Apologies if you wanted to contribute but were not able to do so. After a review of the Advanced Settings today, ALL THREE SETTINGS OPTIONS have been SWITCHED.
This allows ALL MEMBERS to post IMMEDIATELY. We need more constructive dialogue that focuses not only on the issues, but also on why there are ideological differences in the first place. Even though there are divisions, for example, on such racial issues as affirmative action, reparations, voting rights, marching permits, etc., the greater need today, it seems is to understand the actual issue.
For example, why do some strongly support reparations? What are reparations, in the first place? When did the idea first appear and/or gain traction? Why is there such opposition to it? What is the intended consequence if implemented. Does the other side oppose the idea, because they are opposed to equality, or do they believe the idea is undemocratic? Do they believe it will do more harm than good? If so, what do they propose in its place?
Idea main hope is to increase peaceful and engaging dialogue that will lead to actual results.
Here were the three advanced settings options that were changed. All three had been automatically set to the top option but were all switched to the bottom option.
1. Which type of community would you like to create?
Posts can contain action items and only community leaders can post by default (you can add more contributors manually).
Posts do not contain action items and all members can post by default (more like a forum).
2. Contributor Settings
Posts by Contributors will appear in your community as soon as the Contributor publishes them.
3. New Members
CANNOT post right away
New members are simply set to "member" status - they cannot post.
CAN post right away
New members are set to "Contributors" and can post to this community.
There Have Been...
Questions about "How Long?"
How long shall we suffer? How long shall we live in poverty? How long shall the Marginalized, the Oppressed, and the Overlooked still be Marginalized, Oppressed, and Overlooked?
Well, at this defining moment, I must say,
How long? Not long! As long as we come together as one,
How long? Not long! As long as we sacrifice for each other,
How long? Not long! Because "Truth crushed to earth shall rise again!"
How long? Not long! Because "You shall reap what you sow!"
How long? Not long! Because "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
How long? Not long. Because "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
"Glory, Hallelujah. Glory, Hallelujah. Glory, Hallelujah! His Truth...Is marching on!"
As I listened to the speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave in Oslo when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1963, I noticed his unwavering faith in peaceful resistance to unjust laws. He spoke of nonviolent struggle, though militant in its goals, with the result of gaining freedom.
Then, I began to listen to the speech given when Barack Obama was the American president. I listened with shock as he swiftly began to turn to this notion of "just war." Did he actually put ancient philosophers above Dr. King??? He accepted his role of commander-in-chief as a status quo, regular president, not the great president he aspired to become.
If we are to move beyond the confines that violence is the answer to every threat, meeting violence with the threat of violence, then we have not become as advanced in peace as we thought we are.
The election of President Barack Obama seemed to usher in some form of a post-racial society, where race does not matter. Such was the majority of Hawaii, the place of the president's birth. Even when children are little, race does not seem to matter. It is only when a child's innocence is lifted that the realization of a society built on racial disfunction is recognized. One may realize the folly of racial discrimination. It is counter-productive to hinder a good number of citizens for no other reason except for the color of skin.
However, another issue pops up, something that is, in fact, sort of post-racial. It is the turning a blind eye to race, where there is the belief that race no longer matters in America. To be exact, such a belief is dangerous but is much better than being racially prejudice. To ignore race is to ignore a person's overall background. No, one should not prejudge, but neither one should not ignore race entirely.
So are we, as some may have hoped, a "post-racial" society? In part yes, because blacks now view racism in a more optimistic tone. We have seen the validation of the notion that we all can be anything we set our mind to be. Others of different backgrounds can say yes as well, because the election of a black man as president shows that America can still change and be more inclusive.
However, this historic election, when looking at history and current events, show that there are actually more acts of racism. This is part of the "backlash to progress" theory. This theory shows that when there is progress for equality, there is usually a backlash by those opposed to those changes in society. When looking specifically with blacks, there was Jim Crow after Reconstruction and the freeing of the slaves.
This was a backlash against the new freedoms all blacks would enjoy. When the thirteenth amendment was passed to free all slaves, there was the near-slavery institution of sharecropping. Jim Crow laws made the fourteenth amendment seem as if blacks were just second-class citizens. Finally, voter laws made the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution seem null and void to most blacks. Thus, the power of progress was in the law. The same was true for the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s in terms of the law, but it also was a correction to the backlash of Reconstruction.
Now, the backlash is also against the current president and against many of those who voted for him. Just take a look at how many new voter laws there are. Also, there has been heavy opposition to the president. From "You lie!" to to the opposition's number one priority of making the president lose the re-election, to many mocking him by using racially insensitive remarks or pictures, to the questioning of his patriotism and even his citizenship, we have witnessed just how brutal opposition to change can become. But how bad is the opposition really? Thinking of former presidential hopeful Herman Cain, and things can become even more confusing. However, the support of Herman Cain from Republicans show that opposition to the president mainly has to do with content than color of skin. Still, the way in which they opposed the current president has been very racially insensitive.
A post-racial America? Not quite.