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  •  So true (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, Tonedevil
    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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    •  That line (5+ / 0-)
      "I wish I could hire you, but... well... you're too white. Don't quote me on that though."
      I believe has caused so much racial animus and yet, is probably untrue. This is the problem that working class whites and blacks have: the willingness of the white elites to play the races against each other. Because the black guy that they interviewed right before you was told
      "We don't think you will make a good fit here."
      Both people leave angry, disappointed and resenting the other race for not getting the job when it was the boss's choice all along.

      "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 11:22:27 AM PDT

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