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  •  If more people (26+ / 0-)

    were like you and the Burns twins, perhaps the Tea Party craziness and the lies from Faux news would not exist. This country would be so much better off.

    I really applaud Tracy and Travis Burns. To embrace and mentor a young person of another race is admirable. I couldn't do it, not in Mississippi in the 1970s. We didn't trust white people that much. But at least we tolerated them; they, OTHO, never gave us that much credit.

    But I have to be honest and wonder if they mentored black boys in the same manner. Lawd knows we need them badly.

    •  This is a wonderful diary... (7+ / 0-)

      and I had very similar experiences with a young man named Daryl Macadoo.  He showed me the racism that surrounded me at home and at scholl was unfounded.  I have been thinking of writing a very similar diary regarding the tea party people.

      I believe in what Dr. King said as quoted above:

      Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
      -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      I believe that is what we must try to reunite this country again.  I know many good people who follow the tea party that are just misinformed and frieghtened into their rightwing beliefs.  The only way to stop this cycle is through love and understanding.  What many of these people are saying may be terrible but the people themselves are often caring, loving people.  We need to reach out to those people with love and understanding.  

      It may not be as satisfying as rubbing their nose in their ignorance but in the long run, we may end up eradicating some cultural hate by kindly showing them the err in their ways.

      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:49:23 AM PST

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    •  Please, Please understand (5+ / 0-)

      there's billions of dollars to be made in racism!

      Keeping us divided hides the true objective.

      The Koch's, the Peterson's, the de Vos', the Walton's, the Simmons' etc would have to give up their grip on the economy if there wasn't racism!!!

      I grew up white in the south Bronx.  I didn't know about hating people until I went to junior high school.  My friends and my parents friends were all colors and backgrounds and I never heard a bad word.  
      I was stunned the first time I heard the "n" word.  Didn't know what it meant.  I do now.  To me it means, don't like that person because if you are friends w/someone of another color you might understand how the wealthy are stealing from us and you might come together and take back what the wealthy have stolen.

      Racism, sexism, etc are  mental illness' which are transmitted and promoted by the wealthy to maintain power.

    •  I never had a black mentor (1+ / 0-)
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      as a white kid raised with a bunch of other mostly white kids, the only credit I can have with early diversity was a gay (white) boy who I became friends with. I don't even think I can credit him for anything... from an early age I always took a path that diverged from social norms. I chose the "outcast" groups to associate with in school, and I chose to befriend this gay boy because... probably because no one else wanted to be his friend.

      Where did it come from that I would reject racism? and homophobia? I can't point to any part of my upbringing, I can't point to my parents. I think I can only credit myself, that I have a capacity for empathy that I can literally feel for myself the kinds of social rejection marginalized groups of people feel.

      That I would embrace these feelings rather than turn against them... that is where I can credit where I came from. I am particularly, pointedly, non-religious, but I was raised on the true teachings of Jesus, of having love and empathy for others. As you do unto the least of these, you do unto me... I hate appealing to authority, but that one passage summarizes who I am better than anything.

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