The Rich Get Richer While The Poor Get Poorer (Anonymous)
In the next 30-plus years something drastic will take place: The minority population in America will switch sides with America’s white population. How will Black America handle this turn of power? How will America’s white population deal with this change?
Most of us have thought about it at one time or another. Will the African-American and Latino populations (now about 25-28%) be as unjustifiable in their treatments of Whites, as the white population has been for hundreds of years with the Black population?
It’s a war waiting to happen, as proved by past experiences in civil rights, in the rights of all humans, the right that “all men are created equal.”
If statistics are to believed, close to a million Iraqi civilians (men, women, and children) have been killed in the last four years, while America’s prejudicial attitude of “be like us, or else” threatens hundreds of thousands more innocents everyday. Many believe the number killed is much higher. It’s sad we will never know how many lives America has affected. Imagine how the Black person, or Latino, felt and still feels when he/she, in this modern-day of “anything’s acceptable,” is still treated as less a person because of their race. The word ‘equality’ is a relative word, and it is as much a pretense as it has always been in American society. We must always ask ourselves; Are we a nation of civility? Does everyone have equal civil rights? It’s a question that is unfortunately too easy to answer based on past and present history.
George Bush in his first term as President never visited the NAACP, the first president in modern times to avoid participating in a dialogue on Black/White relations, creating an even larger racial divide than before he took office. The Washington Times reported that before the 2004 presidential election, only about 20,000 American residents visited the Canadian immigration website. The day after Bush was declared president again, more than 115,000 visited the website.
Author Greg Palast noted that in 2000, George W. Bush won less than 10 percent of the black vote. To make matters worse, as the 2000 election debacle unfolded in Florida, it became clear that the election shenanigans, which included wiping 57,000 names, mostly Blacks, from the list of eligible voters, were not unintentional errors, but instead involved orchestrated and systematic efforts at disenfranchising African-American and immigrant voters.
The following statistics may shed some light on America’s racism:
o According to the Census Bureau, in 2001, 30 percent of both Black and Latino children lived in poverty.
o Unemployment in 2003 for young black men aged 16-19 topped out at more than 30 percent, double that of young white men in the same age category.
o Blacks make up 13 percent of the population, but represent 50 percent of the nation’s prison population. Black men are 6 percent of the population but are more than 40 percent of those on death row.
Despite significant changes in the legal context and sociological climate, neighborhood racial segregation remains pervasive within America today. In a number of recent studies, strong evidence has been offered linking this segregation to the social and economic problems of blacks. Black versus white disparities in unemployment, wage rates, labor market knowledge, test scores, unmarried motherhood, and high school graduation can all at least partly be attributed to housing segregation. It can be summed up in the following statistic: The medium net worth of today’s black household is $ 6000. The net worth of a white household is $ 88,000 – fourteen times the wealth. Is there any question as to why America’s youth of color have no dreams? Feel abandoned by today’s lawmakers and leaders? See no future?
Former Black slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote in the late 19th century, “The hostility between the whites and Blacks of the South are easily explained . . . both are plundered by the same plunderers . . . and it (hostility) was incited on both sides by the poor whites and the Blacks by putting enmity between them. They divided both to conquer each. ” It is the same today, and it is leading us into another civil war, this one racial/class motivated.
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) warned in a presidential debate on June 5, 2007, that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a “quiet riot” among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago after the Rodney King incident. Back then 55 people died and 2000 were injured in several days of riots in the city’s black neighborhoods. He said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots. “These ‘quiet riots’ that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths,” Obama said. “They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better.”
Americans – White, Black, and Latino are scared today. What is to become of America’s people of color? Will this daily ‘quiet riot’ turn into a ‘loud riot’ and thrust our country into this impending civil war? With they take up arms and fight those who for so many years oppressed them into their subservient lifestyle?
Nothing has changed in the last 150 years. It is still rich versus poor, love versus hate, right versus wrong, help versus hinder, good versus bad.
We must stop the ‘versus’ and be our brother’s keeper if we are to survive.
Bruce Schwartz is a lifelong political activist, teacher, and author of the #1 bestselling novel THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, the story of a nationwide attack on AmericaÂs urban cities, which ignites a race war seven days before the presidential election. The book can be ordered at http://www.thetwentyfirstcentury.com