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  •  You're certainly right about the P (6+ / 0-)

    I would suggest, however, that the term WASP is losing its currency.  Yes, there are absolutely still pockets where the old-money Protestants look down on the Irish Catholics.  But for most people these days, WASP means little more than "generic white person."

    In some ways, it's a big improvement over anti-Catholic bigotry, or anti-Polish, anti-Continental.  We used to divide up "white people" in a lot of different ways.  But it tends also to highlight the ongoing, in some cases intensified bigotry against people of color and of non-Christians.  

    You know, probably a good thing that fewer Christians consider the Pope the anti-christ -- not such a good thing that they're still antisemitic and islamophobic.  

    However, we're about to re-elect a man whose father was  ethnically black, so I see progress.

    Wholly-owned subsidiaries are people, too, my friend.

    by deminva on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 03:42:29 AM PDT

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    •  Some people have to segregate the people (6+ / 0-)

      around them into groups because they are groupists or groupies and can't recognize individuals as individuals.  I suspect it's like not being able to see that an oak tree is different from an elm. They're just not evergreens, except in the South where oaks are green year-round.
      Anyway, groupists hone in on gross similarities, which they can see.  They are dependent on superficial optics -- what things look like and similarities they have in common.
      That's why the "tell" about Scott Warren is his directive to "just look at her." Appearance is what he goes by and so do many other people.  They can't help it.  It's the only route by which information gets into their brains. It's where their ideas come from. It's why identity is so important to them. They need a picture to validate the person.
      I suspect it's a cognitive deficit. Oliver Sachs, the renowned psychiatrist, has recently identified what he calls "face blindness" in himself.  He's suddenly become aware that he does not remember/recognize other people's facial features. I don't know whether a picture ID would help him. All his story tells me is that there are lots of disabilities of which we are not aware. (It took me about sixty years to notice that my mother did not recognize images of herself. She had lots of pictures of herself and those were generically identified, but she could not pick herself out of a group picture. And she didn't recognize herself in a video, only her voice).
      Does Scott Brown have cognitive deficits? No doubt.  What makes him different from a person like Oliver Sachs is that he's also mean. Brown's mingy.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:39:49 AM PDT

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