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Re: I'm so tired of....
I was taught by a sociology professor many years ago that the downtrodden don't really rise up and rebel until things are actually getting better. I think of this when I see 10 days of this kind of protest and destruction. I'm not saying racially-provoked incidents don't occur, and maybe being in academia, almost civil service, I saw only the most forward-thinking policies towards making things more equal, but I don't think anyone can say that things have not markedly improved in the last 50 years. There have been programs implemented to serve families in many kinds of poverty, and they go way back to the '60s. For three years we had the experiment of bussing in Los Angeles -- children from the ghetto were bussed up to schools in white neighborhoods, and our children were bussed out. There are non-discrimination laws of all kinds now. Look around you, minorities are everywhere in the social fabric of our culture, as well as on film and on TV. Many hold top positions in comparison to years before, and with an emphasis on education many more will in the future. Every commercial on TV shows minority participation, possibly more percent of representation than their actual numbers in the population. Can you think of any other ways we can help to close the gap?
I saw a picture on FB of a white woman kneeling down to kiss the boots of a black man, and people beating their chest and apologizing for things they never did. What say ye?