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Good read. Interesting editorial in NYT. I'm surprised it got past their PC police.
1 posted on 03/25/2006 7:42:02 PM PST by mathprof
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Surprising, considering his day job:

"Orlando Patterson, a professor of sociology at Harvard.....


2 posted on 03/25/2006 7:47:50 PM PST by proxy_user
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Its the values, stupid. I doubt it will make much of an impression among liberals. They are value-free secularists who think underlying social disorders are not caused by harmful social behavior but rather from the absence of sufficient material rewards for a good life. That is why they reject study after study that shows there is no significant correlation between poverty and the programs funded to combat it.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

3 posted on 03/25/2006 7:50:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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I found this to be particularly interesting:

For these young men, it was almost like a drug, hanging out on the street after school, shopping and dressing sharply, sexual conquests, party drugs, hip-hop music and culture, the fact that almost all the superstar athletes and a great many of the nation's best entertainers were black.

Not only was living this subculture immensely fulfilling, the boys said, it also brought them a great deal of respect from white youths. This also explains the otherwise puzzling finding by social psychologists that young black men and women tend to have the highest levels of self-esteem of all ethnic groups, and that their self-image is independent of how badly they were doing in school.

6 posted on 03/25/2006 8:03:13 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (The Stations of the Cross in Poetry ---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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RAP is toxic.. poisonous to american culture..
The slippery slope has been reached and the decent is in progress..
It will not get better.. The full wieght of the democrat party is behind the decent..
And not a small number of republicans..
9 posted on 03/25/2006 8:16:11 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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