America’s Divide: Equal Opportunities for All? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

America’s Divide: Equal Opportunities for All?

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine2

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

  • Dream Big, little one
  • Open your eyes
  • Think, read, sift, and weigh
  • Let learning bring light
  • Into a wondrous new world
  • And keep your destiny on track!

They tell us it all starts with education. It will open doors and give us access to the top jobs and to the corridors of power. It would make us equal; Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, and others, would get a fair shot, a slice of the pie.

What the streets can’t fix the classrooms will address and from there will arise America’s future leaders. They told us these things and more.

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  • Gigi  On August 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Interesting article but very few immigrants enjoy immediate success. It takes several years of hard work and sacrifices to make it, whatever that “it” is. Often, it is the second or third generation of immigrants who enjoy the fruits of their parents and grandparents labour.

    Back in the 60s and 70s, Blacks/African Americans were roughly 2% of the US population (keep in mind that only around 200,000 to 250,000 African slaves were brought to America). Today, approximately 11% of Blacks in America are foreign born. It was mostly during Bill Clinton’s neoliberal presidency that an influx of Black immigrants were allowed in to perform cheap labour and sow insecurity and anti immigrant discord. This also took place during his infamous NAFTA trade policy that off-shored and outsourced most of the low skill jobs, displacing many workers. That, along with tougher welfare and prison reform policies destroyed many American families. Not only did NAFTA resulted in high unemployment among this low socioeconomic demographic, NAFTA also displaced many Mexican farm workers resulting in an exodus of Mexicans out of Mexico and into America. US foreign policy in Latin America also contributed to an increase in immigration from this region at a time when jobs were becoming scarce and the economy was limping along, leading to the meltdown during Bush’s years. While this was and still is a boon for the elites controlling the system. It remains disastrous for those at the mercy of these elites. Hence the rise of Trump. And Brexit.

    It helps to look at the broader picture when pronouncing on such matters. Very few immigrants to America, including Whites, were welcomed with open arms and given a ticket to the good life, even those with some wealth and status.

    Statistics show that children raised in two parent households do better than those raised in single parent households. I think the article mentioned this. Rewarding and condoning bad behavior increases and normalizes bad behavior.

    One has to admire the ingenuity of the exploitative logic of Blacks. They blame Whites for physically enslaving their peoples way back when, instead of blaming their own people, who were the ones that actually sold them into slavery. This is the same exploitative logic that Blacks use today to sell their people today into mental slavery to Whites. Just like their ancestors of yore, they are only too happy to hitch their wagon to the gravy train and carry on this ignoble trade.

  • Albert  On August 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    This article does not touch a very important point which deals with the cultural or psychological factors involve with black Americans. Years back I read the autobiography of a now deceased Guyanese doctor. Dr John (don’t recall his name but he comes from Berbice) came to America in the 40s or 50s. In conversation with his black American workers at a night job he told them he want to study medicine and become a doctor. According to John they laugh at him and said they were lucky if they made it through high school. John made it through college and medical scool. I am sure many of you know of other such examples.
    The average Guyanese has seen black doctors, lawyers and other professionals in Guyana. That gave him/her the confidence in believing they could become anything through education in America. Unfortunately many black Americans do not have that advantage.

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