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  •  "Racism and conservatism are (4+ / 0-)

    the same thing in the post civil rights era."  I think you're right.  If not through actual hostility and hatred, then through deliberate indifference and obliviousness.  

    I also think the case could be made that, whenever there has been terrorism or mass violence in the U.S., white folks have been responsible.  (Do any historians or history buffs know -- are there exceptions?)

    •  the vast majority of domestic terrorism is by (3+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, Silencio, NancyWH

      white folks. The largest domestic terrorist organization in American history was/is the KKK.

      There has been a pattern of Right-wing violence since Obama was elected.

      •  It's NOT just the election of Obama (1+ / 0-)
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        Silencio

        With the deep recession many people became outliers.  They no longer had a "seat at the table."

        They were left behind...no more low-skill assembly line jobs.  40 years ago you could work at an auto plant in Detroit and make about $75/hr (including pension, health benefits, vacation, sick days etc.)

        Those jobs barely required a high school education.  Now?  There are no jobs for hs grads except fast food or temp part-time jobs at Walmart.

        Millions of people have been left behind...and they have to blame someone!  Welcome my white brother to http://posse-comitatus.org

        Yes Posse Comitatus--born of reconstruction in the 1870s.  Timothy McVeigh was a member.  He got caught because he didn't believe in government and had no license tags on van!  Hoist by his own petard!  The guy at Cliven Bundy's get-together who suggested that the women and children get in front wore a Posse Comitatus cap.

    •  I'm 65 (3+ / 0-)
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      Silencio, NancyWH, JJustin

      and a lifetime heavy news reader. Memory is notoriously fallible, but I believe the perpetrators of mass violence have always been white. The republicans have been ginning up racial hatred to get elected since just after the Civil Rights Act was passed. That's just a fact!

      In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to a Republican Party strategy of gaining political support for certain candidates in the Southern United States by appealing to racism against African Americans. ....

      The strategy was first adopted under future Republican President Richard Nixon and Republican Senator Barry Goldwater

      https://en.wikipedia.org/...

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 11:33:36 AM PDT

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