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White Poverty Exists, Ignored

Indeed, people here are still talking about the story the New York Times ran in June declaring neighboring Clay County “the hardest place in America to live.” Which was positively complimentary compared to a piece the National Review ran six months before, declaring Owsley “The White Ghetto.” Reporter Kevin D.  Williamson wrote that instead of contemplating their bleak reality, the people here escape it with “the pills and the dope, the morning beers, the endless scratch-off lotto cards, healing meetings up on the hill, the federally funded ritual of trading cases of food-stamp Pepsi for packs of Kentucky’s Best cigarettes and good old hard currency, tall piles of gas station nachos, the occasional blast of meth, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, petty crime, the draw, the recreational making and surgical unmaking of teenaged mothers, and death …” … “You’ve got to understand,” says Logsdon, “people shy away from reporters.” Sure enough, a worker at the Family Dollar store doesn’t want her name used. A woman at a medical conference in Hazard warns everyone in earshot in a loud voice that a reporter is among them. So it goes during a week spent wandering this county and adjacent counties discussing something America almost never talks about: white poverty.

White Poverty Exists, Ignored

It is no secret that slavery rests at the foundation of American capitalism and is often synonymous with the sugar, tobacco, and/or cotton plantations that fueled the Southern economy. What many may not know is that slavery also rests at the foundation of many notable corporations. From New York Life to Bank of America, several companies have benefitted from slavery. Many of the companies even acknowledged their involvement in slavery and offered apologies in an attempt to reconcile their tainted history but, is an apology enough? Hell no!  (More)

In the 1830s, powerful Southern slaveowners wanted to import capital into their states so they could buy more slaves. They came up with a new, two-part idea: mortgaging slaves; and then turning the mortgages into bonds that could be marketed all over the world. (More)

Apologies cannot compensate an entire race of people for all of the social and economic ills they face as a result of their enslavement. They cannot address the residual effects of slavery. They cannot provide job opportunities to a race of people who are experiencing high unemployment rates. Apologies without action from the very systems they helped to create. Had it not been for slave labor, many corporations would not be where they are today and for these companies to acknowledge their involvement in slavery and then simply say ‘Oh, I’m sorry”, is to downplay their role in perpetuating the degradation are nothing more than a futile attempt to correct a wrong by pacifying the wronged.  (More)

Yusef Douglas
Yesterday 5:09 PM

And they’re still white trash.
Eric Scott
Yesterday 6:58 PM

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I might have missed the point. The banking industry has been on welfare for years. Remember the Savings and Loan debacle. They had to be bailed out with hard earned tax dollars just like other corporate giants. I’m glad her mamma “ain’t on welfare”. I commend anyone who can find a way to make it. Too bad the big corporations cant make it on their own. Im still pissed that GM even exists. They were so mis managed that when they declared bankruptcy and were bailed out by tax dollars the first thing they did was to give their people at the top bonuses. This world is full of white trash +Yusef Douglas as well as trash from every other race out there. My heart goes out to anyone directly affected by the trash we have to live our lives around.  
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Yusef Douglas
Yesterday 7:02 PM

+Eric Scott Ours have been unfairly discriminated by from these systems for generations. Boo hoos to you, devil.
Eric Scott
Yesterday 7:15 PM

+Yusef Douglas
I really am trying to understand where your coming from here. Did I say something untrue? Big corporations and the rich that control them have been stealing from we the people for years. Banks that are mismanaged have been bailed out by your tax dollars and mine. The sign posted confuses me. It “appears” she is stating that her mom is not on welfare but the banks are. The banks should be the last entities receiving federal dollars due to mismanagement. Now  if her sign said “my mom is not on welfare so yours shouldn’t either” Well that would be a short sighted bigoted statement. As as far as being unfairly discriminated against? I have never denied that and have always been a champion against unfair practices and treatment that label any group of people being less important or automatically guilty. I commented on this post because I often comment on +M.O. Thomas post. MO stays on top of issues that need attention and I was seeking clarification on what he thought this sign was really about. If you gave me a bit of a chance you might see that I really am on your side. 
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Yusef Douglas
Yesterday 8:00 PM
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But Eric, white America is the ‘big corporation’ that has been stealing from us and refused to make restitution for its crimes.  That you can*recognize*  the banks’ violations so clearly & not your own kind’s does make you the devil I referenced early and make your hypocrisy nauseating. Be on the side of justice and not ‘white’ justice. Thank you for your very thorough reply & patient demeanor. They are both very much appreciated.