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Suddenly, Baltimore -- Wonder Why? - Ralph Nader

Society & Culture  (tags: Rights, U.S., Poverty, Inequality, Civil Rights, Race, Baltimore )

- 1532 days ago -
"Suddenly" the President and the press is waking up to the deplorable conditions in Baltimore. And what got their attention?


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Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday May 11, 2015, 10:24 am
Thanks to Ralph for being angry enough to write this, and to you for being angry enough to post it. I'm angry too. I am also afraid that, if those in power stalemate long enough - if it dies down in the mainstream media - if the Federal government sticks to platitudes - those not actually living in the middle of it will calm down and business as usual will continue as usual. We have been angry before and seen just this happen. How can we stay angry? How can we transmute our anger into real progess?

Judy C (91)
Monday May 11, 2015, 6:15 pm
That is an excellent question, Joanne. It may be that we are so inundated with injustices that people don't sustain their outrage as new horrors keep unfolding. Or perhaps they feel powerless to really make a difference. Anyone acquainted with the psychology of learned helplessness may see a parallel. Learned helplessness results from experiencing uncontrollable events that cause individuals to expect future lack of control. It is characterized by decreased motivation, failure to learn, and negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and frustration.

So our dilemma is what actions can we take? I think the best hope is some strong leadership. I re-read Ralph's final paragraph where he says: "If the plutocrats of America do not wake up to the daily, acidic results of excessive greed coupled with excessive concentration of power over the people, they will be fomenting what they abhor the most—cascading instability and disruption. In their parlance—that’s bad for business".

So in the spirit of self-interest, if the business community could bring some radical, large-scale development to depressed areas crushed by poverty, they might make some money for themselves at the same time that they bring back some dignity and opportunity for the residents. That's the idea I get from this read. I wish I had the funds and the power to participate in something like that.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 1:29 pm
Yes, suddenly the Corporate media pays attention.....and as someone said, if a few young people hadn't set the buildings on fire would the media have even came at all?

Across this land there has been suffering, long suffering for the American Indians, heck they have lived on Pine Ridge with 80% unemployment for years.......but who truly cares? There are a few who care, so what they can either to bring awareness or to help......but where is the National CARING? Where is the trying to fix a few of the wrongs?

African Americans were the work horses for the Industrial Revolution that made the ELITES Big Money, along with the newer immigrants with the Irish, Italians, the Polish. The Chinese worked on one end of the railroad as the Irish worked the other and connected the two sides of the Country.....but who got rich out of it. Where the Chinese treated any better for it?

Our elected officials talk a good talk and the masses are more than happy to lap it up, fly their flags and sing a few songs about Proud to Be An American and then go back to sleep, swing the hammer, serve the bacon the eggs and pour the coffee......and hardly anyone thinks beyond that place. So the long suffering continue suffer and when the victimized stand up and air their complaints too many are far too quick to blame them for what it is they complain about.

The sleepy stir a bit in order to lay out some heavy laden fog of propaganda and say, "see they are animals look at them burning down their own city.....hoodlums and thugs.....throw them in where is the remote I must see who won the next episode of Survival and pass me another slice of pizza."

For many Americans it isn't watching so called reality TV of Survival for many across this Nation it is daily trying to survive. And while they sleep.....they too may one day have a rude awakening. I read article after article of this new reality knocking on many people's doors who suddenly realize.....what happened to the America I thought I was living in!

There have been a few enlightened Elites who see the writing on the wall and has warned others that if they do not start playing a bit more fair the pitchforks are coming. But I think they feel so protected in their own monied universe that they don't really think that it will ever happen, and if it does they pay off the police well and then call out the National Guard. What will determine all our fate is which side will they take? Have they been in fact so conditioned to see us as the enemy already since 9-11 that we are viewed as terrorist or will we be human and Americans?

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 2:59 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy. I signed up for Nader's mailings---such a brilliant mind and moral soul! Good comments above me. And, I wonder where are these wealthy elites are going after they've destroyed our beautiful planet. Is this why so many are looking forward to planetary exploration and funding Elon Musk's Space X? Call me silly, but think about it......

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:09 pm
Sorry--I left out a bit above. While the media finally focuses on these specific incidents; and people protest, sign petitions, call their members of Congress....things do fade away while another important story takes their place. I think we've all noticed this. But, it is up to us to continue to push the media to keep it relevant. We have to keep "pedal to the metal" on these issues. Sharing information as we are able to now do is something we didn't have in the 20th century. And, despite the anger and depression we feel that we are not being heard, we have to make the most of what we have to call attention to income disparity and education disparity.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:14 pm
Dandelion says it all. Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 1, 2015, 10:25 pm
Noted--thanks Judy--yes Dandelion!!
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