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  •  It's harder to be like those people you name... (3+ / 0-)
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    mikeconwell, Gooserock, Wee Mama

    ...at the outset because racism generally doesn't lead with the state anymore.  I know some people disagree with that, and obviously you have exceptions like Troy Davis whom the state actually killed,  but that's my overall assessment.  So confronting the state about racism, as they all did, doesn't really do it nowadays.  

    Personally I think the institutional center of racism nowadays is in evangelical protestantism, with all that implies in terms of how any current or future Michael Schwerners or John Browns should act.  

    Romney '12: Ron Paul, without the freedom!

    by Rich in PA on Fri May 25, 2012 at 10:36:43 AM PDT

    •  All the voter disenfranchisement efforts say to me (4+ / 0-)
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      that the state still plays a substantial role.   Maybe a less prominent role than it did in the early 60s, but unfortunately it looks like that role is increasing these days rather than declining.

      I guess it's more accurate to it's due to republican policies, rather than "the state".  But it's the power of the state being put to use here, with the republicans pulling the levers.  

    •  styles make fights (2+ / 0-)
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      you are spot on. how do we deal with these new centers of power.

      •  It's possible that we deal with them... (2+ / 0-)
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        Wee Mama, wu ming

        ...precisely like the woman in the video.  As you suggest, we don't yet know what works.  MLK died wondering what works during this transitional period in which the state is no longer unambiguously the center of racism.

        Romney '12: Ron Paul, without the freedom!

        by Rich in PA on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:34:09 AM PDT

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    •  It's the Driving Force But It Captures the State (2+ / 0-)
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      and executes the policies via government.

      Government still needs to be confronted.

      But Gandhi and King both faced opposition that could be largely shamed, and they both understood that a differently minded opposition would not have been moved by their nonviolent and shaming methods.

      That's the case for fundamentalism. We could protest and shame for a thousand years and they will wear it proudly like a badge, unless the day comes they find it starving them for membership.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:02:20 AM PDT

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