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My sister dated this guy for three years, and I never liked him, but when he mentioned that he was "trying to get on food stamps," I wanted to punch him. You don't TRY to get on food stamps, you useless clod! This was a 25-year-old guy in excellent health who felt that working in fast food, retail, etc. was beneath him because his parents bought him a $120,000 degree in a subject which turned out to be totally useless. Entitlement at its best (or worst, depending on how you look at it).
People like Sotomayor seem to expect the system to change so that everyone can be "equal." But we're not equal.
Sorry my point wasn't clear. I think we're all in agreement.
Compassion and kindness are instrumental to successful capitalism because capitalism cannot succeed without others. If you are a jerk to your suppliers, they can cut you off. If you don't treat your employees well, they can decide to work for someone who treats them better. If you give bad service, your customers can and will take their business elsewhere.
I wouldn't say the problem is that black culture has failed to evolve, but that it has DE-evolved. There was a time in this country when it was pointless for black people to aspire to certain things. But though things have changed, people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton continue to insist to blacks that they can never succeed at the level of other races, so why bother? And young people take this message to heart. As recently as the 70s, black women gave birth out of wedlock at a lower rate than white women. Since then, the disparity has skyrocketed. Do the Jacksons and Sharptons of this country thing this is a good thing? And look what happened to Bill Cosby when he tried to suggest that blacks should hold each other accountable for behaviors which were destroying them.
I think whites have done as much for blacks now as they possibly can. The black community needs leaders which will demand responsibility and do away with self-pity and shifting the blame.