Race in America

Some have balked at my earlier comments about the role of poor, nonwhites left in New Orleans to weather hurricane Katrina, as I argue that their role was to perish. I stand by my assertion of modern genocide; that the government system wants nothing more than to rid itself of those whom they feel are undesireables. The mis-education and mis-information of a conservative society (which we are) promotes false ideology regarding wealth (that it is earned, not something gained from privilege), work (that if you work hard enough and play by the rules, no matter what your circumstance, you get ahead), reproduction (that early childbearing, wrongly understood as a problem among poor nonwhites, equals any number of ills), and poverty (that it is a self-supporting “culture,” not a socially induced position). In America, all of these untrue, unfounded, and misguided ideologies are connected to race, or more specifically, being black.

This ideology plays out in many ways. The comments by former education secretary, now conservative talk-show host, William J. Bennett, are an example. In Bennett’s words: “if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose — you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

How is this okay? How is anyone okay with this?