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  •  one can always (3+ / 0-)
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    politely say,  I don't like the use of perjoratives about groups of people, I would appreciate it if you wouldn't use those words around me, or tell those kind of jokes, whatever fits.  Or you can ignore it.   But that wasn't what I was talking about, so let me try to say it more plainly, the very real and doing well racial animus in this country needs to be exposed and the apologists who try to say there are no dog whistles and people don't think like that any more, that racists are a tiny minority of the population,  that most people never use the n word or think like that any more,  need to hear what people are saying.  No cover, no excuses.

    •  jfromga (3+ / 0-)

      this is a difficult topic, because in too many cases, naked hate lies just beyond those perjorative expressions.

      I'm in the South a lot and maybe I draw too much solace from the racial tolerance I often see among my rural redneck acquaintances.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 12:13:26 PM PST

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    •  I say nothing (1+ / 0-)
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      because: a) It's not going to change their minds or their behavior anyway; and b) I want to know what they are thinking, because I want to know who/what I am dealing with.

      •  they already stepped over the line (1+ / 0-)
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        and I know what I am dealing with if I have to ask them not to say certain things,  there isn't much going back at that point.   I already know what they think, they told me.   Believe them.  The question is can we all agree that certain things won't be said around me and we can have some kind of relationship despite who these people are, because believe me,  you sometimes have to really limit your social life around here if you can't reach detente.

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