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Response to Lesmoderesstupides (Reply #21)
Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:47 AM
pampango (19,135 posts)
23. That's exactly what I meant by "That (ways to support them) may be difficult (or even impossible)
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to do effectively right now but we should not stop caring."
Others would take that to mean that we should not stop looking for ways to help the repressed even if we can't do anything effective to do for them right now. You are very perceptive.
"Caring" does not mean "invading", it means caring about those who are repressed and helping if you can figure out a way to do it.
To a typical neocon, it might seem logical that if you 'care' you must be willing to 'invade' to prove that you 'care'. Fortunately, you and I do not fall into that category. For liberals caring and searching for a way to help those who are repressed (even if 'invading' is off the table) is part of who we are, IMHO.
Prior to the Civil Rights era, I don't remember liberals taking the position that Blacks in the South needed to help themselves first (a version of the 'bootstrap' philosophy) before we would consider any 'caring' that we might extend to them. You are right in the sense that effective civil rights change did not occur until Blacks 'took to the streets', but there were Northern liberals who did 'invade' the South (freedom riders and others) prior to that. And Eisenhower did 'invade' Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 with the National Guard to force school desegregation.
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That's exactly what I meant by "That (ways to support them) may be difficult (or even impossible)
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