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  •  Or he's just a decent person (3+ / 0-)
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    Mnemosyne, dww44, kaspian

    Decent people know you don't have to be a member of any of those groups to have a personal stake. I don't know what his gayness would have to do with his flip out about Katrina and how poor and black people were left hanging. All it took was a conscience and a heart.

    Things fall apart; the center cannot hold-Yeats

    by TexasMango on Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 11:22:20 AM PDT

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      Mnemosyne, bablhous

      I agree that one doesn't need to be a member of an oppressed group to respond with outrage - a conscience should be sufficient, and plenty of people without a stake in such situations do have such a reaction.

      But I also believe that being personally vulnerable, experiencing such hatred yourself, often leads to a more direct understanding of how others are impacted.  You understand what it means to be under-valued by society and government, to be treated differently because of hatred. The kind of empathy that comes from such direct experience can often help more easily relate to the experience of others.

      Surely sitting on the Fox TV set, listening to endless anti-gay propaganda would give a gay man a personal stake in questioning everything that comes out of the same right-wing voices.

      Our life experiences do impact our world view -- as we can see on a different level in the discussions of Sonia Sotomayor's past comments.  

      I've only met Shep Smith a couple of times in professional situations and have never had any conversation with him about his political viewpoints or sexuality, but both in person and on TV, he has seemed like a decent man with a conscience. (Making him totally out of place at Fox)

      Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

      by terjeanderson on Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 11:43:33 AM PDT

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