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>I'm currently reading A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner to work on actively learn more about an era I was taught almost nothing about in school and how the attitudes of reconstruction still are present in our modern society
This was actually the topic of my capstone sociology class. There we read American Apartheid by Massey and Denton. Despite it being an academic text, its actually quite accessible, and it paints a vast picture of how segregation bled into American life from the Civil War to today in many different ways that are rarely -- if ever -- discussed in our schools (e.g. migrations of black southerners to northern states after factories hired them as strike breakers, how the northern states were actually worse w/r/t segregation than the south).
> but calling it a caste system is a huge misuse of the word.
Reasons Critical Race Theory is needed number 2#: the convenient erasure of post-slavery segregation, apartheid and racial violence.
Turns out, if you live in a system that determines you are worth less because of the circumstances of your birth-- like skin color-- you, in fact, live in a caste system by definition..
this is required reading for you: http://www.amazon.com/American-Apartheid-Segregation-Making-Underclass/dp/0674018214?ie=UTF8&keywords=American%20Apartheid&qid=1462765389&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
Disenfranchisement doesn't have any correlation with "disorder?"
What's clear is that poverty correlates to crime. If you are poor you are more likely to engage in criminal activity to be able to survive. It's clear that people have criminal records primarily due to drug offenses that are mostly committed by whites. What's clear is that black/white economic gap hasn't budged in 50 years. What's clear is that large parts of the United States are still functionally segregated.
When you refer to the black communities that were thriving in the 1920s, I assume you are referring [Black Wallstreet](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood_(Tulsa) before in Oklahoma before it was burned down by a racist white mob. Oh and they had no recourse to protect themselves while the racist legislature stalled the scrambling of the national guard, but we should return to the good old days of segregation and lynchings, because at least black people worked harder back then, right?
It takes the rule of law to support markets. And if laws are not applied equitably, racism can have tremendous impacts on prosperity. But keep up the misleading begging of the question about why black people were ok in the 20s and not now rhetoric. It's really productive. Your idiotic and selective history is so willfully ignorant that it can only be racism.
As to not supporting a movement in its infancy or before it becomes an legislative inevitability, yes. I do think those people are more harmful than the people who were working against it because in their indifference they legitimized the status quo and gave cover to those with insidious ulterior motives. Claiming to support something, but not the work done to make it a reality is more harmful than being opposed to it outright for that reason. Also, you make it sound as though the Civil Rights Acts and the 19th Amendment were put to a popular vote. They weren't.
> Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.
Well we wouldn't really exist as a nation if it wasn't for the toils of the underclass (which is disproportionately black). We owe the founding of our country to our slaves, not just the White men who are revered as the founding fathers. Keep in mind that parts of the black community has continued to be the backbone of society despite abject poverty and blatant discrimination. Racism was only formally struck down during my grandparents era, and has continued in subtle and informal ways (including comments like yours). This thread went from being about a black performer (who does not represent all black people) to a racially charged sarcastic comment.
One could not sit here and type a reddit comment that would fully address everything wrong with your comment, it would take a book to do that. I'd recommend American Apartheid if you are really interested in developing an articulate and well-informed perspective.