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  •  I think it is fair to acknowledge that the (1+ / 0-)
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    Daily Kos base demographic is  the white liberal bourgeoisie. To that are added various doses of whomever else decides to try to partake.  The WLB gets an opportunity to engage with a wide range of folks,  from old hippies to persons of color to progressives and radicals of various stripe, environmentalists, labor activists and the GBLT tribe, to name but a few.  Most share interests with others, most see one issue or another as having greatest priority, the one that will make all the others more possible.

    Beliefs are passionately held and expressed.

    A certain level of decorum is required and enforced, the exact parameters of which are in flux.  Many of us become frustrated with what we perceive as obtuseness over one thing or another. Fights erupt,  tempers flare, fee-fees are hurt, some people leave. Some come back.

    It all muddles along, the sum of all the individual efforts we all put into being here and making it work somehow.  It is what it is,  and it only changes and grows with our inputs.  After ten years, I'm still here studying it and offering what I can.

    And the door into Daily Kos remains as open as it always has been.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 06:42:33 PM PDT

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    •  I agree that the door is open (1+ / 0-)
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      I will continue to come to NN and continue to post here. But I wanted to express what many feel but won't say. Instead, they'll just not show up. If progressives were to live out their values, I think there would be less self segregation in the progressive movement. I make this assertion with years of experience. It's not that hard to sit at the table with a group of people that look different from you. I am over 50 yrs old. In my experience, putting effort into dismantling segregation goes one-way. I believe that NN wants to fully be what it says it is. It's going to take more work. I'm willing to help with the work.

      •  you are certainly not the first (0+ / 0-)

        to raise the question, and many here share your concern.

        Nobody at DKos wants to keep anyone out,  but the very nature of the kind of venue it takes to put on a show like this (NN13) means one needs some spare cash to do it, and a lot of POCs  or working class people in general don't have it.  Nor do old white guys on SS, like me.

        That's prolly one element.  I literally don't know how to get more POCs to choose to come, either to this site,  or to NN gatherings.  DKos has always been about self-selecting to be here.  That's inherent in the medium. Can't just go dragoon people into joining an internet community.

        (there's more that could be said,  but I've run out of steam here. nice talking with you)

        don't always believe what you think

        by claude on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 10:16:05 PM PDT

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