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  • poll: What is your political affiliation?
    Democrat : (51 votes)
    50 %
    Republican : (14 votes)
    14 %
    Independant : (10 votes)
    10 %
    Green Party : (0 votes)
    Democratic Socialist : (13 votes)
    13 %
    Libertarian : (10 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    5 %
  1. muffinsmuffins

    persimmon / 1023 posts

    @ScarletBegonia: fellow Canadian here. You really took the words out of my mouth as I’ve been reading this thread with interest as well as shock the past few days. I am as liberal/NDP as it gets and pretty much everyone I know is also very liberal. I do fear our Conservative party is getting a little scary but it’s nothing compared to the US. While I don’t think our Canadian system is perfect, I am absolutely happy to pay my taxes to invest in healthcare, schools, etc. And I honestly don’t think twice about it. Maybe I’m naive! I’m also very proud of our country welcoming immigrants from horrible situations and giving them a chance. I totally agree with your statements about where someone is born shouldn’t dictate their lot in life. Also I’m very sorry for your loss and glad you’ve found support.

  2. MrsSCB

    pomelo / 5252 posts

    @Margaret Baddelachs: are those hypotheticals, or do you actually have data supporting that discrimination is not a factor in the situations you cited? Just taking one of those examples, there are studies that show redlining and federally sanctioned discrimination against minority neighborhoods still has an effect on how accessible mortgages are in communities today. Do you think the government doesn’t have an obligation to fix this problem that it contributed heavily to? And once we adjust for income, do you think, “well, that’s that!” Or do we/our government have an obligation to understand why there are such differences in income (hint: centuries of racial discrimination and denied opportunity based on race) and figure out ways to even the playing field? Is that what you mean by the government doesn’t need to ensure “even stevens”—if they aren’t actively discriminating now (which is certainly debatable, but for the sake of argument) is that enough? No need to correct the effects of previous egregious inequality?

  3. Mrs. Turtle

    blogger / pear / 1509 posts

    @MrsSCB: I just wanted to chime in and say I haven't had the time to put my thoughts on this discussion into words, but you're doing a great job for me. I agree with everything you've said.

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