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  • It's a great country to live in if you are a white person. It's a great country to live in if you are middle class (or better).

    It's not such a great country to live in if you're a person of color, though it could be worse (or better). It's not such a great country to live in if you're very poor. Though again, that could be worse and better, depending on where you look.

    And the really fucked up thing about the US has very little to do with how its own citizens are treated, but rather with how the US tre
    • by ziggy (25) on 2002.02.22 18:45 (#4957) Journal
      It's a great country to live in if you are a white person. It's a great country to live in if you are middle class (or better).
      It's also a great country to live in if you're non-white or non-middle class. The US is a large enough place that practically anything you say about it is going to be true to some non-trivial degree.

      I don't want to get into a[nother] heated debate about what's great or horrid about these 50 states. The US has a lot of good points going for it. There are also a lot of things that really stink when you stop to think about them. Perhaps your own personal moral calculus leads you to believe that there are more positives than negatives. Perhaps the opposite is true. But there is no one single objective way to perceive the US such that it is a great place to live, a terrible place to live or a reprehensible nation to defend.

      In my estimation, anyone who would judge a nation of 285,000,000 based on the actions of one person, or a hundred people is an utter fool. Focusing on the minutiae obscures the larger picture, whether it be the greatest accumulation of wealth since the invention of the Shekel, a murder trial with a questionable outcome, a vibrant alternative/sustainable energy industry, or a healthy organic food movement. Focusing on some of the bigger issues is more worthy of discussion, whether it be about the largest donor of foreign aid, funding the basis of information economy, encouraging human rights abuses in China, or miserable turnouts at the ballot box.

      But I'm not particularly interested in discussing that. There's some Perl code here calling my name. :-)