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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:34 PM
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If I had known this I'd have picked my own cotton...
I saw this on a car heading up 400 North today.

I was nice...I pulled up along side and smiled and waved nicely.

Tee hee hee...
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:36 PM
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1. cool
no better way to 'in your face' in that case than a big assed smile ;-)
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:39 PM
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2. I've seen a variation of that.
Back when the black Malcolm X tees were popular, with the big white X (for Malcolm X) on the front and on the back "It's a black thing, you wouldn't understand."

I saw a white guy with a black tee on. On the front in bold white was a solid white cotton boll. On the back "It's a white thing, and you used to pick it."

I saw this while standing in line at a quick stop about ten years ago. The black cashier said to the guy, "Nice shirt." And then rolled her eyes. Everyone else in line laughed at the idiot with the shirt on, and at the cashier's grace in handling the matter. They guy left with his tail tucked between his scrawny legs.

Good for you for handling it the way you did. I think that that kind of response embarasses them.

:hi:
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Cabcere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:52 PM
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7. Good for the cashier
and good for the OP, as well. I probably wouldn't have handled it so gracefully, since my Death Glare is often activated by extreme stupidity, lol. ;) But yeah, I think that is the best way to handle racist idiots like that.
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:10 PM
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11. Another response to the Malcolm X tees that I saw had a confederate flag
on it and said "You wear your X and I'll wear mine"

another was a picture of a klan member in full robe & hood that said "The ORIGINAL Boys in the Hood" ..

We see a lot crap like that here in the deep south.

Ghost
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:14 PM
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16. I saw one of those myself, in MS
worn by one of the greasiest-looking twiddleheads I have ever seen. 15 years ago, and I remember it like yesterday.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:03 PM
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26. good lord that's sick
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 06:44 AM
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50. Oh man, that is BAD! That T-shirt. How racist?!
Land of the free and home of the bigots. Yep. gotta love the USA. :wtf:
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:19 AM
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60. My mom...
... "chopped" and picked cotton, it was hardly a "black" thing. :)
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:40 PM
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3. I don't get it
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:43 PM
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4. It's racist as all get out.
It's stupid--in that he never picked cotton in his life, much less owned a cotton plantation in the 19th century. What he's saying is, "If I had picked my own cotton instead of importing African slaves, then we wouldn't be having the social problems that we have today."

It's idiotic and shows an immense lack of historical knowledge, since more lower-class whites DID pick their own cotton.

All it says to me is "I'm a chickenshit racist who chooses to express my feelings on my bumper while in the security of my car, so that you won't beat my ass if I were to say it to your face."

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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:51 PM
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6. well said
I have to admit I didn't get it at first either - but I was thinking about the issue of the current occupant of the WH, and trying to make a connection to that

Back in the 50/60's my dad used to criticize fellow southerners who were "still fighting the civil war"

That we still have creeps like this still trying to fight race wars is despicable. Damn, there's an entire generation been raised since the "official" end to Jim Crow. Time to get a life, asshole, and find something else to complain about other than having to share the planet with people different from you.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:58 PM
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9. My mom didn't get it either. I told her to stew on it and call me back.
About 5 mins later she did...mad as hell.
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:06 PM
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10. Here, here!
:applause:
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:12 PM
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13. Well, of course if the primadonna rich kids back then...
actually did pick their own cotton, rather than enslaving and often murdering people that have done nothing to them to get cheap labor, then yes indeed we wouldn't have some of the problems we have had with ignorant rednecks trying to keep blacks as second class citizens.

So in that respect, he's got a point.

But he's still a racist prick.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 08:19 PM
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21. I'm glad I don't understand a lot of the racist code language that...
...is circulating. It seems that since Bush took office, the racists fascists have become more emboldened and far less guarded about how they express their hatred and intolerance. It really is an idiotic why to express such sentiments. Thanks for patiently explaning it.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:00 PM
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22. I put my foot in it once in total ignorance
25 or 30 years ago - I had a business acquaintance who was also a good friend - I'm white, he's black

so we're talking about something or other and I used the expression "call a spade a spade"

he was stunned - stopped me in midsentence as I was still talking - said "do you know what you just said?"

I had no clue - he said that expression was a use of a racial epithet.

I always thought it had something to do with the game of bridge!

I was only vaguely familiar with that term used in the context he took it to be - where I grew up there was only one derogatory term for African Americans, and we all know what that one is. I think "spade" was more a northern term, along with "dago" and "wop" and "spic" and all the rest. And I did not know anyone who ever used any of those terms, to my knowledge.

That incident has stuck with me - we were friends, our different skin colors were meaningless, and yet because of his background he was sensitive - very sensitive - to something I was oblivious to. It has served as a periodic reminder that you just can't judge people until you "walk a mile in their shoes." I have no idea what crap Dave may have had to endure to get to where he then was in business. While it is easy if you are white to say "get over it; stop playing the race card" etc., maybe from the other person's perspective a snub or slight or missed promotion is just one more in a lifelong series of insults. The sarcasm and snideness about needing to be "politically correct" is really just bigots resenting any constraints on their getting to be openly bigoted.

Of course one can explain away an individual utterance as "not all that bad." I don't care though - they are cumulative. The very idea of someone having to see that bumper sticker - having that ugly thought intruded into their day - is offensive. I lump that jerk right in there with the jim phelps crowd - hateful, vicious people who take pleasure in hurting others for no reason.

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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:20 PM
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30. That phrase was used far before it picked up any racial overtones
It dates back to ancient Greece, though translations are a bit tricky. In English, it was used by Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Ernest.

Now though, it clearly has racial connotations.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:31 PM
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31. well, my mother used it all the time,
and I KNOW she thought it was a bridge expression. her father was a championship bridge player; she got it from him

sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

but I have not used that expression since that incident
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:34 PM
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32.  Well, it's open to interpretation
I've never heard it in reference to bridge, but as you learned, some people will object to it. That in and of itself is enough reason not to use it, IMO.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:30 AM
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44. Not when shown with the confederate flag...as this bumper sicker did.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:16 AM
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58. oh, that bummper sticker has only ONE interpretation
didn't need the stars and bars to make it clear
this was discussing my inadvertent use of the word "spade" not aware of the connotation...
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:18 AM
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59. Oh...I thought you were talking about the bumper. The use of the word spade
Edited on Sat Mar-31-07 08:19 AM by xultar
isn't so cut and dry racist. It wouldn't occur to me if you called me a spade that you were being racist unless you had no teeth and a confederate flag hat on. :rofl:

You really have to walk up to a black person, tap them on the shoulder and say Hello Spade to get anyone angry.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 09:05 AM
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65. There was a "Western Swing" singer in the 40's-50's named Spade Cooley
Don't know where he got the nickname, but he wasn't black, and as far as I know it didn't cause an uproar. So I guess that particular racist expression is pretty obscure. And yet, it clearly hit my friend Dave like a ton of bricks. Probably he came from whatever region where it was in greater use.



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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:52 AM
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45. Never knew it had any racial connotations...
The original expression was "to call a fig a fig, a trough a trough", in the Renaissance, the Greek word for "trough"(skaphe) was mistranslated to mean "digging tool"(skapheion). In English, this tool is called a Spade, also, I don't see how this is clearly racial at all. Whenever I used the term I assumed, correctly since I looked it up, that it referred to the digging implement. By the way, the meaning has changed over time, apparently, in the Ancient Greek it was a pejorative that meant rude or uncouth, nowadays it has a more neutral meaning: "To speak plainly". I don't even see how it would nowadays have a racial connotation, I had never heard of black people being referred to as spades till tonight, and I'm almost 30.

In fact, after looking it up, apparently, it wasn't used as a racist word until the 1920s or so. Was this restricted to some locality? Because I've used the expression in front of some of my black friends before, and they never pointed out the word or expression offended them or anything.

Then again, I could just call a rake a rake, though I hope that doesn't offend any disreputable individuals. :)
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tenshi816 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:06 AM
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51. Yes, here in the UK
the expression is "call a spade a shovel". The expression has nothing to do with race, as least insofar as it's used in Britain.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:37 AM
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64. well, I feel a little better
I guess i wasn't quite as insensitive as i thought.

Without question, though, Dave thought it had that meaning, so it illustrates my point - just as we can inadvertently offend in other cultures with gestures and such, the same can occur in our multicultural, multiethnic society. It's a lesson to all to try to be sensitive to what you say and do, but also to try to give others the benefit of the doubt until you're sure they mean to offend

just to reiterate, though - this subthread is a sidebar conversation to the OP, which was about something with no ambiguity

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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 09:47 AM
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67. I think 'calling a spade a spade' was originally not racist...
Edited on Sat Mar-31-07 09:54 AM by LeftishBrit
but referred to the agricultural/garden tool, and just meant 'calling things what they are'. There is a joking expression in England, "It's fine to call a spade a spade, but you needn't call it a bloody shovel" or "He always calls a spade a bloody shovel", etc.. However, 'spade' has been used so often as a racist term, that the phrase could be taken in a racist way nowadays (sadly).
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:07 PM
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29. You forgot, "And I don't know a damn thing about history
Edited on Fri Mar-30-07 10:07 PM by Clark2008
or the heritage of this country," as well as being a chickenshit racist.

But, that's pretty much a given for Republicants, isn't it?

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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 01:56 AM
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36. My best friend picked cotton with her Mom & brothers
when she was just a litle girl. her dad died when she was 4 and she had 7 brothers & sisters & a Mom with no income.. they picked cotton. strawberries and apples.. They were just poor white people..
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Monk06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 04:17 AM
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46. As did Vernon Presley, Elvis Presley's dad.
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tenshi816 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:12 AM
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52. So did both my parents,
and their siblings and the rest of the family, and everybody else in the farming community where they grew up in north Georgia, and I mean everybody, black and white and in-between. My dad used to tell me that during "cotton-picking season", school would actually shut down for a couple of weeks because attendance dropped so sharply during that time - all the kids were in the fields working, trying to get all the cotton picked and hoping that it didn't rain. It's what farming people without huge incomes did.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:50 PM
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5. Apparently us Negroes have caused white people way too much trouble. If she had known
us NEGROES would have caused her that much trouble she would have picked her own cotton...


Trouble means civil rights and all...equality...dating their white children, taking their white jobs, living in their white neighborhoods, eating @ their white food establishments....
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:49 PM
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20. Horrible indeed but imagine what the native Americans
could write re if they had known.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:26 AM
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42. They'd have set the boats a blaze.
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:49 PM
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34. Ahhh....I didn't get it at first either
My excuse is that I am not actually dumb ;).
These freaks just think so differently from any normal person :eyes:.
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 06:56 PM
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8. well that's what you get when you drive toward Forsyth
I mean, it was just a few years ago when they FINALLY took down the sign in Highway20...

sP
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tenshi816 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:22 AM
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55. I've been gone from Georgia a long time.
What was on "the sign"? Just curious...

Wasn't Forsyth the town that used to brag that it was 100% white? Or am I thinking of Forsyth County?
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:39 PM
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71. it was Forsyth county...
the place where Hosea Williams tried to have a rally just about 15 years ago and the locals threw rocks at him and his marchers...

Anyway, there was a sign on Hwy20 coming into Forsyth out of Gwinnett County that read, "N***ger, don't let the sun set on your ass in Forsyth County." There may have been one coming in from the Canton side as well, never saw that one though.

I live here now...and there are still a good share of rednecks...but nothing like in the past.

sP
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:11 PM
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12. Lot's of us wish they had...
:evilfrown:
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:23 AM
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39. DAYUM straight.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:12 PM
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14. I really bet you'd be fun on a long-distance road trip!
:)
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:28 AM
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43. A laugh riot. I can remove my pantyhose while driving.
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tenshi816 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:20 AM
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54. Damn! I thought I was talented because
I know how to remove my bra while driving without taking off my top, but no way could I manage to get to the pantyhose without running over somebody or something. That's some serious multitasking requiring a lot of focus (not to mention dexterity)!

And in case anybody's wondering why there would ever be a need to remove clothing while driving, well, try living in Georgia in the summer with a car that doesn't have air-conditioning. You'll want to strip off as much as possible within the confines of public decency.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:57 AM
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57. You got it. Pantyhose can become buckets of sweat in a hot car and...They. Must. Be. Removed.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:13 PM
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15. you've seen the commercials, cave men are still out there...
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:16 PM
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17. I can't believe someone would put that bs on their car.
Probably votes republican.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:26 PM
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:02 PM
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23. agree
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 07:38 PM
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19. The first time I went to a basketball game at my current university...
... there was a guy in the stands wearing a Klan jacket. I'd been in Indiana for one week, and I ran into this. I was furious but amazed that this racist sonofabitch was strutting around in the middle of 16,000 people with no one saying word or acting as is he was wearing anything unusual.

WTF?
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izzybeans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:03 PM
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24. Where at in Indiana?
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 06:42 AM
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48. North central
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izzybeans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:43 AM
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56. Fighting Irish?
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:32 AM
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62. Muncie?
Or further north? A number of years ago there was big publicity when a self-proclaimed "grand wizard" (or some such title) of some branch of the Klan held a reporter at gunpoint while demanding that the reporter return the tape of the agreed to interview.

Then there is Martinsville... where a few years ago there was an event advertised on the CCC webstite (the southern upscale version of the Klan). The local police chief got into the media after making bigotted remarks about gays and muslims.

That would have been a shocking welcoming to the state. You just got a lesson in why some southerners on DU get so frustrated with the southern stereotyping when we in the north have our fair-share of racist rw batshit crazy folks.
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 09:59 AM
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70. southern Indiana/Illinois really aren't "the north"
some of the border-areas of the former slave states bred some serious racism. even more vicious than in the slave states themselves. people got this "we're being invaded" mentality not dissimilar to todays attitude toward immigrants crossing the southern border of the country.

All the holier-than-thou criticism of the Sunni/Shia animosity, and other tribal behaviors in Africa, throughout the Mideast, in Asia, really is pretty hypocritical as long as our "melting pot" continues to harbor and tolerate this shit.

I am all for freedom of expression, as guaranteed in the Constitution - that is, the Government can't imprison people for expressing dissent from what the government is doing, nor for speaking out on other topics. That should not mean that society turns a blind eye to assholes who are intentionally being hurtful and stirring up animosity. Society has a responsibility to maintain a reasonable, non-threatening environment for all, and when people like the Phelps crowd, or skinheads, or KKK want to do their thing, it is fitting and proper that people of good will squelch them.

The ongoing furor over the confederate flag is a good example. Dammit, as my dad used to say, "it is the battle flag of a defeated enemy of the United States" - you don't tolerate flying it over the friggin Statehouse any more than you would a swastika or rising sun flag.

And all the arguments for it are bs - people trying to say it is to honor their ancestors who fought for the south are just covering for their real desire to express their continuing white supremism. Those ancestors were fighting for the enemy. They lost.

Society has an obligation to isolate these people, ostracise them, make them pariahs.
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jilln Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:37 PM
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33. I'm sure lots of people were horrified
But what are you gonna do? He has a right to be a jerk.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 06:43 AM
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49. True. The options were fairly limited.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 02:05 AM
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38. The KKK was founded in Indiana, it has never gone away. n/t
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 09:24 AM
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66. well, in neighboring Illinois
I am proud to have discovered in doing genealogy research that my ancestors operated an Underground Railroad waystation in Illinois, and assisted many people in making their way to Canada. I suspect quite a few of them did, in fact, hide out in woodpiles enroute, which is where the expression comes from*, but when they got to Bristol, Illinois, they were able to stay in a better place, get some food and clothes, before proceeding north. So here's to you, 5th-great grandpa Justus Bristol!

*There were people who supported the Underground Railroad covertly - they would make sure the woodpile was arranged in such a way as to provide some semblance of shelter, and when they thought that there was someone using it, would be sure to leave food and stuff in a place where it could be "stolen." People even knew to leave "signs" that they were there - like hang a piece of cloth or something from a branch. So despite the fact that the expression used the n-word, it actually comes from a sympathetic attitude. The farmer would come in from the fields, say "I think we have an (African American) in the woodpile" and the wife would put stuff out. Of course the term has also been perverted to mean something bad is afoot, but aside from using what then was a common, more-benign casual/lazy pronunciation of "Negro", the expression has roots that are not pejorative.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:25 AM
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41. Makes you wonder 50% were too skeered and the other 50% agreed
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 06:42 AM
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47. Don't know about the percentages, but you've got it right.
Having never seen anyone wearing that, my immediate reaction was to make a blunt comment. But then I thought that somebody crazy enough to wear something like that probably is looking for a fight and is fully prepared.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:03 PM
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25. sick beyond words. And people are actually proud to have those stickers on their car?
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:05 PM
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27. I'm not exactly sure I wouldn't have rear-ended that car
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 03:24 AM
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40. I didn't wann wreck my benzo.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:16 AM
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53. I know and you did the right thing. I just read and then re-read and then
re-read your post...each time closing it without responding because my first thought each time was ....I'd run into the idiiot - hard. I didn't like what that said about me. Allowing some moron idiot racist to get the better of me that I would do something rash.

On the 4th go round of reading your post I still felt the same way ( hit the idiot)- so I said as much. lol

I admire your control.


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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:31 AM
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61. I tell ya. I it was tempting as hell. I actually wanted to follow her but ...
I waved and took my exit. It was fun. She was so kute. Kute as a bug in a rug. It was funny to me as well. Go figure.

I have lots of white people tell me that racism doesn't exist anymore and they are always shocked when I tell them it does. I think they feel I'm pullin that victim black thing and making up issues and ghosts for gain.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 09:47 AM
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68. That's how they marginalize it - but claiming it's the victim mentality
Edited on Sat Mar-31-07 09:47 AM by Solly Mack
They dismiss you first by saying racism doesn't exist and then further dismiss you by saying it must be how you take it...not how the racists say it and mean it....so you must be playing the victim...because they didn't think something was racist.

When you grow up knowing the difference - that a person can give you a single look - a look others don't notice...and all because of the skin hue you walk through life with... you know at an early age what that look means and why. You know where that look is coming from...and other people around you can't see it - mainly because they didn't grow up having to deal with it....and for some it's because they don't want to recognize it for what it is....it's easier for them to believe racism doesn't exist than it is to confront their own prejudices.


That bumper-sticker is just so insidious in its complete and utter ignorance


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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:05 PM
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28. "like hell your lazy ass would have"
Yeah, I've seen those.
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Truthiness Inspector Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 12:35 AM
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35. Reminds me
of a redneck lady, who upon learning I lived in a predominantly black city, said, "Oh, isn't it very DARK there?" I said, "Not really, we have great weather." She tried to reach an understanding and said, "I mean it's DARK." I replied, "What do you mean DARK?" She said, "There's lots of black people there!" I responded, "Yes, there are. And?" She stammered and hemmed and hawed, and her face turned bright red. The best part is that there were other people around who were biting their upper lips to not bust out laughing...and she knew it.

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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 02:02 AM
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37. I heard this all the time 20 years ago in Atlanta, I guess they've become brave
enough to put it on their pick-em-ups now. Pathetic.


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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:36 AM
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63. Was it a Lott relative?
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 09:51 AM
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69. Ugh!
Some people are just so nasty.

He probably couldn't have picked cotton anyway, because his head is already full of cotton and nothing else.

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