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  •  It's a hard thing that we've been trying to do (2+ / 0-)
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    mikejay611, doc2

    for years.

    If I were sitting across from that lady, I would tell her about my experiences being harrassed by police.  I'd tell her that she's right about being law-abiding, but wrong to think that it's enough.

    If I were sitting across from her, though, I would be in a much better position to tell if she's really a racist or if her experiences "color" her world in a way that has a racist effect, which is different.

    If she's really a racist, you call her out and I, for one, have nothing more to do with her. Although, sigh, you can't really do that if she's a member of your own family. Then you are left to make sure your kids aren't poisoned by the spew -- and that's not easy.

    If she's not really a racist -- and I'll admit to being more "benefit of the doubt" than most people -- there is room for talk and guidance.

    On more of a policy level, I'm a great believer in police force that mirror the local populace as much as possible. Even more, I think cops should get out of there cars and get to know folks -- and get to be known.  I think it's harder to shoot people you know, and I think people who know you are less likely to assume the worst from the outset.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:19:09 AM PDT

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    •  Fair Enough. (2+ / 0-)
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      Republicans are counting on the fact that fear makes people do stupid things. Like voting Republican.. ~ Ian Reifowitz

      by mikejay611 on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 11:16:35 AM PDT

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    •  why do you have to be sitting across from her? (2+ / 0-)
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      the comment is right here and you can address her here.  Just like you're magically able to make the time to constantly troll and defend whatever rightwing, GOP, racist comments that other trolls post--or maybe engage in another round of bashing progressives on a progressive site.  
      Another one of your hypocritical habits is whining about the characterizations of conservatives, because it doesn't match up with whatever your subjective, vague, poorly defined notion of a "conservative" is--while at the same time making ignorant, stereotypical, or strawman statements against progressives.

      you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

      by red rabbit on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 11:55:28 AM PDT

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