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
people referring to every Hispanic they see in a picture as an illegal immigrant. I noticed this when people were talking about the oil rig workers in the Spiegel article. They were referred to as illegal immigrants. Sorry to disappoint, but these guys were probably born in this country, have at least a high school education, and get paid about as much or more than the average first-year teacher does in Texas.
And yes, there is unemployment in the US. But guess what...despite the excuses a lot of Black and Hispanic leaders like to make for why the Black and Hispanic population can't get ahead...it's still possible to get a job in the US, if you're qualified for it. I'm not going to say racial discrimination doesn't exist, it surely does, but it cuts both ways, thank you very much.
Now of course, you're going to insult my intelligence by insisting that I've been brainwashed and calling me an Uncle Tom or whatever...whatever label you liberals like to pin on someone who doesn't agree with their perception of what it's like to be a minority. That's fine. But I know who I am, and I know where I live. And it sure isn't in any slum nor do I collect food stamps BY CHOICE. I have a degree in education that took me 15 years to earn, by golly, and even if I owe student loans up the ying-yang, I'm proud of who I am and what I've accomplished, and I'll be damned if some white liberal is going to call ME a downtrodden minority!
Oh, and one more thing: there are RICH Black and Hispanic entrepeneurs who made their money from their hard work, not because they are some kind of sports superstar or some kind of actor/actress. Take a look around and smell the coffee, anon, because for us, the days of blaming Whitey are OVER.