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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Political Morphology: Part I of III
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barca_k From: barca_k Date: November 4th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
they were then & are now - very scared. it scared them then because it was a white good 'ol boy from a southern state who was questioning status quo - they're scared now because the guy who might do it is only half white.

this goes back to something i've often heard here in Mississippi - which is local people &/or officials saying things like "We don't need [outside things/people] coming in here & telling US how to live." which, i think, is fine, as far as it goes. just so long as they are willing to be left behind on their own little neglected island.

a lot of people really don't like living in a world that can change in unexpected, perhaps even inevitable ways. but they're stuck with it because that's how the world has always worked. & i think a lot of them see this reality only in the simple terms of "this is going to happen to me, personally" & not in a more real way, which might be "this sort of thing has been going on since humans were a species, it's normal, i'd better adapt."

very interesting post. thanks.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 4th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And a very interesting response, so thanks back at you!

I can sense that trepidation. I spent my first eleven years in a strange pocket of southeastern Pennsylvania that was close enough to NYC and Philadelphia to receive their television signals, but worlds away culturally and politically. I like it there. I liked many of the people. I'd probably feel similarly about Mississippi. At the same time, though, the future shouldn't be held hostage by people who refuse to acknowledge that the times they have a-changed.
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