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  •  Racism is the last resort of failures (3+ / 0-)
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    Failures who don't want to hate themselves for their indiligence, bad choices, bad luck, lack of creativity, lack of resilience.

    Mind you ... most of us fail, one, twice, or even dozens of times in our lives and we don't become racists. It's the ones who fail and are able to escape from the raw crude reality of having failed by some luck ... of birth ... of marriage ... of friends. The ones who decide at some point that they don't need to pull themselves up and start again.

    I'll hedge a little here: I'm talking about racists below the age of 50 or 55, the ones whose coming-of-age zeitgeist was the civil rights movement as the prevailing cultural Arthurian quest. I'm not referring to their septua-, octo- or nonagenarian parents whose racial views were molded in the 1920s-1950s -- an era I cannot speak to.

    And, in addition, I'm talking about all types of failures: the outwardly successful racists who feel that they could have done better ... if only ... if only.

    I've been mulling a diary based on the slacker husband of a friend of mine. A friend who has been quite the breadwinner for her family with a husband who has been fired from each job he's ever had before a year at most is up.

    He's an angry guy ... and he's become quite a racist guy. He deflects eyes from his parasitism onto Obama and blacks (which he freely uses the "N" word about even to me, his wife's outlandishly liberal friend) immigrants, gays, you name it.  The stereotype of Archie Bunker but an Archie Bunker living in a $2M home in Massapequa LI courtesy of his wife's 60-80 hour/ week job.

    I sorta like the guy when he's not discussing political topics. He's a big-hearted schmuck who has never been able to get a grip on this all-over-the-place emotions. But as his wife, has over the years, realized she made a big mistake and "married down" intellectually (but will stick with him for the sake of the kids) he has increased his misanthropic "mise en globe" and he has become teabagger/Hannity nutty.

    I'm tired of the Ayn Rand crowd's inability to take responsibility for the mistakes that they make ... only for the successes that everyone else helped them achieve.

    "To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the need for thought." -H Poincare

    by Glinda on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 07:19:33 PM PDT

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