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Mon Sep 23, 2013, 01:15 AM

12. It's interesting to get the "tweaks" from the other side.

To me the "progress" aspect is that over the years blacks and whites got to know each other in situations where the blacks were on better footing financially and socially than back in the Jim Crow days. AND that many people felt that was a good thing, progress toward equality. But some never have wanted equality because they are too afraid or angry to deal with it.

Some whites that I expect to be more tolerant and not buy into stereotypes act surprised when I call them on their attitudes about white privilege. Like it isn't "their" fault didn't grow up with or meet many black people before the '80s or '90s. The practice of banks "redlining" areas kept whites and blacks primarily in their own neighborhoods. So people who grew up in what I think of as "white bread" neighborhoods may have been pretty tolerant conceptually, but with a general subconscious defensiveness against outsiders that would naturally include blacks.

They have the idea that they would treat blacks with respect and equality if they met them or dealt with them, but since it didn't happen, it wasn't put to the test much. Then Faux News with it's propaganda machine comes along and a lot get sucked in because it's easier to buy into a false panic and find a scape goat than solve real problems.

Being the type of person who stands up and wades in when there is a racial crossfire, while most of the smart sensible people on both sides head for the hills, I understand why whites looked at Clinton as being a "black" person. Been assumed even here on DU that I myself was black a few times. Which I took to mean, I'm just about fighting hard enough. In the Jim Crow era they would have been calling Clinton and probably me, a "ni**er lover". OK. So I love all God's children. BFD.

Although we are all different and that keeps life interesting, I subscribe to the theory that there is really only ONE race, the human race. We are an immature species that are often acting like a bunch of kids who draw up all these artificial reasons to feel better than others or to worry what others are thinking about us. Maybe I'm naive but I really think most people are kind and decent if given even 1/2 a chance to live that way. I've met exceptions to the rule, but I was an English major so an exception simply proves the rule where I come from.

Problem is, when people spend years being backed into a corner with no way out, they learn to expect it - it's a survival mechanism. Some people have given up on being kind and decent but that doesn't mean everyone with their color of skin has done so. I clearly see people on both sides acting out of fear and ignorance. Problem is, how does anyone know these days if someone is kind and decent if they don't take the time and give people the benefit of the doubt and risk getting hurt?

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