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  •  Thom Hartman (10+ / 0-)

    is awesome.  I've learned so many fascinating things about history from him.

    I've believed all along that this gun fight has racism at its core.  Now we have that horrible NRA ad, proclaiming indignation that those children should have more protection than your own [white] children.

    Forget that they're the children of the leader of the fucking free world and they just might be more likely targets of violence than your own offspring.

    I also suggest watching the new American Experience series on PBS "The Abolitionists"; that and this piece by Hartman puts it all in a very different light.  Some white people have been deathly afraid of blacks "uprising" for a very long time; now in their fevered imagination they have a black man taking away their guns, with the support of "urban" voters, who of course all have guns..... phew.  This might get worse.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:56:18 PM PST

    •  It has long been apparent (14+ / 0-)

      that a major reason why people in white suburbs with a low crime rate think that the need guns is because they fear that the blacks from the intercity will descend on them. They have the same nightmares of the slave owners who lived in fear of their slaves.

      •  Just noticed that part 2 (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Glen The Plumber

        of The Abolitionists is on tonight in an hour..... just FYI

        "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

        by La Gitane on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:03:53 PM PST

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      •  Really? (4+ / 0-)

        Got any evidence for this statement?

        Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

        by Mindful Nature on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:17:14 PM PST

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      •  Richard, I live in a small rural area in a red (5+ / 0-)

        county and was thinking about this:

        ...[a] major reason why people in white suburbs with a low crime rate think that the need guns is because they fear that the blacks from the intercity will descend on them.
        Back about 1978 or so, a bi-racial couple moved into the area with their young son. The wife is black (they are now divorced) and remains here.

        I can tell you first hand that people threatened to "burn them out". I heard it with my own ears and knew the jerk that said it (who, ironically, was in the equivalent of county fire at the time later moving to the Shasta area of CA when the department went county).

        I had some serious arguments with him and his KKK equivalents.

        I was also present one day when they verbally attacked her and I, and another woman, came to her defense.

        This particular guy and some of his ilk remain here, but most have moved on to even redder pastures and a few have died, but to say that the racism of then doesn't remain in a few here would be in error. And these are the very folks that are conservative nut bags now wearing their absurdity even more proudly. I know a few of them are gun owners, one was, in the past, a conceal carrier until he shot someone.

        They haven't been any better with Latinos, BTW.

        We do, indeed, have a low crime rate here. I think you may be onto something.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:30:10 PM PST

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