The African American Crisis: A Choice...

The African American Crisis: A Choice for Freedom

There are 9 comments on the www.todaysdrum.com story from Feb 24, 2010, titled The African American Crisis: A Choice for Freedom. In it, www.todaysdrum.com reports that:

The responsibility of African Americans to make the choice for freedom is pivotal for the experience and opportunity of succeeding generations.

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“Real eyes realize real lies.”

Since: Feb 10

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#1 Feb 24, 2010
Excellent article....but the term African-American was bit overused.
Stag R Lee

Tempe, AZ

#2 Feb 25, 2010
No, not a good article. At its root, it defines freedom as a "choice." This is a worn out derivative from Miltion Friedman's philosophy which dealt with markets, "Free to Choose."
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At the beginning, the author gives lip service to his historical roots, then makes a super human leap into abstractions that I doubt he fully understands.
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As with many in the current Black middle class, the want to see their social/financial position as something that they alone earned, when--in fact--hundreds, no thousands, no tens of thousands of people struggled to obtain and many died in the process.
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Milton Friedman's philosophy of "free markets" is now discredited. The entire globe is in financial ruin and much of it do to the unbridled reign of greed and self interests. Unfortunately, the obvious has not trickled down to many Americans, and--especially--Black Americans.
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During the current economic crisis, we shall see an increasing number of Blacks professionals--who thought they were free-- on the streets, and some--yes--with tin/plastic cups begging for handouts.
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That would be an interesting article to read, and one more realistic.

“Real eyes realize real lies.”

Since: Feb 10

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#3 Feb 25, 2010
Stag R Lee wrote:
No, not a good article. At its root, it defines freedom as a "choice." This is a worn out derivative from Miltion Friedman's philosophy which dealt with markets, "Free to Choose."
...
At the beginning, the author gives lip service to his historical roots, then makes a super human leap into abstractions that I doubt he fully understands.
...
As with many in the current Black middle class, the want to see their social/financial position as something that they alone earned, when--in fact--hundreds, no thousands, no tens of thousands of people struggled to obtain and many died in the process.
...
Milton Friedman's philosophy of "free markets" is now discredited. The entire globe is in financial ruin and much of it do to the unbridled reign of greed and self interests. Unfortunately, the obvious has not trickled down to many Americans, and--especially--Black Americans.
...
During the current economic crisis, we shall see an increasing number of Blacks professionals--who thought they were free-- on the streets, and some--yes--with tin/plastic cups begging for handouts.
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That would be an interesting article to read, and one more realistic.
Could you compose a better one. I think there is a limit on characters on here but I'd like to hear a more realistic one from you.

And keep biases and prejudices to a minimum.
Stag R Lee

Tempe, AZ

#4 Feb 25, 2010
Jay_Is_Truth wrote:
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Could you compose a better one. I think there is a limit on characters on here but I'd like to hear a more realistic one from you.
And keep biases and prejudices to a minimum.
You've been blinded to reality. This country--check it out--is in deep economic trouble. So is the Western World. Anyone unwilling to see that is either a politician or a fool.
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Ask yourself. what societal trends accompanied the current financial demise, and I thin you'll find--branded differently--the old Horation Alger myth about independent achievement. Translated, that means "choice."
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We can see the collapse of this esoteric and destructive policy in our economic structures, but check it out as it affects our social institutions: the housing crises, the credit crises, loss of jobs, etc.
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What are we left with: suffering of broad sectors of the population and a few fools trumpeting a failed ideology.
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Don't take my word for it. Read a newspaper.

“Real eyes realize real lies.”

Since: Feb 10

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#5 Feb 25, 2010
Stag R Lee wrote:
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You've been blinded to reality. This country--check it out--is in deep economic trouble. So is the Western World. Anyone unwilling to see that is either a politician or a fool.
..
Ask yourself. what societal trends accompanied the current financial demise, and I thin you'll find--branded differently--the old Horation Alger myth about independent achievement. Translated, that means "choice."
...
We can see the collapse of this esoteric and destructive policy in our economic structures, but check it out as it affects our social institutions: the housing crises, the credit crises, loss of jobs, etc.
...
What are we left with: suffering of broad sectors of the population and a few fools trumpeting a failed ideology.
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Don't take my word for it. Read a newspaper.
I agree with a lot of what your saying. I'm paying attention unlike millions of people. Maybe I was overreacting earlier.
Stag R Lee

Tempe, AZ

#6 Feb 25, 2010
Jay_Is_Truth wrote:
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I agree with a lot of what your saying. I'm paying attention unlike millions of people. Maybe I was overreacting earlier.
Maybe. You have distinguished yourself by looking at the facts. Takes character.
Barros Serrano

United States

#7 Feb 25, 2010
To exactly which "choice" do you object?
Stag R Lee

Tempe, AZ

#8 Feb 25, 2010
Barros Serrano wrote:
To exactly which "choice" do you object?
I object to the concept of "choice," as an abstraction that can be practically applied to markets and social situations. It's true that you have choice at Wal Mart. It's also true that you can purchase a baseball there for less than you can purchase the same ball at the corner store. What isn't understood is that that hat you purchased a commodity from a manufacturer in Haiti that works people for slave wages and sexually abuses female employees. An example, recently, comes from China. A factory that made Apple's IPhone harassed an employee to the point that he committed suicide.
Barros Serrano

United States

#9 Feb 25, 2010
The free choice of corporations to abuse 3rd world sweatshop workers in order to bust USA Unions and screw USA workers... yes I agree with all that.

And yes, consumers should be more CONSCIOUS about spending a few dollars less at Walmart when it also is screwing all the local businesses...

That damned TV has everyone spinning in circles and making a lot of BAD choices.

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