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  •  Proudly going along to get along (1+ / 0-)
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    Well, someone had to move this country forward, so thanks Dr. King for your timely and effective trouble. Can I blame her father for keeping quiet any more than I blame all the white southerners who acquiesced to the same injustices? Even those less wealthy white workers who might have had some inkling Dr. King's fight for economic justice without respect to race? Can I blame him more than the nationwide lawmakers and opinion leaders who would have also let it all slide for some other generation to deal with? No, not more but still quite a lot.

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:09:33 AM PDT

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    •  one claim is not exclusive of another (2+ / 0-)
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      i hold black free riders to a bit higher standard than others when other black folks are out there dying to get them their full rights. to each his own.

      •  Free riders of any stripe (0+ / 0-)

        Of course in that racially polarized society, even well-off black southerners would identify with other less fortunate black southerners. They'd see an obvious interest in removing racial barriers to their further success. They had a choice to leverage their initial financial success into bigger societal change, or lie low and eventually escape that broken society.

        Of course, those black southerners with stable lives leaving just the poor and working class to fight their shared battle is regrettable. But, as a white American I have to spread the blame to those who look more like me. Working class people of all races benefit from a society that respects and rewards labor. Even those of wealth benefit from a society that best employs the skills of all its people, irrespective of race, religion or family wealth. That's the society Dr. King was fighting for.

        Being black in the south would make it easier to see, but anyone with some information and some time and ability to reflect would see it too. And shame on anyone who saw the choice but let it go.

        Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

        by chimpy on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:07:32 AM PDT

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