For people who are reading through a number of posts here, this post might seem obvious. But a lot of people don’t seem to do that much. So it might be worth looking at a strikingly common thread, which could be called “Should you just suck it up?”
Last night I mentioned to j in response to a comment here that an Hispanic administrator at my uni had mentioned to me how she learned the value of just sucking it up. (She was then head of our Affirmative Action program, so you can imagine how that worked.) Then I turned to CNN.com and saw Colin Powell had talked about being the victim of racial profiling a lot and having to just suck it up. The very same expression.
So here’s the common thread: Being less powerful and sucking it up.
Sotomayor: she just sucked it up in the hearing and got through! A lot of garbage was thrown at her.
Gates: Should he have just sucked it up?
The C-section case: It is horrible and outrageous that she’s lost her child because she didn’t just suck it up, and do it during childbirth.