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MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy

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Member since: Wed Jul 22, 2015, 01:21 PM
Number of posts: 41

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I have read with interest for some time and decided it might be time to join the conversation :) Semi-retired (on extended leave) from long career in academic administration.

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"What I Saw in Charlottesville Could Be Just the Beginning"

Brennan Gilmore shot the video of the lethal attack in Charlottesville that first appeared in the media, of the car accelerating past him and into the crowd on the street. He posted it on his Twitter account, linked to the posting on YouTube, and giving blanket permission for it to be reproduced. YouTube has removed it "for violating YouTube's policy on violent or graphic content". He now links to an MSNBC report where the video is shown and he is interviewed:

http://www.msnbc.com/weekends-with-alex-witt/watch/eyewitness-describes-car-plowing-through-charlottesville-protest-1023714883913

This is the article he wrote at Politico with the title quoted in the subject line above:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/14/what-i-saw-in-charlottesville-could-be-just-the-beginning-215487

... What we witnessed Saturday was the terrifying but logical outcome of our escalating, toxic politics of hate. I’ve seen it happen before. Serving in the Central African Republic in 2012, I saw political leaders use hatred and “othering” as instruments to gain political power. As a result, within months, Christians and Muslims, peaceful neighbors for decades, turned against each other. I saw the same thing happen when I served in Burundi, where Hutus and Tutsis made giant strides toward reconciliation after a horrifying history of mass atrocities, only to be manipulated, divided and turned against one another yet again.

America is not Africa. But watching this past election cycle in the U.S., my stomach churned as I saw some of these themes repeating themselves. Looking back now, I can see it was leading toward a cycle of conflict that, once started, is hard to break.

Many Americans like to think that this kind of thing can’t happen here—that American exceptionalism immunizes us from the virulent racism and tribalism that tear apart other countries far, far away. But we’re more susceptible than we’d like to think.

... Communities of color know this well. They have lived with the intrinsic, gut-wrenching understanding of racial violence since, well, our country’s founding. The Virginia I grew up loving and the America I spent my career defending abroad have always been capable of both tremendous good and terrible evil. ...

Brennan Gilmore, a native of Lexington, Virginia, formerly served as chief of staff to Tom Perriello, candidate for Virginia governor. Before that, he served for 15 years in the U.S. Foreign Service at postings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan, Tunisia and Sierra Leone. Brennan lives in Charlottesville, where he works in rural workforce development to bring IT jobs to underserved communities in rural Virginia.

... Working to improve the lives of Trump's base ...
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 12:34 PM (0 replies)

agree that that is interesting

And yes, those of us who have seen the problems up close tend not to think of it as victimless.

Of course, the prostituted women are the victims, so yes it is the victimizers - johns, pimps, dealers - whose activities should be criminalized.

I once read a description of prostitution as the easiest way to get money out of stupid men's pockets and into the hands of drug traffickers and organized crime in general.

Pretty accurate, and true whether the activities are legal or not, given the large role that drug addiction plays in the lives of the women and that human trafficking plays in prostitution generally.
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Thu Aug 11, 2016, 02:26 PM (0 replies)

Is it the purpose of higher education to equip people to handle adversity?

If that is the case, where is the adversity that monied straight white men, just as an example, are subjected to so that they may be so equipped?

It strikes me that they may be the people most in need of such equipping, since they don't tend to get it anywhere else.

Is it the purpose of higher education to train people to meet their bosses' expectations?

But mostly, when did prejudice become a "different point of view"?

I've been around for a long time—since back when "prejudice" was actually what we called the animus that some members of some privileged groups harbor toward those who are disadvantaged by circumstance ... or by that prejudice.

And we just never pretended, back then, to be so blind to it, or felt such an urge to invoke the holy freedom of speech to justify it—as if it could.

It seems to me that the problem in our times is not that the victims of prejudice have grown weak-kneed and delicate.

It is that those who choose to be prejudiced—or to benefit from the prejudice of others—have grown rebellious under the yoke of civilization, and civilization itself has become weak-kneed and has retreated from its job of restraining the barbarians.
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Thu Aug 11, 2016, 01:56 AM (1 replies)

Yes! You got it! You are a genius!

That is exactly what I was trying to say and it just was not coming out right! Just let anyone and everyone in! Don't vet anyone - how stupid of me to have suggested that!


There is no way to differentiate "normal" people from homicidal maniacs, and the one thing they share is religion, not race.

The one thing they share, with me, at least, is that they are members of humanity.

I can think of many things I do share with you. We both speak English, for a start. I would hope that no one would exclude me from something on that basis because of your rather off-putting philosophy.

You do realize that your words are the very essence of bigotry, right?

Most Muslims are not homicidal international terrorists but virtually all homicidal international terrorists are Muslims.

Indeed!

As I am sure you are aware and would agree: most men are not rapists, but virtually all rapists are men.

Given this blatantly obvious fact, what action do you recommend?

Surely there is some way to cure the infection of rapists among us ...
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Sat Nov 14, 2015, 03:22 PM (0 replies)

sad to see no response to your post

I can't apologize for some of the comments here, but I feel ashamed for their authors.
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Sat Nov 14, 2015, 11:35 AM (0 replies)

how do you tell which are which?

Why, do they all look alike to you?
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Sat Nov 14, 2015, 12:03 AM (1 replies)

This is absolutely boilerplate anti-choice rhetoric

and I am quite surprised at the number of people who seem unfamiliar with it!

Of course, it's usually spouted by people whose ancestors were never enslaved. To get a descendant of enslaved persons to put it out there - they must be beside themselves with the thrill.

It is part of the litany that includes the assertion that the only difference between a fetus and a human being is "location location location".

That difference is then, of course, dismissed as inconsequential. Inside a woman's body, inside a Toyota Corolla, it's all the same thing.

And, of course, the next thing we can expect from him (if it hasn't come already; I haven't kept careful track) is the tale about how Planned Parenthood is in the business of genocide, targetting African-Americans for extinction by abortion ...
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 10:00 PM (1 replies)

I'm in my sixties

I have no difficulty at all "getting it".

You, unfortunately, don't seem to have "got" what either Wente or the author she was disagreeing with was saying, given that nothing you are saying appears to have anything at all to do with anything either of them said.

Just for future ref, dismissing someone's ideas and ascribing emotions to them based on their age, even someone right-wing and anti-feminist, is not really wise.
Posted by MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 04:14 PM (1 replies)
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