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  •  As Pterry notes: Privilege is private law (9+ / 0-)

    Yes, class is a huge part of why our system is unfair, but layered onto our unfair class system is the residue of slavery, Jim Crow and general cussedness of folks that has been around ever since "My tribe can beat your tribe" had started to turn to "My tribe's god can beat your tribe's god." Racism and other forms of bigotry have been used from time immemorial to keep groups together and (maybe) safe from outsiders who were supposedly dangerous.

    My age and skin color aren't much different from Mr. Pratchett's, but I have no problem recognizing that we have a long history of racism, often used by the rich to keep the poor from working together against their oppressors, sometimes used by one set of poor folks against another to feel a bit better. Our discrimination isn't always just color-based. Europeans as varied as Irish, German, Polish and Italian have been the victims, but they finally were allowed to assimilate. We need to let everyone assimilate -- preferably before ten more generations of intermarriage make the problem moot.

    Americans can make our country better.

    by freelunch on Fri May 03, 2013 at 03:40:40 PM PDT

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