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September 16, 2005

Well, I didn't want to be Mr. Alienation, but I feel this has just been a disaster

Posted by Thad

Jeanne at Body and Soul has a tremendous post on race, class, and Katrina, spurred in part by the Gretna City Council resolution I mentioned earlier:

Remember both pieces the next time somebody complains that when Democrats talk about race and class, it "alienates independents and moderates." Something is clearly out of whack when we can't tell "independents and moderates" that keeping victims from fleeing a disaster is wrong. In fact, something stinks if they can't see it for themselves.

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It's twenty-first century racism, not the historical legacy, that keeps us from responding humanely to the crisis we witnessed this month. Because of current racism, pervasive racism, writers at respectable newspapers get paid to spew the kind of garbage Amanda has dug up, expecting that few of us will choke on our morning coffee as we read it. It allows far more Americans than most of us would like to admit to make assumptions about the poor that people in other countries can't make so easily -- assumptions that are far from reality. And that keeps solutions out of sight as effectively as guns and piled up cars. It allows the real culprits not only to escape blame for the problem, but even to profit from it.

Go read. Seriously.

- Thad

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As a Yankee who doesn't know the South at all, I've always been surprised when hearing about how racism went away in such a short time in "the new South". Humans just don't change that quickly, they hide those feelings just beneath the surface

Great.
Racism is what keeps us from knowing that welfare is mostly for whites.
So let's stresss racism against blacks.
Because there is a stink in the room
That must be addressed
By alientating people who we need to do anything different
But to bad, they need to be alienated
Because I SAID SO

Idiots.
You don't care about racism. You care about mind control

I am speechless before such eloquence and subtlety of thinking. Please, tell us more of this "mind control' of which you speak. (You supply the tinfoil, right?)

It's twenty-first century racism, not the historical legacy...

Amigos, por favor, ees she no confused?

¿Thees theengs, they are the same, no?

so.

By alientating people who we need to do anything different
But to bad, they need to be alienated

*ackh! hrnnnrnnrnn!*

excuse me, por favor.

Ay...compinche...

joo are like me, admeet eet,

Eengleesh, she ees no jour first language, jes?

so.

I just got off the phone from a half hour conversation with the mayor of Gretna. My notes from the call are here.

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