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Reply to "Constructive Feedback Is Right!!"

Originally posted by Constructive Feedback:


Based upon the onus you place on their backs, why do you call them "victims"? Please explain.

A woman has been repeatedly abused by her husband over the years. She walks into the police station, finally, seeking protection and relief. CF looks at her and says, "What are you prepared to do to change to help your situation?" Confused

First of all - she has taken the first step and is at the damned police station. Second of all, that she has survived as long as she has is a testament to her personal commitment to survival. Third, in the calculus of responsisbility - when the scales are tipped 99.99% to 0.01% - why are we even talking about the 0.01% at this time?

Robert Smalls, the black reconstruction-era Congressman from South Carolina said it best:
My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in ths country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.

He said that in 1895. It is even more true today in 2006.

Another thing - since Bush, the wealthy class is getting bigger, the poor are getting bigger with the middle class getting smaller. Without knowing anything, I would bet that the black middle class has either grown or reduced at a smaller rate than has the white middle class. If that is the case, then that would seem to prove that much of what you blame African America for is really a product of class and poverty American-style as much as it is our particular race and culture. It will be quite interesting to see how you try to wiggle out of your world-view and position then.