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    components of the social hierarchy. If natural characteristics and behaviors aren't the basis for segregation, then the only alternative is action. That is, if people aren't to be ranked according to what they are, what they do has to be considered. That leaves people who don't do at a gross disadvantage. People who don't work will be cast aside. They'll be nobodies. That's a desperate situation.

    I think it is sort of telling that MLK wanted people to be judged by the "content of their character."  That was consistent. MLK was not a doer. He just resented being excluded on the basis of his superficial appearance. "Character" probably struck him as more inclusive at the same time that it supported the concept of hierarchy. "Separate but equal" also supported the organization of society as a hierarchy. Reconciling segregation and exlusive behavior with equality may be desirable, but I think it is fair to conclude that we have definitely proved that it is not possible. If we don't want some population to be arbitrarily dumped on, we have to give up the notion that a social hierarchy is natural. Equality is simply inconsistent with hierarchy.

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    by hannah on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 11:14:28 AM PDT

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