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  •  Trust me, it's not just poor white southerners (8+ / 0-)

    I grew up hearing this shit all the time in outer borough NYC, among people of different ethnicities and religions, including my own, Jewish (which is both an ethnicity and religion). Ironically, most of them were themselves members of historically discriminated against ethnic minorities.

    I heard shit like:

    "We did them a favor by taking them out of Africa, where they all lived in trees in a culture-free state of barbarity, and bringing them here, and gave them culture and a chance at a good life."
    "They all animals. I mean look at them, they all look like apes."
    "They're all lazy and live on welfare, and have lots of babies so they get bigger welfare checks and never have to work."
    "They're mentally deficient and will never catch up with whites."
    "Why do you think most criminals are black? It's in their nature."
    "We should ship them all back to Africa, where they belong."
    Apologies for reciting all this filth, but this is what I heard (but certainly not ALL I heard) growing up, and it disgusts me now as it did then. I still hear it from time to time. It's all over, way beyond the "redneck south".

    Btw, our own beloved Thomas Jefferson helped spread many of these vicious libels in his one and only book Notes on the State of Virginia:

    In "Laws" (Query XIV-14), Jefferson described the rise of slavery and justified it, by referring to what he called "the real distinctions which nature has made" between people of European descent and people of African descent. He later expressed his opposition to slavery in "Manners" (Query XVIII-18). In "Laws," Jefferson expressed contemporary beliefs among many Americans that Africans were inferior to Whites in terms of potential citizenship; as a result, he supported deporting them for colonization in Africa. Jefferson claimed his solution was related to the common good for both Whites and Blacks. He proposed a three-fold process of education, emancipation (after the age of 45, to repay the slaveholder's investment), and colonization of free blacks to locations in Africa. He endorsed this plan all his life but never took political action to make it happen.
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    In "Laws", Jefferson wrote:
       "It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state, and thus save the expense of supplying, by importation of white settlers, the vacancies they will leave? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race."

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 08:20:53 AM PDT

    •  My former In-laws from England (1+ / 0-)
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      said much of the same crap: "Maybe they are just genetically inferior?" He also tried to argue that the N-word was not always a racial slur . . . which in Europe is partly true . . . but here in the states it has a lot more hurtful power. And yes, it has a different meaning when Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy says it, but I still don't have to like it.

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 08:51:02 AM PDT

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    •  Look Like Apes? (0+ / 0-)
      "They all animals. I mean look at them, they all look like apes."
      Note this: aside from skin color, whites look more like apes (chimps, gorillas, orangutans). Thin lips, straight hair.

      Talk about "wishful thinking" projection...  

      ...meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion, and expect them to rise for the occasion ~ Van Morrison

      by paz3 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:16:23 AM PDT

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      •  I'd say it's really quite besides the point, no? (0+ / 0-)

        It may as well be lizards or turnips. They point is they mean to diminish their humanity and dissociate themselves from any species connection.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:29:44 AM PDT

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      •  Too hard to hate people as a group (0+ / 0-)

        When it's easy to hate them individually.   I have nothing against any group in any means, nor can I find a ground to equate any group with any specific look etc.

        But let me know someone individually, of any race, creed or color.. and I will either like them or not.  

        That's the American way.  

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 04:13:29 PM PDT

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