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  •  That homeland thing has been bugging me.. (4.00)
    When exactly did that start? Homelands to this born in the sticks citizen used to come from

    And it's always been uncomfortably close to a 'fatherland'

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    by Blue in VA on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 11:04:48 AM PST

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    •  'used to be where people come from' (none)

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      by Blue in VA on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 11:05:59 AM PST

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    •  homeland (none)
      Langston Hughes put quotes around the phrase "homeland of the free."  I'm not sure why he did that.  At one time, I thought he used the term "homeland" as an ironic allusion to South Africa.  However, I believe the poem was published before the "homelands" were established in South Africa.

      According to the references I have consulted, the "homelands" were established in South Africa in 1958.  This involved setting up territories that black people were assigned to.  Every black person was assigned to a "homeland," whether they lived within one of the designated territories or not.  They were then given the "right" to vote within their "homeland," but not in elections for the South African goverment.  It was an interesting system, don't you think?

      I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

      by homeland observer on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 11:28:11 AM PST

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    •  Spot on (none)
      re the "homeland/fatherland" resonance. It still creeps me out every time I hear it (maybe because I'm Jewish?).

      I fantasize about the time when the fascist tide has receded and we'll be able to change it to something reassuring, rather than fear-inducing. But we've got so much other work to do before we get to the point where we can worry about correcting names.

      -8.25,-8.36 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

      by sidnora on Sat Mar 04, 2006 at 07:57:47 AM PST

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