What drew me to the story was the leader of the KKK in that area, James Abarr. When asked the recent attacks on black men in that area, coupled with KKK “literature” being circulated, Abarr started talking some mess about agreeing that it sounded like hate crimes, and how it was wrong, and how his group was nonviolent and just wanted more white babies, and sure…he’d join the NAACP. He’d pay the $30 fee and even make a $20 donation. And he made a point to mention he wasn’t aware of the true extent of the KKK’s history, and he didn’t actually know what all went down back in the day.
*blink* Negro, please.
I’m not going to bother delving into Klan history. This post isn’t about the past; it’s about the present and the future. “I don’t know/I wasn’t aware” is not a believable answer from white folks. I’m not buying it. It’s a lie like any other, like countless others, and I’m not paying for this one today or any day from hereon out.
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The financial crisis featured a group of self-styled innovators who thought they devised perfect financial instruments that would only yield big returns and never any losses (in reality they did devise that, only it’s called “the United States government”). The mathematical analysts, known as “quants,” decided you could take mortgages of any quality, package thousands of them into a bond, and sell it all over the world. The structure of the bond (called a collateralized debt obligation, or CDO), with junior investors taking losses first, and risk spread over thousands of mortgages, promised complete safety, said the quants. Banks even boxed up the riskier lower tranches of the CDO and created new “CDO-squared” products from them, magically making them ultra-safe. The credit rating agencies tasked with quality control believed them, mainly because they were paid to believe them; they derived their income from the very banks who issued the financial products, and had incentives to stamp on a triple-A rating and keep the machines rolling.
“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said.
Plus, he added, though his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”
Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse.