Crime is going down in just about _all_ western countries. The leaded gasoline correlation does not apply in recent years.
Empathy is important.
This is similar to the "I don't want to see what I eat slaughtered" argument.
That it happens often is not a reason to not watch it.
Not wanting to watch something does not mean that it is not happening.
And yes, I'm a hypocrite. I really hate killing animals, and wish that I didn't have to.
Note : that last statement was about our roosters we had to kill. I've not got a compulsion to kill animals.
It's canon, not cannon.
Until fairly recently in human history, marriage was largely a religious and private issue.
Until fairly recently in human history, religion was not a private issue. The secular state did not exist (with a few notable exceptions, like the Mongol empire).
Those laws promoting family units have not worked. At all.
Let? This seems to be a big misunderstanding amongst humans - the idea that rights are given to us by some higher authority. Nuh-uh, existence grants our rights. The best our entitled humans may do is refrain from removing them by threat of force. Have a nice day =D
The right to marry has lots of legal implications which are controlled by the state, and marriage is controlled by the state, and has been for millennia. If you think it's not, you're deluded. Common law marriage does not really exist, legally.
Now, should it be controlled by the state and have lots of legal implications? That's a different question. I personally don't think it should, but trying to remove marriage from the legislature would be quite difficult.
The point is that for quite a while now homosexuals have had the right to live as couples, but they've not been allowed to be recognised under the law that gives tax breaks and other things to married couples. I'd personally do away with these tax breaks and make marriage a purely personal thing, not something legal (but as I said before, this will be difficult).
Until that time, I'm perfectly happy with homosexuals marrying on the same basis heterosexuals do.
Our railroads are already already at capacity - and in the upper-plains states they have been filled up by coal and oil trains on top of the agricultural loads.
For various reasons trucking is both faster and cheaper for a lot of load-types.
DHI? Dick Heads Incorporated?
As opposed to in the past where it exclusively meant giving jobs, housing, and education to unqualified whites at the expense of the qualified non-white.
Perhaps you've seen the news lately where unarmed (and often cooperating) black folks have been killed by police *on video* in a markedly different way than their official report says, and the officers have more often than not been cleared of any criminal prosecution.
Maybe making notable changes to a society that allows that to happen regularly could be a first step toward black folks "getting over it"?
Jewish = religious tradition and linguistic, cultural, and historical heritage
Polish = linguistic, cultural, and historical heritage
Native American = too vague without tribe
Now let's look at black folks in general in the US. Religion? Tossed aside and forced to convert to Christianity. Some small vestiges eake by in voodoo. Language before slavery? Tossed aside and forcibly forgotten while simultaneously forbidding English education and literacy. Cultural memory before slavery? Eradicated. History before slavery. Erased.
We say "African American" because you have a huge swath of people that have no idea what country their ancestors came from, no idea what tribe, no idea the heritage, no idea the lineage, no idea the cultural connections...
Imagine forcing people to forget their families were Irish or Polish or Russian or French. Imagine no idea they came from Christian or Jewish communities. And all records from the time destroyed so that you have no hope of ever finding out. Ever. Your ancestral history? Gone. Poof.
No tell me again how you don't see any difference.
So you're saying your family, upbringing, and sense of personal and cultural history while in China had absolutely nothing to do with your later success? Good to know.
You refer to "merit" as though it can be objectively measured. If you look closely, you'll find non-trivial biases in that so-called meritocracy. And those biases curiously always seem to favor the ones that are already on top. Funny that.
It is late when it's the only form of outreach. Unfortunately other forms of support like subsidized school lunches, Head Start, after school programs, enforcement of equal housing and employment laws, etc. were all on the GOP budget chopping block. I'd be thrilled if that education pipeline were fixed up. Instead we're debating the merits of slashing yet another rung in the ladder.