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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Hey, that's just the way it is for old folks. Hell, in 1972 this guy used the same term -


    Damned racists!!
    This is 2012, not 1963.

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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    What did he do which was illegal?
    We don't know yet.

    Is or would it be illegal for a public official who is being paid by taxpayer money to use racial slurs in communications sent to deputies while on duty? Was he on duty and were his deputies on duty when it occurred? we don't know.

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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    We don't know yet.

    Is or would it be illegal for a public official who is being paid by taxpayer money to use racial slurs in communications sent to deputies while on duty? Was he on duty and were his deputies on duty when it occurred? we don't know.
    Are you serious? Really? Illegal to use racial slurs while on duty? Wow. Just wow.

    I know it's sleazy, and it's scumbag behavior, but illegal?
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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Stories like this just make me laugh because of how absurd the racists are. Even so, it's unfortunate that this guy is a Police Commissioner considering that the amount of power he has probably means that a fair amount of black people have been held back from jobs and promotions because of him. There's probably also been a fair amount of racism in police activity in his area due to him as well. That is the saddest part of this.

    That said, the kind of racism demonstrated by stories like this is not the type of racism that concerns me. Such overt racism is mostly a relic of the past and it's literally dying out. What concerns me is the pervasive form of racism in our society that is more covert, or subtle. I'm talking about the type of racism expressed by the vast majority of white Americans where they tell denigrating racist jokes in one breath and then claim to be colorblind in the next.
    Racism has gotten much more sophisticated today. The N word has been replaced with code words.
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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    This is 2012, not 1963.
    I know. And racism is different now.

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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Are you serious? Really? Illegal to use racial slurs while on duty? Wow. Just wow.

    I know it's sleazy, and it's scumbag behavior, but illegal?
    I only stated that because I do not know the laws, or if there are laws. One law might fall under the definition of hate speech. But, everyone has first amendment rights, even though it makes them look like asshats.

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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I know. And racism is different now.
    Only if you think so.

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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Are you serious? Really? Illegal to use racial slurs while on duty? Wow. Just wow.

    I know it's sleazy, and it's scumbag behavior, but illegal?
    There is a difference between illegal behavior and criminal behavior
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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Are you serious? Really? Illegal to use racial slurs while on duty? Wow. Just wow.

    I know it's sleazy, and it's scumbag behavior, but illegal?
    That's the direction things are headed. Equal opportunity and equal protection under the law isn't enough. Now we have to start punishing unpopular thought and stuff that might make others feel uncomfortable. The only way we can achieve true freedom is by getting rid of people that piss us off.

    Liberals roundly criticize the Catholic church for the inquisition but they're good with the same process when it comes to stuff like this.

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    re: Town's White Police Official Calls Obama N-Word [W:301]

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    I'm talking about the type of racism expressed by the vast majority of white Americans where they tell denigrating racist jokes in one breath and then claim to be colorblind in the next.
    Um, actually, not so much. Your statement would be mostly true if it were applied to many areas of the Deep South where I was raised as a strongly-conservative Southern Baptist racist, but for most of America, not so much. Don't get me wrong - there's still many millions of white Americans who are just as you describe (and whose continuing racism is enabled by people like the rightists on this thread), but most white Americans (like myself) have gotten away from that kind of thinking or are trying to do so. If that were not the case, then Obama could not have won the blue states - twice.
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