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  •  I would think it's more a matter of what's around (8+ / 0-)

    you at a given point in time.

    If you're surrounded with the 'subtle' racism, but no overt racism, it's probably easier to make the statement that you'd prefer the overt.

    But if you then go someplace where you're surrounded by overt racism I think you might decide to change your views after a while.

    'Grass is greener' syndrome.

    Obviously the ideal is to actually find a place where you aren't surrounded by either - but you won't do that until we drastically alter the American history taught in public curricula to include a heck of a lot more of the reality of 'living while black' in America so that liberal whites don't actually shrug off dogwhistles out of ignorance of the experience.  As one of the boxquotes mentions, they'll never actually experience it firsthand, but unless you show it to them, they'll never see it.

    Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

    by Ezekial 23 20 on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 10:31:11 AM PDT

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