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Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Reply #1185 on: March 26, 2021, 05:32:03 pm »
A very reasonable assessment, NT. I agree (mostly)  ;D
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Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Reply #1186 on: March 27, 2021, 01:15:10 pm »
Mitt Romney received this year's JFK Profile in Courage Award for his vote during the impeachment.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/politics/mitt-romney-receives-jfk-profile-in-courage-award/index.html
 
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Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Reply #1187 on: March 30, 2021, 01:28:19 pm »
By now you all have heard of these vile attacks: the first, two girls car-jacked a car, the resulting crash killing the driver. There were witnesses who immediately went to help the girls in the car. The elderly man's body was still twitching but NOBODY went to help him.  The second, an elderly asian woman was viciously attacked. Again, there were witnesses and NOBODY went to her aid. In fact, one witness was a security guard at the building this happened in front of. Instead of helping her during or after the attack, when the attacker walked away - he closed the door, leaving her alone outside.

Both victims were minorities. Are the actions of the witnesses due to racism, a symptom of how callous and hard-hearted our society has become or maybe both? It reminds me of the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine Genovese. She was repeatedly attacked while 38 witnesses closed their windows and ignored what was going on, with only one woman calling the police.
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Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Reply #1188 on: March 30, 2021, 08:58:18 pm »
Yeah, I read about the second event. Others stood by and watched the guy kick her in the stomach and stomp on her head. I don't understand how people can be so apathetic about such cruelty. The events of these past few weeks have made me consider carrying a sidearm everywhere I go.
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Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Reply #1189 on: March 30, 2021, 11:49:12 pm »
The Genovese case has actually proven to not have been as described in the study, so that's not a good comparison here though the actual question about the rrasons in these cases are good.
 

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Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« Reply #1190 on: April 01, 2021, 12:40:57 am »
Some folks here were on the "Hate Crime" thread saying, in effect, there is no such thing as a hate crime, & hate crime enhancements are not valid because an assault is an assault, a killing is a killing.

Not every bad thing that happens to any minority group person is a hate crime, we already made that clear. But some are pretty obvious. And without the enhancement, the Klan, neo-Nazis, or any group of bigots feels more validated to act on their bigotry. Also, sadly, some are committed by other minority individuals, which makes them no less a hate crime & maybe even more detestable: if minority groups who have struggled to be accepted don't have each other's backs, who will? Enough people already don't want to acknowledge that clearly hate-motivated crimes deserve to be prosecuted as such.
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