Worth a read

link Bigzinc Joined: Dec 8, 2010
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5/16/19, 9:58:31 AM 

link steveo Joined: Apr 30, 2007
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5/16/19, 10:50:37 AM 
In reply to Bigzinc

Interesting read

This quote is illuminating

The Homestead Acts were unquestionably the most extensive, radical, redistributive governmental policy in US history. The number of adult descendants of the original Homestead Act recipients living in the year 2000 was estimated to be around 46 million people, about a quarter of the US adult population. If that many white Americans can trace their legacy of wealth and property ownership to a single entitlement programme, then the perpetuation of black poverty must also be linked to national policy. Indeed, the Homestead Acts excluded African Americans not in letter, but in practice — a template that the government would propagate for the next century and a half.

With the advent of emancipation, therefore, blacks became the only race in the US ever to start out, as an entire people, with close to zero capital. Having nothing else upon which to build or generate wealth, the majority of freedmen had little real chance of breaking the cycles of poverty created by slavery, and perpetuated by federal policy. The stain of slavery, it seems, is much more widespread and lasting than many Americans have admitted. Yet it is the legacy of the Reconstruction — particularly the failure of land redistribution — that so closely coupled poverty and race in the US.

link Bigzinc Joined: Dec 8, 2010
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5/16/19, 10:54:20 AM 
In reply to steveo

i actually wanted to highlight that... yet you have these morons who shout about maga this and trump is the greatest....

no facking social conscience

link Headley Joined: Dec 1, 2007
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5/16/19, 7:24:13 PM 
In reply to Bigzinc

no facking sense

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