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  •  The Lebowitz interview nails the issue in a way (13+ / 0-)

    that is succinct and clear, understanding racism in America is not about walking a mile in the "black man's," shoes, it's about having a society where a black person can be just as good or as bad, as a white person without any particular attachment of  value being placed on that person because of race. It is simple and apparently at the same time, so unutterably complex, as to defy definition and the implementation of social change to bring us to a state of equal treatment for all.

    What Lebowitz is telling us "sub rosa," is the reason we don't have a solution to the "race problem," here in America is because the white power structure doesn't want one. That conclusion is true and until we face it and deal with the fact that power surrenders nothing without challenge and action, constant civil disobedience and other action, we will not see the "race problem," solved, ever...

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:26:28 AM PDT

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    •  It's not about "walking a mile in his shoes".... (5+ / 0-)
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      darleneh, capelza, zenbassoon, user23, KJG52

      It's that "the Whitey" doesn't want the black folks wearing the same shoes as he does.

      I know, disgusting, right?  And yes, I'm a middle-class white dude, slightly idealistic even at 47, who STILL manages to see that the pervasiveness of racism in this country isn't solely because of "Black culture" or "Hispanic culture" or even (ugh!) "Ghetto culture", but WHITE culture.

      We all cheered when Apartheid ended in South Africa, right?  Yet we have it right here, in spades.

      It's driven by people who have always had their feet firmly planted on the hands of those under them on the "Ladder of Success".  They don't want anyone else climbing up after them, and "by all that's holy, Those People should get their own damn ladder!"

      And personally it offends me that, in this country, with the freedoms we're given and the ideals we strive for, that we STILL can't see others by their character rather than superficial things like gender, skin color, creed, and preference of partners.

      If your sole and entire rationale for doing something is "It's not illegal." then perhaps you should rethink doing it.

      by dcnblues on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 12:48:37 PM PDT

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