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  1. There are 7 billion people in the world. I’ll leave it at that.
  2. You know what I meant. Clearly there are people who were close to him that are affected. But there is the vast majority that never met the guy, who play another sport, never really followed his career, yet went to Instagram and Twitter today and posted about it. Most of them post out of obligation because their own followers expect them to say something. I try not to confuse obligation with heartfelt sincerity.
  3. perhaps I’m a cynic, but I find the athlete responses are more out of perceived obligation than out of true emotion. regardless, 9 people died in that crash.
  4. The *entire world* is not mourning. This is exactly what I just posted about - you are projecting your feelings on to everyone else. Believe it or not, the vast vast vast majority of the world doesn’t give a ***** about the NBA.
  5. I can come up with a few reasons... For instance, everyone assumes their world view of a person should be reflected by others. Clearly this isn’t the case. I have never followed basketball. I have zero reverence for Kobe and his career. I quite simply just don’t care for the sport nor anything done inside of it. I bet there are lots of people who may only know him from that incident long ago. Keep in mind that the resolution of that incident was close in time to OJ. There are a lot of people who are resentful towards the rich and powerful buying justice and that feeling may overshadow whatever he did in his career. Listening to others lionize him in death may conflict with their differing view of the player. No one has the full story of who he was at all times.
  6. Confidence. It’s the food of the wise man but the liquor of the fool…
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  8. Oh, it's disputed: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/11/01/democrats-far-more-likely-than-republicans-to-see-discrimination-against-blacks-not-whites/ This poll is fascinating. Of special note, look at the party results for Evangelical Christian vs Blacks. lol
  9. But this issue is like smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes cancer... we know this, but not everyone who smokes gets cancer. It's probabilistic causation vs. deterministic causation. As you alluded to, not every black person experiences life the same way... but there is a damn good chance there will be more obstacles in the way and smaller margins of error.
  10. I'm guessing that is upper middle class adult. Unfortunately, the data the times presented only looked at the extremes.
  11. Why? Is it because you get to go home with a tidy anecdote in your pocket that reinforces a world view that by every societal measure - doesn't actually exist? @JaCrispy can have his personal experience without it being reflective of society at large.
  12. But it is very difficult to make observations on the individual level. Statistically, the numbers don't lie though. The longitudinal study of millions of white/black people presented in that NYT article is sobering and depressing as *****. I hope you have a chance to look through it. Make sure you let it load long enough to see the animated graphics. It's a fabulous visual. I'm guessing the data presented is counter-intuitive to most people on the subject (and which you hinted at).
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/19/upshot/race-class-white-and-black-men.html If you can't read it then google: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys and you will see the answer to the question you just asked.
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