I travel for work, and right now my job takes me to North Carolina every week. I fly in on Sunday nights and fly home on Thursday afternoons.
If you’ve ever been to an airport, you know that there’s going to be time to kill between your flights. In trying to get in my 10,000 steps per day, I walk as much as I can, and today that meant walking between all of the terminals. Between terminals B and C, there’s a “History of Atlanta” display that spans the lengthy walkways, and I nearly stumbled when something caught my eye. It was the saying in this picture:
Think about that… Now think about what our politicians do to minorities in this country. White school districts get and spend more money per pupil than minority school districts, while minority neighborhoods even lack the presence of healthy food sources (grocery stores), and were more likely to have to rely on expensive check-cashing stores rather than actual banks. And voter ID laws, which Republican state legislatures are pushing (even though there’s minuscule evidence it’s even needed), will hurt the poor and minorities disproportionately.
That’s the trifecta; we’re denying the books, the bucks, and the ballots.
This has to stop. But until we have a more equitable system of government – one that isn’t driven by lobbyists and greed, and gerrymandered beyond anything reasonable – we’re not going to have one.