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  •  The seemingly ubiquitous RW default position (7+ / 0-)

    of seeming to always immediately -- the absolute first, basic, and most fundamental move they make -- going directly to trying to instill, coax, and nurture white racial animosity and resentment is not just a mere strategy dreamed up by Nixon, Buchanan, and Atwater and the like. With many of them, it seems to be the most basic and fundamental aspect of their entire being.

    And I think this quote:

    That candidate spoke of a Tale of Two Cities, a city divided between the haves and the have-nots, but did so explicitly because he wants to heal that divide by increasing opportunity for those who lack it.
    explains another engine driving the need they feel to tie all this together in the way you describe.

    I also agree with your side note about the futility, not to mention inconsistency, of trying to define racism in such a way that it only applies to white people in this country. I fully recognize and support the notion of structural or institutional racism and how that differs from individual racism. But I certainly fail to see the point of attempting to claim that only institutional/structural racism is real racism.

    'I don't like the looks of it,' said the King: 'however, it may kiss my hand, if it likes.' 'I'd rather not,' the Cat remarked.”

    by polidiscoursor on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 05:33:35 PM PDT

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