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Why can’t we parley moments like this into real change? It’s probably because the legacy of slavery is poverty. While many black people have advanced to the middle classes within white society, virtually none have penetrated the elites & most remain in a reviled ..
.. underclass.

Poverty creates unattractive people: needy, uneducated, more likely to be involved in crime & to suffer poor mental & physical health. If you locate a disproportionate number of black people within this class the rest of us too easily associate blackness with ..
.. the resulting anti-social phenomena, whereas the real motor is deprivation.

So our prejudice persists, surviving occasional moments such as that offered by Michael Holding. There are probably other elements deriving from our collective memory of the relationship between ..
.. black & white, formed over hundreds of years & not to be deprogrammed without concerted effort.

But the effort required is immense. It would force us to focus on the underclass as a whole, not only its black element, & to reorganise society in a revolutionary ..
.. manner. I’m inclined to doubt whether the will exists to do what is required, which means an intermittent, patchwork approach coupled with slowly dawning enlightenment is all that’s left & that means ‘progress’ at glacial, not to say negligible, pace.
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