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  •  Really? I thought that Dems (2+ / 0-)
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    still made of the majority of registered voters in Mississippi.

    •  Perhaps, but, assuming the poster is white, (0+ / 0-)

      s/he is subject to different social expectations than most Mississippi Dems.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:05:16 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not really sure how to reply to your comment. (3+ / 0-)

        I'm a white female, and old enough to remember separate waiting rooms and drinking fountains...and the last lynching in my home county.

        The bumper stickers I have recently seen advocating "kill liberals" sort of put a damper on overtly displaying my political leanings, however. I took my Obama/Biden '08 sticker off after my vehicle was keyed just under said sticker...

        We're still working for change. We just sometimes feel the need to watch our backs while doing so - possibly more than would be necessary in a bluer state.

        "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

        by Lorinda Pike on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:24:39 PM PDT

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        •  Basically what I'm saying (0+ / 0-)

          is that being white in the South carries with it not only some significant degree of social privilege, but also a set of social expectations.

          If you're black, you're already subject to discrimination and some (thankfully waning) amount of threat of violence. Announcing you're a Democrat doesn't appreciably increase these risks above the baseline - the baseline already includes the assumption that you are a Democrat. If some crazy decides he wants to go out and kill some Democrats, you're already on the target list.

          If you're white, though, your baseline privilege includes the assumption that you're Republican (or some flavour of Republican-aligned independent). And so that privilege - which is bestowed by mostly-Republican whites, not by mostly-Dem blacks - is put at risk when you announce that you're a Democrat. It's entirely reasonable and probably correct to expect an elevated risk of discrimination and possibly violence.

          "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

          by kyril on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:08:04 PM PDT

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    •  I have no idea of the current breakdown. (1+ / 0-)
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      The old white guys were once "Dixiecrats" (see Southern Strategy) which meant bigoted KKK asshole then, bigoted KKK Repub asshole now.

      We have Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-2nd) in Congress, and one Democrat in statewide office - Attorney General Jim Hood. His power is continually under assault from the GOPer-ALEC legislature/SOS/Lt. goober and the Fundie-Goober.

      President Obama had a decent showing here in 2008, and Johnny DuPree (the Democratic mayor of Hattiesburg) made a strong run at the governor's office, but trust me, this is still a really red state.

      But we're working hard to turn it bluer...

      "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

      by Lorinda Pike on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:14:11 PM PDT

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