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  •  I don't know what the diarist has to say about (1+ / 0-)
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    this, but I can say why from my prospective Bob:

    Economics do not trump race.  It just doesn't.  Now it doesn't mean that race trumps economics, but if you understand (and I'm sure that you do understand) the history by which this country was built upon -- the engine of the economy was built on the backs of those who were once deemed as 3/5s of a [wo]man.

    More exacting and more to the point, a middle or upper middle class black man is no less likely to be criminally targeted on the basis of his skin color than a poor or working class black man.  Middle income black folk with good credit scores are still discriminated against when it comes to loans (for housing and business).

    That's not about economics.  That's about racism.

    The only real weapon that we ALL have right now is the political process, as flawed as some progressives think it is now.  A better weapon is to have a broad based, diversed and activist progressive community who understands from the onset that in order to get more blacks and hispanics involved, you have to have the intrastructure to allow them to protect their livihoods because activism bears a greater risk to people of color than it does to white folk at any economic level.

    I'm sorry, but this is just the reality of the situation here.

    •  Where do I state that economics "trump"... (0+ / 0-)

      ...race? Please show me where I've written that? They're two very critical issues, frequently "joined at hip," as well.

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 12:22:13 PM PDT

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      •  I say this because of your insistance (0+ / 0-)

        that the matters that you espouse, particularly the economic and political oligarchy that you often write about seems to me to be at the expense of other matters that appear from my vantage point, to be less important to you.  Your mere insistence that economics was not mentioned in this piece is a driver.

      •  Ummm. (0+ / 0-)

        Your very first comment was a complaint that in a diary about race, economics wasn't mentioned. That is a pretty good indicator of your priorities.

        Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

        by moviemeister76 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 08:43:13 PM PDT

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