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    poco, Black Max, latts

    I am in and grew up in the Deep South, and know that overt racist attitudes have been pushed underground, but they are there, nonetheless. People who do not live in the South are just not aware of how much the attitude of "Whites are Superior, Blacks/Browns are Inferior" permeates just everything. Children are conditioned to this attitude from birth....literally. It's almost in the genes. Outsiders think , wow a black man or woman was elected mayor of (fill in the blank), or now this state or that state has a Black congressman/woman. What Progress! I'm here to say that "The Progress" you see in mainly a veneer. If a Black/Brown person is elected to this, that, or the other....it's without real power, because all the institutions that confer real power are still held in White hands. Banking, industries, businesses, state govt, the people who make the real decisions about the economy, education & social issues in the South --- those people are still White. There is NO power structure here for people other than Whites to make a real difference.  

    We are taught, and will explain to outsiders when pressed....that yes indeed, slavery was a vile institution, but really, a few cruel, bad-apple slave owners have become the "face" of slavery in the South, when actually most slave owners were benevolent and pretty darned nice to their chattel. Yes, Slavery is inherently evil, but it was here, and doggone it, it was not as cruel as has been portrayed. It was just the way things were then, and whites were not evil doers, just nice people caught up in an evil system.

    Many Whites born & raised in the South....absolutely, to very core of their being....know they are superior to other colors, because of their whiteness. Everything in their world tells them that. They look to the outside and see that things are a'changing, but they don't feel good about it. How would you feel if your whole hierarchy of caste, where you are not at the bottom of the barrel,  was threatened?

    This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

    by anninla on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:36:59 AM PDT

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