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    Filed at 6:14 pm under by dcobranchi

    CNN has the rest of the Sherelle Purnell story. In case you haven’t been following it, the thread from yesterday is still going strong. Right now, I think half my readership thinks I’m a racist troglodyte who would like to bring back stockades and witch burning. C’est la vie.

    5 Responses to “SYSTEM WORKING UPDATE”

    Comment by
    July 31st, 2004
    at 6:33 pm

    I think you’re a triffid.

    Comment by
    July 31st, 2004
    at 7:55 pm

    The idea that it’s too much to expect that a black person shouldn’t steal, or that she should be held accountable when she does, is the most racist idea I’ve ever come across. It means that black people aren’t fully human; they can’t be expected to know right from wrong and can’t be blamed for their actions any more than the stray dog who scatters your garbage because it’s hungry. They just aren’t complex enough to understand right and wrong. It’s right up there with the boys-will-be-boys attitude you see when black men are accused of assault against women. Soft bigotry of low expectations?

    Comment by
    July 31st, 2004
    at 8:49 pm

    I think the attitudes of some of the commenters show WHY this is a good idea. Too many people think stealing $5 in gas is not a big deal. We need to revive a sense of embarrassment for people caught breaking the law. Society needs to remember that it IS wrong to steal.

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    August 1st, 2004
    at 7:18 am

    I think some folks need to read Theodore Dalrymple’s “Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass” for an inside look at a society completely cut from the moorings of shame and personal responsibility.

    Comment by
    J Aron
    August 1st, 2004
    at 9:38 am

    Seems to me that no matter what color or ethnicity anyone is – if you do something wrong/illegal you need to be punished.

    Somewhere along the way we have forgotten things like shame, respect for the law, modesty, self-restraint, responsibility for oneself, and independence.

    The “anything goes” attitude has brought dire consequences to this country. People go around defacing buildings, stealing, and breaking the law because they know they can get away with it.. and that goes from the petty thief right up to the CEO’s of large corporations..
    making people accountable either by wearing a sandwich board proclaiming their bad behavior or sending them to jail is a start to moving things in the proper direction.

    People should be shamed for things they do which cause harm or loss to others.

    and aside from good old illegal behavior there is also a defecit in moral behavior..
    I am not that old but I sure do remember a time when a women would feel great shame and guilt for having a child out of wedlock and we had less kids being born out of wedlock because of it. Nowadays no one cares, and kids are being brought up in less than desirable circumstances.