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    abuse, whether blatant or subtle.  There is a stirring on the scalp or the nape of the neck when someone says something offensive.  It makes you prickle because of the derision you know is behind a comment or event.  Although many white people think we are "playing the race card,"  or being "too sensitive", it's only because you become extra-vigilant about it because you never know how far it's going to go.  Any person of color I know has had experience with being denied common dignity.  There is a waiting for the next thing to happen sense of being that puts you on edge, because you know there is always a possibility of bullying turning into violence.  And who will protect you?  The same thing that's going on with the war against women and the war against gays.  They hate you because of who you were born.  

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