Botnst - 10/13/2005 11:19 PM
GermanStar - 10/13/2005 11:36 AM
The above is a brilliant quote from Ann Coulter on Real Time. She then went on to admit that she was turning on Bush, primarily over the Harriet Meiers nomination. C'mon -- how out of of touch can one person be to think that poverty isn't a factor in crime? Wow.
I saw the show and the subject was discussed for more than the one liner KV quoted. The listener got the distinct impression Ms. Coulter thought the subject of poor people made her uncomfortable, kind of like the prospect of putting something that looked like shit in your mouth because the people you were with were serving it and were expecting you to want some. She went on to make her beliefs clear - namely that poor people made a choice to become criminals and being poor was not a valid set of circumstances.
We all break the law. Some laws and the circumstances of how other laws come to be broken are significant. I know you all white meat conservatives would like us all to believe you don't, but the evidence is not in your favor. The violence of the present day poor people is more extreme than it has ever been. But so is the availability of the means to be more violent. Another all white meat conservative rallying point, the right to own a million guns, without any restrictions on their design purpose and ability to kill humans, is also part of the problem.
Another is the fact that the all white meat conservative crowd and a good deal of the rest of white people really doesn't want to live near blacks. The lasting effect of the hand-outs to the poor (black people) is that it demotivates the people sufficiently that they just stay where they are. We provide little meaningful social services or order in the form of effective police protection, and basically tolerate the steady growth of violence as long as it stays in the black neighborhoods. And then we attribute the resulting culture, basically very thoroughly weaponized anarchy fueled by a pervasive drug based economy, to the fact that the people happen to have black skin.
The difference for all those people citing family experiences that would suggest there is some genetic basis for blacks being prone to criminal behavior, is that in the "old days" being remembered through rose colored glasses, the local cops would have come down hard on a local thug beating old people and stealing their social security checks. The neighborhood would have reacted by ratting the bastard out. But in this subculture being tolerated by the relatively well off man running the police forces, there are no consequences. Not because the courts are too easy as some would try to make you believe. There are no consequences because there is no one demanding the thugs and murders of other black people be caught.
Ms. Coulter is revolting bag of snot. I would love to drop her off in an island of anarchy and see how she does becoming aquainted with these criminals. Her outlook and oral capabilities will surely serve her well. Jim