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« on: May 03, 2012, 02:00:34 am »
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It will be a gigantic setback for race relations in America. It's pretty evident that +75% of Blacks have an extensive sentimental investment in Barack Obama. And the belief that Mormonism is racist is already widely held in the Black community... I suspect strongly that anti-Mormon sentiments will spread and strengthen among blacks in a meme-esque fashion during Romney's campaign and presidency.

I fully expect riots by blacks.

Which is sad. Its contrary to the democratic process for this implicit threat to hang over a nations head. But it remains no less true regardless. This is the price of multiculturalism... even democracy is undermined.

The reaction among whites to anti-Romney riots by blacks, and attendant surge in crime committed by a disillusioned black community suffering record-breaking poverty... I suspect we would see an anti-black backlash similar to that of the Johnson and Nixon years.

With Mitt Romney's tough stance on illegal immigrants, and a general increase in racial polarization, I would predict Hispanics becoming more polarized towards the Democrats as well... given their growing population and poverty this will be significant.

Basically we may end up with the sort of situation that presently exists in states like Mississipi- ~95% of minorities vote democrat and ~90% of whites vote Republican.

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And it can only get worse from there. This decades economic prospects are so incredibly dire, with both Europe and China on a knife edge. With a depressed economy and Romney government, we know what the response will be- major cuts in present and future welfare spending, but with present retirees and baby boomers exempt from social security cuts, so as to fund major reductions in taxes that predominantly benefit the wealthy. In other words a redistribution of wealth from poor and young(whom constitute the majority of nonwhites and are majority nonwhite) towards the wealthy and old(whom are overwhelmingly white).

Of course whites suffering from the economic decline and welfare reductions will blame minorities, as has always been the case. And with Hispanics continuing to grow in number while becoming even more polarized in economic, political and cultural terms from White Americans, we can expect a surge of nativism even among elite whites... who mostly don't embrace outright racism but will consent to it out of political pragmatism and self preservation.

Depending on how bad the economy is I could see this devolving into a low level grassroots race war. As a consequence we will see a surge in white flight that finishes the job the 1960s and 70s started in American cities. Law and order conservatism on a national level will be a primary foundation of Romney's presidency, with an unapologetic sole mission to protect whites... cops will stop even protecting black neighborhoods on the pretense of being overstretched and black neighbourhoods being unsafe for cops.












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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 02:18:31 am »
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 02:24:51 am »
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Care to offer more then a few dots? Or will you refuse to believe me until blacks are rioting on your doorstep?
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 03:18:51 am »
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Is this corollary to the expectation that Obama's election would establish a Golden age of Race Relations?
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 03:25:00 am »
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Mittens Presidency might cause problems on it's own, but there is an inevitable economic trainwreck round #2 that's coming in next four years anyway. But really scaremongering leftists into voting for Democrats doesn't usually work well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 03:54:27 am »
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Is this corollary to the expectation that Obama's election would establish a Golden age of Race Relations?
No, they're not synonymous. Obama's election triggered a short term euphoria among blacks that faded quickly, as well as a longer term sense of increased social solidarity and inclusion... but that has also faded by now on account of a)enough time has passed that Obama's become the new default and b)percieved racism by Obama's opponents and scandals like Trayvon Martin's death... as well as the generally poor economic conditions.

The thing to remember is that while euphoric gratitude over a gains fades quickly, resentment over a loss lasts a lot longer. This has been scientifically proven, for example by analysis of how people respond to an increase in their income vs a decline in their income.

Theirs also the fact that the economic situation for blacks is far worse then for whites... if you analyse the black community separately they've gone through a 4 years(and counting) depression, whereas the white community has merely suffered a statistical recession that has already finished. So consider what will happen if, on top of all that, Obama is defeated by what they perceive as the bigotry of Romney and White America, the economy collapses into an outright depression(as is probably inevitable thanks to Europe and China); and Romney responds by cutting spending that benefits the (predominantly nonwhit) poor/unemployed/young in name of preserving retirement benefits for over 55s and implementing further tax cuts that overwhelmingly flow to the wealthiest 25%(both areoverwhelmingly white demographics).
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2012, 04:34:23 am »
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Mittens Presidency might cause problems on it's own, but there is an inevitable economic trainwreck round #2 that's coming in next four years anyway. But really scaremongering leftists into voting for Democrats doesn't usually work well.

See, and that's the scariest part.

We all said that regardless of who won in 2008, it would look like a dire economic situation and either Obama or McCain would have to fight for re-election. It seems clear that President Obama or President Romney will also have a dire situation.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 05:37:13 am »
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Mittens Presidency might cause problems on it's own, but there is an inevitable economic trainwreck round #2 that's coming in next four years anyway. But really scaremongering leftists into voting for Democrats doesn't usually work well.
I'm not trying to scare anyone, simply pointing out a fact. Hell I was considering supporting Romney before he made his ridiculous pledge for 20% across the board tax cuts.
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2012, 11:05:59 am »
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Forgive me, but if blacks start riots just because Mitt Romney is Mitt Romney, we have much bigger problems on our hands. Mitt has made it pretty clear that he absolutely does not want to talk about social issues if he doesn't have to. I think Mitt Romney's expressions of Mormonism will be even quieter than Barack's expressions of Christianity while in office. Romney's a calculated dude. If he upsets people, it won't be because he's "a racist Mormon."
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2012, 11:08:35 am »
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Mittens Presidency might cause problems on it's own, but there is an inevitable economic trainwreck round #2 that's coming in next four years anyway. But really scaremongering leftists into voting for Democrats doesn't usually work well.
I'm not trying to scare anyone, simply pointing out a fact. Hell I was considering supporting Romney before he made his ridiculous pledge for 20% across the board tax cuts.
White people like to get tax cuts. Blacks don't and so they'll riot.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2012, 11:11:00 am »
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I think you have too little faith in the majority of the African American population.  Sure there might be issolated incidents, but I don't see some major racial war going on if Romney is elected.
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2012, 11:23:53 am »
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I love these false-conscious columns that people write.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2012, 11:37:26 am »
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I think you have too little faith in the majority of the African American population.  Sure there might be issolated incidents, but I don't see some major racial war going on if Romney is elected.
Blacks are already suffering economic conditions comparable to a depression(while the rest of the population is seeing a weak recovery). So if the economy dips into a recession or outright depression thanks to international factors... what do you think it looks like when a groups that already in a defacto economic depression suffers a second additional depression on top of that?

And on top of that you have Obama, whom they have a intense sentimental investment in, losing to a man they will percieve as theologically racist against them.

And on top of that you have that man taking away the government assistance they depend on...

You really think that won't set off a spark? Remember the militia movement under Clinton? It emerged during the economic boom of the 90s among mostly rural whites, and they weren't at the bottom of the economic hierarchy like blacks are, nor deprived of government assistance by Clinton, nor had they suffered the sentimental alienation that blacks would if Romney beats Obama.


Forgive me, but if blacks start riots just because Mitt Romney is Mitt Romney, we have much bigger problems on our hands. Mitt has made it pretty clear that he absolutely does not want to talk about social issues if he doesn't have to. I think Mitt Romney's expressions of Mormonism will be even quieter than Barack's expressions of Christianity while in office. Romney's a calculated dude. If he upsets people, it won't be because he's "a racist Mormon."
The majority of Republicans managed to convince themselves Obama was Muslim even though he isn't, so I find it hard to believe that blacks will remain ignorant of the fact of Romney's Mormonism.
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2012, 11:42:47 am »
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I have faith that blacks will be able to know about Romney's Mormonism and still tolerate it.

"The only way blacks will accept Mitt Romney is if they forget he's a Mormon!" That ain't what I'm suggesting.

And it may be that many Republicans thought/think that Obama is a Muslim. Even so, I can't say it's led to riots in the streets.
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I have faith that blacks will be able to know about Romney's Mormonism and still tolerate it.

"The only way blacks will accept Mitt Romney is if they forget he's a Mormon!" That ain't what I'm suggesting.

And it may be that many Republicans thought/think that Obama is a Muslim. Even so, I can't say it's led to riots in the streets.
Republicans are neither as poor, nor as dependant on government benefits, nor as perceptive of being under ethnic besiegement, nor as young a demographic. They're also disproportionately employed- they don't have so much time on their hands. And they're frankly far more civil then the average ghetto black... their Tea Party gatherings were distinguished by being remarkably clean when they left.
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2012, 11:51:53 am »
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I have faith that blacks will be able to know about Romney's Mormonism and still tolerate it.

"The only way blacks will accept Mitt Romney is if they forget he's a Mormon!" That ain't what I'm suggesting.

And it may be that many Republicans thought/think that Obama is a Muslim. Even so, I can't say it's led to riots in the streets.
Republicans are neither as poor, nor as dependant on government benefits, nor as confident of being under ethnic besiegement, nor as young a demographic. They're also disproportionately employed- they don't have so much time on their hands. And they nowhere as near as rock dumb as the average ghetto black.

You just lost all your credibility.
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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2012, 12:03:33 pm »
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I have faith that blacks will be able to know about Romney's Mormonism and still tolerate it.

"The only way blacks will accept Mitt Romney is if they forget he's a Mormon!" That ain't what I'm suggesting.

And it may be that many Republicans thought/think that Obama is a Muslim. Even so, I can't say it's led to riots in the streets.
Republicans are neither as poor, nor as dependant on government benefits, nor as confident of being under ethnic besiegement, nor as young a demographic. They're also disproportionately employed- they don't have so much time on their hands. And they nowhere as near as rock dumb as the average ghetto black.

You just lost all your credibility.
"Rock dumb" was probably a little racist in retrospect. So I'll rephrase:  " they're frankly far more civil then the average ghetto black... their Tea Party gatherings were distinguished by being remarkably clean when they left."
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2012, 01:04:43 pm »
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I think a lot of black people will be pissed, but there will also be a lot of white people who will be pissed (me). It's not 1992 anymore, I don't think we have to worry about riots, especially because Obama will be reelected!
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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2012, 01:28:12 pm »
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This is massive hyperbole surrounding a grain of truth.

My tl;dr version: There is a high probability of an uptick in racial tension in the next 1-2 years.  The uptick is more probable and would be more pronounced with Romney as president, but largely due to his status as not-Obama, not because of who he is.

How I see this rolling is as a reaction to the Trayvon Martin retaliations and similar news events.  If we keep seeing stories about white people getting attacked as retaliation for Trayvon, you'll start to see stories of black people getting attacked on their behalf.  I simply think the tenor today, particularly in the south, could facilitate active racial conflict in a way that would not have been possible in recent decades.  (I just can't see a Reginald Denny/LA Riots situation going unresponded to today.)  It's petering out a bit now but could flare up when Zimmerman gets acquitted (which I'm expecting).

Just to be clear, I don't see anything like race war happening, but I can see some white vs. black violence in racially charged unintegrated areas.
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« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2012, 10:04:26 pm »
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I think a lot of black people will be pissed, but there will also be a lot of white people who will be pissed (me). It's not 1992 anymore, I don't think we have to worry about riots, especially because Obama will be reelected!
Damn right it's not 1992, it's infinitely worse:

-Worst economic environment since the great depression, with a serious possibility of an actual depression being triggered by international factors
-Most racially polarizing presidential contest since... ever really. Maybe 1964 is comparable. Imagine how much worse the 60's riots would have been if Goldwater was in charge?
-Serious possibility of economic programs upon which blacks depend being terminated.
-The internet era era makes it far easier for paranoia and outrage to spread.
-As the Globalizer observed, whites are far more likely to respond to such occurences with violence today then they were in 90s.
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« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2012, 11:31:23 pm »
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This is massive hyperbole surrounding a grain of truth.

My tl;dr version: There is a high probability of an uptick in racial tension in the next 1-2 years.  The uptick is more probable and would be more pronounced with Romney as president, but largely due to his status as not-Obama, not because of who he is.

How I see this rolling is as a reaction to the Trayvon Martin retaliations and similar news events.  If we keep seeing stories about white people getting attacked as retaliation for Trayvon, you'll start to see stories of black people getting attacked on their behalf.  I simply think the tenor today, particularly in the south, could facilitate active racial conflict in a way that would not have been possible in recent decades.  (I just can't see a Reginald Denny/LA Riots situation going unresponded to today.)  It's petering out a bit now but could flare up when Zimmerman gets acquitted (which I'm expecting).

Just to be clear, I don't see anything like race war happening, but I can see some white vs. black violence in racially charged unintegrated areas.

This whole thread is surreal, but since we are on the topic, do you think there is a possibility we could see a return of this?



I like to think we are beyond this kind of barbarism, but maybe I'm being naive...
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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2012, 11:55:41 pm »
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This is massive hyperbole surrounding a grain of truth.

My tl;dr version: There is a high probability of an uptick in racial tension in the next 1-2 years.  The uptick is more probable and would be more pronounced with Romney as president, but largely due to his status as not-Obama, not because of who he is.

How I see this rolling is as a reaction to the Trayvon Martin retaliations and similar news events.  If we keep seeing stories about white people getting attacked as retaliation for Trayvon, you'll start to see stories of black people getting attacked on their behalf.  I simply think the tenor today, particularly in the south, could facilitate active racial conflict in a way that would not have been possible in recent decades.  (I just can't see a Reginald Denny/LA Riots situation going unresponded to today.)  It's petering out a bit now but could flare up when Zimmerman gets acquitted (which I'm expecting).

Just to be clear, I don't see anything like race war happening, but I can see some white vs. black violence in racially charged unintegrated areas.

This whole thread is surreal, but since we are on the topic, do you think there is a possibility we could see a return of this?



I like to think we are beyond this kind of barbarism, but maybe I'm being naive...

Wow... If Obama had a son, he'd totally look like the one on the right.
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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2012, 12:07:07 am »
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If ever an election was going to produce a riot, it was 2000. And all we had then was the Brooks Brothers Riot.
Look, if Romney were to win thanks to some kind of Willie Horton race-baiting strategy, or by embracing birtherism, then there might be tension. But Romney's not going to do that; he's not the cleverest campaigner ever, but he can see that's a bad idea. If we did have another election decided the way 2000 was, and Romney won as a result, there might be tension. But overall, African-Americans have a lot of experience of watching white guys win elections.
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« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2012, 12:19:53 am »
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I think a lot of black people will be pissed, but there will also be a lot of white people who will be pissed (me). It's not 1992 anymore, I don't think we have to worry about riots, especially because Obama will be reelected!



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