Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Underclasses

This article makes a good start, but misses the broader issue: a growing tendency to create second-class citizens through the legal system.  This happens more to dark-skinned people, so it is akin to racism.  But it also happens to fair-skinned people, so it is not synonymous with racism.  It involves the practice of creating categories of people who get fewer rights than others, or none at all, and it's getting worse.

That's a problem, because then you can be chucked into a no-rights category at any time.  Anyone can.  That's a bottomless pit yawning under us all.  Doubleplusungood.

The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste
Michelle Alexander, TomDispatch.com: "Ever since Barack Obama lifted his right hand and took his oath of office, pledging to serve the United States as its 44th president, ordinary people and their leaders around the globe have been celebrating our nation's 'triumph over race.' Obama's election has been touted as the final nail in the coffin of Jim Crow, the bookend placed on the history of racial caste in America."

 

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