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  •  If failure to relocate in the face of unjustice (0+ / 0-)

    and persecution was evidenceof adequate, acceptable home conditions, we'd have a number of historical problems on our hands.  Like  concluding that most genocides were consensual.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:03:09 PM PDT

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    •  Consensual genocide (1+ / 0-)
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      Not likely. To begin with the most classic instance, you had large numbers of Jews from Hitler's advent on streaming out of Germany and Austria and trying their damnedest to get the hell out of Dodge. Similarly in Rwanda and any number of other genocidal instances. Of course, these were real genocides, and the point was to exterminate, not to let any go free.

      For the USA, oddly, not so much. In fact, for the whole period, lots more folks were looking to get in than to get out. Anyone who wanted to get got was free to take their belongings and emigrate. The fact that they didn't make this choice is worth noting and thinking about.

      That said, I have no intention of minimizing the injustices suffered by various groups in U.S. history. But for good or ill, the U.S., even in the 1950s, was seen overall as a beacon of liberty and a place where equality was aspired to and where injustice at least was capable of being addressed. That's what I meant by "perspective."

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