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"Unfortunately the pattern is all too common. If people of color complain about racism and discrimination in rural Georgia, no one is surprised. In fact, to many the image is comforting as it fulfills every stereotype, regional and political, that so many folks continue to carry around regarding who the bad guys are.
But suggest that racism and discrimination are also significant problems in more 'progressive spaces,' even among self-proclaimed liberals and leftists themselves—and that it might be unearthed in our political movements—and prepare to be met with icy stares, or worse, a self-righteous vitriol that seeks to separate 'real racism' (the right-wing kind) from not-so-real racism (the kind we on the left sometimes foster). And know that before long, someone will admonish you to focus on the 'real enemy,' rather than fighting amongst ourselves. 'What we need is unity,' these voices say, 'and all that talk about racism on the left just divides us further.'”