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  •  Slavery is inherently "unkind." (10+ / 0-)

    And if there were perhaps kinder, gentler slave owners, they were still engaged in the horror of ownig human beings, buying and selling them.
    I was raised in the Deep South. My American history teacher actually told us the slave owners treated their slaves well. And when I brought a book to class on the Holocaust, complete with photos of the living skeletons at Auswitch, she told me to "put away that filth."
    And the native Americans? They weren't mentioned at all. It was all about the wonders of Manifest Destiny.
    She was already old then, probably been dead for years. But her words still horrify me.

    "Let's stay together"--Rev. Al Green and President Obama

    by collardgreens on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:37:03 PM PST

    •  Truly acknowledging the horrors of slavery, (5+ / 0-)

      its pervasiveness over centuries, and its continuing repercussions, would completely destroy the bedrock of the current conservative worldview. As we've been reminded ad nausea, racism is over (apparently a switch was flipped sometime around 1865 or 1964, I forget), the poor are just lazy (nothing to do with income inequality or institutional racism over generations), and the US has never, ever done anything wrong (...I can't even begin to go there...). On race specifically, conservatives oscillate between "lalala can't hear you!", basically saying "shit happens," and blaming Barack Obama, Steve McQueen, and other persons of color (or anyone for that matter) who dares to bring up racial issues as "using" them as some sort of crutch (the implicit suggestion being to "get over it"), because, remember, racism is over. It just boggles my mind.

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