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  •  I was born a mixed race kid to two mixed race (9+ / 0-)

    parents.

    This country is changing for the better.

    You can't always see it election to election, and the holdovers that remain are amongst the most worthless people on earth.

    But when I was little in the '70s, I suffered—a lot—for being a half-breed. My parents were ostracized everywhere, and all of us were constantly whispered about.

    I can't count how many times it was explained to me that though it wasn't my fault, my parents had done something wrong and against God's natural order by making me.

    Words like "negro" and "negress" were still heard in polite company, on the bus, or in the restaurant, as were "Chinaman" and "red man."

    One of the reasons I relocated to the northeast for the most significant portion of my adult life is that I was tired of the prejudice and violence by the time I reached adulthood.

    Now that I've relocated back to flyover country with my family, things are different. There's still a big "god, gays, and guns" crowd that's racist to the core, and they're in many ways more extreme and angry by far than they were then, but now they're a distinct subpopulation—it's not the entire population—and even where they're a majority, the minority is strong and has numbers, too.

    Just as importantly, as angry as they have become, they now have to speak in code, "takers" and "lazies" and "illegals" and "foreigners" rather than "n***gers and ch*nks and w*tbacks," and they don't get away with physical violence and intimidation as they did when I was little, so they don't even try. Rather than standing in your path, hurling racial epithets and daring you to walk past them, they're now relegated to standing on the sidelines holding signs and yelling euphemisms.

    And whereas before a confrontation between a white racist and a mixie like myself as a child was seen as their business, an interaction between two people that no-one would intervene in, now if a grown white man or woman tried to harass a minority child, there is a sizable portion of the crowd would step in and come to the child's aid, turning the war of words into a war between adults, and one without immediate verbal threats to do bodily harm.

    That's progress. And diaries like this from places like NC tell me that things are going to continue to get better—for everyone but the klansmen.

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    I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

    by nobody at all on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:32:48 AM PST

    •  My memories extend... (7+ / 0-)

      ...to growing up white in a racist family. There was a little girl in elementary school who always had the cutest hairstyles. When I told her she was a cute little pickaninny, I had no idea why my compliment would trigger such anger.

      High school years were marked with cuss-laden threats of being disowned if I ever dated a black boy.

      Fast forward to my mid-30's when telling family that my boyfriend was black. My dad's immediate response? "Well, honey, that's your prerogative. I'm just glad you found somebody you can be happy with."

      I'm shocked to this day at his response.
      He's also come out in support of gay marriage and votes Democrat.

      BREAKING: Man Who Told Half the Nation to Fuck Themselves Somehow Loses Election. ~ Andy Borowitz

      by seishin on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:12:28 AM PST

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    •  There were probably more mixed race under those (0+ / 0-)

      sheets than the KKK would be willing to admit. Sheets are a great cover-up for many sins.

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