Structural Racism

January 5, 2006 at 5:08 am 2 comments

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It’s a rather famous story, but Manchester has no urban planning. While cities up to that point has been founded and organized around castles and other fortifactions, Manchester was founded off industrilization. It was a city founded not by royalty, but by businessmen and workers. Hence, why did it grow into a segregated community when the acknowledged difference between it’s founders and it’s workers was only wealth? Engels visited it and reported by to Marx on the fact that the wealthy rarely visited the lower-class neighborhoods. In fact you could completely avoid these nieghborhoods if you merely went to work and back and maybe took a little in of the night life. Such systems that are both cultural and economicaly neccessary (working class folks often need cheaper apartments away from the wealthier managing class). Such systems, argues John Powell, are what creates part of the initial system that eventually becomes racism. While people are less likely to doubt the intelligence of people of different races, the fact remains societies frequently need and develop lower classes to take on less speciliazed jobs. Most of America’s african-americans still live in the South Eastern United States in rural areas or the cities of the North East. As Mr. Powell notes: “In fact, racial animosity is not even necessary for racial disparities to be perpetuated. Were every person to behave in daily interactions with intelligence and kindness toward people of other races, ours would be a better society, but these disparities would not disappear. This is because the patterns for racial inequality have been set. ” Basically the disadvantaged are becoming more disadvantaged as economic gains continue to favor white and educated immigrants (read asia especially India and sino-cultures). Limited growth in both rural and urban areas has left them disadvantaged. Mr. Powell’s solution is for non-profit to begin to offers these areas reforms that favor more equal access to education and employment. This can include fairer housing schemes, transportation, and other systems. Personally, I’d like to see car-sharing for the poor, the 60% 40% rule in schools (60% wealthy, 40% poor per school), and better access to the internet. But ultimately what will end lower-classes is probably more automation. The steam-engine, the cotton gin, all made slaves less needed, more automated services in what are typically undesirable fields will necessitate that people begin to move over from service industry and agricultural jobs and into the fields that are expanding and need work.

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  • 1. dignifieddevil  |  January 5, 2006 at 5:16 am

    just to follow up on this, by automation I do mean robots. As a Toyota research noted while in India, much of the reason that farmers have so many children is that they need people to man the fields. Hence cheaper and automated ways of farming will push the fetility rates of rural areas down will increasing the profitability of farming. The problem being, it’s Toyota anf they create man like robots. What we need are cheap robots like roomba that simply plow the field, recharge, harvest the field etc. as it stands much of agriculture work has become factory farms with out the automation that makes technology products like cars so cheap.

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