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  •  Is it just a coincidence . . . (24+ / 0-)

    that this story appears on the same day that this article is featured on the FP?  I think this gets to the heart of the matter:

    Many Americans—in particular those who are white and middle-aged or older—remember growing up in a far more homogeneous place than the present. The sense of mourning for — and the desire to restore — that world is powerful, as is the fear of what is to come in the new, far more diverse America. The question is whether politicians choose to exacerbate that fear through divisive rhetoric, or to assuage it with language that seeks to unify us as Americans and encourages us to transcend our differences.

    In the language of proponents of legislation like Amendment One, you can hear that desire to restore the more homogenous America in which they grew up.  They're trying to hold back the tide of history.  Eventually, they will surely fail.  And when that history is written, it will not be kind to those who fought this desperate rear guard action against the forces of progress and equality.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Wed May 02, 2012 at 09:02:39 AM PDT

    •  Even that homogenous feeling was more illusion (11+ / 0-)

      than reality in my opinion.

      Bigotry/Racism kept many people 'in check' and thus off the radar 'in the old days', which is why I think so many people who are bigoted/racist are willing to show their true colors now. It worked before, so they use the same tactic to put the world back to 'the good old days'.

      When there were only three networks and the illusion of perfect American life was cemented in stone with tv shows like Ozzie and Harriet, or Leave it to Beaver.

      The thing is, the people who are supposed to hide and be afraid, are not, or they are at least much less fearful than they once were. The people openly displaying their bigotry now are confused and scared because 'it's not working'. Why not. They want their illusion of America back. They do not know what to do. Their whiteness combined with hateful words are not keeping 'those people' (insert group here) from being present and noticed.

      They are lost, fearful, and scared. Whether rich or poor, they don't want to see an end to their perceived 'white dominance' and it is all coming crashing down around them.

      -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

      by Vayle on Wed May 02, 2012 at 09:30:27 AM PDT

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      •  of course the homogenous feeling (16+ / 0-)

        was an illusion in the 1950s...

        Women, people of color, LGBTs and others just knew better than to complain about how much their lot in life sucked.

        That is the only thing that has changed since the days of "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Leave it to Beaver" that this mindset waxes nostalgic for: the days when most of the disenfranchised and oppressed just STFU and let the majority stomp all over them without protest.

        "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."—Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Scott Wooledge on Wed May 02, 2012 at 09:48:47 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe in some places, (2+ / 0-)
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        wasatch, Vayle

        but not in others, sometimes by dint of law.

        The town I grew up in had no blacks of mexicans, and this is less than 50 miles from the US/Mexico border.

        "Normal" was enforced by strict custom, and the sheets on the wash line were often for attire for a notable part of the town.

        The town always tried for a blend between "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Gunsmoke" (it was in the West, after all, with horses and the whole schtick).

        When the first black family moved into town in 1973, it was a shock, and they were not received positively.

        I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

        by trumpeter on Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:38:31 PM PDT

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