Tensions in the already intense debate over convicted killer Gary Graham's scheduled execution escalated Friday as a dozen armed black activists shoved a delegate outside the state Republican convention in downtown Houston.
Quanell X's group - comprising members of the New Black Panther Party, the National Black United Front and the New Black Muslim Movement - arrived wearing all black, except for Quanell X. Many carried shotguns, AK-47s and other rifles.
It is legal in Texas to carry such firearms openly as long as the carrier is not a felon and does not aim the weapon at anyone.
We believe we can end police brutality in our black community by organizing black self-defense groups that are dedicated to defending our black community from racist police oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all black people should arm themselves for self defense
I've been struck by this thought lately, too. Can't figure out why such a small group of people are getting such a disproportionately large representation in the media. The best answers I've come up with are the charisma and connection of the celebrity activists. There was no one like Sarah Palin on the anti-Iraq front, that I remember.
Thought experiments are starting points intended to challenge received opinions or positions. That is their value. They worked out well for Einstein and many others.
Anybody else see this chart? Some of it is pretty obvious but check out that bottom left corner.
Tell that to the people who relied on thought experiments a) to deduce the theory of special relativity, or b) to illustrate quantum superposition/coherence, or c) to critique the 2nd law of thermodynamics. These canonical examples of imagination helped to progress fields of scientific learning.
The problem is that the analogy doesn't go far enough. The question is not what would happen if black people protested now in the way Tea Partiers do. The full alternate-history (or near-future) question is, what will happen if Palin is elected and blacks and latinos gather to protest the yellow stars they need to wear so "we" know they aren't illegal immigrants. In that case (the other side in control, our side protesting) I don't think the reaction by the government, the MSM, and conservative blogs would be very similar to what's happening now...
So, Einstein's use of thought experiments notwithstanding, what about Orwell? Don't we see speculative fiction as serving some potentially useful purpose?
I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor or degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes" When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy [sic].
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