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William Z. Foster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 06:59 PM
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108. look
We could go together to anywhere people are gathering in the suburbs there - party, bar, coffee house - and hear the most inflammatory hatred and racism expressed toward the city. You know it, I know it. The only way anyone could be unaware of it were if they were so steeped in it, had so internalized it that they can't see it any more.

"The suburbs haven't been as cooperative as they should be?" Good grief. It has been war from the beginning.

This is not about individual people and where they happen to live. It is Detroit area suburbanites who started this by attacking others and claiming to have some sort of insider or special knowledge. I am responding to that and pointing out that it is no necessarily so.

If a person lives in the suburbs and is sympathetic to the city of Detroit, they will then find themselves continually swimming against the current. Would you deny that? Is it your experience, do you often find yourself swimming against the current?

So are we now going to say that those who have not lived in the suburbs are insensitive to their needs and sensitivities? That those defending the city are no better than racist overt haters like Patterson? What you are expressing with those comments is exactly what I am complaining about. "Can't we all just get along (providing no one questions the existing racism, the social, financial and political inequality)." This attempt to appear "moderate" and "neutral" while attacking those fighting for justice and defending those with power and wealth is the problem. Many suburbanites want us to see this as the "liberal" or "progressive" position. I am calling it reactionary and conservative, because that is what it is.
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