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  •  Yes, indeed. (14+ / 0-)

    I just recently did some canvassing in the outlying Washtenaw County areas, and even though the people we were contacting were supposed to be Dems (maybe intermittent) I still encountered some strong hostility. And that's on a tiny, tiny personal scale--which is almost not worth counting compared to all I know of the history around here, and the other evidence I see regularly of long-standing racism and resentment.
    There are way too many fearful, ignorant, and/or mean people in Michigan for it to be easy for us to re-establish a solid democratic process here.

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    by peregrine kate on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 01:48:04 PM PST

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    •  Funny you should choose the word "mean." (7+ / 0-)

      That's the most singular thing I remember about it.  It was, hands down, by far the most racist place I ever lived (both overt and covert), but it was also the most mean-spirited.  And both pathologies are rampant among my own relatives.

      Both of my sisters are deceased; I've written about the older one a couple of times.  The younger one I haven't.  Part of that is because . . . well, what you say about what you found out and about in Washtenaw County?  That's where she lived when she died, and she fit right in among a certain mind-set, so to speak.  We were polar opposites politically, but also in very personal ways, too - and she was the perfect example of someone who would vote entirely against her own self-interest out of sheer meanness toward everyone else.

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      by Aji on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 02:54:09 PM PST

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      •  I'm not exactly sure why, though I do know (3+ / 0-)

        it fits.
        I have some damn mean relatives in my family, too; fortunately, most of them I don't have contact with any more. One of my mother's brothers was so mean that he let his house go into foreclosure rather than have to share any of the sale proceeds with his ex-wife. And that was far from the meanest thing he ever did in his life.
        I honestly don't get mean. I don't understand the point, since it really doesn't get the mean person much of anything. Not even satisfaction in meanness most of the time, plus as you note it often is against their own best interests.
        Still, I'm sorry that your other sister was that way. And sorry that you have lost them both.

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        by peregrine kate on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 04:41:19 PM PST

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