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October 12th, 2008 | by Windspike |

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  1. 2 Responses to “Very Interesting”

  2. By steve on Oct 12, 2008 | Reply

    Huh…

    I sort of distance myself from other Republicans who make racial comments about someone’s skin color. At 6 minutes he talks about people being treated equally on the basis or race, sex or sexual orientation. What is interesting is in the past, you might hear Sharpton or Jackson for example say it another way. In the past you hear it doesn’t matter what race you are… you are equal… as in all men are created equal. Obama is saying differently and more effectively by saying it is the by the basis of race, we are equal.

    What I think about 50 cent is that whole culture just seems to corrupt people. Same could be said by the white trailer trash biker crowd image too. These rich talented, athletes, musicians, etc. seem to have created this artificial culture of personality throughout the years that corrupts the young and turns them into thugs and hooligans. Sinatra and his gang did it too with their high rolling organized crime image. People seem to just roll that way, if you will, because of the image they see and lose their own self identity in the process thus, playing out what they “really” think the see in celebrity.

    I am probably not voting for Obama but I don’t mind him being President. He is definitely a smart guy. I just hope he isn’t corrupt like the rest of the politicians

  3. By Liberal Jarhead on Oct 14, 2008 | Reply

    Excellent video essay. Anytime you have someone breaking out of a stereotype, it gets people to think and makes them less likely to pigeonhole others into oversimplified ‘types’ and less likely to try to live up to one of those types themselves, and that has to be good.

    I don’t see much difference between one kind of shallow, ‘beat-the-system’, materialistic, insecure mindset where people are trying to reassure themselves of their own worth based on scaring others or making them envious, whether it’s a drug-dealing gangster, Donald Trump, or Idi Amin. They think they are getting other people’s respect, but actually they don’t know the difference between respect and fear or envy. I used to have a discussion fairly often with a bunch of the gang kids I worked with in one agency; their talk was all about respect, but their actions were about fear. I would point to the example of a youth activity leader we had named Mike, that they all thought the world of, but who was a quiet, dignified man who treated everyone with consideration. Then I’d have them think about someone whose good side they wanted to stay on but who they avoided if possible, like their POs. We’d talk about the difference, and I’d ask them whether they’d rather have other people feel about them the way they felt about Mike or about their POs. A few of them got it.

    It is discouraging to me that so often our culture makes an icon out of a Tony Soprano instead of an Atticus Finch. Trying to raise decent kids a generation ago, and trying to help raise decent grandkids now, popular culture is often not helpful, and that includes the evening news.

    I just wish there was some way to screen people seeking political power so that only those who actually had a goal for how they wanted to use that power to make things better could get through. I’m tired of people who want to be in power because they just really like being in power or because they’re in that ‘50-cent’ mode.

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