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Originally posted by jibeho
In todays's society kids can no longer be kids. They are assaulted with crap on TV, radio, internet, and film. Reality this reality that. The true reality is that all of the reality is just staged for entertainment value.
Grade school kids texting, playing video games and gabbing on phones on their walk home from school is ridiculous. No one is paying attention to their surroundings any longer and people are no longer paying attention to people.
Emotional disconnect is running rampant in our virtual society.
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
a society where alternative lifestyles are encouraged as the norm, capitalism and the capacity to earn wealth is being eliminated and the capacity to live a traditional lifestyle has been dissolved.
Originally posted by centurion1211
You can slam the source all you want to, but you can't take anything away from the actual written words. They completely explain the feelings and fears of a huge segment of U.S. society.
Originally posted by wanderingwaldo
"Traditional America" was always an illusion, a drummed up image of white picket fences and ice cream sundaes at the soda shack with a dollop of ever-increasing consumption on top. That dream died in the 70's but for many it was always a nightmare. It's good to see more people are getting pissed off that they've been robbed. Wanting to hearken back to that illusion is freaking dangerous in my opinion and the sign of someone who can't admit that there aren't "Traditional Americans" or "Un-traditional Americans" just Americans, and we need to stick together.
Originally posted by Lexxica
America is no longer a melting pot.... It is very segregated... I work in customer service and there are people who I speak (try) to who know no English. How is that melting into the pot? It is staying segregated. Consider cultural differences too. They can be misunderstood and can cause trouble.
Originally posted by centurion1211
You can slam the source all you want to, but you can't take anything away from the actual written words.
Progressives are the folks who, in the 1960s, could easily understand that urban riots that took scores of lives and destroyed billions in property were an inevitable reaction to racism, poverty and despair. They could empathize with the rage of campus radicals who burned down the ROTC building and bombed the Pentagon.
"Whites are not only more anxious, but also more alienated. Big majorities of whites say the past year's turmoil has diminished their confidence in government, corporations and the financial industry. ... Asked which institution they trust most to make economic decisions in their interest, a plurality of whites older than 30 pick 'none' – a grim statement."
So, before you respond, try "walking a mile in my or our shoes". And before ANYONE suggests we do the same, please remember that we've all had that shoved down our throats for many years now. We get it already. Now it's your turn to get how we feel.."
That is real, and what I wanted to hear! THE story from a person that has lived it. Your answer is colorblind, the way we all should see. I hope that others can see through their veils to realize what our America has become.
Originally posted by Clark Savage Jr.
reply to post by cenpuppie
My father was born in 1935. In Jackson Ms. He sat in the back of many buses.
Around the time he met my mom in the early fifties , he--and she--were both tired of it Im sure. So for almost two decades both my parents were two young negro's( as we were called back then) fighting the good fight. The old civil rights era in the south was my bread and butter, indeed, my entire youth without exageration, seems like one big march . I still remember staring at tar bubbles popping up on some of those old southern roads back in the early-mid 60's.
So ask my dad today exactly how much 'better' things are in the old neighborhoods---sorry, I mean 'hood'.
I mean REALLY ask, really look. He has, I have. Look and see the filth, hunger, violence, abuse.. really look.
To clean up parts of west birmingham , to make fairpark safe to walk through again, to rid it of the thug-n-drug culture of my own 'people' I honestly think I personally would sit on top of the damned bus.
'Better' now? No. Our society isnt 'better' now by any standard, in anyway. Not for any of us. And I do happen to believe that is in large part due to the breaking from a traditional US culture. A culture more sane than what we now have.
And frankly, I personally dont care who the 'traditionals' are because the fact is we need more of them. Of any race. Period.