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Post Vive La Difference: Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reno, Las Vegas
Created by John Eipper on 10/09/19 3:07 AM

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Vive La Difference: Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reno, Las Vegas (Timothy Brown, USA, 10/09/19 3:07 am)

On Guadeloupe v Martinique: During the slavery years, slave auctions were held in Martinique--then, and still, the center of governance of the French Antilles. The "best" were bought by the wealthiest and most powerful--first come first serve, if you will. The rest were sent to Guadeloupe. Hence, during my years as US Consul General there, I often heard the terms "the gentlemen of Martinique: The men of Guadeloupe."

On Renoites v Lost Vegans, ask someone from San Francisco about Los Angelenos, Scots about Brits, Dutch about Germans--or vice versa anywhere. Social differentiation is natural. Even those who believe they themselves are totally free of prejudices consider those that are not free of prejudices somehow their inferiors. Disdain is when one person despises another with "haughty contempt." Absolute equality is when one believes they are totally blind to the differences between themselves and another. Neither extreme is good.

Example: I have friends that would once have willingly killed me and friends that would have willingly killed them. When brought together at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, both realized how similar they were to one another, hence my book When the AK-47s Fall Silent--five veteran Marxist revolutionaries and four anti-Marxist counter-revolutionaries, nine former enemies coming together.  Finally.

JE comments:  We could set up another category of cities/places that consider themselves superior because of some recondite and long-ago historical event.  Tim Brown mentions the Martiniquais associating themselves with the "house servants" of the slavery era.  Across the globe in Adelaide, Australia, the locals will quickly point out that they began as settlers, not convicts, unlike those "Pommy" scoundrels in Sydney and Melbourne.  (POHM/Pommy:  Prisoner of Her/His Majesty.)  In the US, however, Georgians have long forgotten their convict roots.

I cannot think of other examples, but it's still very early in the day...

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