”A people thus handicapped ought not to be asked to race with the world, but rather allowed to give all its time and thought to its own social problems.”
~W.E.B DuBois, “The Souls of Black Folk”
With the housing market collapse and recession, we can see the perduring effects of historic discrimination manifest into border society as a whole. Were these effects to evince themselves in mere “nigger” or “spic” name calling, I probably wouldn’t be so enamored with this issue: words, though they are important, are after all just words and sometimes they have very little relationship to reality; but as it stands, these disparities – in my mind – highlight the chief means of discrimination: economics. I won’t go the into details, as Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center and Roderick Harrison of Howard University elucidate very eloquently the gravity of the disparities and their causes as they relate to socio-economic histories of the various racial categories.
I will say this, though, as someone who fashions himself to be a student of the patterns of history and society: my sentiments echo those of Paul Taylor and Roderick Harrison: the prospects for the future are dismal, especially given the proposed spending cuts to social and welfare programs that predominant impact the poor, which in America just happen to be so people, mostly women and children, of color, Blacks and Latinos. The aforementioned communities will not be able to recuperate from such a staggering lost of wealth if the access to the only viable, palpable means of acquiring wealth, that being access to decent education, is denied to them because of spending cuts. I see the rift widening in the future, not because I’m a pessimist or cynic (I could be both), but because this appears to be the historical trajectory of America as I see it. Allahu’Alim.
And with this in mind, I wonder how the growing wealth rift of Blacks and Latinos will effect the Muslims or how it will alter Muslim intra-communal relationships in America, if at all?