What's Happening In the World?

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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:32 pm

Reagan often used racially-coded language when he talked about welfare, and the poor. So when people talk about the poor being "lazy" I wonder how much of that is racially motivated. White people have been calling black people 'lazy' ever since slavery ended and they suddenly needed to be paid for their work. Before that, the stereotype was that slaves were machines who could work forever.

This is also why "tipping" started in restaurants and elsewhere, so that servers could be paid very low wages (today often about $2/hr), and get the rest from how well the people being waited on thought about them. In a deeply racist USA, this resulted in non-white workers being paid a lot less, legally ....
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Mon May 14, 2018 1:38 am

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/9958 ... 99680.html

"This is a slightly old article, but it's still a crucial read: it explains the system of "White Socialism," which the US created in the 1930's-60's as a counteroffer to (Red) Socialism.
White Socialism" is the system of guarantees that Americans got for being "good citizens:" pensions and unemployment insurance via Social Security, employer-provided (and tax-subsidized) health care, education via the GI Bill, mortgages via Fannie Mae, and so on.
It was billed as the "anti-Socialism," but it did fundamentally the same kinds of things that Socialism did — provide a community-funded safety net so that everyone could afford to take more risks in their life, and have some certainty. But it came with one big asterisk.
The American social programs were generally funneled through one's employer (Social Security payments, health insurance, etc), which meant that access to them depended on being an employee in good standing: so people had reason not to organize too hard.
And as the name implies, there was one other condition for White Socialism: you had to be white to get it. Sometimes this happened quasi-officially, as with health care in which employers chose who got it, but most often it was de jure ..."
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Re: What's Happening In the World?

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Fri May 25, 2018 12:12 am

This is starting to look like our Holocaust. ICE, established in 2003 under Bush, is "losing" thousands of children. They won't see their parents again and are rumored to have been sold to human traffickers.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion ... 631627002/
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