Maybe to Dream

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    young, mature, settled,much older than my age would suggest
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  1. For reference: In addition to his official brushes with police, there were people who had other things to say about him: a) His cousin claims that he molested her from ages 6-16. b)He apparently bullied a Middle Eastern co-worker at one of his jobs and made racist jokes at the man's expense. c) He was fired from his job as a bouncer after he lost his temper and threw a woman d) He nearly shot a neighbour's co-worker (apparently) ...and in case anyone's wondering, several of those police dates along with the incidents I just listed took place before the shooting. There were a couple other ones I remember reading about but honestly I'm not in the mood for digging those up. But IMO there's nothing new about his behaviour except that he's being more upfront about it. He has a consistent pattern of being abusive prior to the shooting and I think he's just reverting back to that. He can't help it.
  2. This time it's the new girlfriend. I didn't see a thread on this so I thought I'd leave this update here. Honestly, I think he's a loose cannon. It'll be interesting to see what happens here since apparently this police force plans to press these charges. It's a good thing he can't have weapons right now IMO.
  3. Thanks! I had meant to thank you for maintaining your style but I've been busy. Likewise. :)

  4. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Incidenally, your case was very well put. If this is the logic that I can expect, then look I forwards to reading more of your posts.

  5. Thanks. This largely reflects my own take on this.

  6. I hear (and agree with) you. Great post. Thank you.

  7. See, this is part of the problem honestly. You can't take one anecdotal example of someone possibly stepping out of line (obviously you can't say for sure that there wasn't something to her complaint) and then extrapolate that as an example of how all black people and other minorities complain about something that doesn't exist. There is no monolith that all people of colour belong to. Black Haitians are different from black Jamaicans who are different from black Americans. That's just the facts. Going back to America though, I mean, there are millions of different people who are detailing a lot of the same experiences if you're willing to listen. Teaching their children how to avoid being shot unnecessarily by police, being criminal until proven otherwise, dealing with less educational and job opportunities, etc. That's strong corroborative evidence right there. Privilege is actually what allows you to dismiss their experience as "seeing racism everywhere". Let's not forget the convenient power to define racism as hoods and burning crosses. That's privilege even if many posters here can't see it. Ignoring the historical context of what people of colour and African Americans have had to contend with in favour of pat answers is sadly typical. But what makes it especially galling is how this vacuum analysis is then often used as a springboard for pretending that the structural inequalities that disproportionally affect people of colour aren't actually structural inequalities that disproportionately affect people of colour. I do disagree with Larkin slightly on the culture issue because I do think that certain cultural tendencies in poorer neighbourhoods tend to be self-reinforcing and that minorities are overrepresented in these areas. However, the evidence is very clear that the likely explanation for this is that the people in these areas don't have personal agency because their options are limited. In the US, race and ethnicity are factors that have to be accounted for when you look at these conditions because of the history of the country and the context of policies like Jim Crow and other laws that essentially produce the same effect. The question that needs to be asked is "why". Why did these lower socio-economic neighbourhoods develop these business models? What's causing these problems? You can't treat skin colour as a causative factor if you're trying to honestly search for answers. You just can't. It goes deeper than that.
  8. I am also interested in science and the scientific method. And I realized I'm of a skeptic. as defined by this wikipedia article...

    I've also read a lot of apologetics, church history, etc.

  9. Ah. So you're one of the more practical-minded types. That's interesting.

  10. It's been a long road. I read a lot of Christian authors - Yancey, Billy Graham, you name them, I've probably read it, I went to a Christian college. and I started to realize that there is no way to evaluate all the different Christian denominations. There is no reason to believe that any of them is any more "correct" than any other. I also realized the same can be said of world religions.

    I just see no real evidence of God.

  11. I grew up in a fundamentalist church and attended a fundamentalist Christian school. I started asking myself questions more along the lines of "How come we're not different?" Even now I think Christians tend to lack empathy sadly. So what drove your decision to leave?

  12. I grew up in a fundamentalist church. I stated asking myself questions like, how is it that this small church has somehow "got it all figured out", when I was in high school.

    How about you?

  13. Interesting. So what is your reasoning?

  14. This sounds like something I can relate to honestly. What are your experiences with the fundamentalist church?

  15. You do realize that America isn't the only culture either historically or currently to have freedom, equality under the law (in theory anyway), due process, or a Constitution/limits on the power of government right? In fact, there are some countries that probably score higher than America using the criteria you've put forward. A lot of the ideas America's founded on were largely modelled after the ideas and concepts set up by the British who drew their set-up from other places anyway. I don't even... Personally, I don't think it's a good idea to evaluate cultures constantly on a better or worse scale. It's far too permanent. Culture, like most things, isn't a finished product because people learn more and become more organized over time. What you see now is just a snapshot of a particular moment in time so you can't truly judge anything until after the culture has died. In which case looking back you'll usually see that it's mostly a wash. Where each culture has had some good and some bad in it. My preference is to pick and choose what I like about the cultures I encounter. A mono-cultural perspective often results in the reinforcing of blind spots.