Originally posted by shy1:
Originally posted by jazzdog:
I know that I live in a different part of the country but what rampant discrimination and unfair practices do you see on a daily basis. For sure this country has some serious issues to deal with but every day on the daily news, I must be watching the wrong channels.
jazzdog see this https://www.africanamerica.org/groupee/forums?a=tpc&s=60260642&f=79160213&m=298609764 from this forum. this is but one example of what we deal with _daily_. do you not feel or see this?
Jazzdog's quote is in response to an earlier poster who said that republicans don't tend to speak out about the "rampant discrimination" in question. I think the poster is right (Kevin, I think it was). Blacks bear the brunt of police brutality, for a number of reasons. Democratic leaders tend to speak out against police brutality, while Republicans tend to back the cops. To liberals, the brutal police have to be eliminated. To conservatives, blacks need to do something about the crime that places them disproportionately at risk of police brutality.
I can't be the only person who sees that both problems need fixing. As I've said many times on other forums, the conservative-liberal continuum either evolved or was created for the purpose of aligning the electorate into fairly predictable groupings. This process guarantees that no more than two parties dominate. One good thing about it is that it helps keep this country politically stable. But the bad thing is that it keeps the masses from looking at things holistically. It shouldn't be hard to see that yes, brutal police are criminals, and that yes, blacks need to get our house in order. I have yet to hear one politician speak out about both.
(I once heard Al Sharpton addressing a group of students about blacks needing to get their house in order, but he hasn't made that part of his public agenda.)
All of this is why I strongly question Jazzdog's reference to black conservatives as "independent thinkers" earlier in this thread. If you adopt a party's position on almost every issue, you are not really an independent thinker, no matter which party it happens to be.
But I will say that maybe if blacks weren't so slavishly plopping our butts down on the grass of the Democratic plantation, our issues would be viewed in a more multi-faceted, less one-dimensional way by both parties, and we would see more progress (and be better thinkers).