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I am happy Bernie Sanders added a Racism and Racial Justice plank...however

I know we will never achieve racial justice without economic justice, and the dismal statistics tend to affirm my position. Stated simply, the groups on the bottom of the economic scale are the same groups who are being arrested, convicted, killed by police, and incarcerated at the highest rates.
I am very happy Bernie addressed the issue as he did, however, even THAT doesn't seem to satisfy some people.

Let's be honest: Some lives really do not matter in America, and never have. And that is apparent by every economic and social measure. BLM is long overdue, and while I am excited to see this movement emerging, and I hope it will continue to evolve and expand, and mature.

Without Economic and Educational Justice, There Is No Racial Justice

A half-century after Freedom Summer, African Americans continue to face severe barriers not just to voting, but also to economic security.

On a hot, dusty June day fifty years ago, during what became known as Freedom Summer, college students began to arrive in Mississippi—then the most closed society in America—to help register black residents to vote. Three civil rights workers were brutally murdered, a trauma that pierced the heart of our nation and thrust into the open the racist oppression of black political rights by Mississippi’s leaders.

Since that momentous summer, our country has made great strides to extend civil and political rights to all Americans regardless of race. Still, African Americans today face obstacles just as real as poll taxes and segregated restrooms; the difference is that these obstacles are now embedded in our institutions and social structures instead of being posted on public walls.

The reality is that, a half-century after Freedom Summer, African Americans continue to face severe barriers not just to voting but also to economic security. In fact, on the economic front, some indicators have even gotten worse and problems more entrenched in recent decades. The gap between black and white household incomes, for example, is actually wider today than it was in the mid-1960s. So if the primary Civil Rights struggle 50 years ago was for basic political rights, today it is for equal access to the ladder of economic mobility.

A key factor behind persistent racial inequality involves the failures of our education system. While African Americans may no longer be barred from attending school with white children, they still face disproportionate challenges in accessing the quality education that is a stepping stone to a decent life in America. One example is that black students today must survive a climate of punitive and discriminatory discipline that unfairly pushes them out of school and into the criminal justice system. Only last year, a sweeping federal settlement of charges of discriminatory discipline was finalized in the town of Meridian—the same town from which the three murdered civil rights workers left in 1964 on their final day of advocacy. Continued support is needed for such efforts to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.


Here you can find some charts on inequality:

Race, Class, and Economic Justice

These Eight Charts Show Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America
Posted by noiretextatique | Wed Aug 12, 2015, 03:27 AM (36 replies)

Texas trooper Brian Encinia was caught fabricating his story to his supervisor


I do not know how to embed a video.
Posted by noiretextatique | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 05:26 PM (52 replies)
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