Class, priveledge, and government handouts designed for whites have long been a barrier to the middle class for others.
[Rolling back Affirmative Action] implies that all that stands between hard-working whites and success are undeserving minorities who are doled out benefits, including seats at good schools, by reckless government agents.
In fact, today’s socioeconomic order has been significantly shaped by federally backed affirmative action for whites. The most important pieces of American social policy — the minimum wage, union rights, Social Security and even the G.I. Bill — created during and just after the Great Depression, conferred enormous benefits on whites while excluding most Southern blacks.
Southern Democrats in Congress did this by carving out occupational exclusions; empowering local officials who were hostile to black advancement to administer the policies; and preventing anti-discrimination language from appearing in social welfare programs.
Southern legislators introduced the same job category exclusions into other New Deal laws: the Wagner Act of 1935 that helped to expand industrial unions, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that mandated a 40-hour workweek and a minimum wage that explicitly left out agricultural and domestic workers.
Representative James Wilcox, a Depression-era Florida Democrat, explained the region’s position during the Fair Labor Standards Act debate: “You cannot put the Negro and the white man on the same basis and get away with it,” he declared.
When Congress passed the G.I. Bill in 1944 to help white veterans buy homes, attend college, get job training and start business ventures, it could have done the same for blacks. But at Southern lawmakers’ insistence, local officials administered these benefits. As a result, Southern blacks were left out, except for low-level vocational training. The law accommodated segregation in higher education, created job ceilings imposed by local officials, and tolerated local banks’ unwillingness to approve federally insured mortgages or small-business loans for African-Americans and Latinos.
Making Affirmative Action White Again https://nyti.ms/2uQ4ay0
The only thing which can save America? Mass deportations of non-imigrants.
Let’s get rid of all the American citizens who are not pulling their weight.
Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat.
Only Mass Deportation Can Save America https://nyti.ms/2txxj0K
We need to end the practice of Gerrymandering.
As President Obama put it in his State of the Union speech this year, “we’ve got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around.”
A permanent fix for partisan gerrymandering would be to take redistricting entirely out of the hands of self-interested lawmakers and give it to independent commissions. In California and Arizona, both of which have adopted such commissions, legislative races have become more competitive than the national average as measured by the smaller margins of victory. That’s good for voters, and for democracy.
Where Unfair Voting Practices Begin http://nyti.ms/2gzRSpQ
We all get so excited when a billionaire claims he will give away all his money. We think philanthropy is so wonderful that it can solve all the world’s ills. Reality is that this type of philanthropy follows the whims of the giver.
In recent years, many of the industry’s elite have pledged financial support to schools, hospitals, police stations and homeless shelters, all while many of the industry’s companies have avoided paying taxes that would fund those same vital public institutions.
Wealth gleaned by way of tax dodges and monopolistic business practices is wealth stolen from the public, even when it is returned in the form of supposed gifts. Philanthropy has the power to do a great deal of good, but so do tax dollars allocated in an equitable democratic system. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a Gospel of Government.
What Can’t Tech Money Buy? http://nyti.ms/1WrhUuw
The Republican Party’s greatest flaw is that it does not have an expansive, inclusive platform based on the idea that we need to improve things for all people.
Their platform is formed around the idea that the system should be systemically rigged to keep the Wealthy, Whites, and Wall Street in power.
It’s a party built on racism and the idea that poor of all colors are undeserving of equal opportunities.
Today’s Republican Party is built in part on fear of people who are not white. There’s no other way to say it. The party is committed to reducing voting rights for African-Americans. It has a history of alienating African-Americans that long predates Trump, stretching through Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.
Race, and the G.O.P.’s Future http://nyti.ms/2e2CoYq
Evidence for continuing affirmative action.
Don’t Blame Diversity for Distrust http://nyti.ms/256tBbG
Closing the Standing Rock protest site is a travesty of corporate greed over public will. One might expect this under the Trump regime, but not Obama.
The American people have a right to protest the environmental sanctity of their land. The Army Corp is doing the bidding of their corporate overlords.
Protesters should decide if it’s safe to stay the winter. The protest is about safety. They should decide if their safety at the site is a greater issue than the safety of their drinking water. Safety is a choice people make, not a condition imposed by the government. If the government wants protesters to be safe they shouldn’t turn water cannons on them. Closing the protest area is about ending an embarrassing protest.
Speaking of safety, the people of Flint, Michigan dont have safe drinking water after the local government meddled. Decisions at Standing Rock should be about the long term safety of their water. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the bigger threat here.
Officials to Close Standing Rock Protest Campsite http://nyti.ms/2grJDc0