Sunday, April 09, 2006

America is Slipping

No discussion needed. I just want to bring these startling stats to your attention. I believe it was Dr. King who coined the phrase: "If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem." I, for one, will be a part of the solution. What about you?


Brother Afrocan said...

Spotless, I think it not soo much evidence that America is slipping as it is a reflection of the growing chasm between the have's and the have nots.

The have's are better and better educated (MBA's, JD's, Phd's)- If you have one in your household, the likelihood of having another goes up astronomically. The have's have money- the top 20% are eating close to 80% of the country's wealth, while the other 80% scrounge for the crumbs left over. I assume you live in NY, just take a look at the average apartment price in manhattan (over $1 million dollars)- pple got dough!

The whole Katrina mess revealed something that economists have been preaching for years to deaf years- in America (the world really), rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, the rich are going to private schools where they learn latin then getting JD's and MBA's while the poor go to public schools and eventually drop out at 16.

Welcome to capitalism baby!, make sure you get yours! Marxism is a doomed for failure ideology in its application, but it definately tells it like it is.

Brother Spotless said...

Brother Afrocan, I hear you. Here are my thoughts:

1) At one point, America was not only the greatest military power, but also educated its people better than almost any other country (America was selective in who it educated, but overall, we were top notch). Now, our education rates are falling behind other nations. America's next generation (us) won't be able to lead as we once did. I guess that's good for the rest of the world in many cases, because it will give other nations their time to shine.

2) At some point, the reports that our think tanks produce don't matter: something has to be done. Maybe, as a generation, our parents have failed us. Maybe we are to blame. Maybe video games and rap music is to blame. By the time our intellectuals find the answer, America will have turned into a Third World nation, where 90% of the eduacation and wealth belongs to 10% of the population, leaving us without the intellectual capital to compete with other nations.

I have seen enough numbers, and I know blacks are getting the shaft. Maybe this is the perfect time to get our black youth in a position to really make moves. But, like Afrocan said, people have been saying this for years; nothing has been done about it. It's time...

Brother Lightness said...

Call me a pessimist, but I believe that Spotless is right on in making the assertion that we're going to turn into a Third World country before corrective measures are taken.

Only when "90% of the education and wealth belongs to 10% of the population" will we find renewed societal interest in the value of education. Sadly, America won't realize what it had until it is out of reach.

Brother Afrocan said...

I totally agree with you Brother Spotless, American's are not hungry anymore and probably won't become hungry enough to make changes until they are truly a third world country. Currently 55% of the Ph.D. students are foreign born. And there is an inherent risk to that kind of statistic. Take me for example, a young brother born in Africa, I have truly enjoyed my time here but I dont have any strong ties to America. The truth is if I received a job with more security, better long-term prospects and higher pay in Hong Kong or London, I would leave in a minute. I am a reflection of the 55% foreign born Phd students. I am in America because it currently accords me the most opportunities, when it no longer does (becomes 3rd world, like lightness suggested), there will likely be a mass exodus. American-born citizens who may have a stronger vested interest in country's well-being and long-term success really need to pay attention to this.

As concerns black getting the shaft, that is something that has been happening for a while and I think it can only be effectively addressed on the micro level not from a macro perspective. Sweeping macro socio-economic policies (no-child left behind) are not likely to change this. It has to happen on a micro level like within a family, where you encourage your brother or sister to stay in school and go to college. As parents, brothers, neighbours, friends we hold the means to make the biggest difference. My role models uncontestably my parents, who I can say are responsible for almost everything I am proud of about myself today. This is something of great concern especially to the black and minority community with the poor family structure that is often prevalent in these communities.