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  •  "Faux outrage"? (0+ / 0-)

    Why would the outrage be faked?

    If white folks are ignorant of or callous to the abuses that brown folks have long suffered at the hands of the police state, and if white folks are now surprised to find themselves under the unfeeling and secret eye of the police state…

    Why then does it make sense that their outrage at this development is faked? Either they thought such treatment was only for non-whites or they were blissfully unaware of the atrocities suffered by non-whites, but in either case it would be bad news for them to join such a club.

    Am I missing something?

    "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." President Barack Obama

    by quagmiremonkey on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:56:09 PM PDT

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    •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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      The outrage is "faux" in one meaningful way.

      That is, now that people who look like me (nice looking 27-year old white male) have found that the surveillance state actually applies to them, they (we) express outrage over the overreach and constitutional impropriety. We act as if we are against spying and the erosion of rights because, you know, principle.

      But that's not really what many of those folks are against. What they're mad about is that THEY are being spied on. Because it stands to reason that if they truly cared about the principles, they would have spoken up about the expanding surveillance state before. Unless we assume this is the first they're learning of it, which seems unlikely. At best, it makes those individuals incredibly dense and unaware of what happens to people outside of their little sphere.

      I suppose that if those a few of those people do exist (people who just learned of the surveillance state once it smacked THEM in the face), then perhaps it's fair to grant credit to their outrage, since they can't be expected to be outraged over something they have no knowledge of. I just dispute that most of these people lived in such blissful unawareness. Because you'd have to be blind and deaf not to know about Stop and Frisk or other common violations of personal privacy.

      "We forward in this generation, triumphantly."

      by Grizzard on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 06:11:30 AM PDT

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      •  The word "faux" does not mean "selfish" (0+ / 0-)

        or "unprincipled". It means "artificial". On the other hand, outrage can be both selfish and unprincipled.

        I'm guessing you carelessly mashed the "faux outrage" meme that's been in use for years onto this fresh "white privilege makes Obama's dragnet surveillance no big deal" meme.

        "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." President Barack Obama

        by quagmiremonkey on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:16:26 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry, the careless mashing was TDDVandy's (0+ / 0-)

          originally, though you seem equally confused.

          "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." President Barack Obama

          by quagmiremonkey on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:18:30 AM PDT

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