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  •  This is getting too sad (16+ / 0-)

    There's only so much anger I can process.

    And we're not talking the Deep South here.  I didn't realize the St. Louis area was so f**ked up.  As a white person I didn't realize a lot of things.  I need to learn more about what's going on (Marvin Gaye) in this country.

    •  White people need to understand "White Privilege" (4+ / 0-)
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      worldlotus, Eric K, howabout, snwflk

      YOU have white privilege.

      Every time you do anything in public, anything at all, you benefit from white privilege. You had nothing to do with its creation but you an do your part to tear it down.

      It's not easy.

      Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

      by RTIII on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 11:16:03 AM PDT

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      •  It's really not that hard (1+ / 0-)
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        White people can TALK to other white people.  Raise awareness of white privilege and how all white people are the beneficiaries of structural and institutionalized racism.  Don't let anyone you know get away with it, even if you risk being "impolite."  

        As Lolis Eric Elie, the writer and director of "Faubourg-Treme, the Untold Story of Black New Orleans," once said (when we were in college together):

        "Racism isn't a black problem.  It's a white problem."

        I took it to heart.  For well-meaning white people to wait around for black people to educate all the clueless white people around us is a profound abdication of our responsibility to actively fight this plague emanating from our (white people's) midst.

        Anti-racist white people are as to blame for the worst among us as are the "good cops" for not openly taking on the brutes and criminals in their midst.  No one wants to point it out, especially not in real time.

        Well, we have to.  Or we're just mentally masturbating here, chattering among the already-converted.  It's really not that hard.  And I'm not saying scream at people.  Start with folks on the fence. Speak with empathy and try to get through.  Or scream and cut people out of your life where they deserve it (unrepentant racist.)

        I see no need to have any unrepentant racist at my supper table or in my life.  And I will call anyone on their assumptions or rationalizations of their white supremacy, no matter how subtle such rationalizations or white supremacy may be.

    •  Missouri: former slave state, borders Arkansas (2+ / 0-)
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      howabout, mightymouse

      The infection went far and deep, and is still festering.

      Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

      by raincrow on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:31:24 PM PDT

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