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Creek Running North
October 14, 2005
New poll: at least one in four Americans can fuck off and die as far as I'm concerned
And yet that's an improvement, apparently.
Posted by Chris Clarke at October 14, 2005 01:00 PM
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hmmm ... that's a fairly stupid article.Posted by: peacebug at October 14, 2005 01:14 PM
Weren't you at least heartened by the fact that for younger people the approval rate is at 95%?Posted by: nina at October 14, 2005 03:13 PM
At first. But then I realized that what that really meant was that I was glad that racist old people would be dying soon.
And the first thing is that that's a sort of iffy moral position to take, waiting for your opponents to die off. And the second thing is I'm afraid they might not fuck off beforehand.
Seriously though. I'd rather not be this angry. I don't like it. And I'm angry at them for being stupid enough for making me this angry.
How long until I'm in the Mojave again?
Anticipating Seńor Alondra: "Because there are certainly no racists in the Mojave."Posted by: Chris Clarke at October 14, 2005 03:22 PM
I wish you wouldn't let it get to you so much. There will always be stupid narrow-minded racist asshole people. Yes, how many days is it 'til your trip?Posted by: nina at October 14, 2005 03:56 PM
The same racist people who have to die off before the New Enlightenment are the homophobic people who get their knickers in a twist about same-sex marriage.
You hear a lot about the College Republicans, but I daresay they hold less sway than they think they do. That 95% figure is most heartening.
Why aren't the scientists promoting interracial relationships more? Look at the benefits. All those genetic diseases that are concentrated in certain ethnic groups? We could virtually eliminate them.
Thanks for linking to the Gallup poll so I could find about it and blog about it. I really came over here to flatter you, though. I just read the latest post and comments at Bérubé's blog, and goddammit, you are funny! Your Intelligent Design comment and the riffs it inspired? Definitely pony-worthy.Posted by: Orange at October 14, 2005 05:00 PM
Somebuddy over here explained to me the other day that "recent genetic research" shows that black folks and white folks are "different species." The scary thing is, this came from someone not otherwise so blatantly ignorant. But the trend is moving in the right direction, I think.
Here in the SE, interracial relationships are much more accepted among us younga people - it's almost a "chic" thing. Which makes me wonder. The popular media image of "black culture" is a celebration of bling-bling self-aggrandizement and patriarchy. While it's obvious this is only a reflection of the broader culture, and not a "black thing" except that it only seems to offend us when it's black folks displaying it, sometimes I wonder if the gains made regarding race have more to do with that facet than an actual improvement in thinking.
I hope what I just said there isn't misinterpreted.Posted by: Jamie at October 14, 2005 05:03 PM
"over here" in the southeast, not "over here" on this site.Posted by: Jamie at October 14, 2005 05:04 PM
Why are we even talking about race? Don't use their terminology.
Ninety-nine percent of Americans are in favor of humans dating humans, with one percent preferring human/doll relationships.Posted by: KathyF at October 15, 2005 01:27 AM
Well said, Kathy F! :)
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to define the word "race" (not the kind you run) to a child? Try it sometime, if only in your imagination. What on earth could you possibly say that was true -- besides that the very construct is artificial? And yet, how do we all think we know what it means?Posted by: Sara at October 15, 2005 07:09 AM
Some smart creek guy wrote: "Anticipating Seńor Alondra: 'Because there are certainly no racists in the Mojave.'"
Well, there certainly are a few square kilometers in the Mojave where there are no racists. Of course, there is no one else there, either. Those are generally nice places to be.Posted by: Miguel Alondra at October 15, 2005 10:00 AM
I once read a survey that said 97% of americans use toilet paper.Posted by: craig at October 16, 2005 07:52 PM
Oh dear. What if being called "of a certain age" bothered me more than the rest of it...? :)
95% seems pretty good to me.Posted by: Rurality at October 17, 2005 11:20 AM