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  •  I can believe it (28+ / 0-)

    what's slightly harder to believe is how open about this being the reason they are.

    You'd think they'd try to obfuscate just a little, but they have absolutely no shame whatsoever about the racism woven into it.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 12:39:18 PM PST

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    •  To them, it's just common sense. I doubt it (16+ / 0-)

      even occurs to them that anyone would be upset; they figure everyone knows and understands their unspoken language and are okay with it.

      Notice the lawmaker saying "we don't want to upset those people"?  "Those people" are usually referring to those damn brownskinned people.  This time "those people" is referring to white, rich people - and the poor lawmaker's shaking in his shoes 'cuz he's afraid his asskissing won't be good enough to make up for the trooper's misunderstanding of the unspoken words in the statute.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 02:28:16 PM PST

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    •  All I can say here is that I don't think that this (3+ / 0-)
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      executive should have been executed, as I presume he probably must have been.

      Democrats must
      Earn the trust
      Of the 99% --
      That's our intent!

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinksy OCcupy!

      by Seneca Doane on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 02:52:46 PM PST

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      •  I could envision a scenario or two in (2+ / 0-)
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        which he might have been beaten or at least roughed up.  

        Knowing what that Mercedes plant means to that part of Alabama and knowing how tough the Germans can be, that would have been a major crisis for the state.

        Before that plant was built, there was NOTHING for miles.  The change for that corridor and Tuscaloosa has been hugely profitable for the area.

        It is too bad that people in that part of the world don't understand how other immigrant and their businesses were also contributing to them positively.

        We "can't hardly" find anyone to help work our farm land - and you can forget about finding any serious painters - who can both paint and also show up - since they started targeting immigrants in the state about four-five years ago.

        •  There already was a crisis (0+ / 0-)

          with visiting outsiders.

          When I lived in Tuscaloosa there was a visiting theater troop who had come to our state to put on a number of performances for special populations. They performed at prisons and mental institutions all around the country. This was in about 1974.

          They were integrated with males and females, black, white and brown. About 4 of them and one of our group hosting them went for breakfast and on their way back they were stopped by the police for ??? walking while integrated in downtown Tuscaloosa. The cops were more than rude and not quite brutal and hustled the males off to jail! Our person and the female member were let go and came back with this almost unbelievable tale.

          We phoned the police station and were brushed off. Then we called the state's cultural department boss and told them of this. He called and got nowhere. They were being held for resisting the police and acting suspiciously. (read uppity and asking questions.)

          So he got on to Governor Wallace and told him we had a bit of a problem. If they had to call off that night's performance it would be a very public disaster. And every minute was making it worse. Can you imagine what a fracas disappointing an audience of over 500 people who were  committed to a mental institution might be?

          So Governor Wallace had to call the police station and read them the riot act

          Some really shook up men rejoined us. We eventually all laughed about it and that night the show went on — with some raucous participation from the audience.

          So much for cultural ambassadors to Alabama.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 08:12:28 PM PST

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    •  Aside from what gustynpip said (2+ / 0-)

      about how racist cracker assholes are perfectly fine with being racist cracker assholes, the GOP has been getting more and more open again with racism over the last decade and especially since Obama was elected.

    •  you are correct. just look at the language. (2+ / 0-)
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      “I was really embarrassed and overwhelmed,” says state Senator Gerald Dial. “Mercedes has done more to change the image of Alabama than just about anything else. We don’t want to upset those people.”

      we only support upsetting these .................people.
      please feel free to add the color of your choice in the blank space provided.

      Shame is the New Black.

      by dear occupant on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 04:34:51 AM PST

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