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What centuries of occupation has wrought

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500 years of occupation. 500 years of oppression. 500 years of racial discrimination. 500 years of income inequality.

Thus have centuries of occupation by those of European, Anglo-Saxon and Jewish descent brought the whole of the Western Hemisphere from the Bering Strait to Tierra del Fuego. More in some parts by the disparate ends of the ethnic spectrum in the disparate ends of the hemisphere than others but throughout nonetheless.

From day one almost as if fashioned so the Western Hemisphere was divided. The northern part of the Western Hemisphere became the bailiwick of the Anglo-Saxon-Jew while the region south of the Rio Grande became the domain of the more Hispanic-Jew end of the Caucasian spectrum.

In either end of this hemisphere the ruling elites are those of lighter skin and thus the stronger claim to English, European, Jewish Heritage. Theirs is a racial monarchy comprised of capitalist and religious extremists.

The native sons and daughters of the hemisphere and those brought here from Africa by Euro-Anglo-Jews from day one on the main have been tethered to the plow or marginalized and often both at once.

Think I am too critical? My outlook to bleak? That I demonize dominant racial forces?

I don’t think so. I could be wrong but I don’t think so.

Let me share with you two interesting and telling reports released this past week along with a most informative article on Texas’ Undemocratic Party Primary System.

The Pew Research Center’s study on the rise of residential segregation by income is one. The other report is from civil rights data released by the Education Department yesterday, Friday 21 March 2014, “reflecting an education system rife with inequities for blacks and other minority students and those with disabilities.”

These telling reports speak directly the status of those things in Texas red about which I blog. You know them. They are my tagline.

The Texas Observer article reveals that a tiny fraction of eligible voters of Texas red vote. They run the state, sadly.

What the article doesn’t mention is that whether that tiny fraction calls itself Republican or Democrat, Red or Blue---its underpinning philosophies are consistent and they are inimical to anything egalitarian or tolerant.

The Pew Research Center’s study reveals that, “San Antonio has the highest level of income segregation, followed by Memphis, New York, Houston, Washington, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and Austin. (There is substantial overlap with the findings of the Pew Report, even though their list is limited to just 30 metros. Five metros — Houston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. — appear on both lists.

The most highly segregated metros are actually smaller and medium sized, many of them in Texas. El Paso tops this list, followed by second and third-ranked Laredo and McAllen. College Station comes in sixth place. San Antonio, which is first out of large metros, is eighth overall, and Brownsville is ninth. Outside of Texas, Bridgeport, Connecticut is fourth; Trenton, New Jersey fifth; Memphis eighth; and Jackson, Tennessee tenth.

San Antonio has not only the highest level of income segregation it also has among the intentionally highest level of racial and ethnic segregation.

Compounding the already bleak conditions created by income inequality is inequality in almost every other phase of our nation.

The report released yesterday by the US Education Department shows not too surprisingly that, “Minority students are less likely to have access to advanced math and science classes and veteran teachers. Black students of any age, even the youngest preschoolers, are more likely to be suspended. And students with disabilities are more likely than other students to be tied down or placed alone in a room as a form of discipline.”

These egregious conditions are enabled by the fact that most residents of Texas red don’t vote.

“Perhaps the most important thing to know about Texas politics is that very, very few people vote. That’s true in general elections—Texas ranks 51st in voter turnout, behind every other state and the District of Columbia—and it’s especially true in party primaries, where a small clique of die-hard party activists make the real decisions about who will run the state. But it wasn’t always so.

In 1926, for example, 821,234 Texans voted in the Democratic primary—at a time when the state had just barely over 5.4 million residents.

Contrast that to the 546,523 Texans who voted in the 2014 Democratic primary in a state that now is home to over 26 million people and more than 13.6 million registered voters.

Now, 1926 was a particularly heated election year—it saw an effort to dethrone the legendarily corrupt incumbent Governor “Ma” Ferguson—but it’s still a remarkable level of participation for a party primary. (Texas Republicans didn’t start holding regular party primaries until the 60’s.) A little more than 1 in 7 Texans voted in a party primary in 1926, despite the fact that formal and informal mechanisms barred all but whites from exercising the franchise.

Much of what’s happened to the state Republican Party in recent years is down to the simple fact that the average Texan has become less likely to vote in the GOP primary. It’s a fundamentally undemocratic situation that gives power brokers and small interest groups enormous leverage on the whole state government. And it seems unlikely to change any time soon.”

From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…

Hasta Siempre,

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