The June Issue of the magazine, Mother Jones, the front cover article had the title: "WTF, GOP". It does not explain in the article what the initials mean, but most of us know. I'm going to leave that alone. What the article does say is how the Republican Party, apparently under the influence of drugs or something provided by the Tea Party, seems to have written off different groups of people. The cover lists people who like sex, people who hate banks, soccer moms, Latinos, Millennials, old people, sick people, scientists, economists, Libertarians, dog lovers, the 99 percent, Gays, Vets, and Gay Vets.
I was initially baffled as to why the list had excluded African Americans and Muslims, but in the middle of the article, there they were. The writers assumed that everybody already knew that Blacks and Muslims were long ago written off by the Republicans. I see it as going much deeper for African Americans. The war against us, in my analysis, includes stripping away the right to vote in states with Republican Governors. At last count, there were about 30 such states. It also involves stripping away the right to get a decent education that has historically been free public education.
The loss of a free public education leads to the loss of a good job and so we may be looking at a long target of returning to the status of a cheap labor class. It's not slavery, but if we are not careful, it will be a slippery slope toward a kind of urban sharecropping where the boss owns the business but allows us to work for a little bit of the profit. Already an article in a recent Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2012, issue is touting a plan where people who have lost their homes can rent them back. They can give the deed to their homes to the bank that foreclosed on them and get a rental agreement to their formerly-owned homes.
On the issue of education, school after school is closing their door and closing classes to new students. At the same time, critics are slamming the amount it costs to go to private for-profit schools. A May 14, 2012 issue of Time magazine reminds us of how so many people talked negatively about trade schools. The vocational training in public and private school taught work skills that lead directly to jobs. Today, they are less favorable than educations which favor going after Liberal Arts academic degrees.
On a personal note, this past week, my wife had to have a surgical procedure at Kaiser Hospital. I walked around noting how many jobs there were, from janitors, lab technicians, security guards, to nurses and doctors. The hospital is a virtual city, including cafeteria workers and parking lot attendants. All need some type of training, but you can't get it in the public schools any more. The question is, why go to a private school? The answer is, you want a job. Instead of complaining that the Mexicans and Filipinos are getting all of the jobs at the hospitals, take a look at the private colleges to see whether they are for profit or not.
The other personal story is that I went directly out of high school to barber college and directly to work within one year and never had a problem finding a job, thanks to the barber college training. The law school training hasn't hurt me either. Both the barber college and the law school were private for profit schools. My motto about training is, get it wherever you can and worry about the cost later. Please don't wait for the Republicans to help you, and please don't wait until they completely shut you out. In the meantime, fight to reopen free public education. We need it to keep America growing! We need it to keep Blacks from falling into a permanent underclass of people.
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