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Sun May 1, 2016, 11:46 AM

6. the key is southern social stratification....

...it is very old and ingrained in much of the South to this day. To feel good about one's self, you've got to be on a rung higher than someone else. African Americans have always been on the absolute bottom rung. It has very Calvinist roots. The thinking goes...those who are poor or enslaved are obviously not loved by god and thus are likely to be on the short end of predestination. So why not exploit them for one's financial gain? They're damned to hell anyway. The rich are obviously blessed by god and are thus the elect, elite and on their way to heaven, no matter what. Now they'll profess to have an Arminian view that salvation is equally available to the rich and poor alike, but deep down, that doesn't fit with their views on economics, ie. enriching themselves no matter what. The economic oppressor is obviously loved by god, or he/she wouldn't be in a position to oppress and visa versa.

It's like Ayn Rand crossed with Protestant Fundamentalist Evangelicalism. Don't confuse them with the Constitution or rule of law. Sure, we're all equal they think, but some are more equal than others.

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