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  •  In 2008 (25+ / 0-)

    I lived in North Carolina and volunteered to drive people to the polls.  I was assigned to pick up an older black man who was accompanied by his nurse.  He lived in a rural area and I had quite a time trying to find his house.  They were both very surprised and almost distrustful of me.  When I finally assured them and got them in the car I could hear the back and forth between them.  Finally the nurse piped up to say that the her charge would like to know why I was helping Obama!  He was really surprised that there were white people not only voting for Obama but also helping to get out the vote.  

    Basically I found out that we all live in our own little bubbles.

    •  We do have our own little bubbles.... (2+ / 0-)
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      chimene, LilithGardener

      ...but I'd like to think that some are more pourous than others.

      Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

      by rreabold on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:05:21 PM PST

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    •  can you not understand (0+ / 0-)

      why an elderly black man living in rural NC might have reason to doubt a white man helping him to vote?

      I wouldn't consider that a bubble, I'd consider that reality.  

      I've lived in NC and I know something of history.  That's no bubble the man is living in.  And the difference isn't that some folks have preconceived ideas and others don't (that's not true -- we all have preconceived ideas) the difference is that this man, who had ample reason to doubt and question, still went ahead with good faith and got in your car.  Then, rather than stewing in his -- what you call a bubble and I call a reality of 50+ years -- he asked and started a dialogue.

      It seems to me you take the wrong lesson from this example.  Or at least, you take a very different lesson than the one I take.  

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:24:00 AM PST

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