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  •  And, just to be clear here (3+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, Pandoras Box, Chitown Kev

    This is not unique to African Americans

    I saw the same shit with Reagan Democrats, when their dumb asses vote against their own interests by voting for Reagan based on racial identity politics (remember the Southern strategy was all about that- race, guns and defense).  Taxes were slipped in there not to get rid of the social safety net (as the Reagan Democrat saw it), but to get rid of it for the brown people who were using their tax dollars (even if we weren't and even if more whites were using than blacks).

    Reagan Democrats were in fact my first real exposure to identity politics being so powerful that people will ignore everything else in favor of it.

    The racial identity politics of being black and used by pols really did not hit home for me until Marion Barry, and the later examples.

    I agree that it wears off-, but what ends up happening , at least in Newark, for example, is that a more conservative democrat replaces them, but I am not sure if that happend in DC or not. that's a special case because of the screwed up way Congress controls the city.

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