Surely A Large Human
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '08 C219
Location: Between Earth and Mars
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Well, I'll apologize to those who have taken the term "stupidity" from my original post and found semantical issues with it. Perhaps there's a better word.
What McBear describes, to me, would be the beginning of the situation that is more widely experienced by people in East St. Louis, IL. First-generation poverty, if you will. After three or four generations where that root problem goes uncorrected, it gets harder to right the ship.
The people I've observed are indeed stupid, and/or ignorant, and probably other things. This isn't a judgement, it's a simple observation. Just watch them interact with each other. Watch them on pay day. Listen for any hint of awareness beyond this evening when they talk. They don't seem to think past "right now", ever, and that's a pretty self-defeating cycle in which to find one's self. Worse yet, since it's commonality morphs into a matter of culture, nobody looks up and says "wait a minute, this is fucked up".
Very much to the contrary of Bull Frog, I have high expectations of *everyone's* capabilities. I'm certain that the issues in question are solvable, but that it will take a very long time to accomplish, and will go very long without visible results.
The point of the original post was to indicate that these problems can't be ascribed to "white" or "black". They're individual in nature; the fact that they're shared amongst sometimes large groups of individuals is coincidental.
Last edited by Qubes; 07-26-2008 at 07:15 AM.