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  •  As an affirmative action baby (6+ / 0-)

    I admit that I have, until lately, been rather minority-centric about issues of racism. My own personal story, rather that of my parents who were denied college admission to white institutions because of their race (Univ of Maryland was willing to pay for my mother to go to graduate school in Georgia), made me particularly hard when I hear the complaint of working class whites. My senator, Barbara Milkuski, won her first election by giving voice to the resentment of ethnic working class whites. And as you pointed out, then Senator Obama's speech was eye opening also. More than many acknowledge, Obama is culturally white as opposed to being assimilated. Indeed, his assimilation was to being black. So his take on white resentment brings with it credibility.

    What I wish is that we could indeed move away from the color thing. As much as working class whites resent blacks for being lazy and advantaged, believe me, there are a lot of middle income, working class blacks who have never taken a dime of welfare or been a criminal that resent being lumped in with the ne'r do wells that grab the public's attention. And if you think about it, this is where there is commonality. None of us wants to be held accountable for actions we have not taken as individuals. Maybe that is where the conversation should start.

    "I feel like I'm still waiting to meet my true self. I'm assuming it's gonna be in a dark alley and there's gonna be a fight." ---Rachel Maddow

    by never forget 2000 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:06:07 AM PDT

    •  So true (2+ / 0-)
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      More than many acknowledge, Obama is culturally white as opposed to being assimilated. Indeed, his assimilation was to being black. So his take on white resentment brings with it credibility.
      Being raised by a white mother and white grandparents, Obama knows that not all white people "have it easy" and "whine because their mediocrity is no longer rewarded" (quotes from comments in race-related blogs).

      And thank you for this:

      None of us wants to be held accountable for actions we have not taken as individuals. Maybe that is where the conversation should start.
      More than once, I have been told, "I wish I could hire you, but... well... you're too white. Don't quote me on that though." My spontaneous gut reaction was, I must confess, not "Oh well, the minority applicants deserve the job more than I do" but "Two wrongs don't make a right."

      261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

      by MaikeH on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:44:52 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for sharing your perspective. (0+ / 0-)

      And your insights on Obama and his assimilation. Very interesting stuff.

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