QUOTE(Dread @ Apr 29 2011, 12:26 PM)
If race is a " social construct " who imposed it? And why? I guarandamtee you no white came up with " La Raza" just like no white created " Society of Black Engineers".
Then answer some of the questions on the political thread. Then answer why Europe discovered Africa and not the other way around. Or why, even with hundreds of years of a head start Africa stagnated while Europe thrived. Egypt was the last great African Empire and they (now) consider themselves Muslim not African.
Time to run this thread into the ground!
What do you mean 'who imposed it'? It's a commonly held belief among a society. That's the definition of a social construct. Thousands of years of reinforced cultural beliefs about skin color to easily discern someone's disposition on ideas or other things.
AHAHAHAHA Europe "discovered" Africa?!
My, my, how uneducated you really, truly are. Africa has had trading lines with Greece and Italy for thousands of years. In fact, the ships of Greece were developed from timbers of North African nations. How about the fact that most of Africa has been self-sustaining prior to the first period of Industrialization?
Let me school you on the African 'stagnation', too. Crops grown for African 'tribes' were almost ALWAYS shared settlements. They rotated crops in the same way European countries did prior to modern fertilizer and agriculture (and still exists, too). It wasn't until European colonies came in and reinforced new ideas like absolute property
and non-tribal boundaries
did Africa become extremely divided based on foreign imposed lines. This caused class warfare. See Rwanda. See Sudan. Racism among themselves caused myriad of problems, when prior it was because of one's wealth and lineage.
Egyptians do not
consider themselves a Muslim nation, they consider themselves an arabic
nation. Intelligent people know the difference. Even the White House has stood by these same sentiments when handling foreign affairs: (if you can read, see: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archiv...-turmoil/70646/
QUOTE(Dread @ Apr 29 2011, 01:34 PM)
Sorry junior, they were shooting. And yes, if you've ever been to a war zone, or even one years later, NOLA, sadly, resembled one.
Stay in your own little world with your corner office and campus permit. You're safer there.
But the basic premise of the article that introduced the New Orleans helicopter sniper to a global audience was dead wrong, just like so many other widely disseminated Katrina nightmares. No 7-year-old rape victim with a slit throat was ever found, even though the atrocity was reported in scores of newspapers.
What kind of world do I live in again? What was that?
Reporters failed to exercise enough skepticism in passing along secondhand testimony from victims (who often just parroted what they picked up from the rumor mill)
The reports of rampant lawlessness, especially the persistent urban legend of shooting at helicopters, definitely delayed some emergency and law enforcement responses. Reports abounded, from places like Andover, Massachusetts, of localities refusing to send their firefighters because of "people shooting at helicopters." The National Guard refused to approach the Convention Center until September 2, 100 hours after the hurricane, because "we waited until we had enough force in place to do an overwhelming force," Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum told reporters on September 3.
"One of my good friends, Col. Jacques Thibodeaux, led that security effort," Bush says. "They said, 'Jacques, you gotta get down here and sweep this thing.' He said he was braced for anything. And he encountered nothing--other than a whole lot of people clapping and cheering and so glad that they were here."
But in the meantime, truth became a casualty, news organizations that were patting their own backs in early September were publishing protracted mea culpas by the end of the month, and reputation of a great American city has been, at least to some degree, unfairly tarnished.
Thank you thank you thank you for linking to that article.
Way to cave to FOX New's biased coverage of Katrina/NOLA.
edit: Oh, I forgot to add something else..FACE.