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    the extent to which the racism in a society affects otherwise good people in ways that play out unconsciously.  And that self-reflection not finger-pointing is the only way to deal with racism.

    In American culture, one is either a repentant racist or an unrepentant racist.  It's not a matter of good people-bad people.  Although it is clear that consciously and behaviorially unrepentant people have made the decision to play out the role of bad people in a "bad is good" sort of way.

    And the institution of formal discrimination on the basis of ethnicity holds racism in being even when the majority of the population is not consciously or intentionally racist.

    In California, Texas, Florida, and other states, there might not be separate schools by law, but that discrimination still exists. (Of course, as the immigration issue shows the racist attitudes still exist.)  And one of the institutional results is toleration of peonage or outright slavery by labor contractors.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:52:08 AM PST

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