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Does the recent alleged plot by two young white supremacists scare Christians?
Dear God, I certainly hope it does.
The alleged plot by two mixed-up white youngsters to go on a killing spree and behead blacks across the country and to assassinate Barack Obama is only ‘a tiny tip of the ice-berg’ of the big problems facing Christian-America.
Yes, this is another Christian problem, because 76% of the American population professes to be Christians, and the majority is always responsible.
How did the Christian-American society fail Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Heiena, Ark and Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, TN? Yes, this is a Christian problem.
What did the Christian majority NOT DO correctly and what must the Christian majority DO correctly in the future to insure that all individuals, especially youth, realize their potential and become productive members of our Christian society; or any society.
Laymen as well as experts can remember, read about and talk about the Jim Crow era and the South’s racist past. However, most agree that the new South has big problems, but these present problems aren’t primarily the old Jim Crow type problems.
The modern South has seen a large influx of immigrants and transplants from other regions. These are new type problems.
The intent of this article is to use different words to express age old problems in a different light. The information referenced is from Wilipedia, the free encyclopedia and other noted references.
Several resources show that racism in America is still current and powerful and that there are three main ethnic groups that are targeted. These groups are listed in order of the most seriously affected. These are Black Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans.
It’s interesting to note that Asian Americans, on average, have higher incomes and education levels than ‘whites’. However, they have higher poverty rates and lower home ownership rates. (U.S. report: Racial disparities continue-Race & ethnicity-MSNBC.com)
Home ownership is the key to reducing racism. Home ownership creates wealth, which enables families to live in good neighborhoods with good schools. It also helps families finance college, which leads to better-paying jobs, perpetuating the cycle.
Home ownership grew among white middle-class families after WWII when access to credit and government programs made buying houses affordable. Black families were largely left out because of discrimination, and the effects are still being felt today. (Lance Freeman, Columbia University).
This is a major Christian America problem, which is solvable.
Seventy-five percent of white household owned their homes in 2005, compared with 46 percent of the black households and 48 percent of the Latino households. While home ownership is near an all-time high in the U.S., racial gaps have increased in the last 25 years.
In 2005 black adults narrowed the gap with white adults in earning high school diplomas, but the situation worsened for college degrees. Thirty percent of white adults had at least a bachelor’s degree, while 17 percent of black adults and 12 percent of Hispanic adults had degrees. Forty-nine percent of Asian Americans had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2005.
The median income for white households was $50, 622 compared to $30,939 for black households, $36,278 for Hispanic households and $60, 367 for Asian households.
Thomas Shapiro, professor of law and social policy at Brandels University, stated, “The wealth gap is not just a story of merit and achievement, it’s also a story of the historical legacy of race in the United State”.
It should be obvious to Christian America that a key issue is to make more funding available for preschool programs, improving public schools and making college more affordable; especially for the America’s black community.
The bigger problems are the continuing education spending gap between rich and poor (likely white and black), racism discriminates when it comes to unemployment levels, access to jobs, housing discrimination, adequate medical care, equal education opportunities and the ruthless, greedy, criminal money lending in housing.
The FBI is investigating 14 companies for possible accounting fraud and insider trading offences related to subprime mortgages. All of these criminal individuals who trick gullible people (mostly non-whites) should be in prison. This is inexcusable.
The white community controls the finances and is still unwilling to fairly share. Of course the South still struggles with the past. Thoughts on ‘white power’, ‘master race’, ‘white superiority’ have not disappeared, but it’s not the main stream in the New South either.
There has been race progress in the South, but no where near enough in the areas of economic fairness between the white and black communities.
The United States is the world’s richest country, yet many of the problems in America are similar to those found in Zimbabwe and other poor countries.
Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of the inner city black children. Tapeworms are a leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics.
Dr. Peter Hotez has written that recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Hotez said this parasitic infection had been ignored by most health experts in the Untied States; not because the victims tend to be poor, but because they tend to be non-white and recent arrivals; thus a possible immigration issue.
Even though incomes have increased among both black and white families in the past 30 years, the income gap between black and white families has increased. It has been pointed out that wages for blacks has dropped because the mass immigration from Latin America has created direct labor competition for the kinds of jobs that blacks used to dominate.
Christian America’s problems are not confined to the New South. In September about 1,000 Chicago Public School students protested the rich-poor schools gap in Illinois.
Unfortunately, it’s obvious that many Christians are prejudice and too blind to see it or too arrogant to admit it. Prejudice can be defined as thinking that a race is better than any other race.
The problem of racism is very complex. Because of its far reaching implications, it’s hard to characterize it or place it into any one category. It should be evident, however, that moral issues generate social concerns which, in turn, must be dealt with by political means. Therefore, if the government’s response to social issues is inadequate, the moral issues that precipitated the problems will continue to exist and grow worse. Such is the awful problem of racism in America in year 2008.
Christians in America comprise the majority of the American voters; therefore Christian American is responsible for the present situation…and is definitely responsible for the American government’s positive actions in the near future or the continual failures that have caused these sins in our America.
It is hard to believe that there are 888 recognized “hate groups” in America. The following break-out for 13 states is an eye-opener. The number of “hate groups” listed in these states is: CA-80, TX-67, SC-45, TN-38, NJ-34, VA-34, PA-33, OH-28, NC-28, MS-28, NY-26, AL-24, and ARK-18.
We all need to study the differences in Institutional and Structural Racism. The burden rests squarely on the shoulders of Christians to initiate necessary changes and insure that the local, state and federal governments move quickly to solve the awful unacceptable racial problems in America. Quoting scriptures and praying are noble, important and powerful, but alone will not solve Christian America’s problems. Only hard work and action will solve these problems.
Christians have no better time than right now to begin their actions. In a couple of days American will have a newly elected President and we call all help guide him in the correct direction.
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