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View Diary: Brother Dr. King is Now American Royalty. What of the Black Freedom Struggle's Other Heroes? (19 comments)

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  •  or Cornel's way out of pocket and innaccurate (2+ / 0-)
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    dannyboy1, AoT

    suggestion that Snowden is akin to the folks who died trying to escape slavery, John Brown, or others who fought in the Black Freedom Struggle.

    •  hyperbole to magnify the significance of something (0+ / 0-)

      that affects one's immediate circumstances (or perceptions of what might affect those circumstances and by how much) is not limited as to race of the commentator, I suppose. Perhaps that connects it to impact or perceived impact on one's privileges rather than fundamental rights.

      No doubt, there are Black Americans who have been so insulated by various circumstances involving money, prestige, and fame, from the immediacy of others' experiences that they, too, become disconnected from what people and events rendered sacrifice so that they might enjoy such privileges. How many of our more comfortably middle class fellow Americans reveal condescension or outright disdain for the quainter qualities of the working classes when it is historically the price paid by the laboring classes and their unions (in battle) that helped create a burgeoning middle class. Memories are short.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:27:05 PM PDT

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