Laura I respect you as a person, your argument less so. And the dog whistle disrespect -in- that post even less.
Your initial post was a series of derailments which were tailored to try and bring the topic to white perspectives. Your Rotterham case. Your "White Guilt" your "White Pride" at the end of the post. Rather than understand what I was trying to say, you took an individual point and made it into a strawman argument about white people and how I was trying to disrespect them.
And then for someone touting White Pride and freedom from White Guilt to talk about how "Some Aboriginals" believe X, Y, or Z about how helping them is bad? That's a big thing that happened in the early 1900s in America, too. But it wasn't Aboriginals and Social Welfare Reform.
It was women who felt like they shouldn't be allowed to vote. There were 90 of them in the Anti-suffrage society and their influence and social relevance made it seem like there were 9 million. Why? Because the men in power who opposed Suffrage touted those 90 whenever possible. They spread word about them over the radio, in movie houses, theatres, political rallies, advertisements... Do I believe you that there are "Some" Aboriginals who think any help is bad help? Sure. Some will believe that. It's a piss poor reason to let all the rest of them suffer systemic oppression, though.
You may not have INTENDED to come across disrespectful, but holy shit you did. Mainly by your dissection and belaboring of a single foundational statement about my argument rather than trying, at all, to address my argument's main point. Has everyone got it rough? Sure. Not nearly so much in the US of A and we made it rough on others, instead.
Ephiral: I love you. Sooooo much.
Elone: We fix it with economic restructuring.
America is supposed to be a laissez faire Capitalist society. It isn't. And it hasn't been since Jefferson rolled over and died. Hell, he lamented the very idea of banking institutions because of the massive economic damage they're capable of. But while I'd love to talk about the Founding Fathers and their beliefs that's not the point, here.
We aren't Laissez Faire. We probably never were. The fact that we had an entire class of people who weren't allowed to own property kind of shoots that idea in the foot. We have a romanticized idea of Capitalism, but what we're living is the restrained version of the monster. It took centuries for the 1% to get control of 40% of the wealth, here. Through trust busting and the like we'd been staving it off, but with Reaganomics and then the consecutive Bushes in the office any attempt at economic control became a political farce that brought out Hand-Wringy the Fox News Clown.
To get to a point where deep seated problematic opinions of people are eliminated the first thing we need to do is remove the economic blocks that allow those people to be exploited and turned into stereotypes. We need to economically elevate everyone above the poverty line.
Now I know that America thinks Socialism and Communism are terrible ideas and anything that smacks of Wealth Redistribution is anathema, but hear me out.
The idea that everyone needs to work to survive is a holdover from the Middle Ages. From a time when we didn't have enough food and water and shelter to go around. Today there are more empty houses than homeless. More change and bills are destroyed in a year than a third of the country makes. We throw away enough food to feed several nations. Okay the middle one was hyperbolic, but the point remains.
There is no need in our society for people to starve because they don't work. We have enough surplus wealth and luxury and safety and so forth that we could provide for our people. We don't do it because we are used to the idea that anyone considered "Lazy" is bad. But the Lazy appellation is put onto anyone who doesn't work, there aren't enough jobs, and a hell of a lot of people can't get hired because of disability or prejudices against them (or both) for the jobs that do exist.
Under Nixon the top tax rate was 70%. Reagan dropped that down to 28%. Clinton got it up to almost 40% before Bush cut it down to 33% and Obama is trying to put it back up to 40%. That Tax Revenue is a big part of -why- America has been spending at a major deficit. Because we cut the biggest supply of currency. Never mind the destruction of the Capital Gains and Estate Taxes that once created massive boosts to the economic power of the US.
We need to reinstate those taxes. If we do that we can then turn around and give every adult $30,000 a year, free and clear, just so they can have money.
That's not a social program for the poor. That's all 320 million Americans getting 30k a year.
It would pull everyone in our nation out of poverty. It would create a massive amount of spending on goods, services, and real estate. People would be able to afford their basic needs -before- going to work, which would allow them to purchase improvements above their own basic support. Wanna buy a new car? Get a part time job for a few months to put together the downpayment and then keep that part time job to keep making the payments on it. Want to go to college? Get a job to pay tuition fees, your housing and food and basic needs are already covered and you won't have to spend the bulk of the money you earn just supporting yourself.
Think of what the Middle Class would do with another $30,000 per year of disposable income. Vacations, new computers, putting money away for college or kids. But most of all people would spend money. They would buy things, which means things need to be made. Which means people need to make them and stock them and sell them.
People living in Ghettos would be able to get OUT. They'd have the financial stability to move to safer areas. Hell, they'd have the financial stability to move to different cities or states if they so chose. The idea of poor urban youth (read broke black people) would fade pretty quickly when the poor urban youth can afford college, good food, new housing, and more. Same thing with the Native American stereotypes of being poor and ignorant.
And, of course, with $30,000 more spending for most every adult within a given city, sales tax would give cities massive continuous flow to improve schools, roads, and infrastructure. Money changing hands and changing hands and changing hands would improve the area. People only needing to work one job rather than trying to hold down 2-3 while supporting a family and getting an education wouldn't need the "extra" jobs and free them up for people who need them. Or they'd be making REAL money and REAL progress towards wealth beyond their basic needs, which is just mind bogglingly wonderful.
And with all that money? Cameras on Cops. Monitoring interactions. After all, once you don't need to sell drugs or sex on the corner just to make enough money to survive crime is going to go down significantly. But complaints are still going to be high unless the interactions are monitored. One city, Rialto California, put cameras on it's cops and civilian complaints dropped 88% overnight. Whether that's from cops approaching situations with the knowledge that they're being monitored, civilians no longer lying to get out of trouble, or some combination of the two is kind of irrelevant: The result is important.
So yeah. Maintain our social security nets. Raise the minimum bar on them above minimum wage. Then dole out a $30,000 a year "Citizen Salary" to every American Adult. Raise the taxes on the top tier to pre-Reagan levels. And boom. The nation becomes fiscally solvent super fast, the economy explodes in growth, and most of the preconceptions and ideas about a given group of people are nullified, negated, or forced to be rewritten.
Now that won't help MOGAI individuals on the basis of their MOGAI status. But since a large portion of MOGAI identifying individuals are minorities that gives them a sudden boost in economic, and thus lobbying, power.
Sure. We'd have to control inflation. Specifically of prices as they currently stand. But this idea is not printing new money, as some nations have tried in the past. It's taking the money already out there and putting it into circulation.