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  •  Catte, I'm familiar with such places and let me (9+ / 0-)

    tell you the people there interact with more civility than you describe.  Probably because the south has a violent "honor" culture, and the availability of weapons.  Sure, there's the occurrence of hate crimes from time to time, usually committed by cowards in the dark of night when they've isolated a victim.  But people like this guy Ashemore aren't actively seeking confrontation with back citizens.  He's acting bravely in a crowd of middle aged white guys, and as long as he stays in that environment, he's fine.  And he knows that.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 11:32:34 AM PDT

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    •  Flying a confederate flag is an act of (2+ / 0-)
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      intimidation.  Period.  That flag represents one of the most evil institutions ever established by humans.  Those who fly it today offer excuses, but they are always right wing white males in my experience.  I've never seen a black person flying a confederate flag.

      Maybe these racists act civil towards blacks on the street in daylight.  That's all well and good, but they still support institutional racism and cannot abide blacks holding any office or job that confers a status ranking higher than that of the majority of whites.  They still oppose Obama for a laundry rist of irration reasons, and their criticism of him always seems to include a few code words and phrases that tip one off to the true sourceof their hate.

      Also, IIRC, even in Jim Crow times, the KKK operated at night and wore masks to hide their identities.  They acted "civily" towards blacks in the daytime as long as they weren't acting "uppity".  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:40:04 PM PDT

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      •  Look I agree with your points. (4+ / 0-)

        What I'm saying is if you're black in America, you've long gotten past the point of racial intimidation by these types.  Now liberal whites (particularly non-southerners) may be shocked by a white man flying the "Stars and Bars", but I guarantee you the average black person (particularly a southerner) doesn't find it shocking at all.  The other point I'm making is that these neo-Confederates are far more hostile around whites than they are around blacks.  They're a tough bunch when they are a bunch, but very respectful when the real possibility of direct retribution is standing right in their face.

        "Because I am a river to my people."

        by lordcopper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:03:20 PM PDT

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