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Has anti-discrimination gone too far?

Today is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut into Major League Baseball. George Will called him the 2nd most important black man in the history of the United States. Without a doubt a very courageous individual who had to face all manner of scorn without reacting. He single-handedly changed the culture of the U.S. with only his ability to confront the status quo.

Since then other's have changed the culture for the better by bringing prejudice to people's attention.

Today placing value on anything has become a faux pas because it can then be construed as a form of prejudice. The problem with this habit is that it shuts down critical thinking of all stripes. This would very from subject to subject and individual to individual.

Is this a dangerous meme?

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This was another one of my immensely popular topics. Which is indicative of the number of people who see this point at all?

Here is another video on this that is quite good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dVLTopiST5g#!

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  • Apr 20 2013: Yes that could be argued to be the case.

    Blacks were unjustly discriminated against by Whites in our not so distant past history. An egregious fact involving separate public drinking fountains to considerably worse institutionalize and personal abuses. Politics legally impose a more civil behavior in the way we treat one another regardless race. The USA government did the right thing by acting to eliminate this unjust discriminatory behavior.

    That responsible political act did not end there. It went politically proactive and expanded pushing for the need for citizens to be more tolerant and accommodating to all kinds of individual differences that were considered worthy of special attention and treatment.

    Tolerance and accommodation in society can be pushed at the expense of the good aspects of intelligent judgement and the common sense discrimination about differences with those we should feel comfortable rejecting as an individual right without anti-discrimation concerns. Crude behavior or profane speech, or shocking appearance, or loud or pushy political views and belief systems, etc., can be legitimately offensive as a matter of good taste, appropriate behavior, truth, etc. Does not seeking unconditional toleration in these attitudes and behaviors promote the exact opposite of the original intent and aims of unjust discrimination or bullying? - Not to mention hinder justified critical thinking out of the fear of being called names and/or facing legal action?

    PS: later modified to reflex more what I originally meant to say.

    Thought provoking question.
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      Apr 20 2013: Thank you, not sure most people get what I'm saying. Perhaps a lack of critical thinking?

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