This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.This is a disclaimer at the beginning of a book. Sounds pretty horrific.
What kind of book could this be? A Nazi manifesto? A testament from some fringe pervert group like NAMBLA? Perhaps it's from some opressive religious group?
No. It's at the beginning of a book on the US Constitution.
I saw this image on Glenn Beck's TV show last night, and was stunned. Good Lord, what is happening to this country? How can our founding document - the very basis of our form of government and way of life - be considered to be an extreme text?
Most of the Beck show was about a book called, "The Road To Serfdom". It's next on my non-fiction reading list.
Here's a heads-up to anyone living in any large US city, but especially in the cities of Los Angeles or Oakland: If BART cop Johannes Mehserle is not found guilty of the first degree murder of BART rider Oscar Grant, there is going to be immediate, wide-spread violence.
Why? The cop is white and the alleged murder victim was black. His jury was just selected and there isn't a single black on the jury.
In a surprisingly quick selection process Tuesday, the prosecutor trying the case and Mehserle's defense attorney came to an agreement on a jury that includes seven white Los Angeles residents and what appears to be five Latinos.Forget that the "luck of the draw" only had 5 blacks in the jury pool. Forget that the defense attorney could have objected to the removal of those 5 blacks if he thought the removals were race-based. Forget that in a jury pool of 50 people, 5 of them being black roughly approximates the percentage of blacks in the LA Area.
In addition, at least four of the jurors have a connection to law enforcement, either by having police officers as friends or in their family or by having worked with law enforcement on neighborhood crime committees.
According to BlackDemographics.com, blacks make up approximately 7.8% of the Greater Los Angeles area -
So, that means blacks were actually OVER represented (at 10%) on the jury pool. I don't think I've seen that mentioned in the Main Stream Media... Surely, they're not implying that someone should be on the jury ONLY because they're black, are they?
It won't matter. If this guy is not found guilty of first degree murder, the top is going to blow. Oakland (where the alleged murder occured), Los Angeles (where the trial is being held) or any large US city are going to have rioting the likes not seen since the Rodney King verdict.
The rioting with that little mess lasted for 6 days.
The trial starts tomorrow and is expected to last up to a month. Early July should be interesting...
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So, what do you do about these two troubling items - a disclaimer for our Constitution and a highly-likely riot at the peak of summer?
If I had school-aged kids, I would not even consider sending them to public school. I'd either home school or find a reasonably priced private school. They would not be going to a public school, period.
I don't know what else you can do. Our public schools have simply become educational cesspools. Here in California, we have the highest per-student cost in the nation, and are something like 47th or 48th in performance.
Our system is broken, and no one in educational seats of power seem to care. Protecting jobs is more important than educating our children. Time to pull out of the game.
With regards to the trial, when you hear the jury is ready to deliver its verdict, under no circumstances should you be in any large city in America if at all possible. You're simply insane if you're in Oakland or LA.
See our previous posts on the subject, ("Unpredictable Violence"), ("Evacuation Plan, Part 3"), ("Shelter In Place") and ("Civil Unrest").
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