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b&b111 Who Profits from Racism?

This was a very difficult Brunch & Budget on Bondfire Radio to do. I’m sure you can hear it in my voice. What you don’t see is me freaking out after every segment and Dyalekt having to calm me down. I am so emotionally distraught by all the shootings last week and I can’t even imagine what my friends and family who are Black and Brown are going through.

But we knew we had to do this show because we could not let this go unsaid and this question could not go unasked.

Who really benefits from racism? Who really benefits from dividing people and telling one group they’re better than another group?

On a small, micro, personal scale, a white person might get chosen over a person of color because of their race. They may go to the better school, get the job, be promoted more often.

This is all just relative.

On a bigger scale, racism, and the divisive nature of it only benefits the 1%.

The big businesses and the wealthiest people in this country needed to create an enemy before people caught on.

So they turned us against each other.

Think about it. Why are we fighting over the minimum wage job instead of asking the employer why they can’t pay a living wage?

Why do we condemn someone for being on welfare instead of the company who gets tax subsidies while making billions of dollars a year?

Why are we fighting over scraps when the 1% control 40% of the nation’s wealth?

We’ve been tricked into thinking big business will take care of us and the government won’t.

We’ve been tricked into thinking we’re different from each other.

We’ve been tricked, but we don’t have to stay blind.

When #BlackLivesMatter, all lives will matter.

Episode Highlights:

One out of every hundred companies is run by a Black CEO. There are five CEOs. 

Racism is very much a systemic thing. It’s a structural and societal thing. It’s a construct that was developed.

Racism, in terms of the whole belief thing, is crazy people talk. So for anyone to put some crazy idea into your head, there’s gotta be somebody with a profit motive to do so.

In 2015, the rate of young Black men killed by police was 5x as high as white men of the same age.

In 2015…young Black men were 9x as likely as any other American to be killed by police.

One in every sixty-five deaths of a young black man in the U.S. is a killing by the police.

I never even really thought that people believed the stuff [racism] I just figured it did benefit them and that’s why they were like “Well, shoot, I’m gonna go along with it.”

Black people and people of color have been held back for so long that…we’re just catching up now, and not even really that much, and as we start to catch up and as people start to move up, I feel like people become afraid of that.

Not only do you have to get out of [poverty] physically, but you have to get out of it mentally and emotionally as well.

This is why generational poverty is such a pervading thing. It’s not because they’re lazier or they don’t work as hard or they’re not as smart: it’s because they were taught that when you have money in your hands, it might be gone so you need to use it now while you can.

By making it harder for these poor Black folks to get these jobs, it benefits the poor white workers (in terms of being able to get a few more jobs), but it also holds them in a specific place because overall wages are kept low.

The byproduct of a bunch of people who are out of work is: where are you gonna put them? And this is where the mass incarceration comes in…if there is this surplus workforce and there’s no way to get a job, they are going to turn to things that are not legal. Those are the only options they have.

During times of economic distress and economic downturns, people become more racist.

No Democrat has won the majority of white voters since Lyndon Johnson.

When you decide that someone who is just like you is different than you and is other than you, then you’re letting the 1% continue to be the 1%.

Racism doesn’t benefit anyone except for the 1%.