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I wondered why you had said something about pensions but nothing about this at Dispatch.

They are worrisome, and they still exist. I live in central Mass, which is mostly working class and mostly conservative Republican. I see them all the time, and most of them are still supporting Bush for the same reasons their fathers supported Nixon. 'He's a strong leader.' They know almost nothing about his agenda, and when told, they don't believe it. It's depressing. The unions are fairly active politically but they haven't done a very good job of communicating the Bush Admin's overall hostility to Labor, and even when they've managed to get that across, it doesn't cancel out Bush's perceived 'strength' as far as the membership is concerned.

As for the black organizer, how well do you know him? There's still a reluctance in the black community to talk candidly to whites they don't know, and it sounds like he was giving you the standard answer--'We're solid, we're united, this is nothing, you don't have to worry about us.' But if he was genuinely unconcerned, that's troubling. Complacency may be rearing its ugly head there, too. The concentration of the radcons on black churches is showing real signs of success using the same divisive social issues that, as you accurately pointed out, they use with the working class. If he doesn't see that as a danger, he's in denial.

Mick: Fix the link to the story you referred to - right now the link goes to the Dispatch main page, which is great, but I don't think that's the post you mean.
UDATE: I got the link to the pension story. This is it. I added it to the post that mentions pensions as well.

I don't know the guy at all. I did get the idea that there was some denial there. I think it's going to be very hard for the minority community to get their heads around civil rights now that gays are part of the public equation. It'll be a real test of the minority community's belief in civil rights. Like now I'm hearing arguments that suggest we should back off "gay rights" and "marriage" in order to hold on to support. I wonder where I've heard that talk before.

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