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  •  The end of Obama's term will be a defining moment (0+ / 0-)

    In reading your message and others, I realize that what I'm saying may be distasteful.  We as liberals work hard at giving equal acknowledgement and respect  to all victimized groups.  But what you will find out as soon as Obama leaves office is that in America race trumps them all. Because this will be a painful lesson, I'm making these comments now to alert you to what's ahead.  Otherwise, we will hear as many rationalizations from liberals as we do from conservatives as to why the Tea Party has suddenly lost its thunder.

    Constance Hilliard is a professor, who blogs at Soul Wisdom:

    by Constance Hilliard on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:51:37 AM PST

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    •  I didn't comment because... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...I found what you were saying distasteful.  I commented because I found what you were saying to be non-factual.

      •  You're in denial about the central role of racism (0+ / 0-)

        Of course I might be wrong.  But what I suspect is that I'm spot on.  And those of you who've not yet come to understand the central role racism plays in Tea Party politics will suppress your discomfort by rationalizing away the "facts" regarding the Tea Party's sudden lack of luster.  The effect on the Tea Party of Obama's leaving the White House, should however, be an even more meaningful lesson in the nature and depth of American racism, than his election to office was.

        Constance Hilliard is a professor, who blogs at Soul Wisdom:

        by Constance Hilliard on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:07:46 AM PST

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        •  I don't think you're wrong (0+ / 0-)

          about the fact that racism is heavily intertwined in everything the Tea Party is about, and responsible for very much bad behavior over the last six years. But as many other commenters have pointed out, the Tea Party has been here for a long time, whether under that name or not, and the reasons they're here will not evaporate when the black guy leaves office.

          There have been some very good diaries here on DKos that give more historical background on the movement. I especially recommend this one and the links it contains. The news is not good. We are continuing to refight power struggles that go back to the beginnings of this country, even before the civil war. Actually, I guess the news isn't that bad. Progress is slow, but we're winning. Just don't expect them to give up, ever.

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