Obama will cure leprosy

He might. Leprosy:

I wept because, on several occasions, I've been told I can't date someone because her parents wouldn't approve of my race; that in spite of my intelligence, my responsibility, my diction, my future prospects, my talents and my everything else that makes me a good person--and even the fact that I look white--I'm different. It didn't matter whether the parents were liberal or conservative; or whether they were college educated or not: being black made me not good enough.

The example of a black man in the White House will surely go a long way toward eliminating what remains of the social leprosy that afflicts blacks in the United States.

The obese, in the meantime, should despair. They will remain social lepers until humans evolve into sea lions, which is to say, forever.

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I wept because, on several

I wept because, on several occasions, I've been told I can't date someone because her parents wouldn't approve of my race;

It turns out that, as an atheist and lacking hereditary title I have been in that situation (yes, for real).

I didn't 'weep', hope for 'social change', or any of this bleeding-heart stuff. I cursed the evil parent and dated regardless. Yes it sucked, but it's an individual thing and I dealt with it individually.

Sure

I think you're saying nobody owes you (or a black man) any help with your dating troubles - in contrast to bleeding hearts who think that the fortunate owe the less fortunate a helping hand.

Regardless, I speculate that the Obama Presidency will in fact help overcome the described racial barrier - whether that help is owed or not.

It's more than that. Sure

It's more than that. Sure you can understand that no one owes you support for your dating choice and still appreciate to receive it. Yet, somehow I think you ought not to care for approval. Can't really describe it, but I find something disturbing there.

It's a rare person

It's a rare person who does not crave the approval of others, even if the approval is undeserved - and likewise wounded by disapproval, even if the disapproval is undeserved. We are most of us suckers for flattery. Few are those who really don't give a fuck.

I don't care for the

I don't care for the approval of the fools who do not appreciate me :D

Thanks

"It's a rare person who does not crave the approval of others, even if the approval is undeserved"

Thanks, I'll take that as a complement.

How is it an "individual

How is it an "individual thing"? It's not like these views just pop out of thin air. If you dig a little deeper, you will often find some sort of justification like "What will my friends and neighbors think if my child dates someone of another race?" That's a social thing, not just an "individual thing."

When was the last time you heard of a parent disapproving of their child's partner's eye color? That would be an individual thing.

So B. is for Bastard?

Why a person would want to date another whose affection doesn't even overcome their desire to please their parents is beyond me. My mother repeatedly tells me she wants me to find a nice religious girl (I've asked for details--she assures even a religious Hindu would do; I'm tempted to bring home a Scientologist). Love my mom as I do, I've never given her request the slightest bit of consideration.

They will remain social lepers until humans evolve into sea lions, which is to say, forever.

I don't know about that. Wilde's already got that flipper.

Why a person would want to

Why a person would want to date another whose affection doesn't even overcome their desire to please their parents is beyond me

I couldn't find the words to say it, but that's exactly what I think.
(and yup, I'm illegitimate)

That explains it

(and yup, I'm illegitimate)

So that's why you didn't get the hereditary title. And here I thought it was because you were born second, after Arthur A.

The Privileges of Certified Victim Status

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.

Samuel Johnson

However this is reversed if you can attain popularly recognized victim status.

Dave