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  •  It is a complexity of issues (3+ / 0-)

    There is a concerted effort to undermine the civil rights advancements of the last century, there is no doubt of this. It so happens that Western history has kindly treated European descendents on the whole. They colonized every continent of the world and, though they lost the war for political imperialism, did successfully ingrain economic power with time. In the United States, there were factions of people so committed to this idea of white dominance, they willingly seceded from the Union to outright reject the notion that blacks could not be emancipated, autonomous human beings. In 1925, the Ku Klux Klan marched in Washington, DC to galvanize a movement that was, in their view, embattled by government powers over them during the Reconstruction.

    As late as the 1960 election, blacks continued to vote for Republicans like Nixon, as Geoffrey Kabaservice pointed out in "Rule and Ruin", because of allegiance to the party of Lincoln, whereas southern Democrats were long associated with slavery. In the years of Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater, liberalism and conservatism became more refined ideologies and more tangential to modern Democrats and Republicans, respectively.

    Several decades later, I see a new unwinding take place. The Texas GOP unambiguously decreed that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 be repealed in their 2012 platform, for fuck's sake. Should we suppose they did that because they must overcome oppressive environmental and labor regulations? No, of course not, although those, too, are a part of their agenda, which add to this complexity. There is no conspiracy, and the pullback into political atavism by the right has been reflected in their, at first, measured approach to dealing with issues they had been nursing for decades. More recently, in the days of 2002 through 2007, it was about "the illegals", although with more talk than action. Illegals must be deported, they cried, because they were taking jobs away from honest, law abiding Americans. Well, of course this was cloaked in the spirit of nationalism, and not racism. But this now looks more like a facade. Because here comes 2009, a black president is in power and an economic recession is raging, and some presciently warned of a surge in hate groups against that backdrop. The 2008 election alone would have clued in on this, as voters waited in line carrying monkey plush dolls to symbolize Obama. In 2010, Arizona governor Jan Brewer passed SB 1070, then Alabama wanted to play along, and ALEC wanted to take a bottom-up approach to undermine federal power by advancing a host of state and local level laws to disenfranchise minorities (voter ID laws, and raving about "voter fraud"), without explicitly saying so. Rick Perlstein hypothesized that the conservative movement didn't suddenly become so extremist just because Obama was election. It's that there has always been a faction of conservatives that, deep in the recesses of their minds, were wary of the prospect that their grip on power could be challenged. Rather than accept the federal power of a black presidency, they retreat to screeds about 10th Amendment rights. Again, these are factions, mostly filled with people sympathetic to or participating in the Tea Party movement. The tone is really that of tribalism.

    On the other hand, once you remove the tribalism on the grounds of ethnicity, gender, spirituality, and sexual orientation, there would be nothing for a homogenized race to fight over except the economic pyramid. Once out of scapegoats as obvious as illegal immigrants or "welfare queens", where does one begin to place blame?

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 11:17:19 AM PDT

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