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  •  You're right to talk about class, BUT! the point (3+ / 0-)
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    is not that those at the top are racists: it is that those at the top are classists, & their class happens to be almost entirely white & male.

    This may matter more to some of them than others, but as you accurately point out in your second 'graph, they USE people who are of their race--but not their class--against each other & against those who are neither men nor white.  

    That makes those classist manipulators racist by proxy.  Racism at that level is about power & control.  What the diarist correctly identifies is the patriarchy as the source of the War On Women, & Others Too.  Far from saying, "White males are bad," this diary says, "The bad people are a white male club, & they do care about keeping it that way."

    A better concept than racism is tribalism.  Those classist elites at the top are indeed a tribe; a small one for which the primary qualification is wealth, but for which the historical qualifications have ALSO been White & Male.  The Ol' Rich Boys' Club only recently began to admit nonwhite nonmale members, & they still aren't really, really in the tribe, because a tribe has culture in addition to its demographic.  Women & minorities can't be in the tribe because the culture was built at their expense, as the persistent presence of sexist & racist humor in white male clubs at ALL CLASS LEVELS proves.

    Before elections have their consequences, Activism has consequences for elections.

    by Leftcandid on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 04:28:33 PM PDT

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