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In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

Created: 06/10/13

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davinamw

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In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

On page 244, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." She is referring specifically to capital punishment, but what else can this apply to? How does this statement represent America, if at all?

In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?


Posted Jun. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
StaceyR

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RE: In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

It does represent America in that as a nation we strive for the ideal of equality but in day to day reality too often this ideal is not met.

I immediately thought of education as another area in which Noa's statement could apply. This statement follows a paragraph about her belief that there is a "protected class of individuals" and therefore even a crime as severe as murder is ranked based on the victim's perceived status and/or worth. Though America cherishes the concept of equal educational opportunities for all, the rituals of our education system often favor students from families with certain income, family structure and ethnicity characteristics.


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janzr

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RE: In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

The ideal vs. the reality is evident in many life arenas. It represents America in many ways. I agree with StaceyR that this is evident in education as it is in many areas: religions, medicine, sports, - any thing, really, even down to an individual family.


Posted Jun. 17, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
GinH

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RE: In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

I don't find this to be a memorable statement, but I agree that there are many inequities in life.


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cynthiaa

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RE: In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

I don't think the US was founded on the principal of equality in that every one should be equal. That is impossible. No one is equal. Even identical twins are not equal. I think that the US was founded on the principal of equal opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. But we don't all start at the same place, or want the same thing, or have the same abilities. So we are not going to end up in the same place. Sometimes I think that is what is wrong with this country. There are those who are trying to make everyone "equal". That is not possible so that belief is going to ruin our country. This is not a political forum. Sorry. So No I did not find this a memorable statement.


Posted Jun. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
mariannes

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RE: In reference to capital punishment, Noa says, "A nation that prides itself on equality treats its victims ever so inequitably in ritual." How does this statement represent America, if at all?

I agree that people in the U.S. are not treated equally in many respects. However, I don't think this sentence really fits the book. Noa is a criminal, not a victim. I don't really think of execution as a ritual, but I suppose it is in some ways. I think executions themselves are pretty equal; the inequalities happen in the courtroom and during sentencing.


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