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      at times (by whites) on DKos -- ie "those white people are so hopelessly screwed up."  Yeah, it's a kind of "othering."  I think it comes basically from a desire to show that "we" -- us progressive whites -- aren't "them."

      Just read some of the comments about southerners at times.  

      THe fact is that the Democratic party hasn't always served the interests of white working & middle class people (how's that for a bit of understatement?).  And the Dems certainly have not taken on race in a forceful way, and countered all the false messaging of the GOP, Fox, big chunks of the media, etc.

      We need to be better on the issues and better on messaging, especially messaging on race.  This would strengthing the Democratic party and make it truer to it's best history.  

      But let's remember that it's also something white activists owe to our allies of color.  Reducing racial polarization in the US -- not by winning over all white people but by reaching those who are reachable -- is one of the best thing we could do to ease some of the most painful problems that burden communities of color.  See recent diaries on the fear of young black men.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 11:54:20 AM PST

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