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December 2012

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i'm up too late again, but not ridiculously so. and i'm going to bed in a moment so that's all good. however, i made the mistake of catching up on some news and now i have to vent. i rarely do this, so -- let's get mean!

1) once i got past the sheer audacity of bush's speech to the knesset. his politicizing of our foreign policy and the sheer, cold-blooded shallowness of his intellect, i found something new. he compares, to nazi appeasers, those who would try to engage "terrorists and radicals."


let's say i give you rogue nations. when the fuck did being radical become exactly analogous to trying to take over the world and kill off millions upon millions? you goddamned different people -- insisting on being different, even after we told you to stop it! i hate you SO MUCH!

2) i was born in this country and was aware of the world around me when blacks were not infrequently beaten to death for trying to vote. obama winning 27% in west virginia is NOT a clinton landslide. it is a fucking miracle. to be perfectly blunt, i would have been satisfied with getting obama out of west virginia in one piece!

finally, on a related note:

3) the word your looking for is "racists." while i generally appreciate the ny times attempt to lift everything to the level of the genteel, well, just read the quote, "Two in 10 white West Virginia voters said that race was an important factor in their vote, and more than 8 in 10 of them backed Mrs. Clinton, according to surveys of voters leaving the polls."

see? racists. 20 percent of the surveyed voters. let's just drop the fancy language because part of the story here is how well a black man can do when there is still pervasive racism in this nation. don't get me wrong -- clinton faces sexism and a lot of people probably compare mccain to their crotchety granddad -- we all have our crosses to bear.

but i have hear and read reporters dancing circles around this phrase, when it is simple, accurate and concise. obama's campaign depends, in part, on bridging the gap to some significant amount of racists. let's trot out our racist correspondent for commentary, right after this message....

that is all. good night and good luck.


i had a discussion with younger friends out here and had to do the math to demonstrate that, if you were a young adult/late adolescent during the height of the civil rights movement, you are not only probably still alive, but may still be active in society and the work force -- where you have gained a lot of seniority (and at least some influence).

the trouble was civil rights is that MLK was such a seminal figure that his history and the movement's are entertwined in people's minds.

a lot of times, i think of the modern civil rights era stemming from around the time thurgood marshall prepared to argue plessy vs. ferguson in front of the supreme court for the naacp -- more of a 70-year arc. if you like to look at w.e.b. dubois or george washington carver founding tuskeegee, you can take the modern era back 100-years or more.

...we still have some ways to go before we rest.
To expand that even further I think it is really important for people to recognize that 1863 was really not very long ago. There is no possible way that race relations in this country would be all rosy and color-blind, such a short time after the end of slavery.


i often think that. looking at what this country has achieved in -- let's say 150 years -- in terms of race, class, gender, national origin, sexual orientation and identification, etc., it's pretty remarkable.

looking at what we have left to do, on the other hand, is pretty daunting.

i think that, if we could speak more openly, with less fear, hate and career agendas, we could empathize with people buffeted by change and the people suffocated by the stagnation -- and keep moving forward, with less animosity.

of course, this posits common sense, which isn't all that common at all....

; )