(Online Participant) Speech concerning the conditions of black people, September 1969

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IN 1969, AS IN THE YEARS PAST, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER PEOPLE DISCOVER THEMSELVES IN A CURIOUS POSITION.

WE HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE, IMPOSED 500,000 SOLDIERS ON A SMALL, FARAWAY COUNTRY, SPENDING THREE BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO INSTRUCT THEM IN THE VIRTUES OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, AT THE POINT OF A GUN. WE HAVE INTERFERED WITH A LEGITIMATE REVOLUTION IN THAT COUNTRY.

BACK AT HOME, BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THERE EDUCATION INTENDED TO PREPARE THEM TO BECOME MANAGERS OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGOICAL SOCIETY; THEY REBELLED AGAINST IT, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS THE SCHOOL YEAR WEARS ON.

THEY MAY FIND SOME DIFFICULTY AS THEY DO - OVER HALF OF THE FIFTY STATES HAVE PASSED REPRESSIVE AND ANTI-STUDENT

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LEGISLATION; ONE STATE DESCRIBES A RIOT AS ANY DISTURBANCE CAUSED BY THREE OR MORE PEOPLE; ANOTHER HAS PASSED LEGISLATION ABSOLVING POLICEMEN OF GUILT IN ANY RIOT DEATHS OR INJURIES, BUT DECLARES EQUALLY GUILTY ANY PERSON AT THE SCENE OF A RIOT WHERE A POLICEMAN IS INJURED OR KILLED.

THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SHORTLY BEFORE HEARING PRESIDENT NIXON PROPOSE THAT THE WELFARE POOR BE GIVEN PAYMENTS OF $1600 A YEAR FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR, DECIDED NOT TO ELIMINATE THE WELFARE PROGRAMS PAID TO AMERICAN FARMERS BUT INSTEAD SET A FLOOR OF $20,000 A YEAR PER FARM.

THE FACTS FOR BLACK PEOPLE ARE MORE FRIGHTENING; we are not ONLY NOT CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE, WE ARE FALLING FARTHER BEHIND.

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FOR EXAMPLE, THE INCOME OF THE AVERAGE WHITE AMERICAN FAMILY HAS INCREASED BY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS; SO HAS THE INCOME OF THE TYPICAL BLACK FAMILY. BUT TWENTY YEARS AGO, OUR AVERAGE FAMILY INCOME WAS HALF OF THAT FOR WHITES; TODAY, WHITE INCOME IS GROWING TWICE AS FAST AS OURS.

OUR HOUSING IS PROBABLY MORE SEGREGATED NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. THE UNITED STATES COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS HAS SAID THAT IF ALL AMERICANS LIVED IN CONDITIONS AS CROWDED AS DO THE BLACK PEOPLE IN SOME SECTIONS OF HARLEM, THEN ALL 200 MILLION AMERICANS COULD LIVE IN THREE OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK, LEAVING THE OTHER TWO AND ALL OF THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES TOTALLY UNPOPULATED.

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FOUR OUT OF EVERY FIVE AMERICANS ARE MORE AFFLUENT THAN ANY OTHER PEOPLE IN HISTORY. THEY HAVE REACHED THAT AFFLUENCE BY DEGRADING THE FIFTH PERSON, THE POOR BLACK AMERICANS, BROWN AMERICANS AND WHITE AMERICANS WHO HAVE NEITHER THE POWER NOR RESOURCES TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR LOT.

OUR WELFARE SYSTEM TAXES THE POOR MORE THAN OUR TAX SYSTEM TAXES THE RICH. A POOR MAN ON WELFARE MUST PAY THE GOVERNMENT 70 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR HE EARNS ABOVE $30 A MONTH; A RICH MAN PAYS THE GOVERNMENT ONLY 25 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR HE WINS ON THE STOCK MARKET.

HALF OF THE FARMERS IN THE UNITED STATES - THE HALF WHO HAVE INCOMES OF LESS THAN $2,500 A YEAR - RECEIVED FIVE PERCENT OF THE FARM SUBSIDIES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT. TEN PERCENT OF THE FARMERS IN THE UNITED STATES RECEIVED SIXTY PERCENT OF THE SUBSIDIES.

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SOME AMERICANS OF THIRTY YEARS AGO WERE AFRAID THAT WE MIGHT BECOME A WELFARE STATE. INSTEAD, WE HAVE BECOME A WARFARE STATE. OUR NATION GIVES 80% OF ITS WEALTH TO THE PENTAGON, AND TEN PERCENT TO HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE.

WE HAVE COME GRADUALLY, I THINK, TO THIS POINT IN OUR HISTORY BECAUSE OF SEVERAL FACTORS. OVER THE YEARS THE UNITED STATES HAS STRENGTHENED, RATHER THAN RELINQUISHED, ITS ROLE AS POLICEMAN OF THE WORLD.

OVER THE YEARS RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES HAS STRENGTHENED RATHER THAN RELINQUISHED, ITS ROLE AS POLICEMAN OF THE WORLD.

OVER THE YEARS RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES HAS STRENGTHENED, RATHER THAN WEAKENED.

TODAY'S TRAGEDY IS COMPOUNDED BECAUSE THOSE WHO CAN OFFER SOME HOPE HAVE CHOSEN TO FIGHT THEIR BATTLES ELSEWHERE.

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