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  •  I call it "crypto-racism" (2+ / 0-)
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    NBBooks, jlb1972

    Open racism stopped being fashionable thirty years ago, so it's gone underground, just like the KKK.

    The CR's hate big government because government integrated their neighborhood and schools. They hate taxes because they think that "their" money is taken to help people who don't look like them.

    Fundamentalist religion is a political force in this country because it's the one institution where government cannot interfere with segregation.

    RepubliCorp has always exploited America's undercurrent of racism to keep workers and consumers divided.

    We invited a huge conservative backlash by electing a non-white President. It's time to stop acting surprised and accept that we have to fight two battles at once now.

    To defeat RepubliCorp, we must defeat Crypto-racism.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 04:27:08 PM PST

    •  The real trigger to the white backlash (0+ / 0-)

      was the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (Ted Kennedy's first big legislation, to be bookended by NCLB, and the two bridged by his aid to getting Reagan elected, but I digress ...). Fair housing strikes at the heart of what is too-loosely called White Privilege (it's only real privilege if you're not poor). It's not even so much the dramatic popular image of the AA family moving up and into a white neighborhood to endure hatred and terror, it's the multiple redlining that effectively takes much of the housing stock off the market and thereby boosts the value of non-redlined housing.  And in America, housing value is keyed to school quality which is keyed to property taxes which is keyed to housing value ... America as we've known it needs or at least wants a structural under-class, and in this country we define that largely by race. Other nations make do with ethnicity or religion, but we largely "progressed" past that.

      Then let us learn our range: we are something but we are not everything - Pascal

      by jlb1972 on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 04:46:09 AM PST

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