Friday, September 12, 2008

“His Inner Atticus”


Arianna Huffington is now advising Obama to run his campaign more like fictional characters. She writes:
“The last seven-plus years demand more than a detached analysis -- and certainly more than a beaming smile.

They demand indignation. Outrage. Fury.”

Yea, that’s a winning strategy. Americans just love voting for someone angry and indignant. Characters like that may make for good heroes on the silver screen, and I hate to remind Arianna of this, but we don’t live in a movie. I know that the Huffington Post has a lot of Hollywood staffers, and it can be confusing to see that John Cusack fellow and not immediately assume you’re in one of those crappy romantic comedies he has made.

Arianna thinks Obama should adopt a “Gregory Peck-does-Atticus Finch” persona to win this campaign. I on the other hand, agree with Dave over at Contentions, who writes:
“I think Obama should be like Optimus Prime. Everybody loves trucks that become robots that fight other robots.”
Now that would be change you can believe in. Get it? Cause he can change into a truck! Furthermore, Optimus Prime has fought in an intergalactic war for decades; If that isn’t foreign policy experience, I don’t know what is.

25 comments:

NeoConstant said...

Good job getting your own domain. That's very cool.

What a silly place the Huffington Post is. Optimus Prime is way cooler than Atticus Finch....

TNC said...

Transforming robots are the shiznit.

Here is my fave from way back in the day, Yuusha Raideen transforming to Godbird. Even without subtitles I used to love this show as a kid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfw88VD9doo

Here is the intro (w/ subs):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ep3KwZXEBU

Michael Blackburn said...

Huffington is right.

Obama needs to stop being so nice, and become more like the assassins on the right.

His innate decency may cost him the election.

McBush and Palin have no such qualms.

TNC said...

"Obama needs to stop being so nice, and become more like the assassins on the right."

Dude, grow up. If you want to rail against Bushchimpyhitler, the Daily Kos and Huffington Post await.

"His innate decency may cost him the election."

Yes, it was so decent to hang out in a lunatic church for over a decade. Having homeboys like Ayers shows a lot of decency as well. Please...

Roland Dodds said...

What I find funny about the Obama camp getting so up in arms about the way this “lipstick on a pig” thing is being reported and the McCain campaign’s tactics is that they had no problem misrepresenting McCain’s 100 year comment on Iraq amongst other points. Now, I don’t fault Obama’s camp for that per say; they would be foolish to now jump on a sound bit to help them in their campaign. The same goes with this silly lipstick stuff; if it helps McCain’s campaign, they are going to remind people of it.

I also laugh when people say the Republican’s are using the “politics of fear” to make their point. When Obama gets up there and says Bush wants to “gamble” with your social security, when they get up and say the Republicans don’t care about the economy or the middle class, how can you not say that those arguments are also ones that play on peoples fears?

And both campaigns are right to appeal to people in that way. There are reasons to fear how our foreign policy plays out, or how our economic initiatives work. But Democrats can spare me the nonsense about how they are so much more enlightened and honest in their campaigns; the things have I have seen come out of Democratic activists this year has made me question where the party’s core really lies, and whether I can ever belong to it again.

tnc said...

Excellent point re: "the politics of fear," Roland. In that vein, did you see this piece by Fatimah Ali?

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/27755834.html

The author warns us if Obama loses elected we can expect a "race war":

"If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness - and hopelessness!"

Talk about the politics of fear! Another thing that is turning voters off is the racism meme. As if everyone voting for McCain holds some sort of sublimated hatred of African-Americans. Thankfully it's beginning to backfire on them.

Roland Dodds said...

Thanks for bringing that to my attention TNC. I would like to say that I am not surprised by the piece, but I have had more than one conversation with Obama supporters (both black and white) who have said that “race conflicts” will intensify if Obama is not elected. I don’t believe we are headed for a “full on race war” like Ali, but the very fact that people think that we need to elect a politician based on those fears is troubling.

I may be in Europe to do some graduate studies in Europe in 2009, and if Obama is not elected, I am sure I am going to be reminded by our European comrades just how “racist” and “evil” all of us are for not putting him in office. I guess actually disagreeing with a man’s policy is not a legitimate reason to not vote for a candidate now days.

Michael Blackburn said...

Obama needs to stop being so nice, and become more like the assassins on the right."

Dude, grow up. If you want to rail against Bushchimpyhitler, the Daily Kos and Huffington Post await.

"His innate decency may cost him the election."

Yes, it was so decent to hang out in a lunatic church for over a decade. Having homeboys like Ayers shows a lot of decency as well. Please...
___________________________________

The Aryan Nations have a Blog, as well.
You may find them sympathetic to your "views".
Get over the guilt by association scam, the electorate isn't buying it anymore,despite what your heroes Hannity and O'Reilly tell you.

Try thinking for yourself.
If you are able.
Dude.

tnc said...

"I may be in Europe to do some graduate studies in Europe in 2009, and if Obama is not elected, I am sure I am going to be reminded by our European comrades just how “racist” and “evil” all of us are for not putting him in office. I guess actually disagreeing with a man’s policy is not a legitimate reason to not vote for a candidate now days."

When a black candidate is in a position to be head of state in -any- European country I will take their rants seriously. Until then, it's just more hot air.

Typo:

"The author warns us if Obama loses elected..."

Should read:

The author warns us if Obama loses the election...

Roland Dodds said...

“Get over the guilt by association scam”

That’s a rather funny point. See, no one here actually spends time on a site like the Aryan nations, nor does anyone make any arguments even remotely like such an organization. But Obama did spend years in a church that did push racist and conspiratorial ideas. I don’t know if you can’t tell the difference between those two situations or are willfully avoiding it.

Michael Blackburn said...

I haven't heard any criticism of Obama's policy positions.
Only his church, and racial fears put forth by posters here.

Wake up, people, there has actually been a history of racism directed against black people and other minorities, and though the racism may be more..subtle... here, it reeks to high heaven.

Its funny how those on the right close their eyes to things that are so obvious to everyone else.
McCain thinks Spain is in Latin America, he thinks the economy is just fine, yesterday he was anti-regulation, today he proposes a new agency to regulate Wall Street.
If he was president he says he would appoint a commission to find out what is wrong with the economy.
He calls himself a maverick yet he has boasted of being Bushs' number one supporter.

Roland, if you ever were a liberal, you can't possibly consider voting for McSame and Caribou Barbi.

Come home, Roland.

Use the brain G_d gave you.

Roland Dodds said...

Ok Michael, maybe you haven’t been around here too often, so I here on some posts about Obama/Biden’s policies. Most of the folks in this thread run blogs as well, and we have gotten into debates over both McCain's and Obama's policies are a slew of occasions.

My critic of Biden’s Iraqi policy here and here. Here is some on Obama's Korea policy. Here is some on Obama and internationalism (which has links to some of the commentators in this thread as well. Obama on "change." And those are just a few that came off the top of my head. You will notice however, that a good chunk of my pieces have to do with the right wing of the Republican Party.

Again, I chuckle when you say the folks here are “on the right.” I haven’t sung the international in awhile, but its internationalism is still close to my heart, and some of folks posting comments here are still card carrying socialists. So you’re gonna have to do better than just calling us “right wingers.”

If you think there is racism here, then you are going to have to be more specific in what you see as racist. I do know that in the last few months, Obama folks have pulled that out anytime they have come across people who just won’t buy into their candidate. Honestly, if that is the best any of you folks can do, then he deserves to lose in November. And calling his opponents racist for not siding with him will only put another nail in the Democratic Party’s coffin.

Obama is simply not serious about democratic promotion overseas in my eyes. He may talk the talk when it comes to Afghanistan and Darfur, but if he was so willing to abandon the Kurds and every liberal Iraqi working to defeat the fascists among them, he is simply not committed to the cause.

Roland Dodds said...

Ooops, I forgot to mention that the comments in this thread have to do with tactics recommended to the Obama camp for his campaign. So, are talk has been about that, and not broader international policies.

tnc said...

"Wake up, people, there has actually been a history of racism directed against black people and other minorities, and though the racism may be more..subtle... here, it reeks to high heaven."

Reeks to high heaven? Grow up, Michael. Just because people are voting for McCain does not mean we are racists. Talk about guilt by association...

I'm glad the baby boomers fixation on race, gender, etc. is going the way of the dinosaur. Centrist Democrats are voting for McCain because of his experience and world-view, not the color of his skin.

Liberal lefties, by contrast, are voting for Obama because it makes them feel good about themselves:

Look at me, I'm voting for a Black dude! And I'm an over-educated white man! How "progressive" of me!

As far as the comment about people like me and Roland frequenting the Aryan Nations webpage, that is totally out of line. You might understand that if you spent all of five minutes looking at the posts here at But I am a Liberal! and at my blog, The New Centrist.

I know it is asking a bit much for you to actually read what people write before posting your juvenile comments but perhaps I think too highly of people like you and your fellow Hufftards.

PS: Never listen to O'Reilly, Hanity, etc. For AM talk radio I prefer John Batchelor.

Michael Blackburn said...

Again, you still haven't addressed any of Senator Obama's policies.
You are only commenting on your view of racial issues, period.
What you call fixation on race and gender normal people call equality.
The baby boomers that you despise passed laws that insured racial and gender equality.

I think I covered McCain's apparent lack of knowledge and ability on the issues in my previous response to whoever attacked me in the last post.

BTW, the Bush bailout is the largest government program in history, some commentators have said that owning these failed companies makes America a European style Socialist country.

Your not listening to Hannity and O'Reilly is commendable.
I tip my hat to you for that.
But seriously, does not McCain strike you as a doddering old fool?
And what about Palin?
She believes in witches for G-d's sake.

McCain has been in DC for thirty years, today he blamed Senator obama for the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac !

As we watch our country’s economy disintegrating right before our eyes - we are witnessing what a “C Average” President who has failed in almost all of his personal financial endeavors has engineered - the collapse of our economy to transfer wealth to the top one to five percent of the wealthiest of individuals and corporations. Unfortunately, the financial bleeding is far from over as Michael Bloomberg forecast today: NEW YORK (AP)
"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Wednesday a “next wave” of financial pain may come from overseas if foreign entities stop buying U.S. debt.

The billionaire mayor spoke before an audience at Georgetown University, telling them it’s not clear who is going to continue buying U.S. debt as financial firms try to cope with a crisis of confidence on Wall Street.

Bloomberg said he was concerned that the credit crisis in the United States may scare off foreign investors that, until now, have been willing to buy debt that the U.S. uses to maintain a deficit.

“It’s not clear who’s going to be buying our debt,” said Bloomberg. “It may very well be that the next wave is going to come back and bite us.” "

And you want more of this?

You cannot be serious.

Roland Dodds said...

Again Michael, since this thread is about campaign methods, and since Obama’s background has been a central piece of his campaign, it’s why we are talking about it in this thread. His thoughts on foreign policy, Israel, and the role of America are discussed elsewhere.

Speaking of government bailouts and policies, Obama doesn’t seem to have a plan either. Or maybe he is just keeping it to himself, or waiting for a politically opportune moment to revel it to the world. But I assume the reality is that no one really knows what to do, and what will fix the problem.

Michael Blackburn said...

I agree that McCain doesn't know how to fix the problem, as he says, he's not very knowledgeable about economics; he lets his wife handle his financial dealings. However, not only does Obama have a plan, he enunciates it frequently.
You won’t hear it on Fox News, however, and you probably consider the mainstream Media communistic or some such pejorative characterization, but here is part of it, posted on his web site, BarackObama.com, :

·
Obama 101: The Economy for Middle-Class Americans
· Barack Obama's Plan for Financial Markets Reform.

· $1,000 Tax Cut for Middle Class American Families
Obama and Biden will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families, because the economy needs to be revitalized from the bottom up, not top down.
· Energy Rebates
Obama and Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills..
· Create Jobs through Fair Trade
Obama and Biden believe that trade with foreign nations should create American jobs, not send them overseas. They will stand firm against agreements that undermine our economic security·
Create 5 Million Green Jobs
Obama and Biden believe that we should invest in innovation and manufacturing jobs in the growing clean energy market, freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil within a decade and creating 5 million green jobs. Read more.
· New Jobs Through National Infrastructure Investment
Obama and Biden believe that rebuilding our highways, bridges, roads, ports, air, and train systems will create jobs, ensure safety, and bolster our long-term competitiveness. Read more.
· Technology, Innovation and Creating Jobs
Obama and Biden will increase federal support for research, technology and innovation for companies and universities so that American workers can lead the world in cutting edge jobs and products. ·
Support Small Business
Obama and Biden will level the playing field for small business by eliminating all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses. Read more.
· Labor
Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize for good wages, healthcare, and secure pensions. Obama and Biden will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Obama and Biden will ensure that labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and make sure it remains a real wage year over year.Read more.
· Protect Homeownership and Crack Down on Mortgage Fraud
Obama and Biden will crack down on fraudulent brokers and lenders. They will make sure homebuyers have honest and complete information about their mortgage options, and they will give a tax credit to all middle-class homeowners. Read more.
· Address Predatory Credit Card Practices
Obama and Biden will establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in credit card borrowing.
They will establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to stop credit card companies from exploiting consumers with unfair practices. Read more.
· Reform Bankruptcy Laws
Obama and Biden will reform our bankruptcy laws to protect working people, to ban executive bonuses for bankrupt companies, and to require disclosure of all pension investments. Read more.
· Work/Family Balance
Obama and Biden will help working families by doubling funding for after-school programs, expanding the Family Medical Leave Act. They will provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules.


If you have read this far you have an infinite increase of knowledge regarding any Presidential candidates plans for the economy.
As you said, McCain does not know what to do.
First he called for and voted for deregulation, then he advocated more regulation and appointment of a “commission”, next he blamed greedy Wall Street Types and finally he blamed Obama for the failed Republican policies.

Far from being difficult to find, as you indicate, Obama has been forthright, a rarity amongst political candidates these days.

I urge you to visit the site, and learn.
There is a way to avoid repeating and compounding the mistakes of the last eight years, Barrack Obama spells it out in detail.

Here is a link to his complete plan to rebuild the economy:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/economyplan

tnc said...

Check it out. I have a lot of respect for the civil rights struggle and the hard work people did back in the day (MLK, Bayard Rustin, A Philip Randolph, and many others). But this is 2008, not 1958 or 1968. Times have changed. This country has changed. The primary people fixated on race these days are leftists and some African-Americans, not white conservatives. Today, the percentage of white Americans who hold negative views of African-Americans is about ten percent. Did you realize that recent Pew polls found African-Americans to be the most prejudiced racial group in the United States? They were found to have higher rates of negative opinions of their fellow African-Americans than white Americans.

It’s time to have an honest conversation about race in America…

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/let-us-by-all-means-have-an-honest-conversation-about-race-11379

“[T]he New York Times notwithstanding, the black-white racial divide is no longer the great fault line in American politics...

A single statistic tells the tale. As against the 10 percent or fewer of American whites who hold negative views of blacks, the same mid-1990’s survey of intergroup attitudes cited above registered over three-quarters of blacks holding negative views of whites.”

Michael Blackburn said...

tnc said:The primary people fixated on race these days are leftists and some African-Americans, not white conservatives.

By leftists I assume you mean moderates?
That seems to be how "conservatives" define anyone who does not support their ill-defined agenda.
Barry Goldwater would be appalled at those who call themselves conservatives today.
The Republicans have given us the largest deficits in history, the largest government, and have trashed personal freedom.

Libertarians are conservatives.

Republicans are not.

As for the race issue, forget about the polls and talk to white people who trust you.

I do agree that most blacks are extremely prejudiced as well.
Look at their role models, listen to their music.
Look at what the drug war has done to them.
It has made them a race of criminals.

Listen, a young man goes to Iraq, perhaps he sees an incident of violence, he comes home, is diagnosed with ptsd, and is called a hero and cared for for the rest of his life.

Do black children who see violence everyday in their neighborhoods, who see their friends and family members killed suffer from ptsd?

I talk to black people every day, I see the racism, and I work to reduce it.
But to be preached to by people like George Bush and McCain, to be told that government can't help the poor, to be told this by white people who were born wealthy and never had to lift a finger to struggle is bound to cause resentment.

We have a trillion dollars to spend on killing Arabs who were no threat to us, we have billions of dollars to give away to failed corporations, but we can't afford health care or decent schools for the poor.

John Kennedy, who I guess most people here would call a radical leftist, once said, "We who are most fortunate have a duty to help those who are least fortunate."

I believe America can come together.
I believe that those who believe, as McCain and the Republicans do,
in "me first" are really shortsighted fools.

I try everyday to become a bigger and better person.
When I come accross a black person with an obvious attitude, and a dislike for me even before he has met me because of the color of my skin, I try to reject the easy course of disregarding him because of his misguided views, and make him a friend, or at least force him to realize that not all white people are bad.

I really believe that fate has put us together with the black race in what was once and may again be the freest nation on the earth for a reason.

I believe Obama is a link in the chain of completing our joint endeavor.

As he said, "Its not about white people, its not about black people. Its about all people."

tnc said...

"We have a trillion dollars to spend on killing Arabs who were no threat to us..."

Is this a reference to Iraq? They were shooting at our planes on a regular basis when the sanctions regime was in effect. S. Hussein's regime was also a primary supporter of terrorist operations.

"John Kennedy, who I guess most people here would call a radical leftist..."

Hardly. Kennedy would be considered a "neocon" today due to his support for liberal interventionism. There is hardly a soul left in the Democratic Party (including Obama) who supports the sort of foreign policy goals that Kennedy did.

"[W]e can't afford health care or decent schools for the poor."

We currently spend more on health care than any other industrialized country. So this isn't a matter of not being able to afford it. It is a much deeper problem than that. And for those who support "single-payer" or some other form of government healthcare system, many of the European countries are moving away from those systems and closer to our own for a number of reasons.

In the U.S., the vast majority of funding for our public schools is based on local property taxes. The volume of funding coming from the federal government is minimal.

Nevertheless, funding is not as much of an issue as some claim. For example, public schools in Washington DC spend more per pupil than many affluent parts of the country but the end results (test scores, grades, graduation rates, etc.) remain abysmal.

IMHO the reasons for these failures can be found in the family and community. By the time these pupils enter junior high school it is already too late.

"I do agree that most blacks are extremely prejudiced as well.
Look at their role models, listen to their music.
Look at what the drug war has done to them.
It has made them a race of criminals."

Waugh there. A race of criminals? I would absolutely disagree with that claim. Unlike yourself, I think all people have agency and make choices based on their values and worldview/ideology.

Michael Blackburn said...

TNC Said: A race of criminals? I would absolutely disagree with that claim. Unlike yourself, I think all people have agency and make choices based on their values and worldview/ideology.

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I did not say they are inately a race of criminals.
I said the white controlled criminal "justice" system made them a race of criminals, or at least, that's what I meant to say.
Wake up, sir.
Stop blaming the victim.
One out of four black Americans are in jail or on parole as a direct result of the Republican initiated "drug war".
(You are too young, I'm guessing, to realize it was started by Nixon as a method of controlling "radical" young people.)
The burden of this "war" falls on black people.
A coincidence?
Perhaps they use more drugs than whites?
Statistics say otherwise.

People who are continually justifying policies that discrimate against blacks on such specious grounds as you use are as much a part of the problem as any acknowledged racist.

If we went to war against Iraq because they shot at our planes, why did Mr. Bush not say so???
Why did he lie about the reason for going into Iraq?
He said we went into Iraq because they had weapons of mass destruction, which he knew they did not.
He did not say we are going into Iraq because they shot at our planes.
If I am wrong, please furnish the quote.

Personally I believe we should be in Iraq, or at least have bases in some Arabian country, since we will probably have to defang the Arabians and Persians at some point.
I just don't like being lied to.

The Arabians and the Persians and other Muslim countries routinely commit severe human rights abuses, particularly against women, and they are threatening and have attempted genocide against the Jews.
I believe they should be forcibly stopped.
The Bush policy, so far, has, in my view, at least in Iraq, made the abuse worse.

tnc said...

"If we went to war against Iraq because they shot at our planes, why did Mr. Bush not say so???"

Why the need to bring up Bush? I was replying to your claim that we were "killing Arabs who were not threat to us." They certainly were a threat, as evidenced by their actions. I don't need a "quote from Bush" to make this evident. Back during the Clinton administration we knew this was the case. Clinton decided to continue with the sanctions regime rather than responding in a more rigorous fashion. Was this the correct choice? I voted for Clinton but I do not think this was the right choice.

As far as "blaming the victim," this is a typical cop-out, like calling people "racist" who are nothing of the sort. For example, when did I advocate "policies that discriminate against blacks"? You are simply making things up now. All I did was point to a study by Pew research (hardly part of the conservative movement) that pointed out African-Americans are the most prejudiced group in the US today, not white Americans.

Individuals make choices. Those choices, in large measure, are what make us who we are. Yes, I realize culture, society, economics, and broader structural issues play a role. I would never say otherwise.

But many people are in the positions they are in largely due to the choices they have made. I know more than a few people who are doing time for making stupid decisions. It isn't due to their parents, or the economy, or society but the dumb choices they themselves chose to take. This includes people of all sorts of racial/ethnic/religious backgrounds.

Michael Blackburn said...

Good dodging, TVC, but I was talking about the estimated 100,000
Arabs we killed because Bush, the commander in chief, said they had weapons of mass destruction.
Which they didn't.

As for your justifiction of povery and racism, it is always easy to justify doing wrong.
Reagan said exactly what you say, "They choose that lifestyle."
Funny how people who were born rich, our royalty, never choose that lifestyle, isn't it?
I wonder why....?
I would love to see the kind of choices you would make if you were born black and in an atmosphere permeated with violence.
I'm sure you would make sound logical decisions, unlike the losers who sucuumb to despair and hopelessness.

Let me give you a real life example.
I overheard a conversation the other day.
A white lady was pushing a black baby of about 9 months in a baby carriage in a food line.
She was talking to a male and said,
"You want to see my tatoo?"
She pulled her pants part way down and in huge black letters, accross her upper buttocks was the word "Gangsta".
She said, "That's my old man.
He's in prison.
He been locked up for two years."

I looked at the child, he was an adorable child, I wonder what kind of choices he will make?

What kind of life do you think he is looking at?
On the positive side, although he is adorable now, chances are it won't be that long before society can cage him and forget about him.

I mean, if he makes bad choices.

tnc said...

"They choose that lifestyle."
Funny how people who were born rich, our royalty, never choose that lifestyle, isn't it?
I wonder why....?"

I know plenty of people from a variety of class/racial/religious backgrounds who choose destructive lifestyles. Some are upper-middle class. Some are poor. Look at celebrities for crying out loud. Poor choices are not the exclusive domain of poor people.

Most of the poor people I grew up with did whatever they could to transcend the boundaries set for them by society, etc. They went to school, got degrees and are doing much better than those who blamed all of their problems on structural inequality (or whitey).

Did you grow up poor? I did. Much of my childhood was spent below the poverty line. I know the reality. I dealt with it every single day. That reality, in combination with the moral and intellectual support of my family, encouraged me to succeed.

I realize neither one of us is going to convince the other of anything. But I can write with confidence that I actually come from a poor background and have some understanding of what is necessary to transcend poverty whether one is black, white, brown, green, or any color.

Michael Blackburn said...

TNC SAID: ...They choose that lifestyle."
Funny how people who were born rich, our royalty, never choose that lifestyle, isn't it?
I wonder why....?"

I know plenty of people from a variety of class/racial/religious backgrounds who choose destructive lifestyles. Some are upper-middle class. Some are poor. Look at celebrities for crying out loud. Poor choices are not the exclusive domain of poor people.

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The life style we were talking about was Reagan’s, and conservative’s, statements that "poor people choose to be poor."
Of course all people make mistakes, that is not an issue with anyone.

Are you purposely misunderstanding what I say, or are you merely distorting it?

It goes without saying that some people overcome poverty, that’s called a truism.
I am speaking of the vast majority of poor people who are not able to overcome circumstances
caused by discrimination and constant exposure to violence and poverty and poor education and lack of health care.

Your anecdotal evidence is pleasant sounding, but it doesn’t reflect reality for most people.

I appreciate your civility and style of discussing issues.

I do feel however that expending intellectual energy defending lack of compassion for others is probably a waste of intellectual energy.

You may also become aware that growing up black in a poor black neighborhood today is undoubtedly more problematic than when and where you grew up.