Each week we post a run-down of the best of our reader comments with the hopes of highlighting some of your most valuable insights and encouraging more people to join the fray. Let us know what you think—in the comments!
Trudestress: I grew up in a family that could be classified as poor—our finances were shaky at best. But I had two married, working parents, who did not abuse substances, commit crimes, etc., and expected their children to meet a high standard of behavior. So much for the "culture of poverty." And where "unable to defer gratification" is concerned, well, when it’s rare for you to have any extra money, it’s entirely understandable that you want to buy yourself or your family some little treat, because you figure something will come along and suck up the money anyway—so you may as well enjoy it when you can!
In response to Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Michael Harrington and the ‘Culture of Poverty.’” March 14, 2012
Glorrie: Rush Limbaugh is free to hate all he wants. He is free to speak that hatred all he wants. But there’s nothing in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution that says one is free to express that hatred via any particular medium, least of all one that purportedly attracts millions of listeners. He can still stand on a soapbox anywhere in the U.S. and say whatever he damn pleases.
Taking him off the air in no way impedes his freedom of speech. It simply grants him EXACTLY the same freedom of speech that all the rest of us have.
In response to Gloria Feldt and Wendy Kaminer’s “OpinionNation: Should Feminists Push the FCC to Get Limbaugh Off the Air?” March 16, 2012
LaurafromSC: I am so haunted by this crime. What is the difference, aside from the absence of a mob, between this murder and the lynching’s in the Jim Crow south, when all a black man had to do was "look suspicious" or "seem threatening" to justify his murder? These excuses were used to justify 100 years of lynch law in this country. We, as a society must stand up against this climate of hatred, fear and violence and insist on the equal rule of law for all as guaranteed in our Constitution and in the Civil Rights Act. Florida’s self-defense law cannot, must not be used to pardon the racially motivated lynch mob mentality that culminated in the death of this innocent child.
In response to Mychal Denzel Smith’s “Justice for Trayvon Martin.” March 19, 2012