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reganellis at Apr 21, 2020 02:54 AM

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BUT DESPITE A 10-YEAR INCREASE OF 150% IN THE NUMBER OF
BLACKS HOLDING OFFICE, DESPITE THE ABILITY TO SIT OR EAT OR RIDE
OR VOTE IN PLACES THAT FORMERLY LACKED BLACK FACES, IN A REAL WAY
WE FIND OUR CONDITION UNCHANGED.

A QUICK LOOK AT EVERY STATISTIC THAT MEASURES HOW WELL
OR POORLY A GROUP OF PEOPLE IS DOING--INFANT MORTALITY RATES, MEDIAN
FAMILY INCOME, LIFE EXPECTANCY--SHOWS THAT WHILE OUR GENERAL CONDITION
HAS IMPROVED, OUR RELATIVE CONDITION HAS ACTUALLY WORSENED.

IS IT ALMOST AS THOUGH WE WERE CLIMBING A MOLASSES MOUNTAIN
DRESSED IN SNOWSHOES, WHILE EVERYONE ELSE RIDES A RATHER LEISURELY
SKI-LIFE TO THE TOP. HOW THE SKI SLOPES ARE MORE TREACHEROUS AND
THE MOLASSES MELTING INTO MUD, A SARGASSO SEA OF CRIME IN HIGH
PLACES, OF JOBLESSNESS FOR MANY AND HOPELESSNESS FOR MORE.

YESTERDAY'S GAINS BECOME SUSPECT. THE BUS FRONT SEAT
LOSES MEANING FOR A PEOPLE WHOSE LONGEST TRIP IS LIKELY TO BE FROM
THE FEUDAL SYSTEM OF THE RURAL SOUTH TO THE MECHANIZED, HIGH-RISE
POVERTY OF THE NORTH.

THE RIGHT TO VOTE LOSES MEANING FOR A PEOPLE FORCED TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN TWEEDLEDUM AND TWEEDLEDEE.

THE STRUGGLES OF THE SIXTIES WERE CARRIED FORWARD AGAINST
DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT,
BOTH BECAUSE THE VICTIMS BECAME THEIR OWN VEST CHAMPIONS AND BECAUSE
THEY FOUND A SYMPATHETIC EAR IN THE BODY POLITIC.

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BUT DESPITE A 10-YEAR INCREASE OF 150% IN THE NUMBER OF
BLACKS HOLDING OFFICE, DESPITE THE ABILITY TO SIT OR EAT OR RIDE
OR VOTE IN PLACES THAT FORMERLY LACKED BLACK FACES, IN A REAL WAY
WE FIND OUR CONDITION UNCHANGED.

A QUICK LOOK AT EVERY STATISTIC THAT MEASURES HOW WELL
OR POORLY A GROUP OF PEOPLE IS DOING--INFANT MORTALITY RATES, MEDIAN
FAMILY INCOME, LIFE EXPECTANCY--SHOWS THAT WHILE OUR GENERAL CONDITION
HAS IMPROVED, OUR RELATIVE CONDITION HAS ACTUALLY WORSENED.

IS IT ALMOST AS THOUGH WE WERE CLIMBING A MOLASSES MOUNTAIN
DRESSED IN SNOWSHOES, WHILE EVERYONE ELSE RIDES A RATHER LEISURELY
SKI-LIFE TO THE TOP. HOW THE SKI SLOPES ARE MORE TREACHEROUS AND
THE MOLASSES MELTING INTO MUD, A SARGASSO SEA OF CRIME IN HIGH
PLACES, OF JOBLESSNESS FOR MANY AND HOPELESSNESS FOR MORE.

YESTERDAY'S GAINS BECOME SUSPECT. THE BUS FRONT SEAT
LOSES MEANING FOR A PEOPLE WHOSE LONGEST TRIP IS LIKELY TO BE FROM
THE FEUDAL SYSTEM OF THE RURAL SOUTH TO THE MECHANIZED, HIGH-RISE
POVERTY OF THE NORTH.

THE RIGHT TO VOTE LOSES MEANING FOR A PEOPLE FORCED TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN TWEEDLEDUM AND TWEEDLEDEE.

THE STRUGGLES OF THE SIXTIES WERE CARRIED FORWARD AGAINST
DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT,
BOTH BECAUSE THE VICTIMS BECAME THEIR OWN VEST CHAMPIONS AND BECAUSE
THEY FOUND A SYMPATHETIC EAR IN THE BODY POLITIC.