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  •  Is America a racist country? Yes. Yes it is. n/t (11+ / 0-)

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:00:18 AM PST

    •  one has to ask (3+ / 0-)
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      what do you mean by "racist country"?  Has racist laws?  includes some racists?  How is this defined?

      One must also ask how you know?  What is your evidence?

      These are always important questions

      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 Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:10:14 AM PST

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    •  Post-racial society will be easy to recognize (3+ / 0-)

      It will be when politicians of non-white races can fail as  spectacularly and as frequently as white politicians currently do, and the failures will be reported in the news and discussed everywhere with race as only a minor factor.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 09:18:04 AM PST

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      •  Post racist will be when a white man is vilified (3+ / 0-)

        For killing a black man, not calling it self-defense.

        •  And when a stray bullet (1+ / 0-)
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          in a white neighborhood (whether rural or suburban or urban or gated) that results in the death of a child is considered every bit as unacceptable as other "stray bullet" killings.

          Today we call too many stray bullet deaths accidents.

          Note: my definition of stray bullet is admittedly pretty narrow; a bullet emerging from the end of a gun that meets up with human flesh.

          Sometime in the future we will look back on this time in history and call these deaths what they are, extra-judicial killings.

          "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

          by LilithGardener on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:21:03 AM PST

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        •  Let's clarify. (1+ / 0-)
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          Post racist will be when that happens every time. It's not that it never happens now. And of course Zimmerman is and is not "white," but that doesn't matter because his prejudices about young black men are not exclusive to any group in the U.S.

          •  The point about Zimmerman underscores the (1+ / 0-)
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            point of how easily racism can shift its focus to a new target.

            "White", "almost white", "might have been white", "white-hispanic? whaaa?, oops, oh well" was all that was needed for white supremacists to adopt Zimmerman as their hero, to drive to Florida and parade around, to make threatening statements online and in the press and be cheered for it.

            The racial aspect was, "Anything but black."

            But on a different day some of those same people will have the same fight but the discriminating line will shift to something else, "Anything but brown."

            Come to think of it, it's not that far from the 18th century conception of race, when the discriminating line was "Anything but Indian."

            "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

            by LilithGardener on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:28:08 AM PST

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