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  •  I missed the previous diary before (2+ / 0-)
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    kaliope, mallyroyal

    and just read it. I thought it was interesting analysis, and a reasonable point for discussion. I was surprised (gobsmacked?) at the vitriol in some comments (incl. calls for banning!?) and the hide rating and scattered misunderstandings.

    I'm a white woman living in one of the whitest states in the nation, and grew up with the attendant privilege of which I was unaware for years (though the place I grew up was more diverse than here).

    I consider myself still learning about the perspectives and histories of people who are not like me, especially those who are minorities in this country. It involves a lot of listening. I don't always see the racial frames (which exist whether I see them or not). It's a big world out there, with a lot of experiences very different from mine.

    The Cain diary didn't bother me because it made me think and opened some things up for me that I hadn't noticed, but that make sense to me once pointed out.  (hey, I'm not completely unaware of racial history and framing in the US!) This diary in light of the comments on the Cain diary does not surprise me, and looking at that discussion brought this diary into focus for me.

    Sure, it makes me feel uncomfortable. I don't like that people coming here feel so much suffocating constraint and misunderstanding here and elsewhere in expressing their experience, and I'm not sure what the solution is. Is it too harsh? Maybe not. I honestly don't know. But it's something that I've seen expressed in other contexts, and the fact that this sort of thing is a problem on the left for a lot of people naturally bothers me, but it's valuable to me to at least be aware of the problem.

    I don't know what the answer is. but I'm willing to listen, and think about it. It's good to step out of my own shoes from time to time.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one. - Mother Teresa

    by wasatch on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:48:36 PM PST

    •  I didn't read that diary. (3+ / 0-)
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      mallyroyal, jts327, Avila

      I just heard about it tonight and I didn't need to go in there to see the usual suspects with their bullying tactics they have used on those who they have succeeded in getting banned...

      Same ole', same ole...

      "The bottom line is, we've got to wake up. We can't allow our disappointment in Obama to lull us into allowing a truly dangerous strain of conservative philosophy to gain any more traction than it already has." --ObamOcala 4/5/11

      by smoothnmellow on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 12:24:01 AM PST

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