The richest Americans’ share of national income has hit a postwar record, surpassing the highs reached in the 1990s bull market, and underlining the divergence of economic fortunes blamed for fueling anxiety among American workers.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — The sign taped to the men’s latrine is just five lines:
“US MILITARY CONTRACTORS CIVILIANS ONLY!!!!!”
It needed only one: “NO IRAQIS.”
The American Dream of riches for all is turning into a nightmare of inequality. But a backlash is brewing, reports Paul Harris in New York
Four years ago, researchers identified a surprising price for being a black woman in America. The study of 334 midlife women, published in the journal Health Psychology, examined links between different kinds of stress and risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Black women who pointed to racism as a source of stress in their lives, the researchers found, developed more plaque in their carotid arteries — an early sign of heart disease — than black women who didn’t. The difference was small but important — making the report the first to link hardening of the arteries to racial discrimination.
A recent study exploring white peoples’ understanding of the black experience in America reveals that whites still drastically underestimate the cost of being black because they don’t want to know or can’t face the consequences.
By Robert Jensen
I just signed a petition to urge congressional leadership to correct the harmful Supreme Court decision in the pay discrimination case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear!
After a jury found that Lilly Ledbetter had been the subjected to wage discrimination because of her gender over many years at her job, the Supreme Court ruled against her, even though she had earned far less than her male counterparts.
We have a chance to urge Congress to correct the Court’s error and help Americans be able to recover wages that they have been unfairly denied. Will you join the petition calling on congressional leaders to support legislation to correct Ledbetter v. Goodyear?
You can sign the petition here:
It’s important to speak out in support of individual rights and the laws Congress has passed to protect them.
Thank you very much for your help
Ten years ago, a group of women established the village of Umoja, which means unity in Swahili, on an unwanted field of dry grasslands. The women said they had been raped and, as a result, abandoned by their husbands, who claimed they had shamed their community.
Stung by the treatment, Lolosoli, a charismatic and self-assured woman with a crown of puffy dark hair, decided no men would be allowed to live in their circular village of mud-and-dung huts.
In an act of spite, the men of her tribe started their own village across the way, often monitoring activities in Umoja and spying on their female counterparts.
By Edward Lazarus
BROWN vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court’s landmark declaration that racially segregated public schools were unconstitutional, may be the court’s only ruling in the last 200 years that virtually everyone today agrees was “rightly decided.” It is simply unimaginable that a president would appoint, or that the Senate would confirm, a court nominee who failed to pay homage to the 1954 decision.
by Thomas L. Friedman
June 17, 2007
Two weeks ago I took part in commencement for this year’s doctoral candidates at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The ceremony was held in the amphitheater on Mount Scopus, which faces out onto the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Moab. The setting sun framed the graduate students in a reddish-orange glow against a spectacular biblical backdrop.
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May 26, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
No one is paying much attention, but parts of New York City are like a police state for young men, women and children who happen to be black or Hispanic. They are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, intimidated, humiliated and, in many cases, arrested for no good reason. (more…)
Mr. von Spakovsky was central to the administration’s pursuit of strategies that had the effect of suppressing the minority vote
May 22, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
A public high school teacher in Brooklyn told me recently about a student who didn’t believe that a restaurant tab for four people could come to more than $500. The student shook his head, as if resisting the very idea. He just couldn’t fathom it. (more…)
Our Lives as Atoms
On the Physical Patterns that Govern Our World
May 14, 2007, 5:33 pm
By Mark Buchanan
David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, isn’t too happy with the recent revelation that N.B.A. referees appear to have a racial bias in the way they call fouls. He’s questioned the validity of the statistical analysis by Justin Wolfers, an assistant professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School, and Joseph Price, a Cornell graduate student in economics, which suggests that white and black referees call fouls preferentially against players of the opposite race. The N.B.A. insists that its own analysis (of different data) reveals no such bias, although other experts who’ve seen both analyses say that the Wolfers and Price study is more convincing.
Fifty years after an epic desegregation struggle, a school district in Little Rock, Ark., is still riven by racial conflict.
April 27, 2007
By PAUL KRUGMAN
One of the distinctive features of the modern American right has been nostalgia for the late 19th century, with its minimal taxation, absence of regulation and reliance on faith-based charity rather than government social programs. Conservatives from Milton Friedman to Grover Norquist have portrayed the Gilded Age as a golden age, dismissing talk of the era’s injustice and cruelty as a left-wing myth.
April 2, 2007
By PAUL KRUGMAN
I have a theory about the Bush administration abuses of power that are now, finally, coming to light. Ultimately, I believe, they were driven by rising income inequality.
Let me explain. (more…)
…I don’t know – but I’m pretty sure it’s not about you.
Too often, our election system forces politicians to put their campaign coffers ahead of the public interest. That’s why we need to make sure Congress hears the message loud and clear – stop the money chase.
By Sen. Bernie Sanders
In early February, President Bush told a group of Wall Street executives that “income inequality is real; it’s been rising for more than 25 years. … And the question is whether we respond to the income inequality we see with policies that help lift people up, or tear others down.”
They face rape, assault at hands of fellow soldiers…
March 5, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
It’s an article of faith that the key to success in real estate is location, location, location.
For young black boys looking ahead to a difficult walk in life, the mantra should be education, education, education.
This gave me chills!
On the day that Percy L. Julian graduated at the top of his class at DePauw University, his great-grandmother bared her shoulders and, for the first time, showed him the deep scars that remained from a beating she had received as a slave during the last days of the Civil War. She then clutched his Phi Beta Kappa key in her hand and said, “This is worth all the scars.”
February 1, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
On the afternoon of Oct. 7, 1974, a mob of 200 enraged whites, many of them students, closed in on a bus filled with black students that was trying to pull away from the local high school. The people in the mob were in a high-pitched frenzy. They screamed racial epithets and bombarded the bus with rocks and bottles. The students on the bus were terrified.
January 21, 2007
By DAN BARRY
Midnight in a handsome one-story house on Waterwood Drive. Hours after Ernest and Shirley Lampkins say goodnight to their teenage daughter, Brett, and to the first Sunday of the new year, a Sunday of churchgoing and turkey and chili and some of those sweet frozen grapes that Ernest likes so much. Two bullets pay a call.
“Culture is people,” said Richard Campanella, a Tulane geographer who has written extensively about the city’s neighborhoods. “If half the local people are dispersed and no longer living cohesively in those social networks, then half of local culture is gone.”
In his new book Capitalism 3.0, Peter Barnes writes that the costs of our current capitalist system are clear: inequality, stressful lives and a dwindling financial safety net. But how do we revise such a complex system?
Woohoo! It’s about time a woman was in charge!
I don’t care, today is a day to celebrate, feet-holding-to-the-fire can begin again tomorrow.