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  •  As one of "The Blacks" (5+ / 0-)

    I can tell you that there has never been such a thing as a "post-racial" or "color-blind" society. None of the invective directed towards Obama has been a surprise to me, and none of it is new or even a direct reaction to Obama's presidency. I doubt that racists are more emboldened or more vocal now than they were 10, 15, 20 yrs ago. They just get more scrutiny from the (white) mainstream because the POTUS is a black man. I promise you the kinds of people you read about who embrace lynching symbology and use the n-word have been doing it all along, PC police be damned. I think this:

    The biggest "whiteness" problem, in my opinion, is the inability to recognize that the white perspective is not the only perspective.
    is exactly right. From your perspective, the racial problem might seem to be getting worse, because your everyday exposure to it has increased. From my perspective, the racial problem is getting better, because racist ideology is becoming easier to circumvent.
    •  remember the few weeks after Obama was elected? (2+ / 0-)
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      Dkos went through a bunch of "post racial" diaries and comments. Some of us in the minority community here tried to warn them of what was coming to no avail. It didn't take long for that to stop though as the racist cartoons began to appear and dog whistles were heard from arond the nation.

      Then the Tea Party...

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:49:21 PM PST

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    •  I'm glad to hear you say this: (1+ / 0-)
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      From my perspective, the racial problem is getting better, because racist ideology is becoming easier to circumvent.
      Could you say some more about what you mean?

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:56:46 PM PST

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      •  Sure (1+ / 0-)
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        I mean that racism isn't as entrenched in institutions as in the past, and that minorities and non-racists whites are more and more able to aquire resources and positions of influence. Minorities have access to education, higher paying jobs, government positions, etc., and are able to influence minds and society as a whole.

        At the same time, racist attitudes have less sway over the lives that minorities can lead. People who hate me because if my skin color are MUCH less able to prevent me from leading a good life, for which I am very grateful. I can read, vote, run for office, go to college, start a business, etc. Obama is a product of that. It's not so much that his presidency means that America has solved its racial problems. More that the racial problems of America no longer were able to prevent someone like him from reaching his potential. And I believe  that trend will continue.

        •  Let's make it so. (1+ / 0-)
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          --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

          by Fiona West on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:42:57 PM PST

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