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The Recession’s Racial Divide?

September 13, 2009

Provocative quotes from September 13 New York Times column The Recession’s Racial Divide by Barbara Ehrenreich:

“If African-Americans made any collective mistake in the mid-’00s, it was to embrace white culture too enthusiastically, and substitute the individual wish-fulfillment promoted by Norman Vincent Peale for the collective-action message of Martin Luther King”

“What do you get when you combine the worst economic downturn since the Depression with the first black president? A surge of white racial resentment, loosely disguised as a populist revolt”

“If Americans of all races don’t get some economic relief soon, the pain will only increase and with it, perversely, the unfounded sense of white racial grievance”

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  1. September 21, 2009 9:59 am

    It’s also worth noting that the African American families were disproportionately sold predatory and unsustainable mortgage loans in the years leading up to the recession – a process that I believe is as much an abuse of hope as it is of trust.

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