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" If this cultural group could get at the same table as black America you could rechange populist American politics. Because they have so much in common in terms of what they need out of government."

It was this quote or something like it by Kieth Olbermann during an interview about his latest book that first got my attention.  I couldn't find a way to get to that interview on the Countdown web site.

The nightmare of southern politicians for 100 years has been such a union.  Hence the encouragement for the attitude "Well, at least you ain't no nigger." by the Klan and White Citizens Councils.  I hope my redneck brethren are finally awakening in significant numbers to just what a grotesque consolation that is.

In northwest Arkansas, after Brown vs. Board of Education, a number of school districts were proceeding, at their own initiative, when White Citizens Council types from out of the area showed up and roused up opposition.  Funny how that type of outside agitator never got media coverage.  Then we had Orvile Faubus, Little Rock Central High School, Eisenhower and the 101st Airborne; that is all most remember about civil rights in Arkansas.

The movie "The Great Debaters" with Denzel Washington and Forest Whittaker, now available on CD, gives a picture of how this played out in the '30s, in the piney woods of east Texas, in Marshall, not too far from the Texarkana.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 05:08:05 PM EST
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Ahem, They were proceeding, at their own volition, towards integrating black and white schools in their districts, with minimal local opposition,

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 05:18:13 PM EST
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The nightmare of southern politicians for 100 years has been such a union.

In A People's History of the US, Zinn makes the point quite explicitly that the wedge between working class whites and blacks was driven intentionally by the elites. I don't have my copy handy so I can't quote.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 05:57:07 PM EST
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Damn it, I need to read Zinn's book.  It has been on my To Read list for a long time.

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 07:57:17 PM EST
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Me too.  I have heard of it, but don't have a copy. Yet.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 08:48:40 PM EST
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