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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
        • Point taken - I do live a comfortable life and thus find myself not wanting to "rock the boat". I'm a great empathizer, though and take responsibility for the benefits I've received: tithing (sp?) at church in addition to giving to other charities. I plan on doing more, too - just haven't gone that extra step of volunteering my time to worthy causes, such as Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Mentoring ... on my list! :)

          Jason

          • by autarch (914) on 2002.02.23 10:03 (#4987) Homepage Journal
            I was not trying to say you are a bad person. I was just trying to put your words into perspective. As middle class white people, we basically live in a bubble of our own making. We don't really see racism (and other problems) because, well, we just don't have to if we don't want to. They don't really affect us.