Anerican thinking in the Obama age
Can we speak in generalities? Depends on the situation, but Bookworm has a sobering post illustrating this conclusion:
“Liberal” is now an oxymoronic phrase stuck onto a totalitarian mindset that is filled with hatred of the other.
If you don't believe that, read the story of Catherine Vogt, an Illinois 8th-grade middle school student who conducted an experiment with wearing a McCain t-shirt to school, and was told to "go die." The only good part about this story is that after her experiment was revealed and shared with her class, some of the students realized what they had done.
Wonder if any of of the compassionate liberal commentors to this essay realize what kind of hatred of the other they're spewing out? Or how about these Obama supporters? We would've seen a lot more of these hateful nuts on a rampage if McCain had won the election.
Meanwhile, John McWhorter writes about "What Obama Means For Black Americans" -- including the new idea that now black kids can be studious and nerdy with impunity--just like Obama, the ultimate role-model smackdown. Ace sez, "Let me sharpen that up. There's no one left to blame." --
The worst aspect of racism -- in terms of actual impact -- in this country is not white racism, but hyperbolically overstated black claims of white racism, which in turn create a sense of futility, anger, and ultimately powerlessness and stagnancy in the black community.
The idea that learning or success is "white" is devastating to black advancement, and there's nothing whites or the government can do to change that. Blacks have to change that mindset themselves, and give up on a basically oppositional culture which seems to state that whatever whites might do is haram.
Hope for change? I'm hopin'.