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  •  ok... (0+ / 0-)

    so the root cause is poverty? We need to fix our system so we don't have people stressed about money and end up doing things like selling drugs or hooking to pay the bills. We need more and better drug rehabs, we need better mental health facilities. Fighting racism is noble, fighting poverty is icky. I get it.  

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:34:28 PM PDT

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    •  No it is not! (6+ / 0-)

      The root cause is racism. It impacts people of color regardless of their economic status. It is because of racism that a disproportionate number of people of color are poor.

      •  so you solve the poverty problem (0+ / 0-)

        the racism problem is much harder to deal with. You fix this problem a piece at a time. Like I said I am open to hearing solutions on how to fix people and how they perceive people who are different than them.

        I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

        by jbou on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:47:50 PM PDT

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        •  In our present neoliberal society (2+ / 0-)
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          the poverty problem is getting worse and worse. I really don't think that one is easier than the other,

          •  I have worked... (1+ / 0-)
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            to get funding for jobs programs for poor people. You can do it too. The poverty problem can be addressed if we are willing to lobby on behalf of poor people and fight to fund programs. It means going to your state capital and your local city or town meetings, it ,means learning how to grant write. It is a grind, but it is a grind that is worth it when you see your program make a difference. The Big Dig in Boston was a colossal clusterfuck, but I worked at a job corps program that sent 30 kids to work there and these kids made the state prevailing wage and never looked back. I ran into a kid the other day, he's grown, with two kids and an ex wife. He joked that he can afford an ex wife and a girlfriend. He couldn't have done it without the help of job corps. These programs work. I should know I graduated from Job Corps and went back to work there for four years while I was in college.

            I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

            by jbou on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 05:15:54 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you for this, Richard (4+ / 0-)
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        In my experience, black people are impacted by racism differently according to class but they are still impacted.

        Just ask Henry Louis Gates.

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