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#16 Davidson Deac II

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:20 PM

its funny how we still use racial labels when talking about many of the men and women who worked their whole lives to promote a world where people would be described according to character, not with labels of color or ethnic origin.... African American/ black/ *****... over American.. or human...

labels are a tool of division.



In and of themselves, labels are not a tool of division. Its the intentions behind them that can be seen as divisive.

For many years, Blacks were treated as second class citizens, so I don't see anything wrong with granting special recognition to those who overcame odds that were stacked against them.

Take the man I voted for, George Washington Carver. His accomplishments would have great for a white person with all the advantages that whites had in Southern society had at that time. Him being black, and having to endure segregation and some of the other ills that afflicted our society at the time makes his accomplishments extradordinary.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:37 PM

In and of themselves, labels are not a tool of division. Its the intentions behind them that can be seen as divisive.

For many years, Blacks were treated as second class citizens, so I don't see anything wrong with granting special recognition to those who overcame odds that were stacked against them.

Take the man I voted for, George Washington Carver. His accomplishments would have great for a white person with all the advantages that whites had in Southern society had at that time. Him being black, and having to endure segregation and some of the other ills that afflicted our society at the time makes his accomplishments extradordinary.


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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:00 PM

In and of themselves, labels are not a tool of division. Its the intentions behind them that can be seen as divisive.

For many years, Blacks were treated as second class citizens, so I don't see anything wrong with granting special recognition to those who overcame odds that were stacked against them.

Take the man I voted for, George Washington Carver. His accomplishments would have great for a white person with all the advantages that whites had in Southern society had at that time. Him being black, and having to endure segregation and some of the other ills that afflicted our society at the time makes his accomplishments extradordinary.



I'll agree with that... there is a very slippery slope, though..

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:01 PM

I'd say Enoch the Ethiopian, or Christopher Wallace... It's a neck and neck race though....


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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:16 PM

I'd say Enoch the Ethiopian, or Christopher Wallace... It's a neck and neck race though....


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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:17 PM

One more:

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:20 PM

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:39 PM

Can I nominate myself?

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:40 PM

I could pick the greatest white American. Ronald Wilson Reagan, baby.

I gotta go with my homeboy, Cassius Clay. So sad that Parkinson's has taken away his ability to speak. He really is a great guy, and not just a great athlete. I don't think he had anything for Tyson, though. Ali in his prime and Tyson in his prime? TKO in three.



I assume you mean Ali would have crushed a hack like Tyson. He would have toyed with Mike, snapping his head back with a jab as he tried to come in.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:13 PM

Can I nominate myself?


LOL. You are the hardest working man in film though Sam.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:36 PM

its a short list.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:03 AM

Oprah

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:33 AM

I'm a fan of Alex Haley's.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 02:14 AM

Either this guy:

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or this brother:

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 08:17 AM

I assume you mean Ali would have crushed a hack like Tyson. He would have toyed with Mike, snapping his head back with a jab as he tried to come in.


No way in hell. Tyson in his prime was unstoppable. Ali was the greatest ring showman ever, but I wouldn't even put him in the top five of boxers all time. And I love the guy.


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