I love the quote you have chosen by Howard Zinn. I grew up poor and in my adult life I have served as an elected politician. I have learned all too well the importance of listening, and of attempting to bring all people into the decision-making process.
For those who don't know, Mr. Zinn, is author of author of "A People's History of the United States," which presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment.
In a November 2004 interview with The Boston Globe, Mr. Zinn noted:
"Long before I decided to write A People's History, my partisanship was shaped by my upbringing in a working-class immigrant family, by my three years as a shipyard worker, by my experience as a bombardier in World War II, and by the civil rights movement in the South and the movement against the war in Vietnam. Educators and politicians may say that students ought to learn pure facts, innocent of interpretation, but there's no such thing! So I've chosen to emphasize voices of resistance -- to class oppression, racial injustice, sexual inequality, nationalist arrogance -- left out of the orthodox histories."
Here is a little of his bio:
"Zinn is a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award, and the Lannan Literary Award. He lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts."
you have to judge things depending on your enterpretation for their interiors not only what they look like from outside.Meanwhile, without the outside look you cannot go inside and inspect.
could it be someone trying very hard to suppress their real desire (something they lack & need) until they couln't know what they really want?
I believe it means don't be blinded, don't always pity the poor, because there are some out there that are not always deserving of it, but If we don't listen to the cries, we may never know the difference between the genuine and the opportunistic. Scratch the surface. Not everyone is good at heart.
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If a crazy homeless guy asked you for help, would you take him seriously? Probably not, but at the same time you would wonder about our treatement of such individuals. Why are can't we help them.
I believe that "The cry of the poor is not always just" means that the requests and demands of the poor are never heard. The quote continues to say if you don't listen to them, then you won't know about justice. Justice is about equality and fairness, and that justice branch applies to every class in the world (every human being in the world). If you don't show any equality to others (no matter what they are or look like), then justice is blind.
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