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  •  there's something troubling me here; something (0+ / 0-)

    paradoxical. i'm having a tough time formulating it, though.  

    i guess i can sum it as a sort of a vague feeling that conceding that our reactionary elements' racist designs will be "fatal" to the eventual triumph of our essentially non-racist agenda empowers them and diminishes us.

    my ideal world is one where skin color is merely another aspect of individual human diversity.  where it is generally understood that terms like black community or hispanic community are regarded as literally non-sensical.  

    knowing our history, knowing the attitudes people have aquired, i realize that if something like what i hope for (and find it worthy to work and fight for)comes to pass, that our lives will be entirely spent in a transition period, and so will our children's, until when i don't know.

    but my reading of history tells me that (in current terms) anyone trying to organize a drive in the south (or in waukeegan)to get people who don't have a photo id to get a photo id would be lynched, and that people who dared to help non-english speaking voters to navigate their way through the electoral system in english so that they can exercise their precious franchise would also be in fear oftheir lives.  i have a feeling that those circumstance are actually changed, at the moment.  and in spite of the emergence of wingnutia, most people don't want to go back to full frontal racism.

    fight the bastards, yes.  renew the voting rights act, yes.  but never concede that their devide and conquer stratigies will not be overcome in all events.

    we'll stand him up against a wall and pop goes the weasel /rufus t. firefly

    by 2nd balcony on Fri Jun 23, 2006 at 01:07:24 AM PDT

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    •  I'm sorry (0+ / 0-)

      But you lost me somewhere in the middle, or maybe the beginning, really.

      I agree with "fight the bastards", though. Wholeheartedly.

    •  So you realize they're contradictory... (1+ / 0-)
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      As long as this is true:

      my reading of history tells me that (in current terms) anyone trying to organize a drive in the south (or in waukeegan)to get people who don't have a photo id to get a photo id would be lynched, and that people who dared to help non-english speaking voters to navigate their way through the electoral system in english so that they can exercise their precious franchise would also be in fear oftheir lives.

      This can't be true:

      my ideal world is one where skin color is merely another aspect of individual human diversity.  where it is generally understood that terms like black community or hispanic community are regarded as literally non-sensical.  

      For some progressives, the answer to minorities is always unilateral disarmament.  They claim the REAL problem is not white racism, so much as the fact that minorities keep thinking about it (and consequently stick to themselves).  But that ignores the fact that there's a larger context of violence out there, and Franklin's old phrase about hanging together or hanging separately still rings true.

      Read James Loewen's "Sundown Towns"!

      by ChicagoDem on Fri Jun 23, 2006 at 06:51:09 AM PDT

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