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    research subjects.  I TALK to people.  I listen.  I'm relaying to you what they have told me.  I'm not saying that I wasn't listening in somewhat horrified fascination that people could actually be saying such things in 1995.  I'm not saying that "their uprisings were somehow at fault and not slavery itself".  But I am trying to explain how these thoughts and feelings are structured in the minds of "traditional" white southerners.  I understand as well that YOU are used to considering these people simply as "enemies" and therefore unworthy of compassion or understanding.  But psychologists consider compassion the emotional component of internal modeling of the mental state of others with the value of predicting their behavior.  I am trying to explain to you what the very real thoughts going on in the heads of these people are, so that you can model them more effectively.

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