Coffee Break 8-20-17: Housing Segregation – First Pass


“Whites own on average about ten times the amount of wealth as blacks across the income spectrum. Segregation also causes other racial inequalities. It cuts people of color off from job pipelines and transport systems, making the search for work difficult and giving blacks and Latinos far longer and more expensive commutes to jobs. It helps guarantee that local schools get fewer resources and concentrates the lowest-income and neediest school children in majority-minority schools. It exacerbates racial inequalities perpetuated by the war on drugs. And it guarantees that people of color generally live in neighborhoods with fewer urban amenities and more toxic environments.” [emphasis added]

–Carl Nightingale, author of Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (2012)

“… the myriad social problems plaguing the inner cities today arise from race discrimination, and race discrimination alone. To dare to challenge this — to speak of individual agency, for example — is akin to flogging the victim. End of discussion.”

–NYT Review of Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law (2017) Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-20-17: Housing Segregation – First Pass”

Coffee Break 8-18-17: Off-Topic

Off-Topic: Charlottesville 

“When will U.S. society—not just neo-Nazis and the Klan, but the whole country—reject all aspects of white supremacist ideology and take serious steps toward rectifying the material inequality justified by that ideology.

“The answer is obvious: Never.

“There’s no evidence the dominant culture is interested. The wealth—in fact, the very existence—of the United States is so entwined in the two foundational racialized holocausts in our history that transcending white supremacy requires not only treating people of color differently, but understanding ourselves in new and painful ways. To transcend white supremacy, white America would have to come to terms with the barbarism of our history and our ongoing moral failures.”

–Robert Jensen, Professor of Journalism UT-Austin Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-18-17: Off-Topic”

Coffee Break 8-16-17

Illinois Politics: The Gift that Can’t Stop Giving

As readers know, deedspeakout is a new blog – five months young and counting – and its core mission is to follow daily developments of note in policy/politics relating to health, the environment, justice and education at the national level.

When we began blogging, we planned to provide periodic updates about newsworthy developments in our home state of Illinois.

But events have conspired to alter the original plan for the past few weeks, and we’re devoting almost all our reading and thinking time to political machinations in the Prairie State. This is because what’s happening in Illinois right now is indicative of the larger struggle to control our country’s future direction—and almost nobody in national political reporting has actually caught on to this. Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-16-17”

Coffee Break 8-11-17

Steppin’ to the Other Side

The best social safety net for the less fortunate is free enterprise. In fact, just in the past 20 years nearly 1 billion people have been saved from the ravages of poverty because of the free market. Free enterprise is not the cause of the downtrodden population, it’s the reason it’s disappearing.”

American Enterprise Institute Quote-of-the-Day, 8-9-17

I’d watch those pronoun antecedents if I were you, AEI Quote-of-the-Dayers. Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-11-17”

Coffee Break 7-20-17: Healthcare redux

We Read Senator Durbin’s Facebook Comment Threads So You Don’t Have To

The most recent Facebook posts by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL, Minority Whip) have been devoted to a single topic, the Senate’s Better (Health) Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA. The four posts, dating to July 8, July 12, July 14 and July 19, have garnered a total of 1900-odd comments to date (July 20). [Note: Durbin has had other posts on this topic in the past six months as well; all have tended to attract the same types of comments as those we selected to highlight below.] Continue reading “Coffee Break 7-20-17: Healthcare redux”