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  •  Um, no. (1+ / 0-)
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    Too many white so-called "progressives" are willing to toss blacks under the bus and break bread with racists out of some misguided notion taht the racists are actually allies on economic issues.  The teabaggers oppose jobs bills of any form.  They oppose progressive tax structure, and indeed, one of their primary beefs is that the poor pay too little in taxes (polls last year showed that teabaggers didn't think that their taxes were too high, but think that they're getting screwed because the poor pay too little in taxes).  They're against unions on general principle.  They are hateful, resentful people.  Their racism is only the most blatant manifestation of their hate and resentment.

    Accepting racism to end "free trade"?  Really?

    •  It has nothing to do with accepting racism. (1+ / 0-)
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      Frankly, isn't the best way to combat racism engagement with them?

      I guess that's true only if you believe that racists can change their ways; if you believe that's impossible in all cases, I understand where you're coming from.

      Believing that all racists are the same is in no way equivalent to being racist, but it's a similar trap of belief.  They way you lump all tea partiers together indicates you have insufficient experience with them in a very similar manner to the way the racists among them have insufficient experience with minorities; the way the misogynists among them have insufficient experience with women; the way the bigots among them have insufficient experience with LGBTQ people.  

      Stay angry if you want to be of minimal use.  Transcend that anger if you want to follow in Gandhi's & MLK's footsteps.

      The rich are eating the world. The Republicans are their teeth. The Democrats are dentists who refuse to pull those teeth because they are so beautiful and sharp.

      by Leftcandid on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 02:25:23 PM PDT

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