Let’s admit something to ourselves. Trump was elected by playing the race card. He took a count and figured out there are more working-class white citizens in this country than there are black and brown working-class citizens. He also recognized that all citizens who did not either get an education beyond high school and/or get skills that were in demand, were going to have a difficult time acquiring a well-paying, rewarding job in the workplace. This group is his base.
In the 1960’s through the turn of the century the country tried to rectify the discrimination policies of the past by implementing quotas to encourage the hiring of more black citizens as an effort to provide equal rights and opportunity. The objective was good, but its implementation was flawed. The above plan did not consider the ramifications resulting from the above effort. Simply put, it became more difficult for a white citizen, without education beyond a high school level, to get a job at a “living wage”. Over time this group of white citizens became bitter and felt our government was now showing favoritism to those of the black and brown races, and they were correct, but with some justification.
As is often the problem, it is easier to identify the problem than it is to find a solution. The problem is further complicated by the significant amount of economic progress that has been made by other countries like China, Taiwan, and others.
thw link below leads tp an article posted in the magizine, The Economist. It concerns Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Prceding the link os an excerpt from the article.
“For more than a decade, first as vice-president and now as president, Joe Biden has told the Chinese that the only thing worse than an intended conflict is an unintended one. The accident he feared may now be materialising. A visit by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, to the self-governing island of Taiwan has enraged the rulers of mainland China, who claim it, and wrong-footed the Biden administration. Some are already speaking of the “Fourth Taiwan Strait crisis”, which is liable to be worse than the third confrontation of 1995-96.”
With China agreeing to ignore Russia’s aggression, thus giving Putin the green light to attack Ukraine, we need to find and support an alternative to buying from China. China is more than willing to cause turmoil in western countries by pitting one country against another. I guess China assumed no one would notice. Well, there are some in the west who have noticed.
Let’s understand that China still considers Taiwan to be a part of China, with some justification. When the time is “right”, as determined by China, they will make their move. In fact, China has been making their move for some time.
It stands to reason that in any governmental body, whether it be a country, state or municipality, the more similarity between the one who governs and the ones being governed, the more likely it will be that the citizens will be well represented in meeting their wants and needs. The current Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, is a recent transplant from one of Detroit’s white suburbs, and is white while the majority of the city’s citizens are black. The current Mayor of Detroit is from Livonia, Michigan where 92% of its population is white while only 3.4% is black.
Remember, Mike Duggan went along with Governor Snyder’s plan for the city of Detroit to surrender ownership of $3.5 billion in art, stored at the DIA and owned by the city, for $350 million, 10 cents on the dollar. The alternative that was never explored openly was to sell off $350 million in art to get Detroit out of bankruptcy while retaining ownership of $3.15 billion, that’s with a B, in art.
The above thoughts are my own and I did not consult with anyone prior to publishing this post.