Paul Ryan’s recent comments about “inner city” poverty were rightly understood by many Americans as an offensive and bigoted comment bordering on racist, since Ryan has significant political power. Conservatives, however, are angered by anything that takes the coded comments their leaders make and clarifies them by exposing the code as New York Times columnist Charles Blow did on 21 March 2014. The problem with poverty is, that like crime and other social ills which need to be addressed in current times, it is a broad spectrum ill. Poverty does not belong to black men in the “inner cities” those dark and frightening places where suburban white conservatives stage their most nightmarish rape and murder fantasies. Nor doe poverty only belong in the nostalgic era of the rural Midwestern dust bowl. One would only need to look at the rapacious nature of the last recession in America’s suburbs where people used their homes as ATMs and paid a terrible cost for their folly.

Black American political leaders were slow to call out conservative homeowners and suburban couples who spent their evenings trying to find homes to flip during the years that led up to the housing bubble. Now, in this demographic transition period in America conservative leaders in Washington trying desperately to get moderate white voters to vote for the privilege they have not earned by using the same code language that Southern governors used to fight against the integration of schools and lunch counters. There is likely not one conservative leader that would admit that they know conservative people in positions of corporate or governmental power who hold bigoted positions out of fear of, as Glenn Beck put it “being overrun.” And what exactly does that mean being overrun? It means having and enjoying an unearned privilege based on the color of one’s skin vice the content of their character.

The age of this privilege started to end long before the first President of color was elected and sworn in to office. It began with small steps in the 1890s and saw America as a white monolith enact laws that mandated the constitutionality of separate but equal. Three generations later that facade was cracked further by the Brown v Board decision. The march for civil rights in America has changed the very cultural opinion of the majority of its citizens and to save America that cultural shift must be applied to how Americans view the poor. It is no longer a viable solution for middle class conservative whites to rally around their values and religion in an effort to hang on to this dying thread of privilege they enjoy. The time is now for the American people to put aside their racial and religious fears and pick up the banner of giving every American a chance at the American dream. A new push for affirmative action must come out of conservatives realizing their culture war is lost and that the only way to save themselves and their nation is to work day and night to bring about a new educated and working middle class– for all.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
Amici Bax Demvolu Comnu
Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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  1. well written sarah ! thanks

    • sarahbloch Says:

      I do the best I can. The lunatics at B4V are offended of course. Big shock!

  2. sarahbloch Says:

    Unearned privilege is simply that a privilege that is unearned. The problem with unearned privilege is that those who gain from it have severe difficulty seeing it since they feel they deserve the rewards. This has nothing to do with hard work or being self employed it has to do with social matters that over time weigh down a group of people who do not have a key to the privilege locker.

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