The Big Mean Ugly Government
After reading the Color of Wealth and watching Race the Power of Illusion, it truly astonishes me how the government is at fault for creating such an enormous wealth divide in our country. Even though we as society have done our part is creating this divide, the government has taken our societal inequalities and formulated them into law. After completing the sections on Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos in the Color of wealth, I became sick to my stomach that such inequality exists now and has existed for centuries throughout our history. It may seem odd that I am so unaware to these harsh inequalities; however, I do not feel like I am entirely to blame. Up until now, I have been taught history only in one way-a way that makes the American government look like heroes and everyone else look like they deserved what they got. It’s really quite disturbing at how our education system works up until college. If you really think about it, up until college (at least for me) students are not exposed to the harshness and reality of what has occurred throughout our history. However, the truth is that the government is to blame for our wealth divide. The same government that preaches freedom and equality for all went and stabbed the Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians in the back. The government and the media especially like to paint the picture that minorities control their destinies and that they are the reason they are in poverty, barely surviving without good educations. Yet, it is the government that gave many Americans no choice but poverty, no choice but low income housing, and no choice but to extend the racial wealth divide that exists in our country today. In order to reverse this racial wealth divide a lot more needs to happen than just becoming a colorblind society. Our government needs to correct their wrong doings. Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians have suffered for long enough. These people never choose to suffer, rather they, like everyone else, are trying to lead productive lives and provide for their families. The government needs to create a new deal for our nation’s minorities in order to better our nation as a whole. They say we live in the richest and greatest nation of all, however, are we truly rich and truly great if all our citizens are not treated fairly and are not living the lives they deserve?