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The Other America

The Practical Progressive takes a look at the disparity of perception between blacks and whites.
The 'Debacle in the Delta' has once again raised the issue of the 800 pound invisible elephant in the collective living room of a majority of our citizens. The elephant, we don't want to acknowledge, is the plight of African-Americans in our society. Want an example of the gulf in understanding of this problem? Here is a question on a poll done by the Washington Post and ABC News;
"Do you think the federal government would have responded more quickly to rescue people trapped by floodwaters if more of them had been wealthier and white rather than poorer and black?"
Here's the results. Yes = Whites 24 % Blacks 76% No = Whites 73% Blacks 21%
In other words, 7 out of 10 white Americans said that race had nothing to do with the response of the federal government while more than 3 out of 4 African Americans believed it did. why the disparity? … George Will, sitting in his ivory tower, is quick to claim African Americans themselves are the cause of their own problems, which shows he is completely out of touch with what it's like to be black in America. What's worse, many of our white neighbors agree with him. In reality though, I'll bet African Americans know a hell of a lot more about what it's like to be white in America than whites know what it's like to be black in America. George Will needs to get out of his social cocoon and talk to folks in the ghettos of DC instead of those sitting with him in box seats at baseball games. If that's tooo scary for him, he could at least read Johnathan Alter's piece in Newsweek. >Read the entire post.

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