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  •  I think we are talking about different things. (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm talking about why white working class voters in places such as W. Va (and not just there) vote against their won economic interests.  Reich suggested it was because they are desperate for jobs.  I added racism.  

    Class and race intersect in interesting ways in this nation.  I'm convinced there will be no successful working class movement for fundamental change until the working class (which more and more consists of people of color), so make that the white working class rids itself of racism.  

    Certainly exploitation has grown of all workers, but too many white working people in this nation participate in their own subjugation by voting and acting based on racism.  

    The 1% or the !% uses racism at times, but it's home grown in the white working class and has been for centuries.  You can't get to class solidarity so long as you have racist ideas.

    Take care.      

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    by TomP on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 01:08:44 PM PST

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    •  and yet we have some folks claiming (2+ / 0-)
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      that working hard in school = "acting white" or "acting Asian" or some seriously hard-wrong thinking of that sort.

      We have to go back to '64-'65, when we had "skin in the game" regardless of its color (and when VietNam had not yet become the rubric by which we judged all things LBJ) to understand the potential in unity rather than division. That fall, the GeeOPee decided its hatefulness was a viable message; when did we decide our non-hatefulness isn't?

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 01:22:35 PM PST

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    •  Regarding the Presidential 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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      racism probably was an element. And the economy probably had an impact, too. But, even without that, I think West Virginians (and people elsewhere in coal country) would have voted against the pro-regulation party. The coal country folks I know are vehemently opposed to government regulation as a matter of principle. Fox News has convinced to that anti-regulation is right as rain, American as apple pie, and endorsed in the Bible.

      The platitudes I hear pouring from others on the left will not change the views of WV voters. And, until voters change their views, politicians will be under no pressure to pass and enforce better laws.

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