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  •  I think it's one of those subtle problems. (9+ / 0-)

    It manifests itself in "Big Picture" things.  Let me give an example, as that sounded confusing.

    We as progressives will fight like hell against those who would gut the VRA or the Civil Rights Act.  We will fight discrimination in all its forms, we fight for voting rights, against things like stop-and-frisk and the overincarceration of minorities, and we fight the overt old-style KKK racism which can manifest itself on some websites.

    BUT--so many aspects of our society are segregated. Many of us are engaged in this fight because we CAN.  Because we are financially able to take this time to do so.  A lot of us are fighting "up high" in the upper levels. But a lot of people cannot.  They are  not engaged because they are too busy living day to day, or no one has engaged them.  

    And the real fight is in the trenches.  Look to North Carolina.  If you look at Moral Monday, NO ONE can say that race is a problem for progressives there.  In North Carolina, everyone is working TOGETHER.  As it should be.

    Another couple of examples are in Chicago.  We know of the violence, we know of what's happening with the schools.  And we here, from what I read, are taking on the violence with Big Picture things--taking on the NRA, working on legislation, that sort of thing.  Same with the schools.

    But from what I see on TV, the residents of Chicago that are organizing and fighting on the ground and in the trenches are racially different than the demographic makeup of Daily Kos, if I recall what the Kos Demo was.  And I think it's important for all levels of the fight to be able to interchange and to work together.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:01:29 AM PDT

    •  I'm not so sure that I agree (0+ / 0-)

      that the problem is subtle.  A lot of things can happen on the local level, but if it's not translated to the national level so that it can reach 'critical mass', then it's lost as a big picture item.  I think the MSM has a LOT to do with this in the way they report or simply do not report on certain things.

      Like the BART strike.  It's hardly mentioned on a national level, but of course everyone in SF/Oakland is aware of it for obvious reasons.

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