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  •  smart read (7+ / 0-)

    about legitimacy and government. the atlantic monthly has had a series of pieces that discuss while the economy and other measure are far far worse for blacks and latinos than whites, it is the latter who are most out of sorts, losing hope, alienated, upset about the future.

    maybe the symbolic power of having a black president is a reservoir from which to draw. but, there is other info, professor m. dawson's new book that suggests much of that hope is waning, and that blacks are increasingly pessimistic about "transcending race."

    •  I've read these studies (2+ / 0-)
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      that suggest this

      it is the latter who are most out of sorts, losing hope, alienated, upset about the future.

      My question is relative to what? And if the power of having a black man in the oval office is "symbolic" then isn't also, ipso facto, illusory by definition.

      There are places that I want to go with some of my thoughts but I wouldn't feel comfortable posting them here.

      I will say from what I've observed that the black that I've seen at OccupyChicago, most of them are young, educated, and middle class.

    •  No, I don't think so (0+ / 0-)

      I think it has more to do with the fact that while this economic uncertainty is fairly new to the white folks in  the OWS protests, it's business as usual for us; black folks have dealt with disenfranchisement and disempowerment and depressed wages on these shores pretty much since 1609...

      Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

      by awesumtenor on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 08:17:49 AM PST

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