Notes: “The Contours of High Modernity” Obviously Giddens rejects that we have moved from a modern society to a post-modern or informational society. Rather he promotes that we are still in …
Personally I believe much of the problem today arises in the 1990s political drive focusing on “diversity” or distinctions between American peoples in terms of subcategories categories …
Personally I believe much of the problem today arises in the 1990s political drive focusing on “diversity” or distinctions between American peoples in terms of subcategories categories in terms of migrant cultural traditions and histories of their ancestors.
This process places notations on differences and often fosters or increases ‘exclusivity’. In this case the categorical identity of US nationalism was the driving force behind the diversity movement. This monocular focus created tension over cultures and histories of subcategories of Americans. This focus on differences has in my opinion increased tensions over cultural and historical distinctions thereby translating into exclusivist dogmas in self identity’ and ‘community identity’.
Rather than diverse sub-identities (for we each have many) the national “and” cultural focus together should have been and more so now should be to seize upon “unity” or similarity” of Americans as a dominant culture. After all, those who have sought to become Americans are above all else Americans. And while each sub category of Americans have cultural traditions and histories to be proud of we as Americans have a dominant culture and history to take pride in, share with others, and seek together to make even greater.
The diversity movement in my opinion has confused the definition of what it is to be American. This has created an anomic effect: creating too great a focus on diversity and driving egoistic responses from the many sub-categories who are each groping for understanding and direction in life (Durkheim 1915). Each sub-category of Americans find themselves lost in direction and have little guidance to call upon for answers. Increasingly our populous distrusts the status quo in terms of politic, religion, family, military, government, the three branches of criminal justice, media and health care.
Without restoration in social solidarity our American culture is progressively coming unglued and frays of the tearing cloth are our people fluttering in the wind. A wind of too rapid change unregulated and little in terms in integration.
I saw this idiot and couldn’t help but say “jerk”. I as many others am not ‘those people’. I am white and I am as proud of it as any other person of any other culture or race. The time of blaming others as a group is passed. Am I ignorant of racism and ethnocentrism? No I am not. Regardless, I believe that love and recognition of others as fellow human beings is
the answer to peace. Is that realizable? Yes, it is. Though it may not be probable we who wish it must always strive for it. Those who carte blanc blame all ‘so called’ white people for the perpetuation of racism and ethnocentrism are a part of the reason for its perpetuation.
Just Thinking. I agree there is no excuse for public officials including law enforcement to be physically or emotionally abusive toward; including cursing citizens of the US of whom they are to ser…
Source: Wave of Police Killing
Just Thinking. I agree there is no excuse for public officials including law enforcement to be physically or emotionally abusive toward; including cursing citizens of the US of whom they are to serve and protect. This includes those who are stopped, suspect, arrested, and or convicted as well as witnesses, victims and general public citizenry.
Having said this…those who who kill a law enforcement officer (since canine are called officer now I define officer as a human) should if found guilty be executed by formal procedure of the State. If these killings of law enforcement continue it appears that the rights of ordinary US citizenry will suffer under the control of a Police State. Once this occurs the protections of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution will be curtailed as least restrictive means to optimize safety and life of officials as well as the public order. Those whom I have heard saying that law enforcement is getting its just desert had better consider the consequences of a restrictive reading of the US Constitution and its Amendments (which also includes the 2nd Amendment).
Once suspended or narrowed in interpretive scope the citizenry will lose both civil and protective rights against abuse by the State and the Court will most likely consider “least restrictive” means in controlling citizen freedom of movement, search and seizure, and speech very broadly in favor of State action toward citizens.
I’m Proud that I am a Caucasian Western European American Man! I am tired of being down graded and focused on as a member of a group portrayed as a source of problem in the world. I take pride in saying this. It certainly does not say that I despise, belittle, condemn, oppress or hate anyone else. It simply means I am what I am and I have no apology for this being and I find satisfaction in this reality. I am Scott, I am Welsh, I am British, I am Canadian, and I am All American. As in the sixties the Establishment said about America: Love it or Leave it, now I say about me Like it or Lump it! 😄