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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

America's intrinsic racism. Still


Yet further proof today, in the news, of what is, in this case, not America's blunt, forthright, obvious racism, no. This is the far more subtle yet sinister side of racism and without being physically punishing or abusive, as it used to be, still some of the worst.  From the news today:

Rich vs Poor ..


From the article:


WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth during the recession and the sluggish recovery that followed. But the last half-decade has proved far worse for black and Hispanic families than for white families, starkly widening the already large gulf in wealth between non-Hispanic white Americans and most minority groups, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

“It was already dismal,” Darrick Hamilton, a professor at the New School in New York, said of the wealth gap between black and white households. “It got even worse.”

Given the dynamics of the housing recovery and the rebound in the stock market, the wealth gap might still be growing, experts said, further dimming the prospects for economic advancement for current and future generations of Americans from minority groups.

The Urban Institute study found that the racial wealth gap yawned during the recession, even as the income gap between white Americans and nonwhite Americans remained stable.
 
Two things need to be pointed out about this.

First, that anyone, then, who blames the minorities, once again, still, for being "lazy " or "unwilling to work" or who thinks that all our opportunities here in America are all on a level playing field is fooling themselves and doing a grave injustice not only to the victims, the minorities, but to reality itself.

Second, it's more, further, obvious proof, as if any were needed of the old maxim/cliche' that "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer." Put another way--I've always loved this one--that "them that has, gets", disgusting as that is.

It's why we need more fairness in this country.

It's why we need government. It's why we need laws. It's why we need regulations--yes, those awful things called government regulations.

It's why we absolutely do need--yes, I'm going to say it--some wealth distribution.

Sue me.

It's not just wrong. It's not just obscene.

For anyone, anyone who gives a damn, anyone who cares remotely about decency and fairness and what's right and for doing what's right, it's what we need some of in this country.

For anyone paying attention, and for anyone who is either in a church, a church group, a religion or even, of course, those without religion--probably especially them--it's immoral.  It's grossly immoral.

And it needs to be changed.  And as soon as possible.

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