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    assent to our own degradation. It is degrading to White brothers and sisters, too, to have to listen to it, or to be called N*****-lovers ourselves. We don't get to play that position except at those concerts where we explicitly get permission.

    The whole point of non-violent confrontation 50 years ago was to demonstrate that segregationist governments did not have the consent of the segregated or of their White brothers and sisters. It turns out (as women and the men supporting them previously showed in the Suffragist movement) that having the vote is not the only form of political power. It helped, of course, that the demonstrations got on national TV, where the whole country could see respectful, respectable, non-violent activists being brutalized, rather than the cocainized animals of Klan propaganda, who want nothing in this world but White women. Similarly for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, because, contrary to all of the then-current Conventional Wisdom, it was not a riot; and because of what it, in fact, was.

    The entire Republican Party platform is to stamp that bank draft that MLK was talking about with "Insufficient Funds" and to throw it in our faces as often as possible. Hence 40 meaningless repeals of Obamacare, and all the fuss over the debt limit and the sequester and shutting down the government completely. We need more of us to refuse assent. Hence More and Better Democrats.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:56:06 AM PDT

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