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  •  In the end it's all about fear (2+ / 0-)
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    Black Max, blueoregon

    I've lived in the South (NC) since my birth in 1953.

    My parents, secretly and then openly after the 60s, taught me to judge people by their character, not their skin color.

    Yet later in life when they got older, ugly covert racism erupted even in them. As older people slowly but inexorably lose the ability to control their environment they often become prone to ever-growing fear and the need to find scapegoats.

    In the 1950s and in almost every decade before that, the older white male reigned supreme in this land.  He decided how much freedom and power anyone else had, always reserving the best of himself.

    As that power erodes away fear comes stepping in to replace it.  Racism and all the other isms are symptoms of the very real fear of the white culture in the USA that their time is past, and that instead of a multicultural paradise the "other" cultures will treat them as a minority just like they did when they were on top.

    The perspective of people who believe that resources are scarce and only those with power can have freedom are very different from yours and mine.

    This diary and the anecdotes about hidden and overt racism in the South and everywhere in the United States are true and very disturbing.  

    The root of the problem is deeper, though.  It is fear.  The fear of the loss of power.

    "A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance." -- George Orwell, 1984

    by Treats on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:44:43 AM PDT

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