I pay for her round trip ticket, any food she consumes, and all activities in order to make that happen (she has already visited twice and I will have her for half the summer). I not exactly rolling in cash, but I feel like this is the right thing to do because I want to see my niece. My sister has offered to send her with some money, but I turn her down, because I consider her willingness to let my niece travel across the country to see me to be all the “payment” I need..
At some point and we reached that fairly quickly in this instance it just makes common sense to stop inserting those words.This is not to say that it necessarily hurts to be cautious and slip in an or But as we discovered now several times, at some point it begins to raise more questions in listeners and readers minds if we keep using such words when it become obvious that the person responsible has been identified and is dead. A reasonable consumer of our news might wonder if we implying he didn do it.What about a person who still alive, such as the young man who will be tried for the Boston bombings? He has not been convicted. Obviously, we can declare he guilty.
It is January in New England. There are a couple of inches of snow on the ground, a miniature version of the Andes has been plowed against the perimeter wall, and today’s high will be only ten below. I walk across the salted asphalt like a geriatric with a bad case of hemorrhoids, poised to slip on the black ice.
That said, this is where the real battle has to happen, on the level of emotion. You can hit people with statistics all day, but until you give them a personal reason to care, they will ignore you. I think the demographic influenced by this kind of rhetoric feels wronged by the system and is looking for someone to blame.
Jelani Cobb recently wrote in The New Yorker, regarding segregation and schools: “It is clear that the notion of segregation as a discrete phenomenon, an evil that could be flipped, like a switch, from on to off, by judicial edict, was deeply naive.” The same is true for judicial switches for state sanctioned violence against African American men. You can’t legislate away the fact that we’ve been brought up in a culture that imbues us all with implicit bias. It is that bias which makes laws that bar chokeholds, or discourage officers from shooting unarmed people, ineffective especially when it comes to black men..
BRINKLEY: You know, I was amazed. Here I got these daily diaries of a president of the United States. He wrote every single day except for a few when he was shot in 1981. “The spirit of system, a fertile Source of error, fertile in most sciences, is peculiarly so in political economy. It is a foe to solid knowledge; the more insidious and fatal because it usually accompanies superior mental capacity, being very nearly allied to that love and relish of truth which distinguishes minds of a superior order. The spirit of system consists in a tendency to reduce all phenomena to a few general rules, and to find a greater degree of order, symmetry, and simplicity in the natural, moral, or political world than really exists, or can exist.