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  •  Here's a test (20+ / 0-)

    1. Go into a Burger King or Hardee's or Shoney's somewhere in the South (I did it in North Carolina). Order a meal and sit at a table fairly central.

    2. Dawdle over your meal; this may take 30 minutes or more.

    3. Watch the tables with 2 or more white folks.

    Sooner or later, you'll see someone (a) lean forward, (b) look over his/her left shoulder, (c) throw a quick glance over the right shoulder, and (d) say something in a very low voice.

    What will you bet the word 'nigger' was in that sentence?

    Happened to me with my cousins and I've seen it many times - and I'm not from there and not close to them in any way.

    It's how it is.

    Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

    by Clem Yeobright on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:36:54 PM PDT

    •  I've been told this, basically, as well (9+ / 0-)

      In some places it's assumed the average White person has those attitudes so as long as no Black people are around those attitudes can be openly expressed.
      Friend from Tx relates how in neighborhood gatherings in small circles the N word would be used freely.No Black neighbors I assume.

      •  In some places, "public" is a euphemism for (5+ / 0-)

        people who should be kept out and "gated communities" with homeowner associations are the descendants of segregation via deed restrictions.
        The enforcers of residential segregation? Real estate agents. They are the gate keepers.

        Somehow, being exclusive makes people feel good.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 05:03:31 AM PDT

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        •  it was like that with one realtor in the town I (0+ / 0-)

          grew up with in the Northeast. 40 years ago.

          There were two other realtors and some Black people in our neighborhood so clearly the racist realtor didn't get all the business.

          I found this out when I sold my parent's house about 10 yrs ago. Woman in her 70s, old neighbor of us/my parents, pointed me to her so called "right" realtor.

          I was gratified when I sold to a minority family.

    •  Five years ago my uncles (3+ / 0-)

      visited here in the Denver area while my dad underwent surgery. One uncle lives in an Indianapolis suburb and the other lives in the Dallas area (both grew up in Dallas).

      While sitting down for lunch in the cafeteria somehow the subject of hospital workers came up. My uncle who still lives in the Dallas area looked to make sure no non-white was within earshot then made his disparaging comment about "those Mexican workers".

      He's also the type of guy that, if you contradict him in any way, especially if you're younger, will jump your shit right there and then.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:48:58 AM PDT

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    •  Yep, almost guareenteed (1+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright

      Usually a little more subtle than that.  Like the conversation I overheard in an antique store in Charleston last week between two older gentlemen.  They were talking about their past, their time in the Navy, people they knew from the same region in Georgia where they grew up and then one of them looked at the other and started on about how the government was giving his hard earned money away to the lazy and the other one said "don't even get me started".  Nuff said.

      The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

      by Do Something on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 05:20:52 PM PDT

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