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  •  bluebird, both the military (1+ / 0-)
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    and the police have historically been the way out of poverty and into the middle class at least for white males in this country.

    This was especially true after World War II when the GI Bill worked to educate millions to avert a large underclass of unemployed males. It also forced a self perpetuating  increase the capacity of colleges opening them to many more.

    Unfortunately Black males and females got left behind. The courageous and honored Tuskegee pilots and the women flying in the WAF  could not get a single job flying commercial airlines while White pilots got snapped up. Blacks and all women were still discriminated in university admissions and in all jobs that could have used their training and competence.

    Black Servicemen earned the military integration that Truman finally granted in 1948. The women, all working women, were pushed to the kitchen and bedroom.

    But for white males it was a fantastic lift and built the middle class.

    And the military and police and firefighters are still the biggest routes out of poverty for many.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 06:19:22 PM PDT

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