As easy as it would be to bash Bush, his privileged Guard enrollment ahead of 500 others less connected and thus endangered, his inability to perform even those limited duties assigned him, the pressure applied to endorse his service as complete and the concerted efforts to erase the record once he made the transition from wastrel to politician, I’ll instead focus on one of the three issues most Americans prefer to avoid,… race…. (The other two unmentionables are America’s violent history and Zionists contribution to the current world mess)
Blacks/African Americans (referred to henceforth as Blacks) comprise 12.3% of the American population (34,698,190; 2000 census)
Blacks, at first appearance, seem to make up 24.88% (8,601,000) of the 34,570,000 who live BELOW the poverty level (just released figures from 2003)
Blacks, according to a census release (Chart no. 526, 2002) make-up 16.1% of the armed forces (193,200 of 1,199,300)
These statistics should disturb anyone serious about this subject. But a closer examination reveals far more sinister facts and manipulation of the numbers. For example, is it a coincidence that the Census Bureau ceased to break out the racial numbers for each individual service branch at the same time Powell’s above statement was written? The last time these figures were available was in 1995. And these are what they reveal (chart no 500);
White…….. Black …… %Black
322,000 137,000 30%
White……. Black…… %Black
326,000 25,000 7%
White…… Black…… %Black
318,000 58,000 15.4%
White…… Black…… %Black
130,000 28,000 17.7%
No one dare diminish the contribution of each branch to our national defense, particularly in these shallow times when the least mis-goose-step is amplified as “unpatriotic,” but give some thought to the last chart. Who is first and foremost physically put in harms way in any conflict? The term “cannon fodder” is as old as cannons and used to describe those who the powers that war have always considered expendable.
Poverty forces too many Blacks into the service. Millions more are picked off the street by asinine and uneven treatment of minor drug offenses or left to dangle in the shadow of ignorance due to the shameful mistribution of dwindling education funds.
Disingenuously parsed from these figures are new categories such as the 15,359,073 now deemed of “Some other race” and 6,826,288 logged as “Two or more races” (2000 census and 2003 poverty report). We know that those of mixed race are treated no better (and sometimes worse) than recognized Blacks.
Ours is a shameful history of enslavement while forming our perfect documents of democracy. Many southern slave owners continued to control Blacks after the civil war, some contriving a new form of slavery called share cropping. A good many hid their slaves in Texas until after the war. Texans were knee deep in the awful fraud of continuing slavery well after the end of the war. To this day Black Texans celebrate “Juneteenth” which is a holiday marking the time, 6 months AFTER the Civil War when Texans could no longer keep the truth of emancipation from them.
We continue our commutes from suburban enclaves on overpasses designed to lift us over and rush us past the eyesores of the urban blight. We embrace the denial of our shame and are blind to the 2 million incarcerated, the causes and solutions. We enlist through economic attrition, arm and train a minority we don’t trust or respect to fight other, “different” peoples (Vietnamese, Arabs) I’ve no doubt that if many had their way we’d field a neutered, Nubian army. Those now screaming for war make certain the lamentations of the families of the fallen remain a distant whisper and that the blood that always drenched in waves our soil is pooled in a place we will not step. Our inability to discuss this will be our undoing. There’s a reason the Nation of Islam took hold in Black communities as early as the 50.s, its main recruiting grounds the prison system with its message of the “white devil.”
12.3% American population
16.1% Armed Forces
24.88% Living Below Poverty
30% Of the Army
Shame, shame, shame
Main Page; http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-03.html
"Born in Slavery" at the Library of Congress; http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html