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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #66)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 01:55 PM

75. It's not about you per se

Some of us observed that these threads appear about women of color, while there is a conspicuous absence of this sort of outrage toward others. The observation was about tendencies on DU. You decided to counter that claim, only refused to provide any evidence for your assertion that condemnation was universal. You were also particularly glib in your refusal to do so. I then, in that thread and this, provide evidence that people in fact have gone out of their way to excuse wealth held by some celebrities, like Sarandon, whom they perceive as one of them.

This only became about you in that you insisted on proclaiming the existence of something that does not exist and for which you could not bother to even try to provide evidence.

What you value as "Americans"? There you have lost me. Class envy is not a typical American value. I don't know what you are referring to when you say "what we value as Americans." The American dream,the Horatio Alger myth, involves working one's way up from nothing. While few Americans historically or today have such opportunity, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the few who have fulfilled that dream. They defied insurmountable odds to become extremely wealthy. I do not resent their success. I do object to an economic system that creates great disparities between rich and poor, but that is not the same as targeting individuals, particularly when others are excused and even martyred.

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