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Campus Question – April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

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Campus Question – April 17, 2012

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Tonight’s Campus Question
On CBS Face the Nation Sunday, Touré said a dismissal or acquittal for George Zimmerman would leave “tremendous, lasting pain, at least in black America, behind the situation. It will be a scar on the soul of America.” While stumping for Mitt Romney at the National Rifle Association convention this weekend, Ted Nugent said “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Does either or both of these sound like a threat of political violence?

  • NCrissieB
  • NCrissieB

    Think Progress reports the Secret Service are aware of Nugent’s threat and will follow-up with an interview. For his part, Nugent denies any death threat. And for the record, Nugent has a history of draft-dodging, pedophilia and threatening political violence.

    So of course the lead story will be the Secret Service agents sent home from Colombia on prostitution charges. What they did was unprofessional and stupid, and they should be investigated and punished appropriately. But don’t let their stupidity blur very real, public threats.

  • addisnana

    Our culture has always been somewhat obsessed with guns as the ultimate way to settle a dispute. When our default position is violence and we have Presidents waging “wars of choice” and saying crap like, “Bring it On” we are sorely lacking in role models for alternative ways to resolve conflicts. Not since Rev. Martin Luther King have we had a role model for non-violent protests.

    I took Toure’ as making a statement of bone deep pain about the unequal application of laws in our society. “A scar on the soul of America” is such a profound and disturbing truth that part of me wonders just how long black and brown Americans will wait for equal justice under the law.

    As for Ted Nugent, I admit to not having a clue.

  • addisnana

    Here’s Senator Al Franken’s email for equal pay day:

    It’s incredible to think that, in the year 2012, we still live in a country where women get paid less than men for the same work.

    That’s what Equal Pay Day is meant to symbolize. To earn what men did in 2011 alone, women would have had to keep working all the way until today — an extra four and a half months.

    This is, of course, profoundly unfair. And it boggles my mind that some people are willing to ignore this injustice — not to mention its consequences. After all, if you’re a single mother, equal pay isn’t just about your rights as a woman — it’s about your ability to provide for your family.

    The same thing happened during the recent fight over birth control, when a lot of politicians proved that they don’t know how contraception works or how expensive it can be. That fight was about both a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and her ability to stay well without having to pay $100 or more every month for contraception.

    I always think that future generations will look back and wonder how we let so much inequality happen in this country for so long. And it makes me remember that this generation has a duty to erase as much of it as we can while we’re here.

    So, today, in honor of Equal Pay Day, make sure to have at least one conversation with a friend or co-worker about the fight we’re waging. Maybe you could Tweet about it (#EqualPay Day) or post it on Facebook. Whatever you do, remember that your work really does make a difference when it comes to making our economy — and our country — more fair and equal.

    Thanks for all you do,

  • Good evening. To answer the question, I don’t think Toure’s comment implies political violence, but rather a recognition in the black community of just how fundamentally unfair and biased things still are. With Nugent, yes, it’s a threat. Like most of the public right-wingers, his statements are more geared to gin up the low-information crowd rather than any intention of personally doing something.

    In personal news, I actually managed to get out to my new assignment today, and take a look around. The town road crew was just finishing up opening the access road. I didn’t spend much time out there, and I didn’t get to look at everything – for one thing, we have to get the boats in there for that, but it was nice to actually get to see where it is. Now I just have to learn were all the stuff is stored, and get it out. Then figure where the heck I’m supposed to put it. 😆

    • addisnana

      Tarps are our best friends when it comes to temporary A-frame storage shelters. 🙂

      • 😆 Actually, there’s a “complex” of buildings out there. Field headquarters, a pump house, and a large garage. There’s another building I think houses the generator, but it might just be another storage building. Then we have to have the boats (with engines) delivered from their storage facility. Along with finding and taking out all the stuff that’s temperature sensitive (like computers) and stored in a different place.