Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.


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19 Responses to Weekend Open Thread

    • eliihass says:

      James Jacobi
      NorwayNov. 4
      I don’t agree 100%. Growing up – a white male – in post WW2 monocrome northern England, I absorbed the prejudices of that community, only (I hope) to shed them bit by bit in the intervening 75 years. Yet it has been people like the Obamas who have recently compelled me to examine anew and recognise the vestiges of my own prejudices and lack of empathy. I can hardly imagine how some people could fail to admire them. But Michelle has taken me beyond simple admiration: she has revealed to me her world, her brilliance and her optimism. With such a teacher, there is hope that even we old white men can live and learn.

      N. Smith
      New York City10h ago
      Times Pick
      It’s not sad that Michelle Obama has to say she “can’t stop making people afraid of black people”.
      It’s sad that it’s true, and she has to say it.
      And that says a lot more about this country and where it stands on race than it does about her.
      It’s sad that the same old stereotypes exist that has people behaving a certain way toward people with a darker skin color.
      It’s sad that the same old prejudices exist.
      It’s sad that we now have a President who is dedicated to exploiting those racial differences instead of bringing the country closer together.
      It’s sad that Americans haven’t learned from their historical past and now stand on the verge of making the same mistakes.
      There are a lot of things that are sad.
      But Michelle Obama isn’t one of them.

      IL10h ago
      Times Pick
      I think Michelle Obama represents the pain of otherness felt by millions. I will not change her a bit. She is the best Obama – I felt it the first time I heard her speak. She gets to the point and makes us connect to her thoughts. I can also see why she refuses to join politics. She cannot run as herself and sanitize the reality for public consumption. She should continue to speak with clarity and make us feel the pain we like to wash away with words of hope and change.

      Fluffy Dog Lover
      Queens, New York4h ago
      Times Pick
      This may be true for the most virulent of racists. But for the silent majority, Ms. Obama is wise to keep showing her face and, by default, her goodness. Holocaust scholarship by the late Zygmunt Bauman looks at how the German public–who at first opposed anti-Jewish violence, and who were repulsed at kristallnacht–were able to be distracted, and therefore lulled, once Jews were removed from public and commercial activity, and thus separated from the “moral universe” of people whose treatment we think and care about. Michelle Obama’s goal of continually reasserting her inclusion, and by extension the black community’s inclusion, in who the American public considers when it considers the morality of its own and its government’s actions is therefore far from misguided but instead essential. I do not believe her goal is a misguided attempt to persuade neo-Nazis but a wise effort to ensure her people and their oppression is not forgotten.

      She has been one of the best counterpoints โ€” in word and in deed โ€” to what weโ€™ve been seeing from Washington since she and her husband left the White House. Most of us out here are listening, Mrs. Obama, and we get it. As for the rest…maybe theyโ€™ll catch up eventually. If not, well, weโ€™ll continue on without them. Theyโ€™ll be the ones left behind.

    • eliihass says:

      USA12h ago
      The author acknowledges that Michelle Obama is a brilliant and accomplished woman but then goes on to advise her as to how she โ€œshould,โ€ and โ€œshould notโ€ conduct herself. I imagine Mrs. Obama has thought long and hard about issues of race and has made her own decisions about how she wishes to deal with them on a day to day basis. To presume otherwise and to presume to tell her how she should behave seems patronizing to me.

      NYNov. 4
      Mrs Obama makes exactly this point: just be yourself, do your best. No point in worrying about what is in other peopleโ€™s heads in this regard – it is up to them to make that change.
      This column sounds very much as if it has taken her words bizarrely out of context, to make the point that she herself often makes. Wouldnโ€™t be the first time NYT has published a reactive, non-examined opinion piece. Sorry to see this one however.

      Bertha Beyer
      Los Angeles11h ago
      It is a tad presumptuous for any of us to tell Michelle Obama what to do.

  1. Liza says:

    Some of the most evil people who ever lived are right here in this video…

    • Liza says:

      Many years ago when I was living in California I tried the unattended bowl outside on Halloween. I happened to see the first kid who came by, he took everything in the bowl and ran away. I couldn’t believe it. Then I had to turn out the light, there was nothing left.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  3. Liza says:

    Good morning Everyone. This scene right here just warms my heart.

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