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The comments on the Bundy articles are hilarious and many convey more information than the articles themselves.
I grew up in a tiny farm town in the rural South in the 1970’s. Jim Crow may have been illegal and integrated school required but the attitudes hadn’t changed at all.
I have rather light skin but after hearing thousands of iterations of ” one drop means your a n***er”, I was quite clear on my non-white status and what that meant.
We saw with the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the reactions including his murderer’s freedom that these attitudes have not significantly evolved in much of America even now.
I don’t know what needs to be done but I know complacency in assuming that these throwback cretins don’t represent a dominant theme in American culture is not an option.
As our country continues its slide into post Empire collapse and the economic hardship our endless wars have bequeathed us, such insanity will only increase as is evident in a cursory examination of the history of post WWI Germany.
If we cannot find ways to reweave the social fabric I fear the the spectre of increasing racial violence and another civil war may no longer be as ridiculous and impossible as it logically should be.