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TJ Wrote: I guess arrested and convicted at a horrible rate based 99% on race alone on top of harassed and neglected is better than regular hangings and public beatings. See, we put less shit on your shit sandwich. Things are improved. My goodness.... The lunatics are running the asylum. Shape shifting the message or lack thereof. The silence by those "not in the fall out" is the glowing endorsement. The silence is fertilizer for the crop of hate. Really disgusted in what you're doing but I will shut up because my life is comfortable. Karma has many forms and you reap what you sow.
I am painfully aware of the lasting damage our country's racist past and present has put on black Americans. I witnessed it first hand on a daily basis working as a social worker in inner city Chicago. I consoled youth after they were harassed by police for walking while black and I visited countless homes that would make you think you were in a third world slum and not in the richest country in the world.
I am painfully aware of the way our criminal justice system has allowed police to murder black men with impunity and that we have the most prisoners in the entire world. (We can thank Presidents and leaders of both parties for that.)
I am painfully aware of the effect redlining, a program that literally carved out black neighborhoods in red so they could not receive ANY government assistance from FDR's "New Deal," had on black peoples ability to get a mortgage at the height of the Great Depression. That one decision cemented black neighborhoods to their 2nd (hell, more like 3rd) class status to this day.
I am also pleasantly aware that the Twenty-Fourth Amendment outlawed poll taxes and literacy tests; that lynchings of black men are no longer tried by all white male juries; and that black Americans no longer have to shit on a different toilet, drink from a different fountain, sit at the back of the bus, be refused a hotel room, or be denied food at a restaurant.
We had an apartheid government 50 years ago, but that is no longer the case. Are things perfect? Hell no. Not even close. We have a very, very long way to go, but things are most definitely better than they were 50 years ago.