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  •  Yes I do think hate radio has taken this country (11+ / 0-)

    backwards to an extent where I think once again , racism is more overt and sadly accepted in many circles. We did not see that 30 yrs to this extent. We are in fact going backwards when people are debating the merits of slavery for crying out loud. That is so 18th and 19th century. For heaven sake, John and Abigail Adams used to debate friends about slavery and people in DC and so on.

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    by wishingwell on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:47:51 AM PDT

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    •  I agree: it's more open now, even in the South (13+ / 0-)

      Back in the 1970s, in Alabama, the messages against racism were starting to take root--even in my older relatives. My mother and her sisters and my older brother were more liberal, if fearful of being so openly, but my dad and uncles were your average Southern racists of their generation.

      In the 70s, when I was in college. Even my father and uncles tried to temper their racism. My brother, for example, chastized my father for using the "n" word around my nephew. Dad said, "well, that's what I've always called 'em." And somewhat embarrassed added (disingenuously): "I don't mean nothin' by it."

      But the Republicans worked hard to capture the votes of chagrined white racists, beginning with Nixon's Southern Strategy and culminating in the crowning of Ronald Reagan, whose welfare queen bashing made it OK--even American--to be openly and hatefully racist again--at least to racists of my father's generation. Sadly, the conservative/talk radio propaganda dogwhistles have made younger white Southerners, those born in the 70s and later, more susceptible to the disease.

      Not all of course--and that's important to acknowledge. There are progressive white Southerners; I'm thankfully kin to some. But there are also atavistic racist idiots. They have not died out, especially not in rural areas.

      "This is a center-left country. Democrats can act that way and win. In fact, they must." -- Markos

      by cassandraX on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:16:21 AM PDT

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