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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

Re: “Babylon Market: Super Market

yum!!!

Posted by eulaliane on 07/28/2015 at 12:51 AM

Re: “HighWire Lounge to Bring Molecular Mixology to Downtown Tucson

Lol this place is short of a horror story, ordered a drink and it was disgusting told the bartender and within minutes my whole group was told to leave. Most had not even had a sip and we still had to pay for them. Wow, truly amazing, not only it reeks of stale beer but they are bullies.

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Posted by Tina on 07/27/2015 at 9:51 PM

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

Good, thoughtful write-up. There's always been something about Mockingbird that seemed off to me. Much too tidy.
Rick Spanier, your last point about childhood heros is one that I agree with so strongly and try to make whenever possible. People are not heros, by and large. They can do incredibly heroic things, but elevating individuals to 'hero' status is glossing over their inherent humanity. I'm glad Watchman came out, even under possibly dubious circumstances.

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Posted by someguy on 07/27/2015 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Borrowing Trouble

this actually wasn't her first false complaint, she had a few in the past

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Posted by chattahoocheegrad on 07/27/2015 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Pathway's Problematic Preachings

I regret my time in Palmer Drug Abuse program in McAllen, Texas, when I attended the director was Andrea Lacy, a Bob Meehan clone who hurt and abused many teenagers and young adults. There needs to be more education about the scope of practice for LCDC's and more oversight by the state. these people should not be allowed around children and families in crisis should be warned about their negativity and toxicity. One of the counselors that used to work under Andrea told me how they thought it was funny to call family members fucked up bitches and make fun of them during case conference.

Posted by Amy on 07/27/2015 at 4:22 PM

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

Atticus Finch, either version, was not so much different than our most beloved founding fathers and later "champions" of racial equality. Washington and Jefferson were both slave owning landed gentry. Both recognized slavery as a stain on the emerging nation but elected to kick that can down the road rather than reconcile their belief and maundering lack of statesmanship, Nearly a hundred years later Lincoln also preferred to delay abolition until pressed to the wall as the US spread westward. Nearly a hundred years after Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson waffled on the Voting Rights Act until he also caved in to pressure from the same groups Atticus resents in Watchman.

Racism is as much a part of our national DNA as violence. We choose to go slowly, take our time, kick the can down the road; as our armies wreak havoc across the globe, our police run amok in inner cities and any lunatic can choose the most effective type of gun necessary to shoot up a political gathering, an elementary school, a movie theater or a church. Reading and analyzing Lee's two novels tell us, more than anything else, nothing has really changed and our childhood heroes are simply flawed humans.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/27/2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Another Good Thing

David W it actually stopped working long before that. Brit Hume former anchor person ABC News said today this is just how the Clintons work. They lie, they deceive and they obfuscate. It's worked for them for years, but Americans are tired of it.

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Posted by walter simpson on 07/27/2015 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Cannabis and cancer

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Posted by John Hood on 07/27/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Cannabis and cancer

I am Mr JOHN HOOD i has been suffering from Skin Cancer Types Basal Cell Carcinoma which was confirmed to be stage four,
the doctor told me there was little i could do since i wasn’t responding to treatment but my brother-in-law came to my rescue
by ordering this hemp oil from Dr WILLIAMS LUNA which he said has been helping some patient fight against cancer
of various types so we decided to give it a chance, so far i am improving perfectly very well and presently i can walk around
the house all by myself. I felt its necessary i let others who are suffering from this acute disease that once you have a good Cannabis oil it can really give one a sound second chance of living. if you happen to be in need of this Cannabis oil you can contact the foundation who supplied me Cannabis oil email:(cannabis_oil_for_cancer_cure@outlook.com)..

Posted by John Hood on 07/27/2015 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Another Good Thing

Save the old "mean spirited" mantra. That stopped working after Hillary Clinton covered up the murdered Americans in Benghazi. her "vast" right wing conspiracy turned out to be her own incompetence.

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Posted by David W on 07/27/2015 at 11:44 AM
Posted by TDB on 07/27/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Zona Politics: Bernie Sanders Speaks! Plus: Ash and Rogers Talk Sanders, Trump, Planned Parenthood & More!

As I recall, organ harvesting is illegal. If evidence of an organization breaking the law comes to the attention of the government, I think it is obligated to investigate. There are pretty well substantiated allegations ( videos of organization officials haggling over prices of ay organs) that PP is harvesting organs. These people may think that they are on a mission from God, but they can't break the law fulfilling it.

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Posted by Bill Sinnott on 07/27/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Another Good Thing

MORE OF THE GIMME GIMME crowd -- LET SOMEONE ELSE PAY FOR IT. Right Safier.

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Posted by Ciro Verdi on 07/27/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Opinion MMJ Part I

Barbara, Would you believe that one specific cannabinoid, THC-V, is known to be an appetite suppressant? Would you believe the active compounds in Cannabis help regulate many body systems? Would you believe that many patients who began MMJ use for the neuropathic pain associated with diabetes found that over time their blood sugars began to normalize? One Love

Ex-Arizonan, you are absolutely correct.

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Posted by Aari Ruben on 07/27/2015 at 10:04 AM

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

Eliminate the hate; any and all and the problem of racism will be relegated to history books written in two or more languages. This new volume is important because of the era in which it takes place. The most I remember of the tme is the upper tier in the movie theater and the homogenous make up of the other vacationers at Myrtle Beach in the '50s & '60s. My Grandparents were not racists though they were in the upper middle class of their society and employed Black women and one man for periodic yard work.
I suppose my greatest impression aside from the theater was upon my Grandfather's death. Their were two viewings, one for the whites and one for everyone else. I will never forget the genuineness of those Black adults who were so openly emotional. That experience coupled with JFKs inaugeral address, MLKs speech at the Lincoln Memorial and the violence against those doing voter registration defined myself and millions of other white teens of the time.
The current issues are nothing like those of fifty years ago because I don't believe ANY protester today is willing to make the same sacrifice as those before them have. Hopefully it won't come to that.

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Posted by Harold R. Simpson on 07/27/2015 at 10:00 AM

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