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  •  Why? This nonsense is a reflection.. (15+ / 0-)

    on the fool alone. But I admit I know how you feel. Many Black people think "I hope they were not black" when they hear about some crime. We all fear the shadow of a Black criminal misdeeds falling on us as well.

    •  I thought the same thing when I read loggersbrat's (6+ / 0-)

      comment. It may have been the first time I saw the connection but I think you are right -- it is what we, as Blacks feel -- when another Black person -- someone we might not even know, commits a crime

      •  A widespread feeling (2+ / 0-)
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        nzanne, loggersbrat

        Jews traditionally react to any news concerning a Jew by asking themselves, "Is this bad for the Jews?" Joe Lieberman, for example, or Eric Cantor.

        Is Allen West good for Blacks? No. He isn't good for anybody, and I am glad to see the last of him in Congress.

        Is overt racism good for Blacks? Obviously not.

        However, let us look just a bit deeper. As in this diary, as in many incidents in the last campaign, knowing about the racism, and fighting it, are good for Blacks. Knowing about voter suppression and responding by voting in greater numbers, as Blacks, Latinos, women, and college students just did, is good for each of those groups.

        More importantly, it is good for all of us, and we agree that it is good for all of us, and even for the racists. That is the best thing about being Progressives. That is what distinguishes us from the racists.

        America—We built that!

        by Mokurai on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:16:41 AM PST

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      •  I've often found (1+ / 0-)
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        myself thinking that.

        "The government of the many, not the government of the money" - Nancy Pelosi

        by Americantrueandblue on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:03:31 AM PST

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    •  This reminds me of once, when there were (1+ / 0-)
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      riots going on in New York City. This was back in late eighties or early nineties, probably the Crown Heights Riots.  A friend aske me if he could come over and talk. The violence had really upset him and shaken him. As we were talking, he started crying and referred to "my people." I was really surprised. The violence had upset me as well, so that my friend, who was very sensitive and artistic, would be intensely affected by it, did not surprise me. The tensions of those years in New York had a major effect on my politics. However, it would never occur to me in a million years to refer to white people as "my people."

      It was a very revealing moment, not simply because he said that, but realizing that I wouldn't.

      Of course, it's also part of white priveledge to be able to not identify with one's racial group.

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