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25. Love matters; keeping my third eye open read profile
Thu Oct 8, 2020, 10:48 PM
Oct 2020

I dislike racism and any dehumanization or removal of the importance of the individual. I do not like group-think or those who seek to control or oppress to further their own means.

Consider that DD knows the vast majority of people don't like him because of what he stands for. Consider that he understands endorsing someone does them damage because of this. Then consider if it's possible he has ulterior motives. Trump has said on camera that he denounces DD. R Spencer also says he supports him (& is aware the majority of people who know of him strongly dislike him), & he wants "national socialism" in addition to racial division. That is the opposite of what Trump's economics are. The fact that people think Trump is racist increases racial division by pitting half the country against the other half (one half accuses, the other half accuses back) and increases the chances for socialism & racial division; which is what their goals are.

Think about it like this, the entire premise of this thread is to defend a man who has a racist past by saying he is capable of change; therefore his association or endorsement by certain people shouldn't tarnish their names. Perhaps this is true, there is no way to know what was truly in the man's heart. When he filibustered the Civil Rights act for 14 hours straight (the longest ever from what i have read); that was over a decade after he became "disinterested" in the KKK. However he lived many decades after that and could very well have changed. Young people tend to make mistakes & get carried away easily. This is one reason forgiveness is important.

This same standard needs to be applied to everyone; if you accept that one person can change, then you shouldn't hold the past of someone you don't like against them if they demonstrate change; or dismiss it by saying they aren't genuine (because you don't like them).

It is my belief from all my observations; most Americans detest racism. There are some individuals who are racist; but they are few & far between. I am using the classical definition for racism here, hating or thinking lesser of some1 because of their race.

the modern interpretation dilutes it's gravitas by equating it to stereotyping. I'm not saying stereotyping is good, i think anything that causes people to stop looking at each other as individuals has potential to cause harm.

my 2 cents

Isn't Redemption a big part safeinOhio Aug 2016 #1
Playing it up for the rubes is important...kind of. graegoyle Aug 2016 #3
Rightwingers and many republicans fear the idea that people can change. forgotmylogin Aug 2016 #17
EXCELLENT reply. nolabear Aug 2016 #22
Byrd should be slammed for what was real. Not this imaginary "support for the Klan." Archae Aug 2016 #2
Love matters; keeping my third eye open read profile GummyBearsRYummy Oct 2020 #25
Byrd is ok in my book. 90-percent Aug 2016 #4
I loved Senator Byrd; he babylonsister Aug 2016 #5
Man, who's chopping onions? lillypaddle Aug 2016 #6
I know, me, too. nt babylonsister Aug 2016 #8
thanks for this. mopinko Aug 2016 #11
"I weep for my country" Martin Eden Aug 2016 #18
Amen, Babsis. He achieved greatness. Hekate Aug 2016 #19
I don't think tRump has ever apologized ... for anything. . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2016 #7
Trump has never apologized for stirring up fear and racial animus in 1989 ... napkinz Aug 2016 #9
The GOP is tRump and they are filth SHRED Aug 2016 #10
Isn't it strange? gratuitous Aug 2016 #12
Get a pass from who? loyalsister Aug 2016 #24
Although it's almost impossible to do, Byrd all but made up for his racism early in his life... George II Aug 2016 #13
"Misspent youth"? He was 24 when he joined the Klan and recruited 150 people into it. Nye Bevan Aug 2016 #14
Is 27 too old to turn one's life around? Unit 001 Aug 2016 #15
No. But I wouldn't describe a 27-year old as being a "youth". (nt) Nye Bevan Aug 2016 #16
Byrd redeemed himself, long before he was middle aged. He was still young. Hekate Aug 2016 #20
I'm 63 Years old. 24 and 27 is youth louis c Aug 2016 #21
He did redeem himself on race dsc Aug 2016 #23
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