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Re: “More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Pima Mujer - obviously you are confused as to the role of government. Government works for us, I pay them, they are my/our servants. Those are services I pay for, and in the case of Tucson, possibly the worst roads in the country. We elect people to do those things and in the case of Tucson, they are all liberals. 5th poorest city in the country.

But when you become dependent on government dollars as income as many in the civil workforce have become, then the motivational hierarchy becomes very simple for those getting hung up with why they don't succeed or feel guilty of having a high paid job basically doing nothing. The great mediocre - filling the ever growing bureaucracies, finding reasons to put the successful "white" man down and have more join them in mediocrity, by force of government.

My family grew up in a town with basically four groups. Italians, Irish, Puerto Ricans and Black. No whites, whatever that may be to you and certainly no privilege.

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Posted by What, Again on 07/28/2015 at 8:03 AM

Re: “More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Not dependent on the government? Don't make me laugh.
Do you have a driver's license? Do you drive on roads and highways? Vote? Eat safe food? Breathe decent air? Use National Parks? Receive police protection? Borrow books from the library?

I could go on, but you get the picture, or possibly not!

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 07/28/2015 at 7:45 AM

Re: “More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Jana - and what do you consider white?

Hispanics? Asians? Irish? Italian? Haitian? German? Are you making the assumption that these immigrant groups and every immigrant group, who looked and acted different weren't discriminated against? If you think minority groups growing up in the depression and through both world wars were privileged, you haven't been on this planet long.

Or is it just black and brown democrats to exploit to assuage your guilt?

Was it Obama's black half or white half that provided his privilege?

Transcripts, transcripts, where are the transcripts. Ever wonder why every other secret and confidential piece of information has been hacked, stolen or otherwise revealed. But one secret, one HUGE secret can't be found.

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Posted by What, Again on 07/28/2015 at 7:21 AM

Re: “More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

This article and the following comments seem not to understand exactly what fiction is and how it works. In this case, as Safier says, the narrative points of view in the two books differ, and so does the subtle use of the many possibilities available in the complex English verb. Have you considered the likelihood that Lee intended "To Kill a Mockingbird" as aspirational? In any case, both are novels, and consequently much more sophisticated than journalistic, political or historical reportage. Writers who choose to write "book reviews" ought to know something more about serious reading.

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Posted by TexAZ on 07/28/2015 at 7:16 AM

Re: “More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Thanks, What, Again for a front row seat to witness what white privilege looks like:
"Those of us not dependent on the government are proud that our parents provided opportunity and that we have used those opportunities to earn and succeed.

Your words demonstrate:
"The term [white privilege] denotes both obvious and less obvious passive advantages that white persons may not recognize they have, which distinguishes it from overt bias or prejudice."

That does not take away from or deny the great things that your parents may have done for you. Rather, it suggests that, if you look beneath the surface, your opportunity to earn and succeed may be more complex than you think.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 07/28/2015 at 6:44 AM

Re: “More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

"soothing to this white guy who has always been an advocate for civil rights but also has benefitted from the privilege that comes with my skin color"

Must be all those taxpayer dollars you've put in your pocket all your life generating all the guilt.

Those of us not dependent on the government are proud that our parents provided opportunity and that we have used those opportunities to earn and succeed.

Man card revoked from the author.

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Posted by What, Again on 07/28/2015 at 6:20 AM

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yum!!!

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