"Blacks are not likely to number themselves among the forty-six million Americans today who can trace the origins of their family wealth to the Homestead Act of 1863, because almost all of that land was allocated to whites through restrictions expressly designed to deny access to blacks.’ They cannot include themselves among the major beneficiaries of the trillions of dollars of wealth accumulated through the appreciation of housing assets secured by federally insured loans between 1932 and 1962 because 98 percent of FHA loans made during that era went to whites via the openly racist categories utilized in the agency’s official manuals for appraisers.’ Most blacks know that past discrimination continues to influence contemporary struggles to accumulate assets because wealth is inherited and passed down across generations.

In recent years, moreover, changes in the tax code have further skewed opportunities and life chances along racial lines by giving favored treatment to those forms of income most likely to represent the fruits of past and present discrimination like inheritance income and capital gains, while lessening the value of income gained through work. The living legacy of past discrimination combines with the impact of contemporary discriminatory practices in mortgage lending, real estate sales, automobile credit financing, and employment to impose artificial impediments against asset accumulation among African Americans."

George Lipsitz (via wretchedoftheearth)

For all those white people who like to think that their ancestors bootstrapped themselves out of poverty without any reliance on government assistance.

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jesusaintdead:

Ain’t nothing mo’ badass than speakers on the side of your screen

jesusaintdead:

Ain’t nothing mo’ badass than speakers on the side of your screen

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Oh, conservatives

unknowablewoman:

thegayrepublican:

unknowablewoman:

Why is it easier for you to believe that 150 million people are lazy and stupid than 400 people are greedy and malicious?

Because we have jobs and make a contribution to society. 

Your point is…? Most of those 150 million people have jobs, too. Poor people work.

But I don’t know why I’m even responding to you, because anyone who aligns himself with the Republican party clearly lacks a deep, nuanced understanding of poverty, class and economics.

Wow… I’d be fascinated to hear what else separates the working class to make them so unworthy as to be cursed with this chronic poorness.

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Oh, conservatives

unknowablewoman:

Why is it easier for you to believe that 150 million people are lazy and stupid than 400 people are greedy and malicious?

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heavyaura:

celticthistle:

phroyd:

America’s Next Commodity 

Holy fuck. SO accurate.

Okay, I understand the use of a fat person here to illustrate a point. But it’s still disappointing. Without required fatness (seriously, it’s been a long time since the “kings of industry” have been majority fat), which is of course representing greed, this image would still be capable of suggesting that the white man at the table is one of the upper/upper middle class white supporters of institutionalized/government-sanctioned racism, kyriarchy, patriarchy, and class oppression.

heavyaura:

celticthistle:

phroyd:

America’s Next Commodity 

Holy fuck. SO accurate.

Okay, I understand the use of a fat person here to illustrate a point. But it’s still disappointing. Without required fatness (seriously, it’s been a long time since the “kings of industry” have been majority fat), which is of course representing greed, this image would still be capable of suggesting that the white man at the table is one of the upper/upper middle class white supporters of institutionalized/government-sanctioned racism, kyriarchy, patriarchy, and class oppression.

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