Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Point/ Counterpoint: Black People as Human Beings

A bit of a follow up to the last post:
Civil War still divides Americans

Washington (CNN) - It has been 150 years since the Civil War began with the first shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and in some respects views of the Confederacy and the role that slavery played in the events of 1861 still divide the public, according to a new national poll.

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, roughly one in four Americans said they sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union, a figure that rises to nearly four in ten among white Southerners.

When asked the reason behind the Civil War, whether it was fought over slavery or states' rights, 52 percent of all Americas said the leaders of the Confederacy seceded to keep slavery legal in their state, but a sizeable 42 percent minority said slavery was not the main reason why those states seceded.
America remains divided over controversial issues. You know, like the CIVIL WAR.

Maybe white people haven't gotten that much less crazy after all.


  1. must be more than just crazy WHITE people if its a poll of 42% of all americans. or maybe they didn't word the question about the civil war very well.

  2. ignorant sluts need not reply

  3. See nows the time to stop paying teachers. Also, on the race front, the US now has more black men in prison than were enslaved in 1850. I put a link below, and apparently it is coming from scholar Michelle Alexander, but I'm not sure how is she comparing the figures. Also, the LA Times says they have different figures, but agrees Alexander probably has better figures.


  4. STAND BACK, I'M GOING TO DO some sort of rudimentary SCIENCE (i.e. math)!

    The Times' numbers are 3.1 million slaves in 1850 vs 2.8 million black prisoners now (7.2 total x 39% black: including people on parole or probation). So at first glance, their numbers don't match.

    But her claim was about black MEN, and the Times' numbers were black PEOPLE. While the number of slaves is probably about half male (so 1.55 million, if you count male children as "men"), the split in prisoners is likely to be decidedly higher in favor of men vs. women. If the population of African-Americans in prison is more than about 55% male (which seems likely), then their numbers agree.

  5. problem solved