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Racism will not be solved by there being more mixed-race children | Nikesh Shukla | Life and style | The Guardian
“Beige Britain” won’t be the utopia we want. It’ll be the same country it always was, but with a significant demographic change. The whole “mixed-race kids ending racism” feeling is a nice thought that doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t look at divisions in the country right now. It doesn’t interrogate problems we have. It doesn’t end inequality.
UK  USA  discrimination  Racism  post-racial  BAME  hate  speech  crime  inequality  social  poverty  trap  mobility  minority  meritocracy  meritocratic  Austerity  opportunity  education  policy  Gesellschaft  Xenophobia  prejudice  Stigma  Vorurteil  JAM  Theresa  May  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  segregation  Culture  Muslim  Islamophobia  mixed-race 
yesterday by asterisk2a
Why didn’t America become part of the modern world? • Eudaimonia
Umair Haque argues that while Europe realised, after the Second World War, that poverty is a bad thing and so set about social equity schemes, the US didn't - "America was building drinking fountains for 'colored people'" - and insisted that poverty is a teacher:
<p>So what was the inevitable result of a nation which didn’t learn history’s greatest lesson, which thought poverty was good for people? Unsurprisingly, it was….poverty. The old kind: 40 million Americans live in poverty, while 50 million Mexicans do. Surprised. And a new kind, too. The middle class imploded, and Americans began living lives right perched right at the edge of destruction. Less then $500 in emergency savings, having to choose between healthcare and educating their kids, a without retirement, stability, security, or safety of any kind. America never joined the modern world in understanding that poverty leads societies to ruin — and so it quickly became the rich world’s first poor country.

What happened next? Well, exactly what history suggested would. That imploding middle class, living lives of immense precarity, sought safety in the arms of religion, superstition, and myths, at first. And then in the arms of extremism. And finally, in the arms of a demagogue, leading a nationalist, proto-fascist movement. It was exactly what happened in the 1930s — and it still is.
So. What has anyone learned? Funnily, sadly, as far as I can see, not much. America never joined the modern world — that is why its people live such uniquely wretched lives, paying thousands for ambulance rides, which even people in Lahore or Lagos don’t. But the consequences weren’t just poverty. They were what poverty produces — nationalism, authoritarianism, fascism, social collapse and implosion, as people, enraged, lost trust in society to be able to protect and shelter them. But no one has learned that lesson. Not America’s intellectuals, certainly. Not its politicians, leaders, thinkers. Not its people, either, unfortunately.

So here America is. Modernity’s first failed state. The rich nation which never cared to join the modern world, too busy believing that poverty would lead to virtue, not ruin. Now life is a perpetual, crushing, bruising battle, in which the stakes are life or death — and so people take out their bitter despair and rage by putting infants on trial.</p>
america  poverty  life 
yesterday by charlesarthur
A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off - Vox
Robert Wuthnow
I make it very clear in the book that this is largely a choice. It’s not as though these people are desperate to leave but can’t. They value their local community. They understand its problems, but they like knowing their neighbors and they like the slow pace of life and they like living in a community that feels small and closed. Maybe they’re making the best of a bad situation, but they choose to stay.
Poverty  USA  culture  Inequality  voxeu 
4 days ago by HispanicPundit
What if the Government Gave Everyone a Paycheck? - The New York Times
A world inhabited only by robots, their billionaire owners and a large and increasingly restive population is the plotline for countless dystopian fantasies, but it’s a reality that appears to be drawing closer. If we continue on the path we’re on, we will need to make fundamental choices about how to support human livelihoods and ensure equal participation in our economy and society. Most basically, we will have to confront the realities of vastly unequal economic and political power. Even if we manage to enact a U.B.I., it will not be nearly enough.
poverty  ai  future  money  wealth  state 
4 days ago by aries1988
ABORTION WORLDWIDE 2017: Uneven Progress & Unequal Access
The consequences of clandestine—and often unsafe—abortions predominantly affect women in countries with highly restrictive laws, which are concentrated in developing regions. Although women seeking to terminate a pregnancy in these countries are increasingly able to obtain misoprostol to self-induce an abortion, they still could be at risk of negative health consequences if they cannot get the necessary information to use the method correctly.

In countries with highly restrictive laws where access to misoprostol is poor, an abortion under unsafe
conditions remains the main option available to many women, especially poor women. But once such countries expand the legal grounds for abortion and implement access to safe and legal abortion services, recourse to clandestine and unsafe abortions usually goes down. In societies where restrictive laws and stigma persist, however, women tend to prioritize secrecy over health—with consequences that reverberate at the individual, family and national levels.

The prevalence and severity of these consequences vary across settings, and also by women’s economic
resources and social circumstances.
abortion  statistics  wealthinequality  poverty  humanRights  reproductiveRights  pdf 
5 days ago by campylobacter
University entry 'should be background, not just exams' - BBC News
The university access watchdog says students' backgrounds should be taken into account when awarding places, to improve "equality of opportunity". A-level grades are a "robust measure" only if the applicants' "context" is also considered, Chris Millward says.

Many universities give extra help to disadvantaged applicants - but a report warns of a lack of openness about how this operates.

All Russell Group universities use some form of "contextual admissions".

Top universities have faced accusations of being socially exclusive and recruiting too few applicants from ethnic minorities.

But they also face scrutiny for being unfair to individual applicants who might lose out on places to disadvantaged candidates with worse results.
UK  education  policy  University  College  meritocracy  meritocratic  inequality  Equality  poverty  trap  Austerity 
5 days ago by asterisk2a
These Atomic Shelters Serve As Housing for Many in Beijing | National Geographic
"Many of the residents are aspiring youth who believe that underground dwelling is just a transitional phase of their life until they gain the financial means for a room with windows and sunlight."
cyberpunk  dystopia  capitalism  photography  photos  poverty  coldwardinosaur 
5 days ago by gominokouhai
Poverty grounds for separating kids from their families in Canada / Boing Boing
Kids taken from their parents by the state because they are too poor to provide well for the kids. The cost to the state of caring for them is far greater than what it would take to simply help the family.
poverty  law  via:boingboing  ethics 
7 days ago by mcherm
I've Got Some Things to Say | By Romelu Lukaku
Let me tell you something — every game I ever played was a Final. When I played in the park, it was a Final. When I played during break in kindergarten, it was a Final. I’m dead-ass serious. I used to try to tear the cover off the ball every time I shot it. Full power. We weren’t hitting R1, bro. No finesse shot. I didn’t have the new FIFA. I didn’t have a Playstation. I wasn’t playing around. I was trying to kill you.
Thierry  Henry  romelu  lukaku  poverty  attitude  belgium  rom  wow  people  football  belgian  0 
7 days ago by bekishore

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