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#307678 - 07/27/18 06:29 AM Brown and White
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I don't know whether it is increasing, but the divergence between the White experience in being American and the experience of non-White (shades of Brown) Americans persists, nearly a century after being officially outlawed. I live a typical white existence, and have all of my life. Raised middle class, with an intact family, a decent public education, several jobs in a progression of careers, good credit, home ownership, in a low crime area, with savings toward retirement.

Yet a growing number of Americans, all over the United States, do not have, or are losing, some, or all, of these perquisites of life. My experience is becoming a rarity in America. Laws are being bent toward, not just discriminatory, but racist outcomes, not equality; the economy is being bent toward investing whites and against workers of all colors; laws of protection are being used to disfavor those to be protected. The aspirations of a melting-pot America are dying - no, are being willfully murdered.

I read a series of articles today that drove that home. US income inequality continues to grow, CNBC; Ground Rules, Slate. The machinery of government is largely in the hands of the worst actors. We have a President who verbally and on Twitter spews (at best) racial stereotypes and blatantly supports proclaimed racists; bureaucracies designed to favor whites; legislators who, with "surgical precision", craft legislation specifically designed to disadvantage disfavored populations; and courts who ignore overt discrimination, and worse, in support of their version of the "rule of law." The results are unavoidably obvious: It is more likely that a minority citizen will be jailed for a minor infraction than a white person for the murder of a brown person; minorities represent the majority of inmates in US prisons; civil juries compensate white victims at far higher rates than minorities and courts routinely allow race to be used in determining "future potential earnings" in awards; blacks and whites from the same neighborhoods and schools have wildly divergent incomes, wealth accumulation and family potential.

What is wrong with us?
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich

#307732 - 07/29/18 11:20 PM Re: Brown and White [Re: NW Ponderer]
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What is wrong with us?

About 43% of us are racists.
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