Somehow we doubt that the Founding Fathers would appreciate how one individual’s exercise of a right would trounce upon another’s decision to exercise his or her First Amendment right of free speech.
The Article: GOP’s race problem: What’s really behind that bad tweet by Brittney Cooper in Salon.
The Text: With this week marking the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, much has rightly been made of the Republican National Committee tweeting a picture of Rosa Parks this weekend, with a caption that said: “today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.” (emphasis added)
But while many have justifiably focused on the claim that racism has “ended” (which the RNC later “clarified“), another significant truth has gotten lost. If they really cared about Rosa Parks’ memory, Republicans would attempt to emulate her courage in challenging the white male entitlement that demanded she give up the seat that she paid for. That kind of white male entitlement still dominates both the GOP and the American political scene today.
For example, if the party really wanted to take lessons from Rosa Parks’ story, it would think about the 90 percent of African-Americans who stayed off those buses and walked or carpooled to work in order to demand equal treatment and recognition of their dignity. In contemporary elections, it is routine that more than 90 percent of black America votes for anyone but the GOP.
According to Tom Friedman, place doesn’t matter anymore. If that’s true, then why are so many people moving to cities? Perhaps it’s because within a larger, more diverse population, you’re more exposed to learning experiences that will only sharpen your critical thinking skills.
The numbers on the clock might change, but character doesn’t.
The Article: Why America Hates Its Poor by Noam Chomsky in AlterNet.
The Text: An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.” What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?
Well, there’s always a class war going on. The United States, to an unusual extent, is a business-run society, more so than others. The business classes are very class-conscious—they’re constantly fighting a bitter class war to improve their power and diminish opposition. Occasionally this is recognized.