler too, doesn't mean they got it right now does it?”
Oct 16, 2013 at 20:01:12
“I get it. You like your own viewpoint and fell safe with it... and find looking, openly, at the viewpoint of others scares you.
But, you seem to forget that there is a penalty for not being insured. In addition, those 30 million who do get insured will cost us less money than had they not purchased insurance.
And I have stepped back and looked. I'm a well-educated and monetarily comfortable white woman who has never had to worry about insurance. Instead of presuming everyone lives like me, I stepped back and saw how life really exists outside my ivory tower.