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    •  The answer to your question is actually really (12+ / 0-)

      important:

      The Republicans tolerate racism, bigotry and sexism

      That's the answer and until the GOP stops tolerating these views, it won't change.

      The Democratic Party took a stand and lost the racist vote.  If both parties decided to be intolerant of racism, etc., that crowd would not have a political voice.  That would be awesome, but probably not going to happen since the majority of the GOP leadership both agree with this crap, and also are intent in their ideological pursuit of power.

    •  Actually, the quiet racism here in N. New England (12+ / 0-)

      crosses all party lines. I'm disgusted by what I find among the most 'progressive' people I live & work with here in Vermont. It reinforces the undeniable fact that segregation of any kind--not living with, going to school with and working beside people of many racial & ethnic backgrounds--perpetuates racism profoundly.

      Maine & Vermont vie every year for the whitest state in the nation.

      As soon as I can afford to, I am getting the fuck out of here. In fact, expanded provisions of the Affordable Care Act might provide the key. The 'quiet' racism of progressives here is among the things that is killing me.

      Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

      by earicicle on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:44:47 PM PST

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      •  Fair point, but we don't generally (7+ / 0-)

        enshrine the racism, sexism and bigotry in our party platform or the bills we introduce.

      •  There are dozens of Blacks voting in some towns! (3+ / 0-)
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        Maine is more than 1% Black.
        If a town has 5,000 people there should be dozens voting.

      •  My best friend wants to move to Maine because (1+ / 0-)
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        of the racism and conservatism she has endured living in other parts of the northeast. She much prefers Maine to parts of PA for a number of reasons

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:37:44 PM PST

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        •  Maine's had an issue with Somali immigrants. (0+ / 0-)

          Portland and Lewiston are demographic centers.
          Lewiston really had some vocal asshats, as if you're not French-Canadian-Catholic, what are you doing in Louis-ston?

          There's been the usual number of growing pains.  Demands for Halal slaughter, pressure from white (paid) community advocates, seeking free land, tools, tractors and transportation for Somali community farming.  

          Some radicalized youth in the area of the Portland Somali Cultural Center, have attacked and berated women they felt were inappropriately dressed.  (not in Hijab, and fully covered)
          One of these persons was a friend of mine, very liberal, and open to alternative cultures.
          She was told by Portland PD:  Dress more conservatively, be more sensitive to their cultural standards, as you're in their neighborhood now.  (the cultural center has been there for approx. 6 years, the restaurant for 30)

          Her attire?  She's high-end restaurant waitstaff and was in the black and white penguin suit that's the standard uniform.

          She left the job, and Portland, feeling targeted.  
          The Somali elders?  Indicated that this was a cultural center - not a Mosque as reported in the paper - and defended the youth as being both moral and just.
          We are commanded to: drive away the evil before us..

          I know them as-well, and they were intractable in their defense, expressing feelings of persecution and the pressures of perversion upon their women.

          Yes.  This had more to do with slapping-away American sensibilities from Somali girls, than assaulting an American woman.

      •  wow, I am so disappointed to hear that from (1+ / 0-)
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        Vermont. Another pipe dream down the toilet...

      •  Yeah, but Maine is one of the FEW states in the US (0+ / 0-)

        where Obama won the white male vote. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

        •  WTF??? (0+ / 0-)

          Prez O won the white male vote here in Vermont too. In fact, he won 14/14 counties, and just about every town. Just because you vote for a black president, doesn't mean you can't harbor racist thoughts and beliefs. Voting for Obama isn't your 'Get Out of Racism Jail Free' card. Have you been around THIS place this past five years? I see by your UID that you have, but...

          Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

          by earicicle on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:46:31 AM PST

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      •  TRUE. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm really tired of hearing that all racists are Republicans. It's just not true. There are a hell of a lot of Democrats who carry on all manner of racist bullshit.

        The main difference is that Democrats don't make a party policy out of it. But individual Democrats racist? Hell yeah.

        •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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          It's so much easier to rant about the obvious racism we see on the other side than to examine the troubling attitudes that some harbor over here in 'progressive-land.' We should be much more self-aware about understanding what those negative views are & why they exist, & much more ruthless about rooting them out.

          Denial is unproductive.

          Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

          by earicicle on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:54:40 AM PST

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