Let me put that into perspective for you:
Are you saying that the widespread anti-Jewish sentiment in Germany shows that people don't care about minorities? If so, I find that difficult to believe. I see little evidence that many people object to those French and Slavic minorities that already live and work with us here in Germany. The objection appears to me to be more related to (a) economic ignorance and the belief that Jews steal jobs, etc.; (b) the opportunity for abuse of the banking system; and (c) the incorrect belief that Jews, not having achieved stability, are more likely to commit crimes.
> I'm having trouble reading this in the same context as your comments about immigration and minorities, since I don't see that Obama has done very much with the status quo in those areas.
No, but a lot of freedom-loving concerned citizens still want their country black, errm, back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkmxTIUq4L0 Cheers to them for standing up to oppression.
> But I'm interested in more specifics, about where the lines between abstract values and material values get drawn.
Again, let's put things into perspective with a personal example. Why are you not at #OccupyWhatever right now? (check one or more):
* the current system works ok
* I'm too busy
* all the #Occupy people are stupid hippies
* it's not going to change anything
* don't want to get maced/arrested
* I have a job to go to/kids to feed