But I never really had to face the kind of antipathy the Freedom Riders had to face. I have never felt like my whole world wanted me dead. Some close relatives have strong religious beliefs about homosexuality, but none have disowned me for being outspoken in support of basic human rights and dignity for LGTB people.
I feel blessed to live in this time, and I feel like my whole existence is owed to people like them and those who fought in the Great War.
Not to diminish civil rights but the same mentality of those mobs is taken advantage of today by corporations to defeat free access to basic health care, cheap medication, etc. Then there is the mob mentality against freedom to marry, etc. When will a society grow above these things and when will "leaders" affect change without having to first be convinced what is the right thing to do.
I recognize there's probably an anti-war subtext to comments like yours, and I respect that sentiment and in many cases probably agree with it. But if we're going to take anyone down a peg for the dumb actions of the "leaders", let's let it be the "leaders".
Many hackers of a certain age grew up when being a nerd wasn't hip, and identify strongly with civil rights. The fact that great hackers have come from different cultures speaks strongly to computes being colour-blind in a certain sense.
Thus, I personally see issues around social prejudices and civil rights to be of interest to some hackers in a way that transcends the admonition that politics usually doesn't belong here. Paul's essays about the social behavior of nerds often speak to these matters in smaller settings, such as corporations or high school.
That being said, the times change, and many people may not feel the same way about a connection between hacker culture and the fight against racial or cultural prejudices in society. I can appreciate an argument that goes the other way.
p.s. This has abruptly dropped off the front page. I suspect that either flagging or moderation has taken place.