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  •  What am I missing? (1+ / 0-)
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    Is it 1920?

    The Fifteenth Amendment (Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude". It was ratified on February 3, 1870, as the third and final of the Reconstruction Amendments
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    You say,

    Fifty years after the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment (guaranteeing all Americans the right to vote), tens of millions of Americans, Northerners as well as Southerners, through the teachings of their elders, believe -- unconsciously, subconsciously or otherwise -- that the President is a beast.  And being human, he has the virtues of courage and anger, and thus must be feared… for he is no longer docile.
    You mean 150?

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sun May 26, 2013 at 05:07:37 PM PDT

    •  Great diary (5+ / 0-)

      but I think Steinbeck meant that the white racist has the "courage and anger" that transmutes into terror:

       "And if your heart has human vestiges of courage and anger, which in a man are virtues, then you [whites] have fear of a dangerous beast, and since your heart has intelligence and inventiveness and the ability to conceal them, you live with terror."

      So in your analogy, the white racist is terrified not because Obama has courage and anger, but because his courage and anger turn inward and fuel his fear.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Sun May 26, 2013 at 05:32:22 PM PDT

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      •  (I meant this to be in the main thread, not as a (1+ / 0-)
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        response to you comment)

        The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

        by Upper West on Sun May 26, 2013 at 05:34:02 PM PDT

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      •  I believe the gentleman was asserting (10+ / 0-)

        that in a human (man), courage and anger are human traits.  First, the man (slave-owner) must turn the (Black) man into a beast by thinking of him as a beast, in order to overcome the man's (slave-owner's) natural empathy, and thus obstacle, to treating another man as a beast.

        As long as "beast" is made to be docile, the fear remains dormant.  But the man (slave-owner) never completely forgets that he has "beastified" a man... and since a man has courage and anger (since he is human), the thought-of beast is to be feared.

        Teaching his child that the Black man is merely a beast, thus docile and not to be feared, eliminated the human conflict present in the original thinking.  So long as beasts remained beasts, there was no fear of them as men in descending generations.  During civil rights uprisings in the 60s, long lines of Black men marched holding signs saying "I Am a Man."  The fierce opposition to this in the South was founded upon the above thinking, passed down from father to son.  Black men asserting their man-hood therefore created terror in the South which is still very present and is the basis of the diary.

        Obama's election was ultimate proof to those who harbored generations-old thinking of a Black man as a beast and was final proof that Black men were men, and thus possessing courage and anger.  

        The fear created by Obama's election was not that he might replace some better qualified person.  It touched incredibly deeply-held fears throughout America, and I believe those fears have never been widely articulated.  Such deeply subordinated fears have manifested in all the right wing crap we've been seeing for the last 5 years.  Every conservative starts out by saying, "I'm not a racist."  Methinks he doeth protesteth too much.

        Stated much more briefly -- The night President Obama was elected, tens and tens of millions of white folks in America looked across the room at each other and thought "Uh oh."

        Americans who vote against their own interests are driven by "the human need to find a strand of significance that will hold everything together that isn't on TV..." (quote is from P. Roth in "Sabbath's Theater")

        by ceebee7 on Sun May 26, 2013 at 06:26:09 PM PDT

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        •  good analysis (8+ / 0-)

          Republicans found out in the sixties that they could use "the beast" to take whites away from the Democrats.  In '68 "they" are rioting.  In '80, "they" are taking your taxes to go on welfare and not work.

          Southern whites loved the social welfare state until it included blacks.  Then they let their fear and hatred lead them to vote for those who now have eviscerated their standard of living.

          I don't think there's a circle in hell hot enough for those who used race over the last 35 years to screw the middle class.

          The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

          by Upper West on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:00:56 PM PDT

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      •  Because we can see courage and anger in others. (0+ / 0-)

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Mon May 27, 2013 at 03:40:04 AM PDT

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    •  My bad... I was referring to Civil Rights (3+ / 0-)
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      legislation doing away with poll taxes, tests, etc. passed by Congress in the 60s.  Otherwise, yes, I meant 150.  Thank you.

      Americans who vote against their own interests are driven by "the human need to find a strand of significance that will hold everything together that isn't on TV..." (quote is from P. Roth in "Sabbath's Theater")

      by ceebee7 on Sun May 26, 2013 at 05:47:58 PM PDT

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