|Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 10:47 am: |
It does have merit, but what i have been suggesting is that we can do our part but the state or "gov'ment" has to do its part, which is to insure that citizens have access to safe, healthy, and educational living conditions. Also, i argued that we are effected by the economy,wars,etc.. so that if this woman, for example, procures her h.s diploma but there aren't any jobs able available, who do we blame it on? DO we blame ourselves or capitalism, globalizism...what?
I would argue, as i have, that your life chances are determined by what you do AND what this society allows and helps you to! There is no either or! Both are part of the struggle. Fred Douglas, MKL, Malcolm X, and even Jes Jackson have critiqued both blacks and the US, so has Farrakhan. I'm making the same point. To do otherwise, in my opinion is irresponsible and unloyal to our(African American) history.
BTW, i also think that statement is racist as hell, since welfare, which is what CLinton's comment alludes to, is a US problem not a black woman's problem, as some liberals and conservatives want us to believe. We've all seen Jerry Springer, Ricky Lake, etc.... and what folk call Poor White Trash or welfare qieens is something that you'll find in all societies and ethnic groups!