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    The US South: Dark Underbelly

    Here's a paragraph from this interesting and well-written analysis:

    Our republic was shaped at its birth by an unresolvable conflict between the ideals of the Enlightenment and the political demands of a slave economy. That contradiction is woven into the fabric of our identity, where it has silently shaped the development of our institutions for centuries. Each generation must wrestle with this contradiction in a fresh context, in all its strange permutations. The past is never dead. Itís not even past.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisla.../#1f4c532406b8
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    ...intelligent commentary can be so-o-o annoying...

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    TC,

    lay off the South.

    The probs are all over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post



    Especially the fantasy regarding the ideals of "The Enlightenment"
    Generations have been deeply ingrained with this bullocks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Generations have been deeply ingrained..
    rightly so...even a glance at the constitution would reveal the influence...
    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Pizza
    The probs are all over
    Indeed they are, but most pronounced in the ignorant underbelly...hence the article's focus...

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    Tomcat, which part of the South do you hail from ?

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    southern New England...a gracious and culturally captivating center of freedom and the American way...

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    In the South it's an urban v. rural ie. small town divide. Cities like Atlanta have been transformed culturally over the last 30 years by migrations of a better educated, less socially conservative people relocating from elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert
    Atlanta
    ...an island in a sea of:
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    elsewhere

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    I'll ask you to edit the title and change it from "dark underbelly" to "underbelly of colour".

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    ...the reference is to a mentality, not a skin pigmentation...but I understand your confusion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Generations have been deeply ingrained..
    rightly so...even a glance at the constitution would reveal the influence...
    Largely, Native American....[and other more enlightened locales/cultures]


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    southern New England...a gracious and culturally captivating center of freedom and the American way...
    In a 45-second video depicting a celebration of Donald Trump's presidential victory, I watched a young white man clad in makeshift Ku Klux Klan regalia triumphantly circling a bonfire on a dirt bike while brandishing a flag emblazoned with the words "TRUMP: Make America Great Again." At least 20 other people gleefully watched and filmed the performance. The moonlit gathering irrevocably transformed an innocuous gravel pit into a theater of white supremacy.

    Most local white residents reacted to the video with incredulity:
    How could this happen here?

    Forgotten Shame: Ku Klux Klan No Stranger To CT - Hartford Courant

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    probably took place at a local zoo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    southern New England...a gracious and culturally captivating center of freedom and the American way...
    In a 45-second video depicting a celebration of Donald Trump's presidential victory, I watched a young white man clad in makeshift Ku Klux Klan regalia triumphantly circling a bonfire on a dirt bike while brandishing a flag emblazoned with the words "TRUMP: Make America Great Again." At least 20 other people gleefully watched and filmed the performance. The moonlit gathering irrevocably transformed an innocuous gravel pit into a theater of white supremacy.

    Most local white residents reacted to the video with incredulity:
    How could this happen here?

    Forgotten Shame: Ku Klux Klan No Stranger To CT - Hartford Courant

    Reflective of the real cultural character?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Reflective of the real cultural character?
    Reflective of migrant sharecroppers up from the south to tend shade-grown tobacco...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat
    southern New England...a gracious and culturally captivating center of freedom and the American way...
    In a 45-second video depicting a celebration of Donald Trump's presidential victory, I watched a young white man clad in makeshift Ku Klux Klan regalia triumphantly circling a bonfire on a dirt bike while brandishing a flag emblazoned with the words "TRUMP: Make America Great Again." At least 20 other people gleefully watched and filmed the performance. The moonlit gathering irrevocably transformed an innocuous gravel pit into a theater of white supremacy.

    Most local white residents reacted to the video with incredulity:
    How could this happen here?

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    While the rest of the world shrugged their collective shoulders and said "what else did you expect, why is it only the US that's surprised at this? It's not like you weren't warned".
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    Drumpf is going to bring back Jim Crow laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Here's a paragraph from this interesting and well-written analysis:

    Our republic was shaped at its birth by an unresolvable conflict between the ideals of the Enlightenment and the political demands of a slave economy. That contradiction is woven into the fabric of our identity, where it has silently shaped the development of our institutions for centuries. Each generation must wrestle with this contradiction in a fresh context, in all its strange permutations. The past is never dead. Itís not even past.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisla.../#1f4c532406b8
    Oh dear, this is just a somewhat pretentious and rather prolix way (a la Jeff and CaptainNemo) of saying that redneck police still like shooting nigras in Septic Land.

    They do like their verbosity.

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