>From: Loree Thomas <email@example.com>
>In the 70's, 80's and 90's it's possible that the PC
>crowd over did things... but equality of opportunity
>for blacks and whites is still mostly a myth white
>people tell themselves.
Perhaps. But I think blacks (and I am one remember) do need to take more
responsibility for making their own opportunities. Frankly, I think the
biggest (though not the only) problem for blacks is poor choices.
Every black person I know who went out and worked hard for an education and
diligently pursued a career has been at least moderately successful. I do
have some friends and family who sadly have been mostly unsuccessful in
their careers and in their lives. But this has almost universally been due
to poor choices, rather than "the white man" standing in their way.
Of course I'm the first to admit I was very lucky in the sense that both my
parents were well educated professionals who placed a great emphasis on the
importance of education and hard work. I had the most important thing I
think anybody can have, good role models. If I never knew my Dad, and if my
Mom was single and on welfare I'm sure I would have turned out much
differently. I think what the black community needs more than monetary
reparations or affirmative action is more positisve role models like my
"I'm a seeker too. But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help thinking
that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man.
Has to be." -- George Taylor _Planet of the Apes_ (1968)
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