[Marxism] Re: Regarding: Juan Williams "Black and White Facts."

John A Imani johnaimani2 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 10 14:34:35 MST 2006

A further note on this matter.  In a prior e-mail, alluding to the neo-liberal mantra of "taking responsibility" (read:  "It's your fault that you have a foot in your ass.") I wrote:

<<----- Original Message ----- 
From: John A Imani 
To: theconspiracyofequals at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: [theconspiracyofequals] Regarding: Juan Williams "Black and White Facts."

We can agree to disagree.  We do not have to stand in lock step.

The point, however, is this:  What would happen if everyone took "responsibility" for themselves?  What would be the result?  100 % success rate across the board.  I advance "No."  This system compels some to fail and because of that it is failing.  And the "some" it compels to fail, for historical reasons, happen to be black and Latino.  >>

Regarding the underlined above, consider:

"Much of the current wage policy discussion in the United States emphasizes the need for a better educated labor force. Many believe that education, training, and skill-development programs will foster a more productive workforce, leading to higher wages for workers. So the question must be asked: Do additional levels of education, training, and skill development raise wages? Abundant evidence indicates that higher levels of education and training result in higher wages for individual workers.18 There is general consensus that enhancing one's skills is almost a prerequisite for taking the next step up the career ladder. But, does education and training improve the lot of all low-income workers? The data suggest otherwise. Edward Wolff notes, "even as educational attainment has increased in recent decades, real wages have still fallen."19 Furthermore, Wolff reports, "as educational opportunities have improved for a broader swath of the U.S. population, economic inequality has not fallen, but rather has increased."20 So despite significant government spending on education, training, and skill development, workers at the bottom of the wage structure continue to fall behind. How could this be? James Galbraith thinks this pattern continues because "the distinction between (wage) structure and (job) placement is often muddled."21 When an individual receives training and moves up the career ladder, his own wages will increase, but the character of the job left behind does not improve; in most cases, it remains a low-wage position. Simply put, training is good for individual employees, but does little to better the overall wage structure.   "The Problem of the Declining Real Wage" by Joseph Siedlecki @ 
http://www.lbjjournal.org/PrintLBJArchives/2005/Spring%202005/06siedlecki_sp2005.pdf Page 4 of pdf document.

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