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Re: “A historic day for African Americans in Colorado

s a Charleston native and Colorado Front Range resident, I know well that it is hard indeed to compare the politics of the Palmetto State with those of the Centennial State. Like South Carolina, Colorado features a very wide rash of conservatism dotted here and there by more progressive places. The biggest of those, of course, is the core of the Denver metro area and the adjacent liberal bastion of Boulder. Both our black legislators are from the Denver area, while Boulder's congressional district just elected the state's first openly gay congressman. Not bad for a state that until 2006 was entirely controlled by Republicans and is home to immigrant hater Tom Tancredo and Colorado Springs -- a playpen of the Christian right.

We have our share of racism in Colorado, for sure. Anti-immigrant (legal and otherwise) tirades are common. But it's nothing like growing up on suburban James Island, where only a touch over a decade ago, students voluntarily divided the high school lunchroom by race -- black students on one side of the isle and whites on the other. Or where my neighbors in the Lawton Bluff neighborhood squirmed at the idea of a black family moving into a house down the street from mine.

SC has a long way to go. I hope it gets there soon.

Posted by FrontRanger on January 23, 2009 at 1:51 PM
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