Economic decline breeds racism and xenophobia Associated Press 2003

2-10-2003 “Racism rekindled in southern Oregon”

Experts say the mounting pressures of a sagging economy coupled with the uncertainties of terrorism and a looming war can breed increased racism and xenophobia. "In times of economic and social transformation, there are just a lot of people who become anxiety ridden, and they strike out,"
said Jay Mullen, a Southern Oregon University history professor who has lived in Medford since high school. "On

top of that, (Attorney General) John Ashcroft is saying, 'If you see anything suspicious, let us know.' Once you start getting people scared, it's hard to get that genie back in the bottle."

Economic decline leaves minorities to the mercy of free market racism, destroying access to schools and jobs and making racism a permanent condition of society. Andrews 2005
[Marcellus, economist and senior research fellow at New America Foundation, July 21, 2005, “Think Piece: Economic Decline and the Color Line” The Black Commentator 147]

the collapse of wages for modestly educated workers in this country – those with only a high school education or less – accounts for much of the lack of progress in closing the black/white earnings gap. Global competition, technological change, the collapse of unions and the resulting shifting of job opportunities away from modestly schooled workers to highly educated workers has occurred faster than we have been able to adapt. Free market racism limits black access to crucial developmental resources, especially education, thereby slowing down our capacity to adjust to the new economic realities, including the collapse of the blue-collar road to the middle class. Yet, there is a way for
This last bit of data must be handled with care: black Americans to increase our access to some developmental resources through a potent mixture of selfhelp and crafty progressive politics which can withstand conservative pressure and, with a little luck, become the basis for a sturdy, though perhaps limited, economic development and justice coalition across the black/brown color line. (It is, perhaps, too much to hope that a substantial portion of whites would join a multiracial – really, post-racial – coalition in favor of real equality for all in the face of the brilliant politics of hatred practiced by the right. I hope my pessimism on this score is excessive rather than accurate.) I will use the problem of schools to develop a few core principles that can guide a viable development program of progressive self-reliance for black America.

Too many black children, whether in urban, suburban or rural school districts, are offered substandard schooling in decaying facilities with overcrowded
classrooms, overburdened and underpaid teachers – many under-qualified or teaching out of their fields of

trapped in the downward spiral of economic decline made worse by the high taxes required to finance failing schools. This is where free market racism bites hardest: public schools serving poor communities do not have the resources to compete for the best teachers on the basis of pay, perquisites or working conditions, nor do they have the means to repair, rebuild and update their facilities – classrooms, libraries, laboratories, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning systems or safety measures – to create an appealing environment for faculty or students.
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