Malcolm X and other stuff






4 comments:

  1. Hey,

    For the first post, I'd say "Acknowledging that Malcolm X's legacy of speaking up against discrimination of the blacks in the past, which led to the US paradigm shift to the relatively egalitarian perspectives, how would all those fb users, who have liked the Malcolm page, like to contribute to the humanity in the spirit of Malcolm's contribution to make a world a better place to live in? You're welcome to share your thoughts. Who knows, in so doing we may promote solidarity for many good causes. Otherwise, just by keeping the page for the sake of keeping, I'm afraid to say that it's no better than worshipping."For the second post, I'd say "So? Do you think all those celebrities will be remembered in the next few decades if what they only do is to "spray sedative gas" to the mass so that the latter could compensate by enjoying the former's performance and reinforce the status quo or even breed juvenile behaviour? Another thing, why not choose any person who has been suffering in poverty to talk in the BBC? Not those who have "succeeded" in the system, but just anyone who do not even have enough access to basic necessities. That goes to show that the celebrities' lives are perceived to be more valuable than those who suffer in poverty, not dissimilar to a comment made by an American politician about the comparison between the lives of Americans and Iraqi children."For the third post, I'd say "Same shit, different Zodiac Year. Every year in some Chinese societies, there is no significant improvement in the state of affairs. Forget about those superstitious beliefs. In a Confucian/capitalistic scheme of things, a simple knowledge in probability theory would point out that not everyone is going to succeed in achieving prosperity. FORCE YOURSELF to broaden your horizon by venturing in many alternative ideas and you would definitely be surprised to feel that there is much more than just chasing for material wealth which is not going to be meaningful anyway. A good start would be to bring back the spirit of the vibrant Chou culture, which once bred hundred schools of thought, and which is the antithesis of current Qin/Han culture. One more to add. It's past time we should replace this "Happy Chinese New Year" with "Happy Lunar New Year" or to be more accurate, "Happy New Lunisolar Year" as other than Chinese, Koreans, Tibetan and Vietnamese also celebrate this festive period as well. (PS: Sorry to those who have been offended by the cap, but much as I'd emphasize my point in a better way, there isn't available)"
    For the last post, I'd say "a man, who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. in rallying against Vietnam War, would have done more to join the US civil rights activists in combating discrimination, but he was compromised by his indulgence in his pastimes." Anyway, I suspect that he might have used boxing as a means to prove that the black could do a better job despite the system, though this was channelled into such inane activity. He may have been perceived to try to assimilate into the white's subculture, if boxing had been previously done by the whites only.

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  2. Hey,

    For the first post, I'd say "Acknowledging that Malcolm X's
    legacy of speaking up against discrimination of the blacks in the past,
    which led to the US paradigm shift to the relatively egalitarian
    perspectives, how would all those fb users, who have liked the Malcolm
    page, like to contribute to the humanity in the spirit of Malcolm's
    contribution to make a world a better place to live in?
    You're welcome
    to share your thoughts. Who knows, in so doing we may promote solidarity
    for many good causes. Otherwise, just by keeping the page for the sake
    of keeping, I'm afraid to say that it's no better than worshipping.

    "For
    the second post, I'd say "So? Do you think all those celebrities will be
    remembered in the next few decades if what they only do is to "spray
    sedative gas" to the mass so that the latter could compensate by
    enjoying the former's performance and reinforce the status quo or even
    breed juvenile behaviour? Another thing, why not choose any person who
    has been suffering in poverty to talk in the BBC? Not those who have
    "succeeded" in the system, but just anyone who do not even have enough
    access to basic necessities. That goes to show that the celebrities'
    lives are perceived to be more valuable than those who suffer in
    poverty, not dissimilar to a comment made by an American politician
    about the comparison between the lives of Americans and Iraqi
    children.

    "For the third post, I'd say "Same shit, different Zodiac Year.
    Every year in some Chinese societies, there is no significant
    improvement in the state of affairs. Forget about those superstitious
    beliefs. In a Confucian/capitalistic scheme of things, a simple
    knowledge in probability theory would point out that not everyone is
    going to succeed in achieving prosperity. FORCE YOURSELF to broaden your
    horizon by venturing in many alternative ideas and you would definitely
    be surprised to feel that there is much more than just chasing for
    material wealth which is not going to be meaningful anyway.

    A good start
    would be to bring back the spirit of the vibrant Chou culture, which
    once bred hundred schools of thought, and which is the antithesis of
    current Qin/Han culture. One more to add. It's past time we should
    replace this "Happy Chinese New Year" with "Happy Lunar New Year" or to
    be more accurate, "Happy New Lunisolar Year" as other than Chinese,
    Koreans, Tibetan and Vietnamese also celebrate this festive period as
    well. (PS: Sorry to those who have been offended by the cap, but much as
    I'd emphasize my point in a better way, there isn't available)"

    For
    the last post, I'd say "a man, who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. in
    rallying against Vietnam War, would have done more to join the US civil
    rights activists in combating discrimination, but he was compromised by
    his indulgence in his pastimes." Anyway, I suspect that he might have
    used boxing as a means to prove that the black could do a better job
    despite the system, though this was channelled into such inane activity.
    He may have been perceived to try to assimilate into the white's
    subculture, if boxing had been previously done by the whites only.

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  3. Hey,

    For the first post, I'd say "Acknowledging that Malcolm X's legacy of speaking up against discrimination of the blacks in the past, which led to the US paradigm shift to the relatively egalitarian perspectives, how would all those fb users, who have liked the Malcolm page, like to contribute to the humanity in the spirit of Malcolm's contribution to make a world a better place to live in? You're welcome to share your thoughts. Who knows, in so doing we may promote solidarity for many good causes. Otherwise, just by keeping the page for the sake of keeping, I'm afraid to say that it's no better than worshipping."

    For the second post, I'd say "So? Do you think all those celebrities will be remembered in the next few decades if what they only do is to "spray sedative gas" to the mass so that the latter could compensate by enjoying the former's performance and reinforce the status quo or even breed juvenile behaviour? Another thing, why not choose any person who has been suffering in poverty to talk in the BBC? Not those who have "succeeded" in the system, but just anyone who do not even have enough access to basic necessities. That goes to show that the celebrities' lives are perceived to be more valuable than those who suffer in poverty, not dissimilar to a comment made by an American politician about the comparison between the lives of Americans and Iraqi children."

    For the third post, I'd say "Same shit, different Zodiac Year. Every year in some Chinese societies, there is no significant improvement in the state of affairs. Forget about those superstitious beliefs. In a Confucian/capitalistic scheme of things, a simple knowledge in probability theory would point out that not everyone is going to succeed in achieving prosperity. FORCE YOURSELF to broaden your horizon by venturing in many alternative ideas and you would definitely be surprised to feel that there is much more than just chasing for material wealth which is not going to be meaningful anyway.

    A good start would be to bring back the spirit of the vibrant Chou culture, which once bred hundred schools of thought, and which is the antithesis of current Qin/Han culture. One more to add. It's past time we should replace this "Happy Chinese New Year" with "Happy Lunar New Year" or to be more accurate, "Happy New Lunisolar Year" as other than Chinese, Koreans, Tibetan and Vietnamese also celebrate this festive period as well. (PS: Sorry to those who have been offended by the cap, but much as I'd emphasize my point in a better way, there isn't available)"

    For the last post, I'd say "a man, who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. in rallying against Vietnam War, would have done more to join the US civil rights activists in combating discrimination, but he was compromised by his indulgence in his pastimes." Anyway, I suspect that he might have used boxing as a means to prove that the black could do a better job despite the system, though this was channelled into such inane activity. He may have been perceived to try to assimilate into the white's subculture, if boxing had been previously done by the whites only.

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  4.  Hi Mark,

    Well, some might say that having a 'like' page for Malcolm X might keep alive the idea which he stood up for, and keep us watchful of racist/discriminatory tendencies amongst the masses.  But then again, it could also go the way you stated - worshipping and keeping it to that and little more.  But i think that in the u.s. the legacy left behind by Malcolm does to a significant degree keep alive his spirit in thought and deed. 

    Good point about the BBC not getting personal with the impoverished in the UK.  The BBC does tend to suck up to 'celebs', 'royals', and other such nonsense.  'Celeb'-worship seems to be on the climb in the UK, along with the country becoming more americanised, and especially so in the media.  But it's still far better than the shite they show in singapore of course.  At least there is wide variety ranging from the dumb to the very intelligent.

    'Same shit, different Zodiac year'...haha.  I laughed at that one.  But it would be more accurate to say that it's 'worse shit, different Zodiac year'.  I wish it was the 'same shit'.  But that isn't really the case unfortunately.  Food portions get smaller, prices go higher, 2nd class citizens get used to their status and degenerate further; 1st class citizens get dumber as they are deprived of intelligent input given the underdevelopment of 2nd class citizens and themselves; the New Foreigners add to the apathetic reservoir of singapore; the opposition spouts the same shit and thus discredit themselves even further; and i now can't change the tv channel at my coffeeshop to any other channel because it is locked to the chinese channel; etc, etc, etc.  Happy New Year indeed.

    Yup.  I'm all for bringing back the vibrancy of the Chou era.  But we both know that's not going to happen.  The Chinese in singapore had the opportunity to do so when singapore was truly a multicultural state.  That would be, in essence, 'the Chou era' in itself with its different (cultural) schools of thought.  But, well, we know why it didn't happen.  And now Deng Xiaoping's statue is occupying a prominent location in this country. 

    I appreciated your point about Ali's taking up boxing as not being evidence of the blacks assimilating to the whites.  But it can be seen as an assimilation thing because of the great prominence given to boxers and this boxing nonsense in the u.s. unlike any other state in the world during that time.  It is taking part in the prominent aspects of another culture that can be seen as assimilation, and especially if the whites weren't doing the same when it came to black culture.  No wonder that the afro hairstyle died out in the u.s. and many so-called 'blacks' are walking around with straightened hair.  I'm all for fusion, but in the case of the blacks in the u.s., it is more a case of assimilation to the dominant white-protestant-capitalist-ethocentric 'culture'.  It's no wonder that americans in general are super-ignorant about other cultures and perspectives.  You could say that what China is in the East, the U.S is in the west. 

    p.s. i paragraphed and reposted your comment for easier reading.

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