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Wage Racism Driving Blacks To The Poor House

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We’re all making more money today says the CNN anchor, yet the gap between blacks and whites are getting wider. The report shows that white women’s pay is up more than five fold while white men stayed relatively stagnant. Black men on the other hand income has dropped yet they touted that income offsets by gains among black women. On CNN’s website the story goes on to say that the average black family was making only 58% of the average white family. They also said that most people think that the playing field for blacks and whites has been leveled.

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League said that the disparities that we see between the two races is because of inadequate schools in black neighborhoods, workplace discrimination and too many black families with only one parent. It was also noted that middle income blacks were not passing wealth on to their children while white families in middle and poor classes were. This tells of the inherent wealth that comes with white privilege. Even though this factor seems to never get reported.

But ask any person with a white mindset and the playing field “IS” even. Explain that the disparity has existed since slavery ended, the excuses run from blacks don’t have the experience to blacks don’t make education a priority. We have black people such as John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Bill Cosby and Stanley Crouch who love to say that blacks have the same opportunity as any white person and if we just work hard and pull on our bootstraps we will undoubtedly be just as well off as our white counterpart. Now how is that, when reports like this continue to come out? It is obvious that white business does not feel we are as valuable or worth the same pay as our white counterpart. Neither working hard nor a college education is a guarantee of anything which I spoke to in my article “College Degrees Don’t Ensure Employment For Blacks.”

So where are all these outraged people white and black to protest the fact that the obvious white privilege is getting worse when it comes to being able to support our families? It is interesting how so many people claim that they aren’t racist and they support equal rights, yet what about equal rights to have equaled pay? So now aren’t we in violation of the Universal Declaration where article 23 just happens to state: (2) everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. I guess this doesn’t apply to blacks in America.

We will send our army out to other nations and force them to follow the Universal declaration yet we won’t bother to force ourselves to uphold it. You constantly hear people complaining about how there are so many inequities for people in different Middle Eastern countries, China or how about North Korea and we are still telling our black community to bend over, shut up and take it. If it wasn’t so pathetic I would laugh since we are a ludicrous nation of people who constantly look at our race problems and say “uh, uh, I don’t see nuthin’, there isn’t anything wrong with our system of living. The status quo is just fine for white folks so what’s the problem?”

Then as soon as blacks get unemployment, welfare or better yet affirmative action then we are the ones looking for a handout or special treatment. Yet, white people having higher wages that are still leaving blacks in the dust isn’t special treatment, white affirmative action or some sort of white only welfare. It seems to me that a serious shake up or shake down of corporate America needs to happen and soon in order for blacks to be able to just get a fair shake and a level playing field. But, if we continue to allow the same people who are putting us in this situation now to “continue” running things, we will never have a fair shake or a level playing field.

Yet like I have said before we as a black community continue to sit idle all the while letting the rapist who have been raping us for years tell us what is or isn’t rape. Letting them take the wheel to drive us to equality when this study shows they have no intention of driving us anywhere except right to the poor house. Let me and others talk of putting an end to this white supremacist run system and then I’m the racist. Talk of blacks getting together to take the catalyst out of our lives and I’m some sort of separatist who wants to ruin the black community by depriving them of white society. Please, you don’t see antelope on the plains of Africa looking to live closer to the lions which ravages their numbers. But somehow this is exactly what whites and blacks with a white mindset would have us do.

Unfortunately, I believe that it is far too late to run, so we must find a way to break free from this tyranny that the people with their white mindsets are placing on us. Level playing field, equality, these are misnomers that those benefiting from there opposites would like for us to believe will be coming one day soon, when in fact they have no intentions of allowing that. What would be gained for them to level the playing field, what benefit would be gotten from equality? Of course the answer is nothing since they are already benefiting from the way thing are now. Since we see they will gain nothing we should know that it is up to us to take it upon ourselves to level the playing field.

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College Degrees Don’t Ensure Employment For Blacks

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As I ponder racism in the employment sector of the United States, I am stuck on the fact that so many people continue to talk of the huge gains that Blacks have made in breaking into the White dominated business world since the civil rights movement. But I am disappointed in these so called huge gains. We are still woefully under represented in the American White dominated work force. There are questions to whether this is due to White racism or to Blacks whatever or to the dysfunction of affirmative action.

After slavery ended Blacks during the reconstruction era were building small but prosperous towns all around the south run completely by self sufficient freed slaves autonomous of White America. But unfortunately, these towns struck a negative chord in the White communities since they disproved White’s conviction of Blacks inferiority. The rise of White terrorist groups such as the KKK was launched to terrorize the inhabitants and burn entire towns to the ground in order to keep their superiority complex alive. These types of scenarios are well documented and continued for years. This forced Blacks to move closer to the White communities where they had to settle for a second class living and working arrangement.

Blacks did not have the money power of their White neighbors yet managed to live very cohesively within their own communities. They ran the businesses that served the Black community since services could not be obtained from Whites due to segregation and Jim Crow laws. Separate meant anything but equal which had them feeling the pinch in schools and also in daily life so Blacks called for civil rights. Once this was obtained and Blacks were allowed to apply for employment with White companies the Blacks that could left the Black community in search of the White American dream. This caused the majority of businesses to close in the Black community due to lack of income. Now more Blacks being unable to obtain work from the local businesses had no choice but to find work in White owned American companies, where discrimination still reigned supreme. This discrimination led to the advent of affirmative action which was a means to force these White companies to hire minorities and women.

Whites had to be forced to allow Blacks into the workforce. Yet you listen to all the people who come down hard on unemployed Blacks such as Bill Cosby, John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Clarence Thomas and Stanley Crouch, and you hear them say that the only thing the Black race has to do is pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get a degree then all worries are over. What is it about the root of the Black condition that these fools don’t understand? It looks pretty obvious to me but then if I say the root is racism I am being a race hustler or racially divisive. I believe the racists utilizing their White privilege to further perpetrate the status or lack there of in the Black community are the race hustlers and racially divisive.

So why aren’t these self appointed so called voices of the Black community addressing why the majority of companies don’t reflect the racial makeup of this country even with affirmative action? They are overwhelmingly represented by Whites but since Blacks make up about 13% of the nation if all things were equal wouldn’t we be 13% of the workers and wouldn’t 13% of businesses themselves be owned by Blacks as well. So will pulling my self up by my bootstraps somehow cause racist White business owners to hire me? Since discrimination is supposedly for the most part behind us then how these companies are staying so devoid of a real Black presence is a wonder? I would love for Bill Cosby or John McWhorter to tell me the names of all the fortune 500 businesses that are headed by a Black CEO and employs predominantly Black workers.

Black people are in a constant state of shame, ridicule, harsh judgment, being criticized, harassed, suspected and embarrassed. On top of this we have to endure the same treatment from some of our so called brothers and sisters on a constant basis. Unfortunately for the men listed above getting a degree and long bootstraps don’t always cut it. Becoming successful has more to do with being given a chance by the White benefactors than bootstrap pulling or degree holding. You could have every degree offered and if the plethora of White business men don’t want to hire you for whatever reason, trust me, you can pull every boot strap you can find till they break and that won’t get your Black degree holding butt into a good paying job. I am not saying that a degree doesn’t help but it isn’t the golden ticket that these fellows would like us all to think it is. Having a degree isn’t a guarantee of anything except that you have broadened your skills and your knowledge base.

With the further loss of affirmative action I believe that these White companies will become even more white. Somehow affirmative action couldn’t even up the racial disparity in most of these companies yet we are supposed to sit by while the racists are put even more in charge of Black’s employment fate. For more on affirmative action and the Black read Brotherpeacemaker’s Affirmative action is my bootstrap. I don’t think that we would willingly put Al-Qaeda in charge of the United States Defense Department. That would prove to be counter productive.  So why then do we think that putting the people who for years have protected their privilege all the while denying us the opportunity to earn a decent living is going to work out any better? Why do we insist on relying on White America to steer our lives in the direction that we actually need to go?

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