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Posted on Mar 15, 2007
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In this recent clip from “The Colbert Report,” author Michael Eric Dyson instructs the show’s self-professedly “colorblind” host about the differences between race, bigotry and racism and calls for Americans to celebrate difference in our “nation of immigrants.”  Displaying his keen sense of racial sensitivity, Stephen Colbert claims that the only way he knows he’s a white man is “because I have a late-night talk show.” 

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By Frostedflakes, March 18, 2007 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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If all Americans had the true capacity to openly discuss and find the answers to their questions on racial interactions, this society would benefit ten-folds. However, as long as it is to be disseminated by the same powers that actually control our supposed democracy, there will always remain a vacuum. For without the ability to blindly mislead the populace, they might actually come together and form a true democratic union and upend the usurption of power by the 1% of the top 10% of this great nation’s wealth, thus enabling this society to create true and legitimate reforms. This is wholly possible, but more likely never to occur simply because Americans are more concerned with self-interest and status quo.

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By Ga, March 17, 2007 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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“Blacks, like Indians, are superior in many ways to the fairly inbred whites.”

Umm, in what way, superior? Physically? Mentally?

While one may compare physical traits and abilities and place any data gathered upon some sort of scale to find that perhaps there may exist some indications that one category of human beings are on average “stonger” or “taller” or “perform better on hand to eye coordination tests,” this would be due to geographical conditions which affects evolutionary aspects of human physiology over generations. The affects of the sun on vitamin-D production is the most obvious example.

However, any thoughts of superiority/inferiority of one race, class, nationality, etc. over another is not only absurd and abhorrent it is a terrible folly that will only lead to WAR and GENOCIDE and SLAVERY. Indeed it has been the CAUSE of all those things—and more—throughout history.

If you are superior to me you will have all the justification you need to deprive me of my unalienable rights however you see fit if you are in charge, is that not so? Has that not been so throughout history?

If one actually listens to a lot of what Mr. Dyson says one will learn that he is a very important man with a very important message.

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By Carlos Pasqual Rivera aka charlie bass, March 17, 2007 at 3:40 am Link to this comment
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MLK, put it best, classism will be a much tougher nut to crack than racism. You want proof? Condi Rice, Colin Powell & Alberto Gonzalez.  I have had the benefit of being the Fly on the Wall and in a sense conducted my own internal surveillance at major Global Companies for my own research, analysis and creative outlets under the physical appearance of either Jewish, Greek or Italian topped off with a theatrical-stage name change in the early 80’s I am confident when you read my upcoming book, fiction of course,you will agree with MLK. Carlos Pasqual-Rivera aka Chas Bass.

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By martin weiss, March 16, 2007 at 6:24 am Link to this comment
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Further on the subject of race and the Bush family:
    The hardship of slavery and discrimination has produced a stronger, wiser people. Hard to believe, but a few generations of slavery seem to strengthen a people. Native Americans have endured a hardship beyond anything whites have suffered, and it has made of them a people that well may persist another thirty thousand years and out last successive generations of bigoted, ignorant weaklings who live only for the puerile and superflous gratification derived from sneering and backstabbing like the current GOP.
    In the same way that Bush has strengthened all his enemies, Bush has been the best thing that ever happened to the Democrats as well as Al Quaeda.
    Hardship produces insight and courage and inexorable will, while luxury produces the incompetence and moral blindness we see in George W. Bush. Such weakness produces strategies of fear and insecurity, like the belief that fascist control is productive.
  For those of us disenfranchised have long realized that control is essential for material concerns, but anathema to relationships. Control only allows us self-centered transactions, robbing us of all that others see and feel, killing love and the fruitful possibilities of mutual respect.

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By martin weiss, March 16, 2007 at 5:52 am Link to this comment
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Regardless of our differences, we have much more in common.
Except some of us have lived in penury and penalty.
And we all know who that is.
Non-whites.
    It’s ironic that whites are the more refined strain. Blacks are the origin of all of us.
We only turned pale to absorb more sunlight as we moved away from the equator over hundreds of generations. Without adequate sunlight, we can’t make enough Vitamin D to keep our bones strong.
The less refined the raw material, the more possibilities.
Blacks, like Indians, are superior in many ways to the fairly inbred whites.
Maybe on a gut level, bigots like the Bushes realize that fact and live in fear, thus their secret support of eugenics and Nazis and fascist leanings.

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By mutterhals, March 16, 2007 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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I know the colorblind comment was supposed to be a joke, but I am sick to death of everyone telling me how different we all are. Human beings share 85% of their genetic traits regardless of ethnicity. Race is a completely social construct that has no bearing on reality. Why can’t we all just regard each other as people and call it a day? And before someone gives the old “but everyone is a little racist” claptrap, save it. I only judge people on their actions, not what they look like.

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By sahmadi, March 15, 2007 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment
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Michael Eric Dyson is a racist lazy thinking jive talker.  He offers nothing but excuses and a victimhood mentality to all those who give him credence.  His rebuttal to Cosby’s commentary about the self defeating practices of the black community was rather pathetic and predictable: it is the white man’s fault.

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