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Re: “Delusion and denial do not make sound opinion

Another excellent and truth-telling article, Will. Thank you. As for the other comments--Moredock did not say it was impossible for African-Americans to succeed in America. Obviously it isn't. But what is difficult to refute and what no one here so far has contested is that 25% of black families had no financial assets in 2007, a situation which has only gotten worse. It doesn't mean these very familices don't work hard--indeed, with the demise of welfare as it previously existed in the 1990s after the Welfare Reform Act, families, black and white have to work in order to live. (If you are in doubt, check the regulations and requirements to get Federal or state benefits, which are severely time restricted.) What it means is that low-wage workers have not benefitted from the same tax breaks and giveaways, and unparalleled increases in executive salaries over the past 30 years.

Whats more, the historical reality that African-American slaves built Charleston--from the Old Exchange building on East Bay to the Customs House further up the road, to the great 18th and 19th century mansions across the low country--means that a lot of people--wealthy, white people--got a whole lot of something for almost nothing. Unpaid labor built the infrastructure of this town. (So did indentured servants, but they were mostly gone by the mid-1700s, while African slave built the most noteworthy buildings, streets, and other infrastructure.

So the descendants of early white Charlestonians (and South Carolinians) who claim that what they possess was honestly earned don't seem to understand the historical and moral debt they have incurred. Or do you think the fact that slave labor built the foundation of the white wealth of modern South Carolina is somehow irrelevant? How convenient historical amnesia is for you!

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Posted by Chas73 on December 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM
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