With the start of Black History month, famous antiracism author Ibram Kendi thinks big, saying, “Why can’t we be calling for immediate equality? Why can’t we be thinking that big?”. Well, why not?
A major source of inequality between groups is income. The following illustration shows a simply way to get instant income equality - just have Asian and White people donate their surplus income each year to a pool to be distributed to Hispanic and Black people to make up for the gaps in income.
If it is true that income inequality is due to systemic racism, then what is an easier way to eradicate it than to simply eradicate the income inequality? White people, for example, would only need to give up 13.9% of their income. Could this be considered a small price to pay for 400 years of injustice? Should Asians, once arguably an oppressed group, also participate? What's your thoughts?
Equality doesn't come through quotas.
Nor wealth redistribution.
Equality doesn't have shit to do with the wealth distribution. Wealth distribution is just a symptom of inequality. Even if you evenly divided everything the world still wouldn't be equal.
Equality is the availability of opportunity.
The Cynic might say everyone has equal opportunity to fly to the moon, if they have the cash for it.
But when I see a 9 year old black girl handcuffed, pushed face first into the snow and then pepper sprayed like an adult I have to ask how well that would have gone over had it been a nine year old white girl?
It is precisely this lack of respect, harshness and assumptions of intent differences between races by those in authority that are the problem.
Fewer and fewer of us get to eat enough to be comfortable every day, while they sell deserts that are covered in gold foil and filled with truffles.
Many of us need medication for diabetes and heart issues. I had a heart attack on Dec 21st 2020, I'm out of Brilinta an anti clotting medication that prevents my stint from causing a blood clot that could lead to either another heart attack or it could break off and lodge elsewhere causing stroke or a pulmonary embolism. The prescription is ready, but I have to wait till Thursday because I'm broke.
The issue isn't just racial, it may have started that way but now it's those that "have" obstructing those that don't "have." Bigotry against the poor, the racism is more than anything else the assumption that darker races are poorer.
I write industrial control software, I make a reasonably good salary, but I live in my car with occasional breaks at Motel 6 due to health issues that have accumulated as I've grown older.
Capitalism is a slave based economic system, when not actual slaves, then wage slaves. The key is "ownership" and ownership is a delusion. If you think you own your house then refuse to pay property tax and find out how long you get to keep it.
Capitalism is a damnable lie.
Your poll as usual misses the point and reinforces the damnable misconceptions that have been the problem all along.
Learn nuance for fuck sake, you talk like one of the terrorist that attacked our government.
Addressing income inequality addresses income inequality, not systemic racism. There are aspects of systemic racism unrelated to income.
Income inequality, which needs to be addressed in and of itself, is addressed through progressive taxation, not donation.
Ibram Kendi’s solution to racism is to be “racist.” His book is one big crock of shit. Essentially, advocating for the equality of outcome. If you are going argue for some idiotic form of reparations here, why not go after Asians? Hell, Nigerian-Americans make more money than Whites. Another shakedown the way I see it
I disagree on wealth distribution, especially if it is managed by big government. But I do agree that more access to education can help reduce inequality substantially. There will never be a perfectly equal society, but a better quality of life is found in better opportunities in higher education. Encouraging competition in the economic market can also help reduce income stagnation and inequality.
The U.S. mixed market economy will produce winners and losers. Having said that, it is the our collective responsibility to our principles and our posterity to ensure fairness in the pursuit of success and happiness. Your post presents a binary choice between a welfare state and something else. I chose something else. I would start by creating more equity in our education systems. Please see the link to more info on mixed market economies.
I think income is just one (not insignificant) aspect of inequality.
Another is education -- where is the logical connection between property taxes and K-12 funding ? If ALL schools are 'equal', the children of the well-to-do would be educated with everyone else -- Finland :
Income is far from the only basis of inequality. Americans of all races live in poverty. In the 1960s African Americans were given more access to higher education by grants etc and that made a tremendous difference in their ability to overcome poverty. Republican administrations ever since then have done their best to lower the amount of money given out in those grants. I believe that should definitely be reversed and actually increased. Americans of all races that now live in poverty are not all capable of benefiting from higher education but many of them can benefit from trade schools. Access to Grant's for Americans living in poverty should be increased for those wanting to attend a trade school as well. Grant should include money for living expenses because if you are the poorest American you can't afford to just go to school and forget about eating and having a place to live. Bernie's free college for all did not include living expenses and realistically without living expenses many people cannot afford to use educational opportunities available now. Perhaps we should just have free college and trade schools for all though but add generous grants for living expenses to the program.
In the '60s I went to college with a girl that had three kids and the system then gave her grants to go to school and free healthcare so she could go to school and work. She graduated and joined the middle class. Yes there are many Americans that have worked their way through college. I have three grandchildren that did it but they all had very good grades and they also had fantastic family support with a free place to live and a car to drive etc.
Throughout America, public School systems are so uneven for almost everyone because property taxes support the schools and poor neighborhoods do not produce a lot of property taxes. That inequitable method of financing local schools needs to be changed.
Both of those things would help a great deal but the ravages of poverty have created ghettos full of crime. Those ghettos must be cleaned up and the people living there need to be given other options. I wish I was smart enough to know how to do that but I do know it will not be done without government support and regulations that prohibit things like slum landlords making money off indecent properties.
That over-reaching idea only works if you think racism is based on wealth. You really think white supremacists won't be racist if their black neighbors have as much money as they do? What you're suggesting ends up with a racist Society where everybody has the same amount of money.
Equality is never going to happen for as long as you have people in positions of power who do not care about the health and wealth of those who are less fortunate than themselves. There has been no change in that social dynamic over the last 5,000 years, so it takes a fool to imagine otherwise.
Equity should be the goal. Starting with equitable access to education, for all children. Removing all barriers. Equitable access to higher education and vocational education for adults, should be available, if desired. Not measuring the successful outcomes for society as 'the use of education to earn a nominal income', or employment in a specified job (related to a chosen field of education). If every child had at least one parent with some higher education, the next generation would need less 'propping-up' to ensure equitable access to education and, eventually, equal opportunities for a fulfilling life.
There's few polls out there for Seniors who were downsized just prior to becoming senior. I make a fraction of the income I made in the late 90's up until W. tanked the economy in his search from WMDs when I was downsized. The question and answer choices are far too simplistic for me to select. "Seems reasonable" "Seems unreasonable": WTF is that anyway. Better question: Have we got to the dark side of capitalism and corporations running the country?
Anything race based does not reward incentive, fortitude, knowledge & the access to such, inheritance, tax savvy. Centuries of inadequate everything does not make a fisher for life. We as a society must teach what works and what doesn't. Handing out money instead of teaching financial knowledge & leveling the competitive edge is the manner in which to provide equal chances for everyone. "The only thing I know about money is the government sends you a check", as spoken by a Little Sister of the Poor. Why hasn't school taught her about finance? Because school funding is based on property values. Hence the wealthy areas buy more education while the poor areas continue to languish. The inequitable education system if faulty. Fix that & we flatten the curve.