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  •  Well, even in the north (4+ / 0-)
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    beltane, RfrancisR, a gilas girl, akze29

    there are problems with racism and racist strife.

    But I did an analysis of the exit polls comparing Midwester states (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio) with Southern states (I could only find Alabama and Mississippi) and it seemed as though yes, race is a factor in the Midwest and was a factor in whether a person voted for Obama but it was mitigated by other (economic) factors.

    Also, more white Southerners tended to be in the category "white born-again Christian" than in the Midwest.

    •  Obama may have trouble in the Midwest (1+ / 0-)
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      but even there his share of the white vote is relatively competitive when compared to his share of the white vote in the south.

    •  The irony is that many people (2+ / 0-)
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      Mayfly, TiaRachel

      who are racists in the north would not be completely accepted as white in the south.

      •  Why are you assuming that all white (0+ / 0-)

        republicans in the midwest are racists and that's why they didn't vote for Obama?

        How about they're republicans and therefore they vote for - surprise - the republican.

    •  Racism manifests differently in various areas, (0+ / 0-)


      I know a whole lot of people who wouldn't feel quite comfortable around "them" (for various incarnations of "them"), but who don't have any problem with an individual 'them' in positions of trust/power. So long as that person 'feels' right, of course.

      Still racism (though unacknowledged, and it leaves structural issues untouched), but that's the leeway that allows them to support an individual black (or alternative 'other') person for elective office (or whatever).  These aren't the same people for whom 'no N*' is an identity issue.

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