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  •  This is what everyone is missing. . . (1+ / 0-)
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    And it is not particular to Appalachia.

    For millions of American voters, ALL OVER the country who just happen to be White, Male, and sometimes hard-working here is the math. . .

    If you have to choose between a Black Man and a White Woman, you vote for the White Woman.

    If you have to choose between a Black Man and a White Man, you vote for the White Man.

    If you have to choose between a White Woman and a White Man, you vote for the White Man.

    end of story. Finis.
    There is nothing else to this.
    They are Racists, and SEXIST, and prejudiced. That is who these people are, no matter where they live. Not all, but most.
    They have caused this country far more grief than good.
    To hell with them.

    •  if you mean people who vote against their selves (2+ / 0-)
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      Abra Crabcakeya, sweetliberty

      because of perceived gender and skin tone mismatches getting what they deserves, I'm onboard.

      If you are saying it is deterministic and will never change, I would point to the fact that slavery is no longer remotely acceptable practice in North America nor in most parts of most other continents.

      People do change. Eventually they see that being demeaning has oneself as the first casualty.

      Watch out for the giant ground sloths.

      by cskendrick on Fri May 23, 2008 at 06:51:58 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, people absolutely change by open and (0+ / 0-)

        honest discussion like this. I think it is great and I have been reading more about the Irish history and it is long and deep. I did not know that there were scientific books and articles that tried to biologically support Irish hatred and inferiorty. I even found a quote from Ted Kennedy in which he said he remembers signs promoting discrimination.

        Senator Ted Kennedy reported the most recent sighting, telling the Senate during a civil rights debate that he saw them when growing up.  Kennedy said, "I remember 'Help Wanted' signs in stores when I was growing up saying 'No Irish Need Apply ."' Congressional Record Senate Sept 9, 1996 page S10054. He was born to a rich family in 1932, about the same time as the Lindbergh baby, and grew up in very well protected upper class circumstances that seldom brought him to the factory districts. No other Irishman hius age reports seeing a sign.  

        I also found an article that suggests there have been academic debates regarding whether there has been class discrimination toward the Irish in the same manner as other ethnicities.

        So there is a lot of history which is helping me understand this issue from a larger perspective. As I read, I understood more the present feelings of inferiority and that there have been economic barriers to opportunity for people in the
        Appalachian region. Consequently, I see the passage of the GI Bill as a huge stepping stone because it may give people in the region access to education and economic opportunity that they would not have otherwise. And, I am a firm believer that educational experiences will eradicate fear, prejudices and lack of advancement.

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