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yeloson
02:49 am - The Art of Defending Racism
In the tradition of How to Suppress Discussions of Racism (which, in turn was in the tradition of How to Suppress Women's Writing), I give you, the secret memo that apparently the white people got:

The Art of Defending Racism

Doing something racist is easy- you don’t even have to think about it. But keeping racism alive? That takes work! Luckily for you, racism is deeply entrenched in our society, so all you need to do is hold the gates against those who would try to dislodge it, and let them wear themselves out. You'll want to use the tactics listed below to protect your own racist behavior, as well as those of others- after all- racism works because we work together!

Winning the war against equality!

No matter what, your objective is to be able to maintain these three beliefs at the end of any exchange:

1) I’m not racist.
2) I didn’t do anything wrong.
3) I don’t have to change at all.

If you can hold on to that, then you win!

How it works

Like a drinking problem or drug habit, racism works best when no one is willing to talk about it, and even better, when everyone works together to cover up the problem. The most important thing is to make sure that you can hide your problem from yourself- it’s key in maintaining those 3 beliefs that will keep you racist for a lifetime!

Saying or doing something racist will come naturally to you- but defending it? You’ll want to use one of the following tactics. They’re listed from the more soft handed and defensive tactics to the most aggressive, giving you a full range of options! Don’t worry, whether you’re liberal, conservative, in the closet racist, or tatooed and ready for Rahowa, there’s something here for you!

Tactical options:

A. It’s not that serious

1. We didn’t know better (and we never will)
2. You’re too sensitive
3. It’s not a big deal because it’s just (a movie, a song, a book, words, etc.)
4. Why should we care? (You don't matter anyway)
5. We didn’t mean any harm (But we'll do it again)
6. I was drunk on klanschlager/high on nazi-X/taking Xanax

B. But!

1. POC do XYZ to themselves (so it’s ok that we also do XYZ)
2. I’m oppressed too!
3. Hey! Look at sexism/classicism/Global Warming! Diversion
4. One POC says it’s cool
5. POC can discriminate too!
6. What about reverse racism?
7. We’re not discriminating AS MUCH (as other people/as we used to), isn’t that good?!? Give me a cookie.
8. My best friend/spouse/adopted child/my ancestor 5 generations back is POC
9. I’ve done XYZ, which proves I’m not racist, and I get a free pass for anything else I do.

C. Dismissal!

1. You’re oppressing me by making me be “PC”
2. You’re too stupid to be in this conversation and everything you say doesn’t matter
3. Racism is over now
4. If we don’t talk about it, it’ll magically go away
5. Under my definition- it’s not racist
6. You’re too angry/You’re being irrational
7. Racism has always existed, we can’t fix it, you should stop complaining.

D. Threats

1. Be glad it isn’t worse, we could be doing XYZ/I’ll give you a reason to cry
2. You brought this on yourself/ If you people didn’t... XYZ
3. Go back to where you came from!

Advanced Tactics!

The Russian Retreat (Be like Water)

Naturally, anyone who attempts to call you on a racist behavior, will probably try to also refute your defense. Fortunately for you, when your defense isn’t based on actual reasons, but simply irrationality, you can switch tactics on the drop of a dime without any explaination. Simply switch from one defense to another, randomly, and let your opponent continue to wear themselves out trying to penetrate your happy wall of racist belief!

For additional fun, you can switch to a tactic you’ve used previously. Half of them will not even notice they’ve been led in a circle, the other half will lose all hope and give up! Hurrah for ignorance!

The Wall of Whiteness

As the Greeks knew, the key to a good defense was teamwork. If you have more than one person supporting racism involved in the conversation, then all of you should use different tactics simultaneously- your opponent will have to fight on multiple fronts, and have to keep switching his or her train of thought to meet each defense. They’ll wear out in no time, and, you can reinforce and protect each other’s 3 beliefs.

Judas is your friend (when you’re Roman)

You may be fortunate enough to have rallied POC allies in racism. Their 3 beliefs replace “I” with “My white friends”, and they’re just as willing to defend you as another white person. These allies are pure gold. They lend credibility to your defense that you’re not racist, and what you’ve done isn’t racist. Instead of simply wearing out your opponents, these allies will completely demoralize them and wound them to the heart, opening them easily for the kill.

The Theory of it all

The best part of irrational behavior, is that you don't need to understand a lick of it. But some of you may wish to further your studies on the path of racism, so it's best to be armed with the theory behind the tactics. Luckily, in our modern era, the information is but a few keystrokes away:

Wikipedia on Denial

Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact that is too painful to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether (simple denial), admit the fact but deny its seriousness (minimisation) or admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility (transference).

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Denial of responsibility:

This form of denial involves avoiding personal responsibility by blaming, minimizing or justifying. Blaming is a direct statement shifting culpability and may overlap with denial of fact. Minimizing is an attempt to make the effects or results of an action appear to be less harmful than they may actually be. Justifying is when someone takes a choice and attempts to make that choice look okay due to their perception of what is "right" in a situation. Someone using denial of responsibility is usually attempting to avoid potential harm or pain by shifting attention away from themselves.

Denial of impact:

Denial of impact involves a person avoiding thinking about or understanding the harms their behavior have caused to themselves or others. By doing this, that person is able to avoid feeling a sense of guilt and it can prevent that person from developing remorse or empathy for others. Denial of impact reduces or eliminates a sense of pain or harm from poor decisions.

Denial of awareness:

This type of denial is best discussed by looking at the concept of state dependent learning[1]. People using this type of denial will avoid pain and harm by stating they were in a different state of awareness (such as alcohol or drug intoxication or on occasion mental health related). This type of denial often overlaps with denial of responsibility.

Denial of cycle:

Many who use this type of denial will say things such as, "it just happened." Denial of cycle is where a person avoids looking at their decisions leading up to an event or does not consider their pattern of decision making and how harmful behavior is repeated. The pain and harm being avoided by this type of denial is more of the effort needed to change the focus from a singular event to looking at preceding events. It can also serve as a way to blame or justify behavior (see above).

Denial of denial:

This can be a difficult concept for many people to identify in themselves, but is a major barrier to changing hurtful behaviors. Denial of denial involves thoughts, actions and behaviors which bolster confidence that nothing needs to be changed in ones personal behavior. This form of denial typically overlaps with all of the other forms of denial, but involves more self-delusion.


Remember, ignorance doesn't just maintain itself! Only with your hard work and diligent efforts can we keep hate alive!
Current Music: Prince, "Dear Mr. Man"

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From:skywardprodigal
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
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...You've done a good job with this.

I have severe chills now (or maybe I did before) and now ...yeah. Good job.
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From:yeloson
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Betweeen the most recent blackface, segregation in scchool and Richerds' lynching rant, I figured I might as well start listing the script it seems it all comes from.
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From:skywardprodigal
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
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May I send this to some friends via email?

I see race riots in the near future.
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From:yeloson
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Spread it far and wide. No reason only white people should know their tactics...
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From:odanu
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
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May I spread it to other allies?
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From:odanu
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm wondering if my husband's stepmother, who we refer to as "Grandma Bigot", would catch a clue if I sent this to her anonymously.
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From:yeloson
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Bigots never do. :/
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From:yeloson
Date:April 24th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Yep. Just be sure to attribute and link here. A while back some "well meaning" white folks decided they'd change it and then claim it was "anonymous" and were throwing it around various email list servs :/

How very progressive of them to steal and render me faceless and voiceless.
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From:odanu
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Will do. And will ask for attribution and link for anyone who passes it further. It'll all have to wait until I get home this evening, though.
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From:angryasiangrrl
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
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you are a genius :)
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From:yeloson
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Especially chilling given Richards "apology", right?
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From:angryasiangrrl
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
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actually, i think you stole this play book out of his car or something :p
From:delux_vivens
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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do_me_son, *wink*
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From:shadowfae
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm there.
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From:angryasiangrrl
Date:November 22nd, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
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wow, impressive!
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From:karnythia
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Hey can you unlock this? I think it really needs to be public.
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From:yeloson
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Done & done.
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From:skywardprodigal
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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You may want to screen comments. Or maybe not if membership is closed (is it closed)?
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From:karnythia
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)

*sporfles* Open membership and commenting?

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Do we look crazy? Membership is permanently moderated, and only members may comment. *shudders* Just think of the stupidity that could appear
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From:skywardprodigal
Date:November 21st, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)

Re: *sporfles* Open membership and commenting?

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No, you do not look crazy. I'm just saying, because crazy is catching. And sometimes a finger slips.
From:delux_vivens
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
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we did have that special snowflake who wast in the comm but demanded that we leave all posts open to comments because she 'deserved to be heard'...
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From:maerhys
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Excellent work. *adding to memories*
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From:epilady
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
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If anyone ever wonders why you have a devoted fandom, I will point them here.
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From:mightypen
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for unlocking this. It definitely needs to be seen. I sent the link to Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn who wrote this craptacular piece of blah blah today: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2006/11

Seriously, the only folks I've seen even remotely try to defend and "understand" Michael Richards are other white men.
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From:yeloson
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I bet he goes with one of the "You're too stupid" replies either to you or aimed at me, if he replies at all.
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From:touchyphiliac
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Too good!!
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From:coniraya
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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*clapping*
Well said! Reading the Tactics and Advanced Tactics is deep cause I can remember the instances where I encountered each of those. A sneak peek at the other teams playbook is a fucked up experience.

I'm gonna add this to my memories right away.
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From:yeloson
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Guess how much of this came from both the BSG panel and the blackface discussions?

Sigh.
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From:skywardprodigal
Date:November 21st, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I know both did. It's a matter of degree. Every time I see Lucy Lawless face I clench my jaw.
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From:yolen
Date:November 26th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Really? What have I missed that makes Lucy Lawless jaw-clenching-worthy?
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From:yeloson
Date:November 26th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
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At ComiCon, during the BSG panel, I asked Ron Moore about the "Super Fundie" representation of black folks on the show, and if he felt it was promoting the Magical Negro Syndrome.

While he was answering, Lucy Lawless decided to jump in with "She was the best choice for the role!"...

Which of course, not only was a stock answer, but also had nothing to do with my question. The fear from her and David Eick about race even being mentioned sent them into a frenzy of irrational replies, none of which had anything to do with the question at hand.

Hence, "The Wall of Whiteness", a panicked reassurance that everything is ok, even if it involves completely ignoring the point at hand.
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From:yolen
Date:November 26th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Ah, yes, that is some bullshit right there from Lucy Lawless.

Hmmm. Am now realizing I'd yet to consciously think about the "Super Fundie" black characters on the show & Magical Negro Syndrome. Feel somewhat abashed. Now have food for thought, thank you.
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From:yeloson
Date:November 26th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Well, Season 3 they've moved away from the super-fundies, and instead give us naked Sharon doing Tai Chi and a violent crazed black man (complete with bugged out eyes) in a cage. =/
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From:yolen
Date:November 26th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
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I don't have cable so I have to wait for Season 3 to come out on dvd. So I have naked asian tai chi & a violent crazed black man (complete with bugged out eyes) in a cage to look forward to, huh? Great *rolls eyes*! One of the "Simon" Cylon models in a cage?
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From:yeloson
Date:November 26th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
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No, we get a new character, though Simon also makes a brief appearance in chains. Can't say much more without spoiling things. =/
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From:coniraya
Date:November 22nd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm gonna guess 80-90%. Shit in regards to the blackface discussion maybe 100%!
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From:shadowfae
Date:November 21st, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much for this!
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From:obsidianeyes
Date:November 21st, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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May I link this ?
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From:yeloson
Date:November 22nd, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
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Yes, please do.
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From:obsidianeyes
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
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Thank you kindly I used it in a response to throwing stardna the jack ass who just is antiracist.

I just happen to be the Queen
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From:mightypen
Date:November 23rd, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
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UPDATE: Zorn told me I was "hostile" and irrational. Go figure. Nothing like trying to talk some sense into those angry colored people, eh? LOL.
From:delux_vivens
Date:November 25th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
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"hostile" and "irrational"? damn. now that sets you straight, doesnt it?!

*points to icon*
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From:yolen
Date:November 26th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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This is great, thanks for posting it :).
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From:fa_ikaika
Date:February 15th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
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bloody hell, how did I miss this?

Excellent job mate. I'll definitely memory this. Can I perhaps xerox it off for my classes on race and colonialism (with attribution naturlich)?

Also I'd like to link this out to Tze-Ming over at Yellow Peril and maybe assorted Black Anthropologists if that's OK.

hasta la victoria siempre!
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From:yeloson
Date:February 15th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Sure thing!
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From:djeannot
Date:February 15th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I had a chance to read through this months ago but didn't comment because I was in the midst of thesis hell. I really hope you will be able to secure your copyright of this brilliant piece, given the thievery going on on the net.
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From:yeloson
Date:February 15th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh, there's no problem with that. By law, copyright automatically falls to anyone who creates anything. The only time you find folks having trouble maintaining it is a matter of documentation. Not only is this (obviously) recorded here on Livejournal, but there's over a dozen links from other blogs and sites also dating it's creation.

Most likely someone copied it and sent it via email without the original link and it got lost along the way.
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From:djeannot
Date:February 16th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
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Well that's a relief. I hope you will be able to straigten things out and have your work officially recognized. But tracking the sources down I know is a bit of a chore. If you need any assistance, holler. Friend me if you wish. I had wished to comment directly in your journal post but was unable to.

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