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    There is always an economic dimension to racism and Slavery was its manifestation from the 16th to late 19th century = Brazil abolished Slavery in 1888.  But think of the ways in which black labor is overrepresented in low paying unskilled least desirable and dangerous work to benefit a white corporate elite. While I'm not a Socialist I strongly believe class matters. It is as important as race.

  2. 22 hours ago, ProfD said:

    Tyre Nichols was beaten to death by 5 black former Memphis police officers.

     

    Word is for 3 minutes, those 5 ex-cops beat that 29-year old man like a "human piñata". We'll see the video soon. 

     

    The whole ordeal stemmed from a traffic stop. Tyre's family says the only reason he tried to run away is because he was scared.

     

    No matter how eccentric an individual might appear to be, if they're nonviolent, there's no reason for police officers to abuse them. 

     

    Police officers have plenty ways of catching up with a fleeing nonviolent suspect too. Let them go. Eat donuts and wait for them to show up at the crib. 

     

    Police officers are sworn to serve and protect citizens. They have had a false sense of authority since the war on drugs.

     

    Police officers shooting and beating nonviolent folks is excessive force or worse...murder. Those 5 clowns need to go to prison. 😎

     

     

    You're absolutely right. There's no reason why a routine traffic stop should have ended with that man's death. What were those officers thinking if anything at all. American law enforcement has got to be the most violent in the Western world. 

     

    But it goes to show that having black people in positions of power and authority doesn't guarantee justice or benefit black people individually or collectively. The Police Chief in Memphis is a black woman named C.J. Davis. Representation doesn't mean a thing. 

     

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  3. Thanks for posting this link regarding the Project for New American Century. It was as disturbing as it was insightful. We need to be concerned about foreign policy and politics. Black people cannot afford to disengage just focusing on self improvement and entrepreneurship alone.

     

    We need to be sophisticated in our advocacy and voting to challenge politicians and elites committed to endless war and regime change. Furthermore we need to challenge our young people to rethink the notion that the military is a means of self improvement and economic opportunity.

     

    The United States has ruined things in places like Iraq and Libiya through military intervention. We need to make sure that support for Ukraine against Russia doesn't escalate into a wider war that involves the US and NATO as well.  Foreign policy is a black issue because the military is full of young black people who will be disproportionate casualties in any war.

     

    As for your initial concern about war with Iran we need black and progressive voices to call for change. I'm no expert but here's what I think :

     

    1. Ease sanctions against Iran and revive the Obama era nuclear deal. 

     

    2. Encourage peace and reconciliation between Shiite Iran and its largely Sunni Arab neighbors like Saudi Arabia which will ease tensions and lessen conflict.

     

    3. Make it clear to Israel that the US opposes preemptive force against Iran and that American financial and military aid will be adversely affected by attacking Iran. 

     

    We need to speak out against heated rhetoric by politicians of both parties that exacerbates conflict.

     

     

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  4. 11 hours ago, Cynique said:

    Is this speech by Booker T. Washington the one that motivated President Theodore Roosevelt to invite him to the White House?  Didn't  W.E.B. Du Bois the other famous black spokesman of that era oppose many of the stances Booker T. Washington took on race. Some historians have compared the relationship between the radical Du Bois and the moderate Washington to the one between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.  

     

     

    @KENNETHwhat an interesting resume. Did you get disillusioned by the confinement of college and the chaos of activism, and now prefer to immerser yourself in the ranks of the proletariat?  Or do you supervise the labor force, something your past experiences qualified you to do?  

     

    I married a sista who had two small children and we had two more together. Working in different jobs often low paid service positions and a couple of professional jobs making ends meet and having a family quickly pushed aside protest activism. 

  5. 8 hours ago, Troy said:

    Kenneth how old are you?

     


    yes he built a successful black school that is still churning out educated people with valuable skills to this day. 

     

    Given the period he operated the last thing the white power establishment wanted was educated black peoples. 
     

    an amazing legacy and accomplishment.

     

     Contrast that with today, in a much less hostile environment we have Dr. Umar 😉

     

     

     

     

    Troy sorry I didn't get back to you earlier.  I am 54 years old.  I'm a factory worker. In college and as a young adult I was involved in activism and protest for racial and social justice. 

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  6. It wasn't really about self reliance or independence  Booker T. Washington was trying help black people survive in a hostile violent social setting. He and his white audience knew most black people didn't own land or a business and never would. The lack of resources and violent white opposition prevented that.

     

    Washington helped himself and black people by stopping black protest and any criticism of Southern whites treatment of blacks by Northern whites. He knew that and white people did too. After the violent suppression of Reconstruction and its attempts at legal equality for blacks, whites in neither section of the country were supportive of racial justice.

     

    They wanted tranquility and commerce with each other. Any demand for black rights like the struggles by unions and agrarian populist for economic justice had to be repressed. Booker T. Washington was brilliant hard working former slave who built a successful black school. He was just what the white power establishment needed to shut blacks up about rights and equality. 

     

    I can't get on board with his rhetoric, but I completely understand it. Survival and making the most of hopelessness is what we have always done. But regard Washington with a critical eye.

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  7. 39 minutes ago, Troy said:

     

    Kenneth, are you implying that what Whoopie said was anti-Semitic? 

     

    I have a slightly different take on what @ProfD is saying.  I don't think when should be "indifferent" to the plight of other groups.  We can learn from, sympathize with, and even support other groups, but our first priority has to be our people. 

     

    As a Black man promoting Black culture through books, when people are people start talking about "diversity" in this context it is not the same thing and in many cases undermines the advocacy of Black people.  "Diversity" has come to mean everyone except cisgender white men, who are not impoverished or addicted to drugs.  Any "diversity" effort purporting to support Black people is just as likely to support white women.

     

    AALBC profiles Jewish writers, as many have had a significant and profoundly positive impact on Black people.   But of the 6,000 authors profiled on the site, less than 1/10 of 1% are Jewish; 98% are Black.  Black people are my first priority, Jewish writers have a great number of resources to promote their work and to tell their stories.  

     

    Black people are the ones in desperate need of support and we should be our first and best supporters so that when others want to lend a hand we can more easily identify agent provocateurs and others who would undermine us deliberately or unintentionally.

     

    More than anything I think she was being inconsiderate and unwise.

     

    I agree with you that we have to be strong and independent doing for ourselves I don't mean to imply here or in my post on unity that such efforts are not vital. However we should not be insular or so self absorbed that we become ignorant or indifferent.  Being aware and cooperating with others can go a long way in benefitting us. 

  8. 22 minutes ago, ProfD said:

    AfroAmericans should be indifferent about antisemitism and any other issues concerning white folks that have little or nothing to do with reparations for America's original sin of slavery. 😎

     

    I disagree for two reasons 

     

    1.  You will have to go through the democratic process to get Reparations so we cannot be indifferent to issues and concerns of others if we are to build support for things we want.

     

    2. A threat to anyone else's freedom and well-being in America is not good for our prospects either.

  9. 7 minutes ago, ProfD said:

    Black unity is not about tyranny or marginalizing or mistreating any other group of people. Live and let live.

     

    Black unity and power is about being self-sufficient in all areas of human activity and dismantling the system of racism white supremacy. 😎

     

    It is a means to an end for black people as much as a goal. However nobody is perfect individually or collectively. We must aspire to help all black people not just certain ones. Moreover we have to engage and hold each other accountable while challenging systemic racism. I don't see any of this as a choice either or. We must be specific and broad to do both.

  10. On 7/10/2022 at 10:09 AM, Greg said:

    Statistics clearly show that Blacks commit about 60% of all violent crime in America despite them being 14% of the population. Why is this? No family structure and a community that condones young girls having babies. 
    Other minorities that come to this country without money and without speaking our language still surpass blacks. Its amazing !!!! 
    Maybe black women need to find a moral compass and black men have to stop committing violent crime and serious drug offenses?? I think so !

    Lets stop making excuses and start acting like mature adults. By the way, using some big words doesnt do anything either. We need to take personal responsibility. Lets stop blaming white people especially since they invented almost everything that makes our lives better.

     

    Here's the thing about race and crime

     

    When it comes to blacks and whites committing crime in large numbers we never focus solely on policing and punishment for whites. In their case that is only one component and people know it's limited. We focus on finding and eliminating root causes which often involves social, economic, and political reforms.

     

    However for black crime the response is foremost about policing and punishing. There's also an emphasis to some degree on moralizing with exhortations to self help and personal responsibility. What this systemically racist and economically unjust society doesn't do is remedy the social and economic conditions the poorest blacks inhabit. For us it's all about poliice and prison.

     

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    Think about it this way black people learned about Anti Semitism from whites while Jews who are white adopted the anti black ideology of white gentiles. Nevermind that whites dominate an unjust social, economic, and political system that undermines both blacks and Jews in albeit different ways.

     

    Jews have are rightly concerned about Anti Semitism and we as black people experiencing racism should be more sensitive and aware not to play into this thing against Jews. Of  course the same goes with racism on their part as well.

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  12. 10 hours ago, Pioneer1 said:

    You can't compare racism to "homophobia".

    Most of what they call "homophobia" is quite natural; while most forms of racism aren't and goes against the natural order of things.

    For example.....

    It's natural for a man to find the thought of another man tongue kissing him or jamming a penis into his anus disgusting.
    It's NOT natural for a person to get "disgusted" at seeing a Black man with a White woman, they have to be taught and almost brainwashed from a young age to see this as wrong in order to find it disgusting.

     

    If black unity and ultimately black liberation are only about securing power, privilege, and the well being of straight black cisgendered men than there's nothing to stop elite blacks from exploiting or being tyrants over other black people. Not to mention the injustices and mistreatment heaped on black women and black LGBTQ people. 

     

    We are not perfect because of our blackness or experience of racial injustice. If we don't recognize that then we will replace white racism  with black tyranny in any kind of liberated social, economic, or political setting. Look no further for proof of this than the all the authoritarianism that has characterized so much of sub Saharan Africa since the end of colonialism.  Look at the strife and instability in Haiti. 

  13. 5 hours ago, Delano said:

    @KENNETHI feel that racism sexism and homophobia are all an attempt to hide a fear of unworthiness. The object of derision is attractive and has a power of the subject. So in order to balance that dynamic the subject tries to control or hinder the object. So Blacks were allowed to compete in sports not because they are inferior. It is the same with women in business, my best managers were women that could utilise their masculine and feminine qualities. I had one male manager that could do that as well. 

     

    The object has a power over the subject , which creates a cognitive dissonance. You can see that when a brother's words or unsuccessful with a woman she is demoted. From an object of affection to one of derision. I feel this dynamic is in play on many different levels.

     

    5 hours ago, Delano said:

    @KENNETHI feel that racism sexism and homophobia are all an attempt to hide a fear of unworthiness. The object of derision is attractive and has a power of the subject. So in order to balance that dynamic the subject tries to control or hinder the object. So Blacks were allowed to compete in sports not because they are inferior. It is the same with women in business, my best managers were women that could utilise their masculine and feminine qualities. I had one male manager that could do that as well. 

     

    The object has a power over the subject , which creates a cognitive dissonance. You can see that when a brother's words or unsuccessful with a woman she is demoted. From an object of affection to one of derision. I feel this dynamic is in play on many different levels.

     

    Does that mean that conflict and unjust power relationships grow of the so called oppressor's own feelings of inadequacy?

  14. 1 hour ago, Delano said:

    I think I have not been clear.  Perhaps I should make an addendum to clarify my statement. Upon conception, the following is not known, gender, sexual prefernce, or nationality. What is known is colour. And Systematic racism is concerned with that unborn colour primarily. I am well aware of intersectionality being exposed to by circa 1986. Intersectionality is not an unknown topic to me. I feel that racism is just a cover for class warfare. There's a quote by a Black Women Rapper. She said being a Black Women is like being Black twice.

    Blacks are discriminated against by skin color more so than any other attribute. Since skin color is obvious the choice of criminality, sexual preference, dialect are used a s secondary or tertiary demarcation of disapproval. Although it is a weaker argument color is harder to hide than sexuality or gender. However there are men and perhaps women who are sexist but not racist.

     

    Thanks Delano for responding . I  would like to hear more about your views regarding class warfare and racial unity.

  15. 16 hours ago, ProfD said:

    White folks are unified in the maintenance of the system of racism white supremacy. They enjoy the privilege and benefit of it. 😎

     

    Systemic racism is a powerful force and lots of white individuals help keep it in place. I think we agree on that.

     

    However we shouldn't see racism as monolithic. American history is replete with examples of whites who opposed racism and worked with blacks to secure justice and equality. Think about the collective and individual progress we have made since the 1960s. White people doing the right thing  including those activists and politicians who fought the system are numerous and important.

     

    I would go as far to say that present controversies over cancel culture, critical race theory,  the Black Lives Matter Movement,  and wokeness  are as much disputes among whites themselves as between blacks and whites.

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  16. On 12/24/2022 at 9:51 PM, Delano said:

    Blacks are discriminated against by skin color more so than any other attribute. Since skin color is obvious the choice of criminality, sexual preference, dialect are used a s secondary or tertiary demarcation of disapproval.

     

    Is Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Frederick Douglass, Miles Davis, Alvin Ailey any less black or down for the cause because their partner wasn't  a Black women

     

    I have no interest in discriminating against people who already being discriminated against for whatever reason unless they are a$$h0le$

     

    I think you underestimate the ways in which black women and gay people face racism, sexism, and homophobia all at once by straight white men and even among black people too. These things intersect.

     

    Think about it this way....

     

    In the late 19th and early twentieth century there were Black men who wanted racial barriers to the vote eliminated but opposed women's sufferage the same as most white men

     

    Black people have been vocal opponents in many localities of LGBTQ Rights ordinances.

     

    All this occurs within a wider social context of white male domination that is racist, sexist, and homophobic too.

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    Thanks, Pioneer, for replying and your compliments.  The emphasis on Black Unity to counter supposed White Unity can keep us from being pragmatic or dealing with problems among ourselves. This is especially true when talking about economic issues or class. Think about it. We wrongly think about economic development in terms of buying black through service and industrial firms. Such thinking is outdated. Blacks need to be involved in growth industries like technology and healthcare where we can get anybody and everybody's money. Moreover, we need to recognize that rich black people and Capitalism isn't always good for majority of black people who are workers. Secondly, black unity can blind us to sexism and homophobia within black communities. We often talk about liberation only to elevate black men to an equal place with white men while women of both races are subordinated and unjustly treated. How many of us in the name of black unity and opposing racism gave R Kelly a pass for raping and abusing young black women?  The same thing is true with Culturally conservative Black Nationalist rhetoric that denigrates black LGBTQ people as acting white and being immoral at the expense of black families, manhood, and community. Lastly, we need to understand that white people are not all the same. Some of them past and present are allies in the fight for freedom and justice. Others can be persuaded if we are willing to make the effort. The idea of white or black unity can blind us to the possibilities for change.

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    By no means am I underestimating white power or it's destructive impact. And we know how large numbers of whites can be galvanized by racist appeals, But the monolithic notion of white unity is a fallacy. Talking and thinking about whites as a unified group ignores whites' self-perception as individuals. It also fails to take class and gender inequality into consideration. More importantly, it disempowers black people fighting for positive social change by focusing on some kind of unattainable " black unity" to counter racism and economic injustice. 

     

    Because white people are so numerous and relatively well off in most ways as a group compared to black people it's easy to think they are constantly motivated by some sense of racial consciousness. Of course, discrimination against us makes it seem that way. But whites think of themselves as individuals first and foremost. They come together only to the extent that certain individuals see mutual benefit in doing so. They compete and they conflict in all kinds of ways and whiteness is never a consideration unless or until black people come along. However not all whites are racist, nor have they ever supported it. White people do things for each other out of moral consideration or self-interest not whiteness. 

     

    But it's important to recognize economic inequality and the class divide. Rich white capitalists past and present have often exploited and undermined all workers regardless of race. So radical and reform minded whites have fought to tame Capitalism or Socialists have called for its abolition. By reforming the socioeconomic system (think - center left liberalism) through the New Deal America became a better place mainly for white working people. None of this excludes male domination and sexism against women. White men felt justified as men denying women regardless of color the right to vote or do anything else in society until women mostly whites fought for social change. Even in that endeavor race complicated things. Black men and women fighting against racism also challenged gender inequality. But many white women fighting sexism past, and present are racist too. 

     

    The challenge is for black people who oppose racism, sexism, and economic injustice to build mass support for social change among other blacks and non-blacks. It is important to recognize that black people differ among themselves too. Some oppose activist struggle for change. They believe in adaptation or accommodation. There are wealthy blacks who don't want the economy changed. Other blacks believe in male domination over women black or white. Black people have all kinds of views. We are Black Nationalists, Socialists, Conservatives, Moderates, Democrats, and Republicans. Some of us think improvement is collective while others are individualist. Ultimately unity in some monolithic sense is not possible. 

     

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    Everything in LA depends on how Bass uses her position to help the working and poorest people regardless of race or ethnicity. It's not all about Liberal, Conservative, Democrat, or Republican. Ultimately it doesn't matter if you have rich black people or blacks wielding political power if that power is not used to improve the material wellbeing of the least among us. Racial inequality that undermines us as a people is compounded by this current predator Capitalism that hurts all working people. Black Capitalism and self-help are fine. Electing blacks to public office is fine too. But all this is meaningless if we don't see concrete material change for the black masses.  We need activists, thinkers, elected officials. and businesspeople who recognize this if we are going to rise collectively. Is former Congresswoman Karen Bass this kind of leader?  We can only hope.

     

     

     

     

    On 11/27/2022 at 9:33 AM, Pioneer1 said:

    Chev

     


    I have even heard once that country music came about as a result of Black music.

     

    It did.
    What we call "Blue Grass" is probably authentically White music from the Hillbillies of places like Tennessee and Kentucky and those mountainous areas.
    But what we call "Country music" today is a mixture of that and the R&B of Black singers and guitar players who used to perform at a lot of old southern "frolics".
    White folks saw and heard it and started copying it and incorporating it into their subculture.

     

    Evidence of this is how most Country music consists of singing about the "blues" and how much the singer loves and misses his woman or enjoys being with her.
    That's not a "White man" thing...singing about women and sex.
    They typically sing about violence, getting drunk, or some disaster in society...but not much about women and sexual relations.

    The only time they do it is if they're trying to imitate BLACK MEN doing it.

     

     

     

     

    Well, please forgive me if I am wrong about this, but i don't really keep up with everything going on today. However, 

    doesn't Orpah Winfrey have her own media company or something?

     

    Well, luckily you're NOT wrong....because if you were I WASN'T going to forgive you, lol.

    But yeah, Oprah does have her own channel and atleast one magazine that I know about.


    It's a start, but not nearly enough because her media publications aren't nearly as mainstream as they should be.

    Her magazine "O" get's more publicity than her channel, I see it often in supermarket stands.  But she doesn't really dive deep into racial issues and expose the hidden agendas the way they need to be exposed.  Her magazine seems to carter more to White women and a small group of Black women than the larger Black community as a whole.

     

    Tyler Perry has a movie studio in the ATL.
     

    It's also my understanding that Byron Allen owns The Weather Channel.
    Not sure how much information relevant to the Black community he can disseminate on THAT, lol.

     

    We need to own a major network the size of NBC or CNN.
    And it should be BROADCAST...not accessible only by cable, satellite or the internet.
    We need a Black owned and managed television and radio channel that you can access worldwide simply by plugging in the television and flipping the channel to get OUR truth.

     

     

     

     

     



    Stefan


    Alliances can't be formed between a DEPENDENT and INDEPENDENT people.
    One will end up taking advantage of the other.

    Latinos in the U.S. are more INDEPENDENT than our people so trying to form an alliance with them will lead to our causes and agendas being put on the back burner, even if on the stove at all.

    This is REALLY gonna ring your bell but.....
    If Black Conservatives and Sell Outs really wanted to do something and cozy up to White folks, they should spend their time trying to convince them to push the Latinos out of power, increase deportations, and give their "loyal negroes" here in the U.S. their number 2 spot again.

     

    Okay, time to wash the Dishes. - Funny

               "Say WHAT?????"

     

    Yes...
    Despite all of the wishful thinking, White folks are still in control of the U.S. right now and Latinos know it and are trying desperately to take it and don't mind being second fiddle as long as they're over Black folks.
    We should atleast not let THAT happen.

     

    Latinos are a large and diverse group that includes blacks, whites, indigenous, and multiracial peoples. But I'm not interested in working with white folks to hurt nobody. Yeah, some Latinos are white racists who don't give a damn about blacks. However non-Hispanic White male racists with money are still the power elite so I'll work with the most enlightened and forward-thinking Latinos and Asians any day to fight for positive social and economic change. And by the way there are plenty of well off and powerful black people who only care about themselves and other people like them. Don't be fooled. Not everyone different from you is the enemy, and not everyone like you is a friend.

  20. 41 minutes ago, Pioneer1 said:

    Kenneth 

    Thanks for the insightful posts that stimulate me to comment on....lol.

    Well I'll say something that may sound shocking but in THIS nation poor people....collectively...ARE primarily to blame for their condition.

    Yes they are being exploited and the wages are being kept low and they are being manipulated and hammered with one distraction after another but most of them don't seem to CARE even when these injustices are brought to them for their attention.
    In the old days, men used to get together and MARCH and PROTEST and even RIOT to demand hire wages.
    They'd be all over the streets demanding hire wages and more benefits.
    That's when it was a man's responsibility to take care of his wife and children....no excuses.

    But now when it's primarily women's responsibility to support themselves and any children they have and most men only contribute what they want or what the court ORDERS them to contribute....the pressure on them to earn more simply isn't there.
    If the average man in the lower socio-economic sector is getting (notice I didn't say "earning"....there's a good reason for that) just enough to keep his bills paid, some food in his stomach, and can maintain his supply of liquor to drink and weed to smoke -he thinks he's doing good.

    Who cares about a LIVING WAGE?

    Who cares about SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS?
    Who cares about a PENSION PLAN?


    Who cares about eliminating this "right to work" crap that is getting people fired all over the nation for the simplest of reasons by egotistical managers???

    Until the POOR and WORKING CLASS people put their differences aside long enough to decide ENOUGH IS ENOUGH....don't expect much to change.


    Personally, I'm no longer riding for the poor.
    I'm working class and trying my best to GET OUT of that class and into the upper middle class and eventually WEALTHY class.
    Not only is it nicer but because the people tend to be more selfish...they actually CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES.

     

    Hey there's never anything wrong with improving yourself. I know I come off sounding like someone who hates Capitalism and rich people. I can assure you that's not the case. But I think we've broken the Social Contract between labor and business that paid people enough to live comfortably and secure. Labor offered a chance to improve yourself. Never mind it was mainly for white men not blacks or women. At any rate I hope you make it brother. If you do just treat workers better than you've been treated. 

     

    check out my blog AALBC Black Capitalism and Black Freedom - Race and Beyond - AALBC.com’s Discussion Forums

     

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  21. 1 hour ago, Pioneer1 said:

    Kenneth

     

     

     But unless we revive organized labor and forge a multiracial working class struggle then nothing will change.

     

    We're long over due for another organized labor movement, but one of the problems is most poor and working class people themselves aren't upset enough over their wages and benefits (or lack there of) to motivate them into action.

     

    Too many poor and working class people are busy smoking weed and getting deeper and deeper in debt trying to live like the upper classes they see on television or online.  
    The idea that they could be getting shafted and actually could acquire far more wealth on their jobs if they'd only organize and demand it is a thought that rarely enters the minds of most.


    Just bouncing from one low wage job to the next; getting just enough money to keep the lights on, buy some marijuana, pay the child support......oh and some pizza, tacos, or ramen noodles.

    As far as a "multiracial working class" struggle......forget about it.

    Most poor White folks don't mind being poor.
    They KNOW they're being exploited and agree with it.
    It's a sacrifice they're willing to make to maintain the system they're upholding.
    Their only demand is that the Black and Brown POORER than them and are beneath them socio-economically.  


     

     

    Poor and low wage workers don't have a monopoly on moral imperfections or dysfunction. Middle class people who are also being clobbered by this rigged economy have their issues too. Perhaps part the problem is Americans do not blame the system or its wealthy corporate benefactors. People blame themselves and other working people for gross inequality and the harm that goes with it. Therefore no activist or political challenge can come about.

     

    Thanks so much for responding and keeping me on my toes.

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    It's not going to harm rich people or the economy to make them pay more. When you consider the super rich who make money off stock only pay around 13% in taxes I don't pitty them at all. As for the IRS oppressing ordinary people - show me the evidence. The Inflation Reduction Act is fairly modest compared to the original and more ambitious Build Back Better Act that was scrapped.

     

    Don't believe the tax and spend hype either. Unless you want to cut Medicare and Social Security we've always had government debt. The real question is who really benefits from all that Federal spending?  I'm not convinced that it is needy people or programs that advance the general welfare.

     

    Ultimately you can't avoid the need for some kind of political reset of this economy that went wrong for working people years ago. That old economy never did enough for black people either. But unless we revive organized labor and forge a multiracial working class struggle then nothing will change.

     

     

     

     

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