Race: why do black people feel that white people want to ‘keep them down’ … updated 2011 – now I know the answer

I originally wrote Why do black people feel that white people want to ‘keep them down’ around late 2008, and since then a lot has has happened and opened my eyes. Observing the conservative culture over the last couple of years has been interesting.

It is important to acknowledge that within that culture there are many sub-groups, some of which have very little in common with each other, oddly enough. I will focus on the subgroup of capitalists.

Capitalism does truly offer a lot of great things, and it is a very natural system. If used in a society correctly it can be an engine of vibrancy. But I, personally, see its dangers as well.

Capitalists(per se), on the other hand, relentlessly believe in it, beyond any rationale or concern that it might have dire consequences for the losers. They say that it is the loser’s fault that they have lost, and that they themselves should not have to support the losers. This is where the idea of rich man keeps the poor man down comes from; but notice: ‘poor man’.

For a black population still struggling economically due to the complexities of generational inheritance, it is not completely incorrect to translate rich man keeps the poor man down as white man keeps the black man down, though it is not the whole reality. However, for the capitalists it is not racism literal, but rather ruthless competitiveness in the game of life.



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