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Old 03-12-2009, 12:34 PM   #46
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Wow.

But did you go to college anyway?

Nope - never did. My mother split with my father when I graduated high school and needed me to be working full time to help her with the rent, etc.. In order to get the scholarship you had to promise to attend immediately and I couldn't so I had to give it up.
By that time, I was working in an office and ended up working my way up the ranks on my own. It hasn't been easy and I've come up against some blockades (where you can't get the job even though you were capable of doing it only because you had no degree).
If you want a decent paying white collar job these days (at least here in North America) you HAVE to have some post secondary education - men and women. What fries me is that women still don't have equality in the pay scale - no matter what a company says. My job makes me privy to wages - including those of the executives and everytime, the women make less than the men.
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I didn't say they're not around. I just said they don't have the kind of political power and cultural influence they had 40-50 years ago. Granted, there are some hick towns where people are afraid to ruffle the feathers of remaining Klansmen, but even in those places Jim Crow is dead an buried, and not coming back. Some police department down in Florida kicked a guy off the force for joining the Klan fairly recently. In 2008, the Klan tried to influence the First Presidential Election debate at Oxford, Mississippi, and got nowhere.




Hey, I'm a northern white boy myself, and I'm as disgusted by them as you. But I have enough sense to realize they're not the majority. I'm going to tell you a story; One time when I was driving down south to meet some relatives, I was pulled over by some local Florida Sheriff's deputy, an Afro-American woman, in fact. She insisted I was violating the law by not having a registration sticker on my licenese plate. I eventually explained to her that New York hasn't required common passenger vehicles to have registration stickers on their plates since 1973, and she told me she had no idea about this because she was born in 1979. Now this has nothing to do with the bigotry of the old south other than the fact that she wasn't even born when Jim Crow was the law of the land. A lot of cops down there are like that now, just as they are in the rest of the country.

The woman let me go, BTW.

Funny, most white Northerners I know are very Racist. They cant understand also why we actually have black farmers here in Virginia. I know they call them "ni g rs " too. Thats just sad.

Maybe its just me, but Ive experienced much more racism in the north than in the South. In the South , its like at least we know black people. My northern friends are like ewww, blacks, etc.
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Nope - never did. My mother split with my father when I graduated high school and needed me to be working full time to help her with the rent, etc.. In order to get the scholarship you had to promise to attend immediately and I couldn't so I had to give it up.
By that time, I was working in an office and ended up working my way up the ranks on my own. It hasn't been easy and I've come up against some blockades (where you can't get the job even though you were capable of doing it only because you had no degree).
If you want a decent paying white collar job these days (at least here in North America) you HAVE to have some post secondary education - men and women. What fries me is that women still don't have equality in the pay scale - no matter what a company says. My job makes me privy to wages - including those of the executives and everytime, the women make less than the men.
Wow, that sounds terrible. And none of your brothers had to get a job instead of going to college? That's beyond unfair.

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Funny, most white Northerners I know are very Racist. They cant understand also why we actually have black farmers here in Virginia. I know they call them "ni g rs " too. Thats just sad.

Maybe its just me, but Ive experienced much more racism in the north than in the South. In the South , its like at least we know black people. My northern friends are like ewww, blacks, etc.
Really? Because that just sounds weird. Are people really that way?
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Funny, most white Northerners I know are very Racist. They cant understand also why we actually have black farmers here in Virginia. I know they call them "ni g rs " too. Thats just sad.

Maybe its just me, but Ive experienced much more racism in the north than in the South. In the South , its like at least we know black people. My northern friends are like ewww, blacks, etc.



There was lots of racism in the north during the 1950's you'd be surprised. Like in Detroit, Michigan for instance. I read a book once about race relations in the motor city during that time, and in some ways Detroit was almost like a southern city. No wonder the riot happened in 1967.
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There was lots of racism in the north during the 1950's you'd be surprised. Like in Detroit, Michigan for instance. I read a book once about race relations in the motor city during that time, and in some ways Detroit was almost like a southern city. No wonder the riot happened in 1967.

Well Dee-troit certainly is A NORTHERN city. As racism is not limited to any Southern city . Boston, Cleveland, and Buffalo, also had race issues as well.
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As far as I'm concerned, we STILL live in the 1950's today. People are getting more and more closed-minded over issues, and people would rather believe what the government says than their own minds and feelings. There isn't really that much progressiveness anymore, nor is there really that much individuality - today we obsess with conformity ("be like everyone else" - "you'll get a guy if you look young and THIN") and life in general is 'big business' - just like back then. Everything today is also more skewed towards families and (especially) children - just like then.
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As far as I'm concerned, we STILL live in the 1950's today. People are getting more and more closed-minded over issues, and people would rather believe what the government says than their own minds and feelings. There isn't really that much progressiveness anymore, nor is there really that much individuality - today we obsess with conformity ("be like everyone else" - "you'll get a guy if you look young and THIN") and life in general is 'big business' - just like back then. Everything today is also more skewed towards families and (especially) children - just like then.

Disagree. Back in the 50s people actually had manners and civility. In fact, if you subscribe to the 50s way of life, you are bucking conformity. Today its all about me, me, me ! Today is the oppoiste of the 50s. In the name of "progress", we actually lose progress.

Just turn on any reality TV show and it reflects society. People are sleeping around with everyone , drinking and carrying on, reveling. No one has common courtesy towards anyone anymore.

Individuality doesnt necessarily mean originality. Nor does it mean something remotely interesting. Why people want to put themselves in front of everyone else- that is the reason for all the unhappiness in the world.
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I agree, Meade. People are more free to "be themselves" today than what they were back in the 50s. Individuality and originality is considered a good thing now, which wasn't the case back in the day.
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Disagree. Back in the 50s people actually had manners and civility. In fact, if you subscribe to the 50s way of life, you are bucking conformity. Today its all about me, me, me ! Today is the oppoiste of the 50s. In the name of "progress", we actually lose progress.

Just turn on any reality TV show and it reflects society. People are sleeping around with everyone , drinking and carrying on, reveling. No one has common courtesy towards anyone anymore.

Individuality doesnt necessarily mean originality. Nor does it mean something remotely interesting. Why people want to put themselves in front of everyone else- that is the reason for all the unhappiness in the world.


You'd actually be surprised at the amount of common courtesy there is (at least in downtown Chicago on any given workday). I can't get past any train ride or bus ride in the morning without at least hearing no less than 5 people saying "excuse me" and "thank you" in one breath; men actually open the door for women here (especially the professionals); during AM rush at some bus stops there are actually LINES that form (not groups, mind you - actual LINES) and people board the buses according to their place in that line; very few people actually talk to one another - everyone walks down the streets quietly; people actually let disabled riders go on first, and more!

And no, not everyone revels and sleeps with each other on reality TV (most of that stuff on those shows isn't really "real" anyways, so who cares?) And EVERYONE has been wanting to get on TV since the invention of TV. When I was a kid, the waiting list for Chicago's local Bozo's Circus show tickets was 7 years long at one point; likewise, the waiting list for Howdy Doody back in the '50s was probably that long, if not longer. For both shows pregnant mothers would actually request tickets for their kids BEFORE they were born!
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I agree, Meade. People are more free to "be themselves" today than what they were back in the 50s. Individuality and originality is considered a good thing now, which wasn't the case back in the day.

Not quite. They had a lot of original people back in the 50s. Have you ever heard of Elvis Presley?

Anyways, I dont think common courtesy has anything to do with "individuality" but rather just respect and manners which is lacking these days.

I would much rather live in the 50s than today. There aren't any inidividuals today just spoiled brats.
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I wasn't saying, that there were no original people in the 50s. Of course there were. But I don't think originality was encouraged in the same way back then as it is today.
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I wasn't saying, that there were no original people in the 50s. Of course there were. But I don't think originality was encouraged in the same way back then as it is today.

I dont think originality is encouraged much today at all. More people are homogonized than they were even in the 50s! Its the same type of conformity, just a different style.
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