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I'm not an historian and I can't really claim to be very knowledgeable about American History and the struggles for Civil Rights in America.
A friend posted this on his Facebook page and it really caught my eyes that 160+ years later, this political picture of America hasn't changed much?

I think this picture goes without many words.  In certain parts of America, there is still plenty of work to do.

Even for some of the states that have gone from Red or Orange to Blue (VA, FL, CO, NV), the margin of victory is so thin, it could have gone either way.  Indiana is one of the few state that has gone from Blue to Red. IN and NC flirted with blue in 2008, but have now moved back to Red in 2012.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Soviet Reunion, Assaf, a2nite

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    by bepanda on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:28:25 AM PST

  •  Great piece from LA Progressive (2+ / 0-)
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    Assaf, Gooserock

    It's a great diary and article at LA Progressive about that very piece. I think it might be where it originated from.

    No doubt quite a surprise to see that America can still be defined by the Mason-Dixon line to some regards.

    "If you don't turn onto politics, politics will turn on you" -Ralph Nader; 2000

    by Soviet Reunion on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:35:53 AM PST

  •  Yes, hate and prejudice are hard to uproot. (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially when tied with resentment, self-victimization and a superiority-inferiority complex.

     Which is more or less the ethos of the way the White South still sees itself vis-a-vis the rest of the nation.

  •  I wouldn't say "nothing" has changed. (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, slavery is gone for crying out loud.

    However, I would say that that the problems of racism remain most firmly entrenched in the same places where they have always been most firmly entrenched.

    Though I would never argue they are exclusive to  those areas.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:01:41 AM PST

    •  Slavery is gone ... but the mindset remains (0+ / 0-)

      Slavery might be gone, but the mindset remains for lots of people. Some people wouldn't mind bringing back some form of slavery back to America.

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      by bepanda on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:57:13 AM PST

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  •  I think this is a stretch. (0+ / 0-)

    Initially I thought there was a stiking similarity as well, but if you look at the election county by county things look a lot different.

    Red zones are in northern states and blue zones are in red states.  This comparison is pretty simplistic.

    •  Of course there are pockets of blue and red (0+ / 0-)

      in either one of the states. But overall the pictures of the states is pretty clear. And it is not only about the Elections. It is about some of the important legal decisions such as Civil Rights legislation and school segregation.
      Another thing that struck me was the margins of victory in the States... Again, there are a few swing states, where can go either way. But for the most part, things are very clear.

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      by bepanda on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:52:31 AM PST

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  •  I can't agree with this .... (0+ / 0-)

    Slavery is gone.
    Racial Segregation is gone
    I would say that 95% of Americans would vote for someone from a race different than their own.
    There is much more of a dialog between the races.

    •  Slavery is gone ... by the law of the land. (0+ / 0-)

      But, I'm pretty sure some people wouldn't mind bringing back "slavery-like" conditions to America.

      Simply look at Union Busting, Minimum wage elimination, and such social issues...

      I live in Wake County , NC where some out of state money tried to bring back school segregation.

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      by bepanda on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:55:21 AM PST

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