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To Those Who Live Their Sermon

wtmoore1 Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 2:07 PM
It's pretty hard for me to take seriously anyone who mentions "yellow" people at the end of his column (and, no, I don't mean people who lack courage). That being said, I think many of us count every one of those groups that conservatives find so divisive as real, patriotic Americans. Most don't view affirmative action as "preferential rights," but rather finally giving employment opportunities to groups who were shut out previously. If that's not a characterization that fits squarely within the Jackie Robinson model, I don't know what is. I could just tell they the tone of the article in recounting the civil rights progress made in this country was going to inevitably end with the lesson to the black community to, "calm down because
wtmoore1 Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 2:09 PM
they don't have it as bad as their parents/grandparents used to." How much civil rights progress would have ever been made if subsequent generations just settled for the gains their parents achieved?

Certainly the system is better, but its far from perfect, and much work needs to be done. Just look at black incarceration rates versus black crime statistics for one such example.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 3:31 PM
If only it were that simple, wtmoore1.
Unfortunately, clumsy government policies come with tragically destructive unintended consequences. Worse than that, political attachment to these policies prevents a clear-eyed review and assessment that might permit appropriate adjustments. The incarceration rates you mention are a consequence of these government policies.
The cold fact is that Democrats refuse to own this situation of their own creation. They not only refuse to fix it, they refuse to even acknowledge it. And this is the major scandal of our age.
Carl469 Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 4:08 PM
Absurd. Democrats always have acknowledged the problems. Who do you think wrote the Moynihan Report on the black family? The issue is that most Democrats don't see human nature as realistically as we do.

The movie "42" captures Jackie Robinson's courageous and tumultuous rise from the negro leagues to the minors and, eventually, the Brooklyn Dodgers. The painful slurs and on-the-field attacks Robinson endured brings the viewer face-to-face with pre-civil rights America. For just a few moments, a new generation gets to feel the bigotry and resulting pain, see the whites only toilets, and experience being turned away from hotels because of the color of their skin.

The movie captures the worst and the best of Jackie's journey to baseball immortality as the first black to break baseball's color barrier. As Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig...