Ferguson, Military Weapons in Cities, Worst US Company, Dick Gregory BD CELEBRAT



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Let's get together to talk about a bunch of interesting stuff.

1. We must talk about Ferguson, MO which brings us to the "traditional" relationship between African Americans and law enforcement. Who, what, where, how, and especially why.

















2. We first saw military weapons in cities close up after the Boston Marathon bombing. Where did all this stuff come from? What is it being used by and where does the training take place? A very interesting issue








3. The worst company in the United States? In 2014? What makes a corporate entity the worst? The way it treats its employees? The way it treats its customers? the fact that they're simply not good citizens? The fact that their attitude toward to the public is less than positive? Or maybe something else?.





4. And lastly we come to Dick Gregory a sometimes forgotten man but since today is his birthday and let's celebrate a little bit by reading about him and hearing his words.





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  • Steve

    Forget Ferguson. Here's NYC! http://bit.ly/1wew1D2

    October 17

  • Steve

    One of last century's great writers. He's 93 and he's still on the mark. http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/too-many-blacks-remain-separate-and-unequal/

    1 · October 13, 2014

  • Montoya S.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this meetup.

    October 17

  • Susan L.

    I enjoyed meeting with everyone and listening to other's views. I too wish we had more time for Worst US Company. Oh well, can maybe put that in another group.

    October 14

  • Tom

    Very interesting discussion! Would have enjoyed more opportunity to shit on Comcast though :) Overall, big thumbs up.

    October 13, 2014

    • Steve

      Wish I could have, but had more fun drinking beer with friends.

      October 13, 2014

  • Maurice H.

    I really enjoyed the discussion and open dialog. I will definitely attend another Controversial Topics meetup!

    October 13, 2014

  • Steve

    Someone close to me had suggested this rationale, but it was ill advised for him to speak given his circumstances. http://bit.ly/1v1qBNi

    October 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Today is also Aleister Crowley's Birthday.

    October 12, 2014

  • Steve

    The political correctness police are at work at Wikipedia. Dick Gregory wrote an autobiography. It's title is 'Nigger' http://amzn.to/ZhotnT You won't find it in his entry. He's probably the only subject in all of wikipedialand whose biography/autobiography is INTENTIONALLY omitted. Let's see if there are any MEETUP thought police out there. Stay tuned.

    October 10, 2014

    • Steve

      Because they couldn't get away NOT including THAT.

      1 · October 10, 2014

    • Steve

      NEW ARTICLE-Conservative perfective http://www.americanth...­

      1 · October 12, 2014

  • Steve

    The saga continues. It "smells" like a movement. Remember those? Some may not. http://bit.ly/1nhIeqB

    October 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Part 3: In addition, the book is from the 70s. Way before Wikipedia. For example, during his failed presidential run in the early 70s, Lester Maddox was on Dick Cavett. He freely used the epithet "niggers." Living in New York I had no idea who Maddox was, but I remember a very embarrassed Cavett asking him to stop.That's when Maddox starting saying "chocolates."
    If Gregory wrote the book today he wouldn't change the title. I doubt if an entry anywhere would matter to him. He knows his audience well.

    October 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Part 2: By purposely using a title that is contrary to his own beliefs he was doing what he did best: Showing a paradox. It's a truism that other people would say nigger. It's a truism that he's not. Using a charged epithet (I'm using epithet in it's clearest sense, meaning a simple representation), he's pointing out that the term itself is inaccurate. Using nigger is kind of a quip.
    In his stand-up comedy, he shines in his usage of paradoxical language. He doesn't just go for the laugh. That's not his personality. He has a fantastic ability to make people laugh through showing them their own inconsistencies.
    The title, like his stand-up, is epigrammatic.

    October 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the only one-star review of Gregory's autobiography, part 1:
    "I cannot even refer to the book by its title because the author used an outlawed/banned word. Here is where the racism occurs. The author is allowed to use the word and Amazon is allowed to use the word, but no one reviewing the book can use the word when referring to the book in their review. This is an overt incident of racism; it is a double standard; it is an abridgment of free speech. Shame on the author of the book and Amazon for perpetuating racism."
    Was Gregory purposely using racism? Or was he making a point? I think his point is illustrated by the quote above.

    October 10, 2014

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