I usually do not comment on what is going on in the news or political world, but I am going to make an exception.
While I was in engineering school in Inglewood, Calif., the Watts riots occurred a short distance from where my wife and I lived. There was no TV coverage like we see today, but we could smell the smoke and hear the car horns blow, etc. It was a terrifying couple of days. That was more than 50 years ago. Things have changed little for minorities in our country since then. As I look back on the years since that riot I still see:
Little or no investment in inner cities by business and industry to bring good paying jobs into the area so that people are not required to have multiple jobs just to make ends meet, have access to doctors, hospitals, supermarkets and excellent schools.
Efforts by some of our politicians to suppress the votes of minorities. It seems if a political party cannot win an election by honest means it will cheat by gerrymandering or impossible voting registration requirements.
Extremely wealthy members of our country continue to gather in more and more wealth, even though they do not need it, after all, how much is enough? It does not seem to matter that those who had major parts in creating that wealth (often minorities, and low-income people) can barely make a living for themselves or their families. Many workers in our country are treated as expendable commodities.
Medical care, based on profits, so costly most minorities and low-income wage earners cannot afford it.
Post-secondary education so expensive few average-wage earners can afford it. Loans are available at rates far more than normal interest rates which traps graduates in a huge burden of debt.
A fear of anyone who is of a different ethnic, race or religious background. When we get to know each other, this fear disappears.
“Rugged individualism” that says, “I am OK and to hell with others.” This results in extreme selfishness and an unwillingness to help anyone less fortunate.
Poverty! This is the root of so many problems and issues in our nation/world.
So, I am extremely disappointed, that in all these years we as a people in the greatest nation in the world have not chosen to address and solve these issues. I have great confidence in our younger generation’s ability to recognize these issues and to begin the process of inclusion in solving them.
We are living in a time where extreme capitalism is failing our country. Is it time to make some healthy modifications to our current economic system so everyone benefits in a more equitable way?
There, I have said it. Probably the last “political” thing I am going to say.