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  •  After my parents died, my sister and I have (4+ / 0-)

    started to avoid and basically end our relationships with family members who are bigots, racist, mean spirited.
    It got easier as we found once my mom died, most of her family began to ignore us anyway. It was like they loved their aunt and uncle, sister and brother but forgot their deceased ones had children. There has always been some jealousy because we have college degrees and some fear of us because we are outspoken.

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    by wishingwell on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:56:00 AM PDT

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    •  That's exactly how it is (0+ / 0-)

      with most of my extended family.  My dad was an only child & his father died only six months before he did, so it was harder to keep in touch with mostly much-older relatives.  My mom died twelve years ago and other than my youngest aunt & her husband, who moved to my city a few years after Mom died, I have very little contact with most of the family... all but one of my first cousins friended me on Facebook, and I send birthday cards & Christmas presents to my grandmother, but that's it.  Haven't heard a word from most aunts & uncles since right after Mom's death, and the one uncle I did speak to occasionally defriended all of us the day after the election (that was more ridiculous than upsetting).

      Over the years I've wanted to needle most of them by pointing out that I know plenty of whites who really would be better off as sharecroppers than clinging to their federally-funded jobs, but I guess it's just as well I don't have the chance ;)

      "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

      by latts on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 02:56:46 PM PDT

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