Re: Fred Reed - The Dave Barry of Racists

From: James Rogers (
Date: Mon Aug 06 2001 - 12:26:11 MDT

On 8/5/01 2:37 PM, "Sean Kenny" <> wrote:
> Michael Lorrey wrote:
>> What does that have to do with blacks being convicted more? Nothing,
>> clearly, outside of a lack of avenues of escape from the ghetto. Having
>> been a member of the US armed forces myself, it is partly that, and
>> partly that fewer whites think that risking one's life in the service is
>> worth minimum wage pay and two tiered health care systems with a higher
>> rate of malpractice than the general medical industry, with less legal
>> recourse. I went in for the college money (the GI Bill), which they
>> wound up defrauding me of once I was discharged.
> Boy, you do have a chip on your shoulder.

I think you mischaracterize Michael's attitude towards military service.
The description of military service is pretty accurate in my experience. I
think it has less to do with Michael having a chip on his shoulder than it
does with the fact that he has been there and done that. Having also served
in the military, I wouldn't really have characterized anything he stated
differently. The description may appear a bit jaded or cynical to the
outsider, but it does reflect reality.

-James Rogers

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