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  •  I remember that song... (none)
    ...from music classes when I was a kid.  I think it may have been presented to us in context, as a song that the slaves would have sung in the fields.  But I could be confusing it with any number of other songs from that period that came up in music classes in elementary school.  As I recall, that knowledge that these songs had roots in slavery required no further comment -- it was a given that this was an injustice against an entire people.  There was no attempt to romanticize the period, or gloss over the fact of slavery.  This was in Ohio, by the way.

    More than anything, though, I remember thinking the song was really dopey.

    Anyway, it sounds like you asked the questions that needed to be asked, in a way that they needed to be asked.  You took a stand without being confrontational -- and that's a heck of a thing to pull off.  Nicely done.  

    I haven't seen "Crash," so I don't know what it says about figuring out this race thing.  I can't help thinking (said the middle-aged, middle class white guy) that maybe there isn't as much to figure out as we think there is.  I live in LA, so I cross paths with all sorts of people from all sorts of ethnicities. Some are acquaintances, some are friends, some are coworkers.  We all seem to want the same basic things for our families, our kids, and ourselves.  Decent job, decent place to live, decent schools, decent life.  

    Just about everybody, I think, wants those things for themselves.  I can't help thinking if we could all work from that simple assumption, we'd all be a lot better off.  The trouble starts, to my untutored eye, when certain people decide others should be denied the things they want for their own kids.  

    But that's just me...

    "...the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    by Roddy McCorley on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 12:27:08 PM PST

    •  and that's just it (none)
      everybody, regardless of race/ethnicity/nationality, just wants the same simple thing - a decent life.  we have so much more in common than we have things to divide us.  it's so heartbreaking that in this day and age, that any bigotry can survive.

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      by Cedwyn on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 02:17:58 PM PST

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      •  I also think... (4.00)
        ...that helps illustrate the difference between a liberal and a conservative.  A conservative wants his kids to get a good education.  A liberal wants everybody's kids to get a good education.  And so on.

        "...the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

        by Roddy McCorley on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 04:09:32 PM PST

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      •  Only 99% of us want that (none)
        1% want power over others, and fuel divisiveness to that end. And so, the struggle of the decent against the power-hungry form the fabric of our history. </grand over-simplification>

        America began begins with freedom from King George's empire.

        by bribri on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 05:51:52 PM PST

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        •  but the point to remember... (none)
          is that any one of us may unintentionally join that 1%, because of the corrupting influence of power.  so we have to check power, and check ourselves.

          America began begins with freedom from King George's empire.

          by bribri on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 05:53:55 PM PST

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