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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-17-07 03:19 PM
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56. My personal opinion?
Your cited articles are a load of crap.

That kind of thinking only leads you down the Republican road. When you start assigning the blame for bad things to the mindset of the victim - i.e., if they would just have a positive outlook/pull themselves up by their own bootstraps/conform/speak English/leave New Orleans/stop having babies/blah blah blah, then everything would be puppies and rainbows! - you allow yourself to be complacent about all of the evil and injustice in this world. What you cited here - THIS is why so many Americans looked the other way after Katrina, THIS is why so many people believe the crap Limpballs spews, THIS is why we have to struggle to raise the minimum wage or get universal healthcare - it's because a lot of America believes that a "victim mentality" is the sole cause of every evil in the world, and it allows them to ignore the true causes of every situation.

Seriously, this is bad bad bad. Just reading those cites made me feel sick. Yes, people should be encouraged to stay strong and lift themselves up. But that in no way excuses the rest of us from fighting injustice anywhere. And unfortunately, encouraging people to blame everything on the mindset of the victims is an easy way to excuse ourselves.

Actually, I'm a little shocked that someone posted and advocated this on DU. Please, please reconsider your stance and what you are advocating to other people. This is NOT a good thing. :-(
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