According to Paul Butler, “the issue is not whether people will suffer and Americans suffer and die now, because of race based punishment. The issues, then, are whether or how that discrimination should end, and whether it matters if others die, in the service to end discrimination.” However, the issue is precisely over who dies. Butler claims that violence needs to be proportionate to the kind of discrimination committed and should not harm innocent people or what he refers to as “noncombatants,” but how can we decide how much oppression is tolerable and who is innocent under a colonial system? What is the threshold for dehumanization, what is the normal amount of genocide allowable? Butler assumes that discrimination can be weighed as abnormal variations in the American landscape, despite its perpetual reoccurrence. While this argument seems compelling it ignores the fundamental truth of the American colonial context, namely that the murder of Blacks appears normal, and as such does not constitute a premise for rejecting the system or punishing those whites responsible for the death of Blacks. Fanon tells us that there are no innocents in the colonial situation. “Colonialism is not a type of individual relation but the conquest of a national territory and the oppression of a people: that is all.”
What a shame; that is why those who are causing the disruptions on campus are able to do the destruction they are inflicting. As an adult you need to learn to take control of your right to express yourself freely, to stand by your convictions, or to allow fascism to take hold. These “mobs” are denying others from the education they have paid dearly for by causing fear among the faculty and the rest of the student body. the colleges should be a place of free thought unhindered by the complaints of those seeking to limit the rights of others. T
he manner in which they have chosen express their unhappiness is not acceptable behavior in a civilized society.
One may argue that he wears the vestments that are proper of his office. While I agree that some vestments have a wonderful tradition and should be worn, it’s not the vestments that make the Pope. The first Popes wore the same outfits as the other bishops, it’s their role as “bishops of Rome” that was more than enough to qualify them as Vicars of Christ. We may say that the first Pope who refused to look as a Pope was Paul VI as he renounced to the triregnum. Since then, every Pope has renounced to it. As I said earlier, the Pope can’t teach heresy. Even if he had some heretic views, the Holy Spirit guides the Church till the Second Coming of Christ, which means that whatever the outcome of the Synod, it’ll reinforce Church doctrine. As for me, I’m more for an Eastern-style Church and have come to my conclusions, but I love the Church as it is. And I must say that I returned to the Church as a Tridentine, but the Old Mass was just the gate to bring me back to Christ’s flock and I don’t see the Vetus Ordo Missal as a requirement to stay in the Church. I’m a catechist, chorist and reader in my parish priest (OF Mass alone) and I helped restoring some old practices in the New Rite Mass. That’s the continuity Benedict XVI asked for, and that’s essentially the only thing we need to do. That’s my opinion of course and I agree with you that sometimes Francis gets to my nerves for his equivocal speeches, but I know he’s thinking pastorally but also faithfully to the Church.