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  •  Great diary (7+ / 0-)

    I was at a little fundraising dinner back in 2007 when I decided to take Thom Hartmann's advice(great radio host for those few who may not know who he is) and get involved in politics.  It was a gathering at a large residential house in one of the upscale neighborhoods for a $35 donation(fundraiser for a local politician if I recall correctly).  I think there may have been around 60 people or so.  Anyway, I did not realize it as I was busy meeting people, but everyone there was "whitish" and in the 50-60 year old range.  I was talking to the woman who was hired to help cook about a gumbo I attempted but failed miserably at.  She was a middle aged black woman through a temp agency and I realized in a moment, the only black person.  It was about that time that the hostess decided she needed to bring this lady into the living room and introduce her.  To be quite honest I was a bit embarrassed as a small group assembled around her to shake her hand and I remember one person make a point of their anti-racist campaign.  The look on this woman's face was priceless as it appeared everyone in the group was just so excited to meet a real black person and show how comfortable they were and in the process making this woman look as uncomfortable as a sofa made of rocks.  

    I have some other experiences like that, but I wanted to just share that one to make a point.  Just be yourselves people.  Work on the issues you are most concerned about, work with those people and groups with whom who have a common interest even if you disagree in other areas, and please please please stop trying to prove what anti-racists you are.  It can come off really creepy at times.

    "When people have nothing left to lose, they lose it." - Gerald Celente

    by DrFaustus on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 10:00:37 AM PDT

    •  thanks for being willing to share (2+ / 0-)
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      Denise Oliver Velez, DrFaustus

      I just wanted to note that there is actually an antiracist movement. There are also many white allies that are engaged in this movement.  If you search the following names you'll find a plethora of excellent information -- Peggy McIntosh, Tim Wise

      •  For those unaware (2+ / 0-)
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        Vita Brevis, DrFaustus

        Tim Wise posts here fairly regularly, and participates in comment threads in his diaries even though they can in some cases become...unpleasant. (comparable to the  flame war that kicked off this diary)

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 10:30:34 AM PDT

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