On 12/18/2013 9:48 AM, emilymae...@yahoo.com wrote:
> Richard is concerned about someone denigrating his "birth 
> circumstances.?" 
The reference to a person's "birth circumstances", Emily, is a reference 
to the caste system, where the family he or she is born into and the 
place of birth define his or her position in a class society, birth 
circumstances over which people have no control.

Since we have a society in the U.S. where everyone is considered equal 
without considering a person's race, religion, sex, or place of origin, 
it is considered to be in bad taste to make fun of people based on where 
they are born, their surname, or where they were born or currently live.

Most people these days refrain from these kinds of references because we 
like to pride ourselves on being egalitarian. So, most people don't make 
fun of Asians, African Americans, Native Americans, or Jews anymore. Of 
course, some people still do, but  it is considered to bebad form and 
kind of insulting. It's not a very good way to conduct a debate. That's 
all I'm saying.

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