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I wrote much of this as a comment in the "Black Camerawoman at CNN Speaks Out" diary. But with some of the other diaries that have been published, I think it's worth expanding.  Yes, racism is everywhere. Yes, people can be attacked verbally and even assaulted anywhere. But certain things are more likely in certain places. Yes, Ted Landsmark was assaulted in front of Boston City Hall in the the capital city of one of the most liberal states in America. But does anyone think it was an accident that:

1. It was in Mississippi that Emmett Till was murdered?

2. It was in Philadelphia, MS that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered?

3. It was in Alabama that Viola Liuzzo was murdered?

4. It was in Selma and Montgomery, AL, that Sheriff Jim Clark and Bull Connor beat and cattle-prodded and turned dogs and firehoses on civil rights marchers?

5. It was at Howard Beach that Michael Griffith was killed?

6. It was at a Republican Convention that attendees threw peanuts at black CNN camerawoman Patricia Carroll and said: "This is the way we feed animals!"?

Let me add one more:

7. That it was within the Democratic Party and not the GOP that a black man named Barack Hussein Obama was nominated for President?

Certain things tend to happen more in certain places and in certain institutions. And this year's edition of the GOP is doing what it's done since Richard Nixon formulated his "Southern strategy" and started appealing to the racists who once were Dixiecrats and then became Reagan Democrats. Is it any surprise that there are a significant number of racists in Tampa this week?

But the Romney GOP is really doing no more race-baiting than St. Ronald Reagan was when he gave his first speech after being nominated for President in 1980 in -- yes -- Philadelphia, Mississippi! Anyone have a Democratic equivalency for that?

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    A PALINDROME: Slip-up set in Utah. Trail, no? M. Romney -- odd! Elder an AMC man, a Red-led doyen. Mormon liar that unites pupils?

    by Obama Amabo on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 12:45:33 PM PDT

  •  She left that out - It could happen anywhere (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama Amabo, joe from Lowell

    in Alabama.

  •  The Issue Arises Because the Victim Said It Could (3+ / 0-)

    happen at a Democratic Convention, whereas as you say the odds are way beyond any kind of equivalency. The Puerto Rican speaker was booed at the RNC convention too with chants of "USA!"

    Has anything even that mildly racist ever been recorded at a Democratic convention in the last 30-40 years?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 12:52:30 PM PDT

    •  PO'd Hillary supporter came close 4 yrs ago (1+ / 0-)
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      a "milder" form of racism, disparaging candidate Obama's fitness for the nomination. It wasn't chucking peanuts and calling him an animal, but it wasn't a proud moment, either.

      Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

      by Cinnamon on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 12:58:32 PM PDT

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      •  Of course there are racist, asshole Dems! But... (5+ / 0-)

        ...that's NOT the issue. The issue is:

        Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent. "He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas"
        which, according to Wikipedia, has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack.

        The GOP has been lying down with racist dogs for over 40 years and therefore has a much greater chance of attracting such fleas, as that is it's intent.

        A PALINDROME: Slip-up set in Utah. Trail, no? M. Romney -- odd! Elder an AMC man, a Red-led doyen. Mormon liar that unites pupils?

        by Obama Amabo on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 01:06:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  This is such a crucial point (3+ / 0-)
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    Bill W, FiredUpInCA, Obama Amabo

    The world is not black and white (forgive the expression), but when dealing with all kinds of blanket assertions, we're always dealing with probabilities.

    In a wider sense, this is the flip side of the fallacy that points to the anecdote of a single successful black man coming out of a poor community to show that it can be done.  That it is possible is entirely beside the point.  The question is, was, and always will be a) is it likely and b) is it equally likely.

    If you keep in mind that all generalizations aren't really about "All X people" or "all X events" but about high(er) likelihood, then you'll never get taken in by the single story of presented as an example.  

    So while maybe 'both sides do it" is true, that doesn't say "both sides does it the same amount."

    Apparently, I'm in a statistical frame of mind today!

    Courtesy Kos. Trying to call on the better angels of our nature.

    by Mindful Nature on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 01:48:25 PM PDT

    •  That's exactly right. (3+ / 0-)
      So while maybe 'both sides do it" is true, that doesn't say "both sides does it the same amount."
      And we can't talk about it because we're all engaged in that "black & white" thinking.  Our choices are to, a.) say that both sides do it and, thus, there's nothing to discuss, or, b.) say that their side does it all the time and our side never does it.  Obviously, neither of those two approaches is going to promote any kind of productive discussion.

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