Ignorant, confused and angry

Ignorant, confused and angry: “I’ve worked all my life,” say many angry Americans. “The government should not provide healthcare insurance. They are giving our tax money to lazy people.” What these angry people won’t stop to think about is that their own jobs provided them with medical benefits. The Affordable Care Act does not offer health insurance, it offers ACCESS to buying health insurance. The ACA (Obamacare) does not give away tax dollars, it assists the noninsured so they won’t have to use tax dollars in emergency rooms.  “Get a second job,” angry people rant not listening to explanations…“move out of the ghetto, get an education, stop hanging around with dysfunctional neighbors…”  The litany of white complaints comes from deliberate ignorance.  Most poor workers have two or more jobs, cannot quit work for school, can’t find a good job, can’t buy in white neighborhoods, can only afford unreliable public transportation, lack many social resources, and are the last to be hired and the first to be fired.  Worst of all they are subjected on a daily basis to disrespect for nothing more than the color of their skin. The angry people are not only acting deliberately ignorant they are constantly being confused by misinformation coming from conservative talk media spewing out propaganda; “blacks are stealing white people’s hard won status.” Ever since anti-segregation laws went into effect, white supremacists have been coming out of the closet to demonize black protesters.  The Sheriff of Milwaukee recently tweeted a typical conservative derogatory remark, “Black lies matter,” he derided. “It is their own fault that blacks are part of a dysfunctional culture.”  As the Sheriff saluted his conservative white audience, he warned them against protestors listening to “inane political solutions” as if Just Say No would solve every problem.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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