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Re: “THE GOOD FIGHT ‌ The Last Lynching

I'm not familiar with the crimes mentioned in the earlier post, but then again, I am not concerned with one-ups-manship or debating which is a bigger tragedy. When people beat and kill other people, it's always a tragedy. But as a culture we can unlearn hatred and refrain from violence caused by it. The story points out that our system of justice, at one time, actively participated in these injustices, by treating some people as lesser beings with fewer rights. It's a cautionary tale. "What-about-this? and What-about-that? comparisons like in the earlier post actively avoid the point.

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Posted by seancook on February 16, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Re: “THE GOOD FIGHT ‌ The Last Lynching

As someone who grew up in South Caolina (Clemson), I set up my Yahoo page to link to stories from the state, and this led me to your article. I think it was informative and very thought-provoking. I disagree with comments made by the earlier poster that the article ends drives a wedge between people. It's important to understand history so we don't repeat the mistakes of our society. And I disagree with the assertion that most people want a color-blind society. What kind of threat is posed by people wanting to identify themselves in ways that acknowledge multiple cultural influences or backgrounds? The only thing that threatens is ignorance...of history, of differences, and of the ways that people actually are treated differently (in both good and bad ways) because of differences. If you really want to get along with people and have a healthy society, you need to value people as individuals, and respect their right to understand their individuality through whatever means necessary. Telling stories about our history gives us opportunities to intergrate or reject their lessons into olur lives and our personalities. Thanks for sharing this story. It was difficult to read at times, but it left me feeling that I need to do whatever I can to make sure stuff like this doesn't happen anymore.

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Posted by seancook on February 14, 2007 at 1:18 PM
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