Of all the countries that I have lived in, the USA is the most tolerant when it comes to race. It is also the most virulent when it comes to race. OK, so I have lived in just two countries, so the above sample says nothing about the entire world in general, it is just anecdotal experience.
Continuing with the paradoxical theme, I'd say that when it comes to matters of speech, the USA is the freest nation in the world. No where is free speech as sacred as it is here, even if you find enough get louder to bully others into not exercising theirs. So much so that at times, they bully the opposition into compliance.
The mainstream media is a prime example of this. As you can find by sifting through this blog, there are enough examples of the mainstream media—and I am not talking about FOX News—where the bias is obvious against liberalism.
Heck the liberals have kowtowed to pressure and call themselves progressives. Yet, the news is decidedly conservative-leaning. Yes, even on supposedly liberal news networks like NBC. Don't believe me? Watch "Meet the Press" or as it should be known "The John McCain Hour featuring Chuck Todd."
The conservative media, at least since a melanin-heavy human was elected President, has been relentless in staging crescendos of racist overtones. Of course, it is disguised well with bombast under the umbrella of patriotism and objectivity, but it is brazen bullying.
For the large part they have succeeded. The opposition is basically sheep.
And yet in the last couple of weeks, the sheep have shown spine. This is encouraging. I would normally explain this, but since few read this blog, it is probably best to leave a few links, and see if anyone else shares my optimism.
1. This is eviscerating Giuliani.
2. This is not letting Bill O'Reilly get off with an anger fit.