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  •  You have presented real data (9+ / 0-)

    and discussed a real issue. Thank you.

    Those who should be ashamed are those who are content to simply emote as a wholesale substitute for any critical reasoning.

    Those who don't give a "frick-frack" about relevant correlating factors underlying different types of gun violence are no different than the anti-science illiterati who deny climate change because it ill suits their beliefs and ideologies.  

    And perhaps ironically, in this type of response your essential point about the blindness of privilege would seem to be confirmed.

    The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

    by ancblu on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:23:28 AM PST

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    •  I didn't expect to change a lot of minds (5+ / 0-)

      or even open a lot of eyes. As I said, I didn't want to write this diary. Goodness knows I'm not the best at talking about this issue. But it has to be talked about. Hopefully better folks than I will continue the discussion. I can't help looking at the problem numerically and seeing the social impacts. If we stop to think about it on that horrible day in December the death rate from guns in white America quadrupled from about 10 to about 40. To match that same level on an average day in America the black gun death rate would have to fall from 10 to about 7. On any day of the year, on average, the black community in this country suffers the equivalent of a Sandy Hook. And nearly every single day they do so in silence. And I can't choose to ignore that. Not anymore.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:34:18 AM PST

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      •  I commend you (8+ / 0-)

        for raising this essential issue ... that is as uncomfortable as it is true.

        I've just finished reading through all the comments and you have also been very gracious in dealing with those who not only disagree, but do so with unnecessary rudeness and vitriol.

        Several have also rejected your thesis on the grounds of scale of a single incident that transcends all other factors, but provide nothing more than a belief that this is so.  Moreover, you provide an entirely valid point of comparison of scale of black homicide deaths relative to whites  -- that is publicly ignored -- which is simply brushed away because the aggregate impact is supposedly not as horrifying or accessible to the public as the Newtown tragedy.  

        Others refute your thesis by citing public reaction to a bombing event -- not gun violence -- that occurred nearly 50 years ago.  One would think a more analogous and contemporary example could be used to support public outrage against black homicide rates.  And, those who use this example have apparently forgotten that the FBI and Justice Department at that time declined to prosecute the identified offenders, which enabled and prolonged the power of white privilege.

        The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

        by ancblu on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:11:57 AM PST

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