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Curious if anyone would bite on a discussion of whether or not giving a lifelong friend a few more years to live in exchange for the money you've earned, taking into account having your own family to put the money toward too, is something y'all would do. I would say I would, but I have earned neither real money nor children.
I have an overhanging shadow of guilt that my monthly stipend comes from your tax dollars, so I'd like to donate to this guy's fund if you think that's appropriate, I think others here would want to as well.
Well, hold on, my comment is clearly stating how I viewed what I saw, I didn't extrapolate any sort of objective fact or even make any claims about it. The guy showed up and made what could've been a really, really interesting talk into a weird guilt trip thing. That's how it went, I wish it didn't go that way too.
2: I really hope you don't think I compare what Kendrick Lamar says to what Ta-Nehisi Coates says, in any facet.
Also on that: Are you saying I once told you that you as a black guy are wrong about something Kendrick said? If I disagreed with you about something he said, why would that have anything to do with you being a black guy? Also, if me being white and you being black does mean we feel that Kendrick is saying entirely different things--which it sometimes does-- who the fuck cares?
Anyway that's a pretty weird argument to go for if you're trying to make me out to be a hypocrite. Which, by the way, I'm totally fine with you trying to do. I think what you're saying that I said about Kendrick might be either misunderstood on your part or poorly communicated on mine.
- Someone in the army complaining about aggression
This is a pretty dumb thing to say.
- Racial conversations in a room without a single minority
Again, I really don't think being a minority gives someone authority in such a way that they have to be present for someone who is not that same minority to discuss race.
I read the article, connected it to my own experiences, and threw up something I observed, when I met the guy the article is about-- because it affirms what the author said. I don't know why you responded this way to my comment.
And by the way, I wasn't being sarcastic, like at all. I really would like to know why Coates is considered so influential, and I do think what he did could be considered brave because there was like 2 weeks of heated backlash from all the low-key white supremacists at my school because we know what his talk was going to be about. And he probably knew there would be, and decided to come here. And also he fucking flopped his talk and didn't really help anyone's case, much to my disappointment.
Coates spoke at my school last semester on The Case for Reparations and to promote his new book. Of all the colleges he could possibly have spoken at, mine was a tough crowd. I supposed it was "brave" of him to come speak here but as I learned more about him I realized he kinda feeds off shit like that-- I imagine Coates damn near considered himself a martyr for speaking at West Point about reparations for slavery, as if we're some sort of higher-echelon cesspool of hatred.
Basically it was a strangely aggressive and accusatory talk that came off as naive. I'd really like to know why
- [Coates] has become the most influential writer in America today
- having those same people treating me like one of their peers is fucking with the brain right now.
I mean, that should be in a good way, I hope! One of the overarching problems I have with my school is a lack of intellectual spirit. By that I mean, everyone is insanely driven, everyone is exceeding all these standards and getting all this work done, but nobody really has the time or energy for intellectual discussion or work if it's unrelated to their daily tasks, assignments, and duties.
That's totally fine, but even having the opportunity to hang out with 'smart, motivated people doing amazing things' is a rare and invaluable asset. It's also super motivating.
You know, you seem a lot better than you may feel. You just brought up a bunch of pretty deep-rooted issues but discussed them rationally and with a level head. Every point from 1-8 either has good news results in it or a driven work-in-progress goal that you seem to be actively engaged in. I think you're gonna crush every one of these goals.