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  •  Not only did he make it okay . . . (23+ / 0-)

    to hate other people, he made it okay - admirable and all-American, even - to hate SPECIFIC other people.  The role race played in his calculus cannot be discounted, ever.  Yes, there was plenty of misogyny and general contempt for the poor or otherwise disadvantaged, but Reagan was an unreconstructed racist, and his political "genius" lay in billing what we'd fought so hard for in the '50s, '60s, and '70s as what was truly anti-American.

    Morning in America, indeed.

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    by Aji on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 11:49:01 AM PDT

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    •  You are absolutely right, Aji. "Those people." (4+ / 0-)

      The ones "not like us."  

      As a white person, I heard the code and knew what it meant too and I cringed when other white people pretended like they couldn't hear it.  BS.  Eventually I got sick of cringing and started calling others out for their feigned deafness (at least, if I thought there was any hope for them).  

      Probably this is the biggest source of shame for my country I have.  How can people do this and pretend they aren't?  How can so many white people so proudly embrace what is clearly racism and claim to be "good?"  

      We have back-slid so far..and I can only give tears for my country.    

      Metaphors be with you.

      by koosah on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 01:04:49 PM PDT

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      •  Or as Ann Romney called them, "YOU people." (2+ / 0-)
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        by anastasia p on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 05:22:15 PM PDT

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      •  That's an interesting statement. (0+ / 0-)

        "How can so many white people so proudly embrace what is clearly racism and claim to be good?" I am white and grew up as a teenager in the 80s to middle-class parents. My parents embraced Reagan's ideology fiercely, and they were very racist. They were actually what I call "closet racists" because they knew it was wrong but did it anyways. I was probably the only person in my family that figured out from a young age that racism was bad. You see, I actually look Asian, so I got picked on pretty bad by a bunch of white kids growing up. Fast forward to today, and the people in my family haven't changed one bit. My mother blocked me a year ago from Facebook because she tried to bully and harass me into voting for her darling Mitt Romney, and it didn't work. That didn't sit too well with her. She makes me sick actually. You can tell by her words and actions that she thinks she is right, and thus, she goes to any media source that backs her up in her beliefs--Fox News is her favorite. She knows she's wrong, but she refuses to change and treat people the way she wants to be treated. What makes it even more ironic is she grew up dirt poor, and people looked down on her because of her family and poverty. To this day, I don't speak to her or have any contact with her. She is one of the most hateful, vile people a person could ever meet. She spent most of my childhood trying to discourage me from my dreams and instead groom me to be a fat, lazy housewife like herself. It never worked because I was much too headstrong for her. She is a typical Rethuglican.

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