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Obama, Race and Affirmative Action: Why the Second Term Will Be Worse (Part I)
Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Carl Horowitz

Posted on 01/05/2013 6:10:19 AM PST by Kaslin

The accelerated transformation of the American economy and polity into a mandatory racially-based spoils system was a defining trait of President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Though perhaps understated, it is set to become an even more defining trait of his second.

Obama, by various accounts, wants to be more aggressive about suing banks, employers, schools and other institutions whose practices, however unintentionally, adversely affect “disadvantaged” (read: nonwhite) populations. This is the doctrine of “disparate impact.” Attorney General Eric Holder already has used it to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in coerced settlements from Wells Fargo and other major banks. Its widespread application is further evidence, as if any more were needed, that “civil rights” has become a well-organized shakedown racket.

For too long, whites, including many self-described conservatives, have been muted in their criticism of mandated racial preferences. For them, a struggle somehow isn’t worth the trouble. Thus, they go along with campaigns to rebrand such coercion as “affirmative action” and, even better, “diversity.” The language may be benign, but the desired end is enforceable goals, quotas and timetables, accompanied by close monitoring to ensure “progress.” Equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity, is the overriding goal. If an employer’s work force, for example, is only two percent black and the surrounding labor market area is 10 percent black, that employer may have to explain to a government agency why it has “only” one-fifth the number of black employees it should have. Employee traits such as perseverance, punctuality, intelligence and an ability to work with others don’t matter much, if at all, in such a context.

Ground zero for this egalitarian enthusiasm is the ostensibly race-neutral Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Affirmative action took root during the Johnson administration and then took off during the Nixon administration. In 1969, President Nixon’s Labor Secretary, George Shultz, with approval from Attorney General John Mitchell, oversaw the creation of a mandate known as the Philadelphia Plan, which required contractors working on large federally-funded construction projects to adopt numerical goals and timetables for black hires. Even more far-reaching, however, was the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1971 ruling in Griggs v. Duke Power Company. This 8-0 decision surely must rank as one of the worst decisions in the history of the High Court. It invalidated employee aptitude tests which, though race-neutral, had the effect of reducing the likelihood of blacks getting hired or promoted. The court rationalized that the tests were unrelated to job requirements, though common sense would dictate that if this were the case, the employer wouldn’t have administered the tests in the first place.

Bad law or not, however, Griggs would provide racial egalitarians with an Ur-text. For the first time in U.S. history, it now was possible to file a discrimination suit against organized activity unwittingly producing statistical disparities by race.

“Disparate impact” is at once bad law and a near-guarantee of full employment within the legal profession. It’s noteworthy that not a single presidential administration has ventured to challenge it. Only once, briefly, in the mid-Nineties, has Congress – more accurately, a few Republican members such as Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Rep. Charles Canady, R-Fla. – made a go of it. Facing at best token opposition, affirmative action supporters within and outside government have had almost free reign. As a report released in April 2011 by the Congressional Research Service indicated, affirmative-action federal regulatory mandates are more numerous than ever.

President Obama remains unsatisfied. He has little reason to fear further “progress,” since his administration is home to many diversity zealots, most of all, Attorney General Eric Holder and his chief civil rights enforcer, Thomas Perez. In December 2011 the Justice Department extracted a commitment from Bank of America for $335 million to settle allegations that its Countrywide Financial Unit had discriminated against black and Hispanic borrowers during 2004-08 – the period immediately before BoA took over the insolvent Countrywide. Perez and his team of prosecutors this past July also announced a $175 million “settlement” with Wells Fargo Bank for racial disparities in home mortgage lending. The government didn’t demonstrate any intent to discriminate, and for that matter, never looked for such intent. It didn’t matter; Wells Fargo succumbed. This sum, moreover, was in addition to a sizable out-of-court settlement the bank reached with the City of Baltimore and a prodigious one it reached with the City of Memphis and surrounding Shelby County, Tenn. It’s hard to conclude which was more appalling – the enthusiasm of government or the timidity of bank management.

President Obama says he wants to close “persistent gaps” in economic and social outcomes across race. At the same time, he knows enforced affirmative action isn’t popular among the nation’s white majority (with good reason!). While white members of Congress are fearful of acquiring the tag of “racist” if they openly oppose it, at the same time they are fearful of losing re-election if they openly promote it. Thus, the administration has made heavy use of the lawsuit, knowing even the threat of one can strike fear across a wide swath of organizations and not just one organization under a federal microscope. This has been a prevalent pattern at cabinet-level federal agencies that have a civil rights division, such as the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A new player in Washington, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), may emerge as the most powerful agency of all.

Authorized by the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation of 2010, the CFPB is vested with broad powers to sic affirmative action attack dogs on potentially offending organizations to ensure their practices produce the right racial breakdowns. Bureau Director Richard Cordray already has flexed his muscles, remarking that his agency will protect consumers from unfair lending practices – as well as those that have “a disparate impact on communities of color.” Just to make sure lenders get the message, he added: “That doctrine is applicable for all of the credit markets we touch, including mortgages, student loans, credit cards and auto loans.” In his haste to achieve racial balance in loans, regardless of borrower creditworthiness, Cordray intends to subject all credit reporting agencies, including the three major ones – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – to “effects tests.” Thus, if applications by blacks and Hispanics for mortgage or credit cards produce significantly higher rejection rates than applications by whites, these reporting agencies could be sued even if their risk analyses in no way took race into consideration.

Institutional lending isn’t the only realm where the Obama administration plans to turn up the temperature. Also likely to be closely monitored are: college admissions guidelines; voter ID requirements (all the better to fight minority “disenfranchisement”); school disciplinary codes; professional licensing examinations; employee background checks; and prison sentencing guidelines. The intent is to minimize or eliminate “disparities.” Because equality of outcome is the goal, equality of process – i.e., rule of law – necessarily becomes an obstruction.

The Obama administration over the last several months has given us a taste of what to expect. Last July, for example, HUD intervened on behalf of the National Fair Housing Alliance and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center to drop their lawsuit against the State of Louisiana over its administration of federal “Road Home Program” grants to homeowners whose properties were damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005. The catch was this: In exchange, the state would agree to make available an extra $62 million to about 1,300 black homeowners (nearly $50,000 per homeowner) in Cameron, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes.

Under the Road Home Program, a qualifying homeowner could receive as much as $150,000 toward rebuilding and temporary resettlement. The black grant program allocated $16.7 billion for resettlement and reconstruction costs, of which $13.4 billion went to Louisiana. This aid package would seem generous to a fault. Certain nonprofit civil rights groups didn’t think so. And so they sued.

The bone of the plaintiffs’ contention was the method of calculating award sizes. The State of Louisiana had used a standard insurance industry practice to derive grant amounts. Homeowners would receive the lower of either the pre-storm fair market value or the cost of repairing the damages. Because most, if not all, homes in black low-income New Orleans neighborhoods had low property values to begin with, Louisiana officials wound up setting aid levels on the basis of the market-value rather than cost-replacement method. The plaintiffs claimed this method had a “discriminatory impact on African-American homeowners.”

The suit, in other words, was preposterous. It was no different in principle than demanding that an insurance company pay $20,000 for parts and labor to fix a $10,000 car totaled in a wreck. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, predictably, sided with the plaintiffs. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan rationalized: “This agreement is a huge help to families who clearly want to get back into their homes but continue to struggle to make the needed repairs to their properties.”

Affirmative action zealots within the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama also have been on the march lately. This past October, department bureaucrats coaxed an agreement from the Oakland, California school district to impose “targeted reductions” in the number of suspensions of black, Hispanic and “special education” students for violent or otherwise disruptive behavior. The district’s suspension policy allegedly had a “disparate impact.”

Russlyn J. Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, thinks such legal actions are overdue. “Disparate impact is woven through all civil rights enforcement of this administration,” she glowed back in 2010. The possibility that blacks, far more than whites, engage in behavior that should result in a suspension apparently is immaterial. Here’s a statistic that might be of interest to Ms. Ali: Nationally, the homicide rate among males ages 14-17 is nearly 10 times higher for blacks than it is for the average of whites and Hispanics in that age range. Here’s another statistic: In Chicago public schools, the very system headed not long ago by Obama Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, black students were arrested 25 times more often than white students during September 2011-February 2012. The Oakland case is one of about 20 similar cases underway across the nation.

Editor’s note: Part II of this article will appear tomorrow.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 2016election; affirmativeaction; election2016; ericholder; judgesandcourts; race; reparations

1 posted on 01/05/2013 6:10:29 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

bump


2 posted on 01/05/2013 6:16:54 AM PST by Christian4Bush (The USSA. Born 7/4/1776. Committed suicide 11/6/2012.)
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To: Kaslin
For too long, whites, including many self-described conservatives, have been muted in their criticism of mandated racial preferences. For them, a struggle somehow isn’t worth the trouble.

Yeah, because some local race-pimp politician orders his henches to start making some phone calls and applying shakedown pressure, and presto! -- you're out of a job,and the perp is unreachable in equity court (and anyway the jury will be 75% black if you live in a big city).

3 posted on 01/05/2013 6:16:54 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

In a country founded on the premise that ‘all men are created equal’, how was “affirmative action”- & indeed, all racially (& gender) biased legislation, ever accepted as constitutional?

The reason our country is sooo far down the road to ruin is that too many good people acquiesced & succumbed to the exploitation of good faith by the left.
We’ve let it go too far & still, not enough people are fighting to get America back.
People are only “powerless” if they make it so.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 6:20:49 AM PST by KGeorge
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To: Kaslin

REPARATIONS.


5 posted on 01/05/2013 6:23:19 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
REPARATIONS.

If they hate it here, I'll chip in for one way tickets to Africa, as long as they can never come back here again.
6 posted on 01/05/2013 6:28:47 AM PST by crosshairs (They are only assault weapons in the hands of tyrannical governments and criminals. Ban both.)
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To: Kaslin

Affirmative action = Larceny


7 posted on 01/05/2013 6:39:59 AM PST by Vaduz
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But, but......Obama "won" reelection with more than 51% of the vote. So when is our "popularly elected" president going to introduce Americans to his new WH appointments?

MEET POPULIST OBAMA'S NEW ADVISORS----Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the US special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council-MPAC; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA; and Eboo Patel, a member of Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Let's not forget US Army Col. Hassan the Texas gunman who yelled “Allah Akbar” before shooting down American servicemen in cold blood-----Col Hassan was a member of Obama's 2008 transition team.

Then there's billions of tax dollars Obama gave to the Muslim Bortherhood----a group responsible for the systematic rape and murder of Christians in Muslim controlled countries.

Oh, and Al Gore just sold his Democrat cable channel to Al Jazeera to give all the Muslim terrorist cells in the U.S. dependable coverage

Of course, all of "populist" Obama's voters KNEW about Obama's sucking-up to these groups when they elected him?

Didn't they?

8 posted on 01/05/2013 6:55:33 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin

Hunh. And I was assured that a president’s second term just doesn’t have as much punch as the first. No, he’s all in now, and going for broke. There’s no stopping him now, which is apparent by our lackluster Republicans.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 6:57:11 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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Freeper IbJensen posted: "The Obama regime has constructed an evil, monstrous govt that is the enemy of the people....it is illegitimate and operating far outside the parameters of the Constitution.....this evil entity has built up a support of mentally defective imbeciles---disaffected takers and losers---who look upon the regime as cash-rich Big Daddy."

PARA-MILITARY VOTE-CRAZED DEMOCRATS ARE ON THE MARCH Power-hungry para-military Obama/Democrats w/ patented voter fraud know-how have been empowered by 2012.

PERVERSE CORRUPT DEM THINKING IS REMINSCENT OF THE POST-CIVIL WAR ERA----Carpetbaggers---Northern invaders ----were prominent in Southern politics until 1875, but nearly all left under pressure from paramilitary organizations, then-described in history books as "the military arm of the Democratic Party."

The para-military Democrats worked openly to violently overthrow established rule......using intimidation and assassination to turn out of office those they could not subjugate.

THE OBAMA THEME SONG---a litany of remarks about the “invisible and permanent powers-that-be” trying to harm a long list of "govt-dependent losers."

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Tsk, tsk, tsk....time to stop the hate, Valerie. All of us
Christians are praying for your conversion...and the
conversion of all the haters in the Ohaha admin.

Remember Valerie....."man proposes, God disposes."

10 posted on 01/05/2013 7:01:54 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin

The federal gov’t is a racket, a con game, a stacked deck...and we keep saying “hit me”!


11 posted on 01/05/2013 7:03:42 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Kaslin

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/52005

Gets even worse here. Read this article.


12 posted on 01/05/2013 7:05:42 AM PST by sig229 (The loonie left "FLUNKED" human nature 101)
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To: Kaslin
The US is simply going to collapse under the onslaught from the left. This article just describes one front in the war. The EPA, war on energy, war on jobs, the endless expansion of the entitlement state, the total weight of the regulate everything state, etc. etc. is going to collapse the system and what will emerge is either a total dictatorship or a post apocalyptic road warrior wasteland.
13 posted on 01/05/2013 7:11:46 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Kaslin
$ Trillions in programs isn't enough? Apparently not.
14 posted on 01/05/2013 7:33:10 AM PST by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: Kaslin

If you didn’t see this one coming, you just weren’t looking. In our country’s recent history we’ve celebrated diversity in our population as if it were a good thing. However, one look at world history will show you that no country with a diverse population of different races, languages, and religion has long survived.

Countries don’t naturally form with a diverse population, and when in the past they’ve occurred it’s usually been as the result of armed conquest. These unnaturally formed countries have either melded together into a single population made up of one mixed race with one language and one religion or they’ve come apart, and they’ve usually come apart with extreme violence. The longer these diverse populations are forced to coexist with one another without mixing and becoming one, the more the hatred grows among them and the more violently they break apart, but break apart they will, or genocide will settle the issue once and for all.

Why is this and why can’t we all just get along? The truth of the matter is that we (the human race) just aren’t as civilized as we would like to think we are. Genus Homo sapiens isn’t that long “out of the trees” and the veneer of civilization is very thin, to non-existent, upon us all. We are all carrying the genes that got us here and some of those genes carry a very basic survival instinct that has allowed us to survive thus far.

This most basic of all survival instincts is the one that warns us to be very wary of those who are different than us, our family, and our tribe. Those who possessed this survival instinct survived and reproduced, and those who had no fear/distrust of strangers didn’t survive. Over the years, this survival instinct has been referred to as tribalism, nationalism, ethnocentrism, racism, and various other isms, but it is an inborn instinct carried in our genes whether we like it or not.

This “celebration” of diversity in the American population was introduced in the 1960s and 70s as a deliberate divisive revolutionary tool wielded by Marxists like Bill Ayers and other radicals. It became dogma taught by Marxists in our universities, then spread by our leftist controlled news media and leftist controlled Hollywood. The intent was, and is, to split American culture along race and class lines and set off a “proletarian” revolution to destroy capitalism. The Left has now managed to elect a half-Black radical as President and their revolution is proceeding along very predictable lines, with him using every opportunity to stir up more division and discontent. A reading of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA at this link should make clear their goals and methods: http://revcom.us/Constitution/constitution.html

At the beginning of the 21st Century, the American people are about to learn the savage lesson of Communist Revolution that the Russian people learned at the beginning of the last century. Millions died in Russia’s Communist “experiment” before they learned that Communism doesn’t work, as the concept of Communism (“You didn’t make that”) is completely alien to basic human nature. Now it’s our turn to learn what Russia after a century of misery now knows.

However, the coming American Communist Revolution that Karl Marx and his acolyte Barack Hussein Obama is bringing upon us won’t progress in the comparatively orderly fashion as it did with the Bolsheviks in Russia. The cursed diversity within the U.S. population will quickly turn this Communist Revolution into a no-holds-barred, and to-the-death, Race War. How our country, with its Constitution intact, could possibly survive such a blood-bath is a near impossibility. I once believed our country would one day become a mixed race people of olive skinned, brown eyed, black haired, Spanish speaking Muslims, but Barack Hussein Obama has started a Communist Revolution that will undoubtedly destroy any possibility of that ever occurring.

There is no expiration date on any of our survival instincts, and white Liberal Democrats in their “Gun Free” zones will be the first among us to be reminded of this. As we Americans continue to live out the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”


15 posted on 01/05/2013 7:53:14 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Kaslin

I think the “law of diminishing returns” applies to any further affirmative programs. These days any minority that achieves success is considered a “token” which by the very nature of affirmative action, they are.


16 posted on 01/05/2013 8:01:17 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Through the woods and over the cliff ....)
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To: Kaslin

Some school districts found that not enough minority students were in advanced classes. The solution? Get rid of the advanced classes. Then they wonder why we are not turning out capable workers.


17 posted on 01/05/2013 8:38:33 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Kaslin

I didn’t own any slaves.


18 posted on 01/05/2013 8:52:38 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin
Obama won the election on this, turning out the Dem leaning blacks, Hispanics, women by giving them special goodies and telling them that the Republicans want to take them away.
You must go out and vote or Republicans will take your... away. They are waging a war on you” got out the vote in swing states.
19 posted on 01/05/2013 9:24:02 AM PST by sickoflibs (Fight like Dems, fight to win !)
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To: Truth29
The US is simply going to collapse under the onslaught from the left. This article just describes one front in the war. The EPA, war on energy, war on jobs, the endless expansion of the entitlement state, the total weight of the regulate everything state, etc. etc. is going to collapse the system and what will emerge is either a total dictatorship or a post apocalyptic road warrior wasteland.

At least with the latter, we have a chance to rebuild America back on a Constitutional basis, then again, maybe I read too much William Johnstone's "Out of Ashes" books. There is a side of me that would like to write an alternate version of "Seven Days in May" but with a happy ending.
20 posted on 01/05/2013 11:06:28 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

Yes, but paid in lead if such payments must be made..


21 posted on 01/05/2013 11:19:41 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: DJ Taylor

Their diversity is in its sheer perversity..


22 posted on 01/05/2013 11:22:24 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: DJ Taylor

Their diversity is in its sheer perversity..


23 posted on 01/05/2013 11:22:24 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: DJ Taylor
I'm afraid you are right, in short, fences do make good neighbors it seems and a house divided cannot stand. In short, different cultures and people are more apt to get along if they have their own spaces and they run their charges as they see fit. Basically America is one giant 1970's/1980's era Yugoslavia and look how that turned out a decade or two later. I've heard so many people saying that Bronco Bama's election has reopened old wounds and taken race relations back to 1970 if not further (I believe the latter). I've seen anger in people on our side of the coin, in 2008 after the election, I saw 70 years of rage well up in my parents' eyes. I see it a lot in other folks too. I'll be honest, I feel it myself, I'm 46.

It could get to the point to where we break apart in agreement as friends and go our ways or we fight until one side says "uncle" or worse, as you put it, genocide could play a part.

It's like how animals are, they have a survival instinct and with the exception of those lefty losers, so do humans. If backed into a corner, an animal or a human int heir right mind, will fight and fight hard, like a mother cat protecting her kittens. Even day old baby chicks will fight when cornered.

I bear no ill will to anyone of a different race or ethnic group, if you believe in our Constitution and way of life and do the right things like work for your stuff, I have no problem and I would never stand in anyone's way. We have too much gimmee out there too, unfortunately, some ethnic groups are more prone to that thinking thanks to certain leaders and politicians who pander to them and unless they wise up, someone, somewhere will say "enough!" and start kicking butt and not taking names.
24 posted on 01/05/2013 11:26:13 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Imagine what his *third* term will be like. Thanks Kaslin.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 11:57:50 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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