There are tons of excellent comments to Ray's posting "Amerikanische Verhältnisse vs.German Conditions".
Here is one particular brilliant comment that deserves a posting of its own. The author Pensive Elf (e-mail) responds to a comment by "anonymus".
@anonymous: You know I'm getting really sick of this bullshit with the downtrodden minority business. I don't know whether you're German or American or Black or White or Hispanic. But whatever you are, you're either blind or you don't want to see what's in front of you.
You act like every Black and Hispanic is living at poverty level, and collecting food stamps, while only the Whites have it made. That idea is so laughable and so far outside my experience, that it isn't even funny.
I'm Hispanic. I was born, bred and raised in Texas. I now live in a little town outside of Houston, but I started my academic career in an historically *BLACK UNIVERSITY*. Big shock, bet you didn't know that there were historically Black colleges and universities, did you? We have three right here in Texas that I know of.
I saw plenty of nice cars and nice clothes, and met Black and Hispanic people whose parents were professional people like doctors, lawyers, etc. And guess what...just because a Black person drives a Mercedes, that doesn't mean he's a drug dealer. There is a strong middle class and upper middle class Black and Hispanic population who are conservatives. These people are *not* the exception to the rule, nor are they Kiss-Ass Uncle Toms as you liberals are so fond of labeling any member of a minority race who has the temerity to be both a Conservative *AND* a Republican.
This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, I know. It's just that I'm sick and tired of