I am so sick of people with zero worldly experience talking out their ass about things they know nothing about. Making assumptions about poor people. Making assumptions about Arabs and terrorism. Making assumptions about black people. Making assumptions about people who did not go to college.
There is another thread here on the Dope where a member, with whom I have no problem personally, he could be anybody, I don’t care – but he just assumes that “uneducated” people (mind you, this is both high-school dropouts AND graduates!) beat their children more than college graduates. He is confused because he can’t find any information or studies online to correlate what he has always seen on television!
Despite the fact that this poster takes pains to say that by uneducated, he doesn’t mean “poor,” that’s the way it often pans out these days, whether he wants to say so or not. The days of someone growing up without shoes or enough to eat, and yet ending up someday in the Fortune 500, are mostly behind us. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that this person, and many more just like him, don’t actually know and may have never met anyone who is “uneducated” in the way he is thinking, and who beats their kids. A college education costs a prodigious amount of money these days, and it’s not just future wifebeater-wearing, gaptoothed, alcoholic droolers who can’t afford it.
Child abuse mostly is not something people do because they don’t know it’s wrong. I wonder if people ever consider that the same folks they are assuming must be beating their kids, are also far more likely to be beaten up by police? (And that cops, who presumably have been to college, are 2-4 times as likely to beat their kids as the rest of us?) I’m not saying that either one of those facts ever excuses anyone from hitting a child, ever. I am saying that you just can’t generalize about things like that, and furthermore those kind of goofy superficial classifications are only going to distract you COMPLETELY from seeing more fundamental truths. Stop worrying about what those poor folks are doing in their steamy dens of iniquity! Instead, ask yourself why does ANYBODY hits a child in what we consider a free and enlightened nation? Why does anybody molest a child in what we consider an immaculate house of worship? Why would any government, ever, put radium in orphans’ milk?
Besides, if a major political figure in America, and other major political figures supporting him, think it is “genius” for a billionaire to figure out how to rob his own nation of the tax money required by law, money which benefits all, money that is an agreed-upon contribution of a civil society towards the perfectly understandable goal of not living in anarchy – then I submit to you that this “education” and “intelligence” we value so highly might not be conferring the absolute altruism that people think it does. Oh, but he doesn’t beat his kids; he just gropes women.
And another thing: stop writing otherwise decent science fiction with the same old tired Middle Eastern/ Muslim terrorists! In fact, stop doing it in fiction at all! Swear to God, what if everybody’s so busy sweating some poor sweet soul in a burka that they COMPLETELY MISS the crazed evil bomber who is Norweigan or Canadian or just a stupid American white guy? I know lots of Muslim, Middle Eastern, and African people, and I promise you, they all just want to live their life & raise their kids in peace. They may very well have more respect for your religion than a lot of people have for theirs. (Well, they may not be up on Pastafarianism. But I daresay they would probably just shake their head and smile.)
When I was growing up, I experienced profound cognitive dissonance at the things my parents said about black folks when they demonstrably didn’t know any. I thought that was bogus, and I decided not to enter into life situations with preconceived notions about any whole group or class of people. The first time I was robbed, yes it was a black guy; but it was also a black couple who found me crying and walked me home safely. Well duh, I was in a black neighborhood. Don’t you see?
Here is my background, in case you want to try to pigeonhole me: I grew up in a middle class family. I am white. I took a couple of college classes as an adult, got all A’s, no degree. I make less than $12,000 a year. I raised a son by myself who is a wonderful, kind, employed person.