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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
    • I am not going to argue, but I would like to point out that I know a great many "colored" people in this country who think it is a great country. That includes the many in the inner cities that I've known.

      I'm done with trying to convince people, not that I am right, but that there are other ways to see things, and that I am not stupid or uncaring for my opinions. Let them assume I am ignorant and evil just because I disagree. I'll just ship up; then we can ALL be the proverbial Happy Idiot!
      • First, "colored" is a rather offensive term these days.

        Second, I never said that there aren't people of color who like this country. There are many places that are worse for people of color around the world. For example, most of Africa is pretty bad. Of course, it's well worth remembering why Africa is such a mess right now, largely due to Western influence.

        On the other hand, there are places where certain things are better for people of color. Cuba, for example, has done a much better job of addressi
        • by pudge (1) on 2002.02.23 8:23 (#4980) Homepage Journal
          If "colored" is offensive, the NAACP should change its name, and you shouldn't use "persons of color."

          If you didn't mean to say thay America is not such a great place to live in for some people who are poor and non-white, you shouldn't have lumped them all together. I find it offensive that you would lump all "persons of color" together and tell them that this country is not a great place for them to live. That is what you did, and that's my point.

          And no, I wasn't putting anyone's words in your mouth. You've before expressed the opinion that because I disagree with you on issues of race, that I haven't looked closely enough at the issues, or looked at them from the proper perspective. Those were your words that I was speaking to. Even in your very reply to me, you say you are trying to get people to "realize" things, as though the fact that people disagree with you means they don't understand something that you do.
          • The NAACP is an organization created by black people for black people. I do not presume to tell black people what to name their organizations. Doing so would be extremely racist, but well in line with a very long history of white people telling black people what they should and should not do.

            My point was not that the US is or is not a great place for poor people of people of color. My point was simply that Purdy's statement that the US is a great place to live is very much a product of his being a middl
            • The NAACP is an organization created by black people for black people.

              This is incorrect. It is for colored people, not black people. This includes any non-white people.

              My point was not that the US is or is not a great place for poor people of people of color.

              Then you shouldn't have said that.

              As to you personally, I do indeed think you don't understand something I do.

              That is arrogant, as well as incorrect.

              FWIW, I used to share many of your opinions, so I think I have a good idea of your thought