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1.14.2012

we are not all created equal


Opportunity and equality just aren't available to all anymore.
Not because of prejudice, but simple economics.



We Are Not All Created Equal
The truth about the American class system
Stephen Marche
There are some truths so hard to face, so ugly and so at odds with how we imagine the world should be, that nobody can accept them. Here's one: It is obvious that a class system has arrived in America — a recent study of the thirty-four countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that only Italy and Great Britain have less social mobility. But nobody wants to admit: If your daddy was rich, you're gonna stay rich, and if your daddy was poor, you're gonna stay poor. Every instinct in the American gut, every institution, every national symbol, runs on the idea that anybody can make it; the only limits are your own limits. Which is an amazing idea, a gift to the world — just no longer true. Culturally, and in their daily lives, Americans continue to glide through a ghostly land of opportunity they can't bear to tell themselves isn't real. It's the most dangerous lie the country tells itself.

6 comments:

Painting Queen said...

Thanks for the link to that article. So true.

red dirt girl said...

You're very welcome, Queen. Sadly, yes, it is true.
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gz said...

and some are even less equal..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTrbVf6SrCc

red dirt girl said...

Horrifying, gz... We have a family story that our great great great grandmother walked the 1,000 mile trail of tears from the SE part of the States to Oklahoma. Along the way, she lost her mother, father, siblings ... Apparently she was adopted by a white couple, a dentist and his wife, and raised as a Caucasian, denying her true heritage. I'm not sure how true the legend is - her name was never recorded in the indian registry. Along that trail not only families were lost, but a race, a culture, a history.

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gz said...

The comments make interesting reading..sad to see so much hate still around, but heartening to see reactions to that

red dirt girl said...

will go back to read the comments ... thanks again for sharing.
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