Today’s New York Times spells out the facts that demonstrates the lies being promoted here by a handful of our participants.
– Blacks have lost ground in college admissions in comparison to 35 years ago
– Unemployment rates for blacks are twice those for whites — overall, 7.4 percent for blacks compared to 3.8 percent for whites
– Unemployment rates for college-educated blacks 4.2 percent, compared to 2.5 percent for whites
– “The wage gap between blacks and whites is larger now than it was in 1979 or 2000, and has grown the most for college graduates”
Racism, especially racism directed at blacks, is pervasive, and is worse now than it was when today’s 35 year olds were born. Whites (especially racist whites and the Nazis they would have us ignore) are well-off compared to their black counterparts, yet scream louder. We are not only NOT color-blind, we are MORE racist even as we propose to end programs that attempt to address it. Apparently “supporting working class people” only counts if those working class people are white.
Meanwhile, on a related topic, Paul Krugman today chooses the same word I chose a year ago to describe those who enable our fascists — “Collaborators”:
Let’s call things by their proper names here. Arpaio is, of course, a white supremacist. But he’s more than that. There’s a word for political regimes that round up members of minority groups and send them to concentration camps, while rejecting the rule of law: What Arpaio brought to Maricopa, and what the president of the United States has just endorsed, was fascism, American style.
What makes it possible for someone like Trump to attain power and hold it is the acquiescence of people, both voters and politicians, who aren’t white supremacists, who sort-of kind-of believe in the rule of law, but are willing to go along with racists and lawbreakers if it seems to serve their interests.
As I said, there’s a word for people who round up members of ethnic minorities and send them to concentration camps, or praise such actions. There’s also a word for people who, out of cowardice or self-interest, go along with such abuses: collaborators. How many such collaborators will there be? I’m afraid we’ll soon find out.
At least one of us, who self-identifies as an Armenian, apparently approves of the pardon of Mr. Arpaio. I guess genocide and racism is OK if some other group is targeted. I think “Collaborators” is exactly the right word to describe this group. I’m honored that Mr. Krugman joins me.
The America I love has no tolerance for racism OR fascism. I disheartened that our military has become a bastion against these twin evils.
Some tell us we should ignore the racism and fascism that rises around us. I think that, to paraphrase Martin Niemoller, “First they came for the blacks. Then they came for the immigrants.”
I am not and will not be a collaborator.