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01 December 2014 @ 07:08 pm
"I've just spent nearly a week back home in exurban Atlanta, and I regret to report that the events in and in reaction to Ferguson have brought back (at least in some of the older white folks I talked with) nasty and openly racist attitudes I haven't heard expressed in so unguarded a manner since the 1970s. The polling we've all seen about divergent perceptions of Ferguson doesn't even begin to reflect the intensity of the hostility I heard towards 'the blacks' (an inhibition against free use of the n-word, at least in semi-public, seems to be the only post-civil-rights taboo left), who have the outrageous temerity to protest an obvious act of self-defense by a police officer."

Selkiselki on December 4th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
"when to a shockingly overwhelming degree white people believed all that civil rights stuff was a fabrication of outside agitators and lying yankee reporters inciting the normally placid if potentially dangerous local helots to “act ugly,” richly earning whatever hellish retaliatory violence that might ensue. "

So much bad going on right now. :(

I assume you've heard about http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/12/01/3597677/german-vigils-beaten-harassers/ -- 23-Year-Old Woman Beaten To Death After Defending Teen Girls From Harassment

Sorry for the gloom, hope today is better.