Sunday, November 1, 2009

Social Engineering

Jason Williams and Will capers both posted magnificent posts, so I decided to respond to they’re posts with my own insights on white privilege and social engineering. In a society where little is taught about the suffering of people of color and indigenous people, it is to no surprise that white people are clueless to their suffering. Social engineering has helped dumb down society by bringing forth a false representation of people of color. This false representation has led white people to a belief that they are some how superior. In addition, this pseudo superiority complex has affected the mind sets of several peoples of color leaving them to believe that white people are indeed superior, when in all actuality we are all humans. When you are told your whole life, that you have to work 10 times harder, than a white man because of the color of your skin, and to actually work harder than that average white man to make less money. Makes one wonder if this system has actually changed any since the days of slavery?

With disparities in the criminal justice, educational, social, and economical systems disproportionally, affecting blacks. I wonder if any thing is actually being done to fix these problems or if social engineering is in fact enabling these disparities to continue. As Mr. Williams stated, with no control over Media, school systems, and judicial power these disparities will continue to effect people of color. Does any body care? Or is it ok for black children to continue to attend schools that do not care if they pass or fail. The American society lacks accountability, which allows these disparities to continue to occur. Without any real leadership people of color will continue to be underrepresented in corporate America and all forms of governmental power. As Mr. Capers stated, there are a hand full of black billionaires, and capitalism has helped insure that it stays that way.

When blacks try to fight these disparities it is almost as though they are fighting a fight that can not be won. Something always seems to pop up to create a new problem. For example, Tulsa Oklahoma was one of the wealthiest African American communities in the United States, until a deadly race riot destroyed everything that was created. The isolation of people of color in this society has led to the current disparities. A common phrase by racist whites is that blacks need to take personal accountability. I strongly agree that people of color do indeed need to embrace accountability, like all races of people, but we must address the underlying factors that lead to the current disparities.

I recently read an article on the lack of blacks in law schools. With tests such as the LSAT, the numbers of blacks in law school continues to dwindle yearly. Since the criminal justice system affects blacks drastically, one would come to the belief that blacks need representation in the court room that share the same skin color as them. We also need law makers who can help ensure that the criminal justice system won’t unfairly incarcerate blacks at a disproportionate number. Whites get off much easier when convicted of a crime, and most of the times do not get convicted at all. When you are deemed as a criminal, and the black sheep of society, and a war on crime is being fought . People of color will continue to get locked up at record numbers. Real change needs to occur before we can call the age of Obama, a post race age. What good is it having a dream to better your self, when barriers deter you from reaching your dreams? As in case with the LSAT, this system was designed to have a minimal amount of successful blacks to give you a pseudo belief that you too can make it. If we do not address these problems they will continue to haunt people of color.

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