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Re: “After a robbery, a meditation on crime and justice

Sure, Orlando. First, representation in the form of a few Black faces in (relatively) high places doesn't make for justice. This is a common refrain of those who would so very much like us to be a post-racial society.
I could begin in a number of places, such as the historical fact that Durham is said to have been a mere train depot before its founding, but was in fact the site of one of the south's largest plantations (Stagville). But I think I'll just stick to the present and say, for example, that friends of mine and friends of theirs are routinely harassed by the police, stopped, frisked, and asked where their drugs are, but white Duke students or other white drug users are not subjected to the same treatment on the street or in the comfort of their dwellings. Thus, the county jail and the local prisons have populations of Black and Latino inmates disproportionate to the population, though folks fitting into those racial categories are no more "criminal" than those recognized as white.
Also, there are swaths of the city that are for all intents and purposes food deserts (no or few options for healthy food that are accessible), and those are all majority Black or people of color areas.
Further, parks are maintained in well-to-do, largely white areas, but in areas with a higher concentration of working class people of color parks either don't exist, are ignored by the city, or are practically given to developers looking to remake, or gentrify, the area. Capital, be it private or public, or some partnership between both, is directed primarily toward benefiting those with means, and those with means are usually white (though not because they are necessarily any more industrious, creative or bright).
Numbers about home ownership, poverty, health care and health in general, graduation rates, etc. abound for those who look. If you are disposed toward believing that such problems are, as you say, simply self-generated, however, there's not much I can really say.
I could go on and on. But I think a great barrier to recognizing the racial injustice and that allows you and others to posit that we are "post-racial" is the fact that a fair number of Black folks and other people of color buy into the "opportunity and representation" myths and tacitly support measures and policies that essentially attack working class and poor folks of color on a daily basis.
-Mr. Lorenz

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Posted by Lorenz919 on 11/29/2011 at 10:15 PM

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