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Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 293

While I agree with most of it, I have a small nit to pick with your comment.

The only reason the US Military uses 5.56x45 instead of 7.62x54 (the old .308 Springfield cartridge that got your (great)grandfather through World War II)

.308 is .308 Winchester, not Springfield.
30-06 was Springfield.
The dimensions of those cartridges is 7.62x51mm for .308 and 7.62x63 for 30-06.

Otherwise, your analysis is spot on.

LK

Comment Re:Dat's racist (Score 1) 464

South Africa would be a great place to get some experience, perhaps Nigeria, Somalia, Ghana, or Senegal will help you understand it.

You raise a valid point. In those places where black people are the overwhelming majority, institutional racism against non-blacks (and even against non-native born blacks) happens.

In my original post on this subject, I didn't clarify that I was talking about in western society and I should have.

LK

Comment Re: Dat's racist (Score 1) 464

Yeah the difference is you're weaponizing the phrases of racism in order to otherize your opposition while being immune to such claims yourself.

Not a single person who says racism requires institutions of power is doing so to bring greater specification to a matter saturated in ambiguity, they are, and you are, making the discussion worse by trying to silence your opposition by ad hominem.

That's not what I did, at all. In my original post, I conceded that racism can be present in the behavior and actions of individuals.

Racism can happen anywhere. Minorities cannot engage in institutional racism.

So what's my moral imperative?

That's not for me to determine.

LK

Comment Re:Dat's racist (Score 1) 464

I originally posted this in reply to another comment but it applies to yours as well, so I'll duplicate it here:

Yes, an individual cop may hassle you because you're white. His partner may turn and look away because he assumes the worst of you too. Even under the worse of circumstances, you're not going to face two racist black cops who can kill you at will and with impunity because the majority of society will assume that you were a dangerous criminal because of the color of your skin. If they arrest you on a bogus charge, you will not face a prosecutor and judge who are predisposed to assume that you're guilty because of the color of your skin. You're most likely not going to face a jury pool that is made up of people who not only are not members of your racial group but harbor preconceived notions about you based on the color of your skin. The trial will not be covered by news media who make their money by playing to black-held stereotypes about white criminality.

Comment Re: Dat's racist (Score 1) 464

Bet you live in the West or North or The Great Canadia.

Pennsylvania.

It must be nice to live in your sheltered little lily white world where black people are as rare as unicorns and you can set them up on a pedestal.

No... I'm black. In America.

But the rest of us live in actual reality, the one where black people are people are actual, real people in our lives - meaning that they are burdened with the same buckets of prejudices and racism and shitty attitudes and beliefs that every other fucking human being on this planet has.

I have never denied that there are racist black people. My first post on this topic conceded that there are. My point is that there aren't enough black people in this society to engage in institutional racism.

Yes, an individual cop may hassle you because you're white. His partner may turn and look away because he assumes the worst of you too. Even under the worse of circumstances, you're not going to face two racist black cops who can kill you at will and with impunity because the majority of society will assume that you were a dangerous criminal because of the color of your skin. If they arrest you on a bogus charge, you will not face a prosecutor and judge who are predisposed to assume that you're guilty because of the color of your skin. You're most likely not going to face a jury pool that is made up of people who not only are not members of your racial group but harbor preconceived notions about you based on the color of your skin. The trial will not be covered by news media who make their money by playing to black-held stereotypes about white criminality.

LK

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