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on September 20, 2002
I find there is good reason for concern and even a taint of fear as this intent to polarize the situation regarding America's underclass persists despite historical fact revealing the "true" reasons the world is what it is today. The rise of the nation-state and the profit-seeking joint-stock companies under mercantilism largely, but partially, describe the rise of the world we see today. I am not a liberal, but to pin the entire blame of America's underclass struggles on leftist ideology is to severely and overtly miss the mark by ignoring hard historical fact. This confirms individuals' tendency to expose themselves to that which confirms their beliefs. The subject must be viewed holistically and not from a narrow political critique for sound and honest conclusions to be drawn. This book fails to do so.
The "developing" world has been left with the burden of cleaning up the aftermath of colonialism and we dare say retribution and a sincere effort to lift those who were stepped on in the process is not necessary? Puerto Ricans and blacks, for example, never voluntarily chose to become part of America. Blacks were enslaved by the millions thus impoverishing their origins and we dare say we don't owe the black community anything? Blacks were officially marginalized in America. The intent to intellectually and inhumanely argue away the harm that has been done is to ignore the existence of the scar that has been left in American society and the ethnocentrism and racialism that dominates mainstream American culture that has stymied the life chances of the majority of the so-called "underclass."
I believe in personal responsibility, but I have witnessed in America, and abroad, the harsh realities many people (including indigenous peoples) are subjected to in severely stratified societies where elitism is the rule and pluralism, although highly applauded in state constitutions, is the exception.
I suggest you read this book with an open and critical mind. That you research and lay out a dichotomy of facts before you and then let the truth gravitate you towards an honest conclusion.
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on September 9, 2001
Confession is good for the soul to reject it is to continue the manifestation of the wrong. This Dream, it was always the nightmare of the underclass, played expertly and underhanded by all sides of the haves. This is no more than the continuation of blame shifting and deception. For example, the reparations argument is flawed. the position here is that substantial options exist to African Americans that there is no need for reparations. Further, the feeling that these descendants of slavery are so enraged at their situation that they have become paranoid with some illusion that a conspiracy exists that restrains their economical upward mobility. Perhaps the physically challenged also suffer from a fantasy. Is it their contention, dare say their rage, that they only imagine that side-walks without ramps preclude them from accessing vital services - restaurants, clothing shops, grocery stores, dry cleaners and in many cases employment; their upward mobility? Other ethnic group have similiar kinds of irrational suspicions they only imagined prison camps, torture, lose of dignity, disenfranchisement, and ovens that consumed their ancestors. Japanese were only under the pretense that the benevolent government of the most powerful country in the world locked them away for safekeeping. The record here also appears to have unwittingly become a contributor to the continuation of the paranoia. Could this suspicion or mistrust be only a figment of the mind? Could a people so noble be so callous, so calculating, so destructive to humanity? Will this people ever seek absolution for the horrors its policies in deed its actions caused, or just continue to intellectualize and explain it away? There is much to much blame to assign, however the fact remains that slavery was profitable and lots of people made lots of money. All but the people, now your "underclass", that provided the labor, the wherewithal, the gold at the end of the rainbow, the capital needed to fund the American experiment.
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