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The Racial Divide

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First, let's get this on the table: Does America have a race problem? Yes. Do we need to correct that? Yes.

If we taught actual history in our country, we'd discover that the race issue wasn't a problem for average people during the early slave days. White property-owning people considered blacks (as well as indigenous people and non-propertied whites) to be virtually non-human.

Average working class and poor people of all stripes, however, got along fine. They were under no delusions that they were anything but detestable to the wealthy. The wealthy, not surprisingly, were all white males.

It was when plantation owners feared the slaves that outnumbered them -- as well as the white indentured servants who knew they were being taken advantage of also - that they brilliantly fomented this racial divide between blacks and whites. And, of course, uneducated, largely indoctrinated, gullible people will believe anything. (One look at working class people, or blacks, or, for that matter, anyone named Bucky or Skeeter, that identify as Conservatives or Republicans will tell you that.)

Privileged property-owning white males were in control of society. They held all the cards and had all the advantages gained through power and wealth amassed from slave labor. They were also devious enough and astute enough to realize that they could not overwhelm the peasants should they arise and seek justice in this twisted system. So, they had to divide in order to conquer. (When one is privileged and has access to a wide range of information, and the disadvantaged do not, it's easy to learn such historical lessons and dupe the unaware.)

Look at a brief history of race issues in America and ask yourself why this issue had not been dealt with long ago:

The slavery issue was brought up -- then tabled by the Founders. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War (which in itself was partially a result of the Founders tabling the issue of slavery). The war ended in 1865. Slavery was over, the 13th Amendment was passed, but nothing really changed. Prejudice continued and Jim Crow took the place of slavery.

Race issues continued up to and through the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision on Separate but Equal. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - ninety-nine years after the end of the Civil War! (When the Koch Brothers, WalMart, Wall Street, bankers, or the large telecoms want new legislation favorable to their looting, it certainly doesn't take ninety-nine years to pass!)

There have been a large number of educated and enlightened white people throughout our history who offered simple equality to blacks, treating them as Jesus would. People of color have had their own experiences in seeing our history, surviving it and continuing the good fight for small victories along the way. Many are still rightfully angry, but many also see that progress can be made with vigilance.

Yet, racial differences and prejudice continue to be highlighted in our culture and in our "news" media today.

Why has it been impossible, that in all this time, America, the greatest country in the history of the world, a Christian nation that constantly asks what Jesus would do, can't seem to solve its racial problems?

And, coincidentally, why do these problems always seem to flare up and take precedence in the media at the most convenient times?

Income inequality is at its highest level in history. Recently, reports have shown that the wealthy and ultra-wealthy are contributing the least to our economy and society while taking the lion's share of profits. The wealthy pay less taxes than the working class. Billionaire Warren Buffett admitted as much concerning his tax burden compared to his secretary's income tax rate. In addition, the myth that they are "job creators" has been factually debunked.

And now we have an explosion of police-related racial issues in the media.


Have these things NOT been going on the entire time our nation has been a nation?

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