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  •  The basic critique (11+ / 0-)

    is that the problem won't be solved just by electing Democrats. I am sure that most blacks would not like to see Obama trashed as a person.

    The white middle class people out pitching camps are in shock and outrage that the system is no longer working for them, since they thought that they were supposed to be the privileged beneficiaries of it. POC on the other hand are not likely to be in shock that the system isn't working for them since it seldom has. They are also not so likely to be so shocked over police violence since they are much more familiar with it.  

    Taking a somewhat skeptical view of things would seem like a pretty rational response for them.

    •  Heh. Yes, I'm glad that "We were promised... (8+ / 0-)

      that we wouldn't have to flip burgers" thing didn't catch on all that well, though I did see some OWSers state it as one of the reasons they were out there.

      Truly an unfortunate message to send, especially to the 99%ers who do flip burgers, clean toilets, scrub school room floors, and all the other things that, apparently, some folks were promised they'd never have to do if only they went to college and racked up massive debt.

      Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat. --Audre Lorde

      by Nanette K on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 06:11:18 PM PST

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    •  i dunno if latinos and asians count as POC (3+ / 0-)
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      poco, Chitown Kev, bruh1

      but there are a hell of a lot of them at the protests at UCD, many of whom were trying to get through college in large part as a familial strategy to get a toehold for the kids in the professional class, to afford the family a better chance at upwards mobility. it's easy to paint college kids as some rich white monolith, but the school debt + unemployment clusterfuck is wrecking a rather more broad range of families and individuals. hence the diverse crowds protesting, at least out here in CA.

      •  Of course Latinos and Asians count as POC (1+ / 0-)
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        wu ming

        At least I always do when I say "POC"

        •  i was speaking sardonically (1+ / 0-)
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          Ian Reifowitz

          in response to this sentence:

          "POC on the other hand are not likely to be in shock that the system isn't working for them since it seldom has. They are also not so likely to be so shocked over police violence since they are much more familiar with it."

          i know the ethnic/racial mix varies widely by city and region, but the assumption of a predominantly black/white discourse of race really does not work in CA. it used to, a genertation or two ago, but it doesn't anymore.

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