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Thu Aug 6, 2015, 07:20 AM

137. Who said that social justice does not change economics...

your logic is faulty. I did NOT say I was against economic justice for the AA community, or against government programs such as affirmative action or government assistance.

For example of an "ethnic basis", notice that NY and Maryland have tuition equity, so that an undocumented person (perhaps brought to the US as child), goes to HS and pays regular tuition to a state university. In Vermont, for example, they would be DISCRIMINATED against and have to pay out-of-state tuition therefore preventing them from the same ECONOMIC opportunity to an education. Maybe the legislative delegation from Vermont should do something about that!!! Do you know who to write and call to complain?

Martin and Hillary represented states that fixed that problem for example. Hillary first proposed a path to citizenship, eliminating barriers to voting (like automatic registration of everyone), salary transparency so that woman were paid equally, and the list goes on. Those are ideas that would be consistent with social justice, and also have an economic effect.

Yes, the broader social justice view works when it is turned into effective legislation. I believe that we elected an African American President for example!. The effect of social justice reforms in the last half of the 20th century made that possible. Other reforms like Title IX and various women's rights will make it possible to see the US with it's first woman President.

There is no "cure" for racism, discrimination, or bias; but there are certainly ways that legislation can make lives better and reduce systemic or organized racism.

Economics is a subset of social justice. Economic justice is not effective legislation with it comes to social justice. There may be some small effect if you put Wall Street CEOs in jail or passed a Robin Hood tax, or even paid reparations, but overall it would not be useful compared to giving 30 million people a path to citizenship, ensuring the right to vote for everyone, and providing equal opportunities for education starting with daycare, preschool, and kindergarten.

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