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Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Deep Roots Of US Racial Segregation (NPR Audio)

While driving around a couple of weeks back, I tuned-in to NPR, as is frequently the case, and ran into a goldmine of information about historic US Segregation of the races. The network is truly the holy grail of electronic media veracity. The United States has a past of moderate numbers of media outlets that were both timely an trustworthy. Not today!

Media has been turned into cash cows corporations and operating units that carry political messages regarding the rights and the wrongs of the story. One television cable network is so committed to right-wing dogma and propaganda it literally has set itself established its business model closely aligned with GOP Policy. The network provides daily doses of lies and misrepresentations or, even more profound, practices avoidance of stories that reflect negatively on conservative America. Imagine a major revelation of past incestuous sexual abuse by a conservative family with members who preached abstinence, and the actual perpetrator who sat as Executive Director of the Family Research CouncilA family with a theme "no touching between the sexes prior to marriage." Issues related to the story were kept secret by all knowing family members while the family reaped millions via The Learning Channel.

A conservative television show, a staunchly religious and conservative organization run by the past sexual abuser and the story garnered this level of coverage from Fox News.

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It is important to note Fox News has booked the Duggar patriarch and matriarch on the Megyn Kelly "white Santa' white Jesus" show this coming Wednesday night. Ahh, the perfect conservative host t feed fox news viewers what can only serve as a sanitized version of past sexual abuse in their TV family.

This article is about US segregation, but I felt it important to highlight the absolute and unquestionable veracity of NPR as it should be differentiated from media that more often garners our viewing and listening interest. My construct of the piece also was undertaken to continue to shed light on a network that garners millions in viewers throughout the each and every day. Establishing NPR as the most reliable of US news sources could have been more easily stated via the following Pew Research poll graphic. 

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Pew political charts

The British appear to have the most reliable of news networks with NPR tailing not far behind. 

Now, for the central point of this piece. US segregation is real, it is longstanding, sanctioned and authorized at the highest levels of government, and you have come to internalize segregation in some form. 

NPR's Fresh Air with historian, Richard Rothstein. The audio embed below is a full post of the Fresh Air discussion. It is long, yes, but even with my knowledge of US segregation I will admit Mr. Rothstein amazed with a coupe of anecdotal facts. well worth the listen for any American who considers themselves a HIV (High Information voter).

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Terry Gross MAY 14, 2015 3:16 PM ET


A helicopter flies over a section of Baltimore affected by riots. Richard Rothstein writes that recent unrest in Baltimore is the legacy of a century of federal, state and local policies designed to "quarantine Baltimore's black population in isolated slums."

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Fifty years after the repeal of Jim Crow, many African-Americans still live in segregated ghettos in the country's metropolitan areas. Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, has spent years studying the history of residential segregation in America.

"We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls 'de-facto' — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight," Rothstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

"It was not the unintended effect of benign policies," he says. "It was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government, and that's the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies."

Interview Highlights

On using the word "ghetto"

One of the ways in which we forget our history is by sanitizing our language and pretending that these problems don't exist. We have always recognized that these were "ghettos." A ghetto is, as I define it, a neighborhood which is homogeneous and from which there are serious barriers to exit. That's the technical definition of a ghetto.

Robert Weaver, the first African-American member of the Cabinet appointed by President Johnson as his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, described many of the policies that I've described today in a book he published in 1948 called The Negro Ghetto.

The Kerner Commission referred to the ghetto.

This is a term that we no longer use because we're embarrassed to talk about it, and we need to confront our history and stop sanitizing our language and talk openly about what we've done as a nation and what we need to do to undo it. And we can't talk openly if we're going to use euphemisms instead of being explicit about what the reality is.

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