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Many Americans 'shooting themselves in the foot' to maintain racial hierarchy

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  1. dubteedub
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    I thought it was interesting coming across this article, given I had made a similar comment to the premise of this book on Tildes yesterday that the only consistent view Trumpers seem to have is...

    I thought it was interesting coming across this article, given I had made a similar comment to the premise of this book on Tildes yesterday that the only consistent view Trumpers seem to have is do whatever will piss off liberals or hurt minorities.

    Reading some of these stories is just so sad.

    And one of the lead quotes of the book was a man [named Trevor] who told me: "I'm not going to have my tax dollars go to a program that," as he said, "benefits Mexicans and welfare queens."

    'I really think people will die': Americans fear losing health care under Trump's plan
    He was a very, very medically ill man. He'd had a series of chronic medical conditions, most notably liver failure. When I met him, he was living in a low income housing project outside of Nashville in Tennessee, a southern state. And he really needed medical attention. He was trying to hold down a menial job. He couldn't. He was on the cusp of medical bankruptcy.

    While the author asks, "How powerful must an ideology be that somebody on death's doorstep is willing to give up a chance for treatment in order to deny treatment for other people?" all I am thinking is how on earth do you reach someone who doesn't base their ideology on even their own needs, but just is fueled by hate and bigotry?

    This famous LBJ quote comes to mind reading this and it seems like the modern Republican party has really taken it to heart.

    "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

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    moocow1452
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    Maybe it's that I'm a naturally a conflict-averse person, but it kinda feels that recently we broke something in America where a significant amount of people would rather run things to the ground...

    Maybe it's that I'm a naturally a conflict-averse person, but it kinda feels that recently we broke something in America where a significant amount of people would rather run things to the ground then eat our pride and make things better for everyone, and I have no idea how to deal with it. Obviously I have less skin in the game then somebody of less privilege, and maybe it's naive of me to think that Politics wasn't always a cyclical, bipartisan endeavor of saving the country from the other side's ignorance, but if vengeance and greed as self interest is a primary swing for elections, we're not in a good spot, are we?

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    1. [3]
      Pilgrim
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      If it makes you feel any better, my amateur investigations of American history have led me to believe that this is the case.

      naive of me to think that Politics wasn't always a cyclical, bipartisan endeavor of saving the country from the other side's ignorance

      If it makes you feel any better, my amateur investigations of American history have led me to believe that this is the case.

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        moocow1452
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        The affirmation of my negative statement there is kind of confusing to me. Politics was or wasn't always saving people from themselves?

        The affirmation of my negative statement there is kind of confusing to me. Politics was or wasn't always saving people from themselves?

        1. Pilgrim
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          Happy to clarify. My own amateur investigation has led me to believe that Politics has always been a cyclical, bi partisan endeavor of saving the country from the other side's ignorance

          Happy to clarify. My own amateur investigation has led me to believe that Politics has always been a cyclical, bi partisan endeavor of saving the country from the other side's ignorance

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