Ebert On The Arizona Mural Story

Sometimes, there’s just no excerpting from a piece, you just have to insist people read the whole thing.  Read Roger Ebert’s whole piece on how we come to think and feel as we do with respect to race and the consequences of what we do about it.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • JRQ

    Its a shame that more people haven’t noticed, but Roger Ebert has, for years, been one of the clearest and most perceptive writers in America.

    • Daniel Fincke

      Indeed. Unfortunately, movies are disrespected as an art form to a great extent and film criticism is seen primarily as simply about recommendations. As a result, film reviewers, even the great writers among them, get little acknowledgement.

      But Ebert has really found his voice now that he has no literal voice and now that he has a daily blog platform.

  • JRQ

    Alas, he’s still wrong about video games…

    • Daniel Fincke

      ha, I think he’s right so far. Maybe they can evolve in the future.

  • Jonathan

    Thanks for this, I’d never have come across it otherwise. I like his reply to Adela’s comment on June 7, 2010 8:09 AM:

    “Ebert: My mother was more limited in 1952 than she came to be later. I think I was given a good start in life at Catholic grade school and Urbana High School, my family’s Democratic politics, and my reading. We never discussed politics in grade school, but anyone who spends an hour studying the New Testament for an hour every morning in the eighth grade and doesn’t develop the instincts of a liberal must not have been reading very closely.”

  • http://atheists-and-christians.blogspot.com/ Mike aka MonolithTMA

    Choked up several times reading that. Such a poignant article. I love this line “Yes, I see that she is black, and she sees that I am white, but how sad it would be if that were in the foreground.”

    That’s kind of how I feel about everyone. Labels are so useful, but can be so damning at the same time.

  • Benito

    “All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

    It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless, of course, they keep adding more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law, that many internet blogs claim it was copied “Word for Word” from the Federal law, which I frankly do not believe, if it was then no amendments would have been made, right?, of course.

    As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass. The real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on.

    Don’t you find it funny that no one ever voted for Brewer for Governor, it’s all about politics and getting elected, do not be fooled. Busy Brewer has passed S.B. 1070, no permit conceal weapons law, the famous Birthers law, banning Ethic studies law, (could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona) and if history is a lesson she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which failed when legally challenged) and the craziest one the boycotted Martin Luther King Day, not wanting another holiday, how crazy is that. I believe there is an undercurrent to their enactment of new laws, they real love following a distinct pattern. Poor Brewer, last week, she first she said her Dad had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) and we find out her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955 (watch the spin doctors go into overdrive) and then she went to Washington and came back empty as always, poor dear.


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