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  •  The only reason I rec the tip jar is this "mood" (6+ / 0-)

    is starting to take hold in many African American political circles... anecdotal, sure... but what I get is that there are real factious divisions among the traditional Democratic coalition as many in the African American community rally around the President.

    "Drought is an act of God. Famine is an act of man. What we are going through - it's an act of men." John Githongo, Kenyan anti-corruption activist

    by HGM MA on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 04:35:30 PM PDT

    •  If you (1+ / 0-)
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      think that the President will not be heavily supported by the vast majority of AA community, you are wrong.

      •  That is exactly what I am saying.. if the attacks (4+ / 0-)

        against the President continue from a certain segment of the base, the AA community will rally behind him and thus a fractious divide in the Democratic party will ensue. The anger behind this diary is real, and it's disheartening that so many here dismiss it has either an excuse or race-baiting.  

        "Drought is an act of God. Famine is an act of man. What we are going through - it's an act of men." John Githongo, Kenyan anti-corruption activist

        by HGM MA on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 05:31:20 PM PDT

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        •  I'm with you (4+ / 0-)

          I used to love the spirit of this site.  The activism, the get-out the vote efforts, etc.  

          Now, I don't feel the common goals or aims.  The divisiveness is astounding.  The conversation about race is not nuanced or multi-dimensional.  Not every criticism of the president is based in race but race plays a real role in how the president and his policies are discussed.   Race is a part of who we are as a nation on the cellular level.  It is unfortunate but true.

          Everyone carries racial biases.  We make value-judgments about people, outside of our conscious awareness.  Many of us know this, acknowledge this, and actively work to combat our biases and preconceived notions.  We are teaching our children to do the same.  I for one have been humbled by my child's view of the world and have learned alot from him.  But many here refuse to acknowledge this or our history as a country that make it nearly impossible to be "color blind."

          But the worst thing about the debate here is the dismissal of what one person says is there impact.  For example, if one person says their experience of something is racist, for them it is.  For someone else to say that that person's experience is not racist is denying the impact.  You can deny someone else's impact.  You can state how you experienced it but you can't dismiss how someone else feels.  What I get here is alot of denial of impact.  And frankly, it's feels quite scary.  And unwelcoming.

        •  And the republicans wins... (3+ / 0-)

          the Southern Strategy didn't just work in the South.

          I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

          by princss6 on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 07:07:15 PM PDT

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