gee i never noticed anyone stopping irish jokes. i hear and read them all the time.
our culture was making progress in the sixties ans early seventies. there has been a right wing backlash that has made racism and corporate greed normal now.
here on mudcat bigots repeat stuff from racists like . "obama is a third generation socialist". or "obama is a national socialist"
and every time a posting is made about a positive action by natives helping others the chorus arises to slander natives with every not so subtle claim there is--whether its relevant or not,
tolerance is disappearing. education and knowledge are disappearing. the worst racist ideas are recycled all the time. some one just posted on mudcat that his family worked land that was red bog never touched by natives. this is the old racist cannard that |they weren\t her before us" . they were jst passing though, thet israelis use dgaianst nomadic arabs and white south africans use against the natives of the cape. this is saying that because they used the land differently than use they didn't exist. do people understand this meand that people who are using theior land in a culturlly different manner, do not exist. its he oldest racist arguement there is, but people still recycle it.
i watch american politics and gordon gecko almost won the presidency!! one of the leveraged buy out exploitive capitalists(romney) almost won. people forget in a week.
i recomend everyone read "unconscious cicilization" by john raulston saul, and if you are braqve and ambitious read his book"voltaire's bastards"
in anglo culture, english canada, the united states, britain, australis and new zealand. plain meaning has been so debased that most people no longer have the intellectual tools to even discuss the problems. this is widespread ignorance that rivals the dark ages. we live in a culture that has made warf in every corner of the globe, and people call it freedom. the british and american governments have committed war crimes and murder in almost every nation and people call that enforcing human rights. george orwell was an optimist when he wrote 1984