Poverty Masked by Racism

The real American problem is the large proportion of poor people.

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Today's US media make more and more noise around racism so as not to have to speak about US poverty. Racism is a divisive issue.

Speaking about racism helps divides the electorate, especially poor or in precarious situation.

The real American problem is the large proportion of poor people.

The real estate crisis happened primarily because there had not been enough customers able to purchase property and keep paying mortgages.

There weren't enough customers. Had poverty diminished in the USA since 2000 that there would still be a bullish real estate market today. Musical chairs was played. The debt of those who could not pay were sold around.

In itself, the word "subprime" reveals that the nature of the problem, namely widening poverty and decreasing numbers in the middle class since the administration of President George W. Bush in 2000.

During the Katrina aftermath we saw poor people from New Orleans, from Alabama.  A lot of the military is recruited from poor population from those who cannot pay for their education, those who have nothing and want a salary, need medical coverage or a retirement plan. Some of the most nationalist are among the poor.  I seem to have noticed that the larger segment of those who kept their American flags on their front porches the longest after the surge of flags following 2001 09 11 were the poor.

American media is mostly right wing because media belong mainly to people close to the real power, the one that gets budgets voted. Hilary Clinton got bad press for years before the elections because she was the main political opposition figure.  Hilary voted for the war. She would probably not have been re-elected had she not done so.  Contrary to the population, elected Democrats and Republicans are together responsible for having voted for wars and for having increased military budgets.    Obama who had not voted for the war in Iraq and said being opposed to it has become the gatherer of those who dissent with Democrat big players and party infrastructure.

Since the beginning of his campaign, Obama has had a very positive coverage of the medias because, at first it felt easier to the right to defeat Obama than Clinton, who was then a much more visible political figure. The "race card" as media like to refer to it, is mostly played by the large media agencies which are hammering it continuously. It helps continue the myth of color discernable races and pushes further away the acceptance of the notion that there only is one race, the human race.  The "race card" divides the vote of those who in earnest have common interest, the poor and the almost poor, no matter what skin color.

Bayard Rustin, the African American Quaker who helped very much organize Martin Luther King, used to say: "the color line is green" like the color of the US dollar. In his speeches, the man who organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, conceived and organized the Southern League of Christian Churches (SLCC), and organized the great march on Washington of 1963 where Martin made his now famous I have a dream speech. used to call on poor Hispanics, poor Chicanos, poor Jews, poor African Americans to go out and "vote together".


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