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  •  I understand that, (11+ / 0-)

    but you have to understand that a slave's descendant has more pent up frustration for the simple fact that racism still happens today.

    "A nation that continues to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." *Martin Luther King, Jr.*

    by TrahmalG on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 08:00:26 PM PDT

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    •  Indeed. (10+ / 0-)

      I think if I walked through a local history museum and saw the implements that literally shackled my ancestors, I'd be a little less patient when it came to things like "shopping while black".

      History is a real, tangible, visceral thing - it annoys me when folks try to ignore it.

      "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

      by grannyhelen on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 08:04:16 PM PDT

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      •  Especially since (7+ / 0-)

        you can be convicted of "shopping while black" even while being a high salaried professional. Like the Gates episode, being an elite professor means squat when you're black.

        "A nation that continues to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." *Martin Luther King, Jr.*

        by TrahmalG on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 08:11:22 PM PDT

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        •  Mmmmm.... (3+ / 0-)
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          Like the Gates episode, being an elite professor means squat when you're black.

          Not entirely in agreement w that statement - things have gotten better in this area since the 1860's.

          This is my take on this history: why is it that it took apx 150 years after the Civil War to have the first African American Prez? Why is it that we still haven't had a woman Prez?

          Putting myself in the shoes of reformers like Frederick Douglass or Elizabeth Cady Stanton, I would have thought we would have gotten that one done faster. It's the glacial speed with which matters of race and gender are advanced in this country that I get really upset about...and the fact that we seem to revisit them again. And again. And again without seeming to have learned much.

          "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

          by grannyhelen on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 08:23:30 PM PDT

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        •  Heading to bed btw... (6+ / 0-)

          ...but I tipd you for taking this one on...discussions on race are never easy. Discussions on race late at night with people posting anonymously are pretty darn hard to have.

          That took some courage to post this - I'm glad you did, and I like the discussion.

          "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

          by grannyhelen on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 08:28:03 PM PDT

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      •  Like these folks (1+ / 0-)
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        I think if I walked through a local history museum and saw the implements that literally shackled my ancestors, I'd be a little less patient when it came to things like "shopping while black".

        History is a real, tangible, visceral thing - it annoys me when folks try to ignore it.

        The people who owned my people

        My paternal grandmother was born on what was the original plantation in Scotland Neck, NC; go there today and this family still pretty much owns everything.

        It's one thing to know that one's ancestors were once property... it's a different thing when you can put a face on that and see how that has affected them... as well as yourself.

        In spite of the role the slaves they owned played in creating their wealth, they don't even acknowledge the descendants of the slaves their family owned...

        Maybe if we crash the 2011 family reunion in SC... that would probably cause drama like when the Hemings descendants showed up for the Jefferson descendants' family reunion

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