Very nice, very well reasoned response - except the part about racism - extraordinarily dismissive.
Amber Lisa
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But bottomline, the fact that Coretta Scott King, appealed to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s regarding this man’s racial biases, and even Reagan was moved, speaks volumes to this man’s racial biases.

I have no idea how you are making that connection to Jeff Sessions.

Anyone who knows a thing or two about the Civil Rights Movement and how it unfolded in Alabama, how, for example, an African-American church was bombed,

Yes, I’ve been to that church. (She said, dryly.)

Yeah, that’s Alabama, hasn’t changed much at all and yeah Sessions is a career Senator, of that.

And THAT was the sum total of Sen. Booker’s rather rambling objection to Sessions: “He shouldn’t be confirmed because he’s a White Guy from Alabama.”

Sorry, I still like this odd concept of fairness.

So what, in the world do you do with the evidence that is the state of Alabama?

People are racist. Alabama is a place. Places are inanimate. They can’t be racist.

and you want to convince me, that anyone who comes from a position of power from that culture — is on the up and up?

I don’t want to convince you of anything. All I’m pointing out to you is the obvious — that attacks based on identity are undemocratic.

To me, it’s an utterly ridiculous conversation! This is a culture where, to this day, large numbers of Southerners stubbornly insist that they were right.

You’re referring here to people who are overtly and unabashedly racist. I’d put that number in Alabama at <10%. I base that on responses to surveys such as the General Social Survey. If that’s a large number to you, so be it. I’d point out to you the obvious: people don’t live forever, and the people who were overtly racists in the 60’s, the ones who ysed to “stubbornly insist that they were right” are at the current time either gumming their food at an old folks home, or taking a dirt nap. You make it sound like they are your active adversaries, when in fact they’ve been removed from the field.

They have created defacto systems of slavery (primarily the criminal justice system) that support those southern economies to this day!

As an erstwhile economist, I would love to hear an explanation of how those “defacto systems of slavery” work to support economies, in precise terms. But I’m not going to hold my breath.

But I do think it’s the sort of things that haunts most southern whites, like Sessions, at a subconscious level.

Careful. That’s an exculpatory thought, counselor. You just raised the possibility that because of Sessions’ background, he may be uniquely qualified to promote racial equality.

But, what comes around, goes around, and so parts of Texas probably are ravaged by “No Country for Old Men” type problems, which makes the desire for extraordinarily secure borders completely understandable.

Odd statement, that. Although Texas was a confederate state, it never had a very large slave culture. If you look at a map of the US and overlay racist internet queries, the “high level of racist query” line cuts off just west of Beaumont, which makes since, in that Vidor (outside of Beaumont) was a traditional KKK stronghold.

That said, Houston (reflected on the map in blue) is generally considered to be the most racially diverse city in the country, and has few notable racial incidents.

It should also be noted that using this metric as a proxy for racism, the South doesn’t deserve the scorn you affix to it. Yes, central and north central Louisiana, and parts of Alabama and Mississippi, are in the “red zone”, but the real heavy red on the map seems to take an economic track through coal country and the rust belt, indicating that in 2017, “racism” in the US is not being fueled as much by history as it is being fueled by a lack of economic opportunity.

It is also hard to miss that some very “liberal” areas, such as NYC and New Jersey (and look at little Rhode Island in there) don’t appear to be very liberal, by racial standards.

You might want to reflect on that a bit, because it certainly affects solutions to racism issues where they exist.

But that is American politics generally. If you start to pull on the string on any one of these problems: slavery, drugs, terrorism, deep state (all of this is intertwined and related in a big ball of deception) if you trace the money back to all root causes, you will often find, in America — we have met the enemy and it is us.

Hard to argue with that.

A long time Alabama senator…well…three states I never want to see, based on what I have seen of them: Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.

Pity, that. Atlanta, along with D.C., is considered to be one of the two best cities in the nation for African American professionals.

Naw. No thanks, never….Also Texas, though people such as yourself claim, there all all sorts of delightful things about it (and I don’t doubt it). Still, I’ve been to Dallas once…about four years ago. Lots of cars with bumper stickers like “I got my gun” and “Kill a Liberal.”

I have a very nice Glock I carry in my purse. And one can go quite a long time around here without ever meeting a liberal; a Texas Democrat would be considered a “right wing loonie” on the East Coast.

Don’t need to see Texas ever again in this life or for that matter, any other.

Your loss. Pity to put yourself in a box.

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