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America Is Two Countries, Not on Speaking Terms

Claire83 Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 12:39 PM
This article overlooks large groups of people that were treated very badly in the 1950's. For middle class white folk life was good. You still had to work hard to make it. But it is so easy to forget about people who were really discriminated against. They were not part of the system, unless they were exceptional. We could talk about African Americans, women, and other groups. We had to adjust that situation out of justice. Inclusion has to cost the general population, that had to happen. Yes society is different now, in some ways it is much worse and in others it is much better.

You know who won the election (or whether we face another Florida 2000), and as I write I don't.

But whether Barack Obama is re-elected to a second term or Mitt Romney is elected the 45th president, the contours of their support during this fiercely fought campaign show that we live in Two Americas.

The culturally cohesive America of the 1950s that some of us remember, usually glossing over racial segregation and the civil rights movement, is no longer with us and hasn't been for some time.

That was an America of universal media, in which everyone watched one of three...