The baby boomer generation is well-documented as
the wealthiest generation in American history. It is simply a function of human
nature and supply and demand that, where there is so much money, there
will also be a proliferation of those motivated to try to get their hands on their
own ill-gotten pieces of it.
A block of quotes from Mr. Noah's introduction
quickly puts things in perspective:
1915, University of Wisconsin statistician Willford King published The
Wealth and Income of the People of the United States;
was troubled to find that the richest 1 percent possessed approximately 15
percent of the nation's income (it was likely closer to 18 percent);
income tax was created in part to ostensibly prevent disparities in wealth
turn the United Sates into a European-style aristocracy;
had never been a time when class warfare seemed more imminent;
was when the richest 1 percent accounted for approximately 18 percent of
the nation's income. Today, the richest 1 percent account for 24
percent of the nation's income.
How did this happen? Thus begins Mr. Noah's
examination of a host of possible factors. It's a fascinating and recommended
read which arrives at the unambiguous conclusion: this is a problem that needs
to be fixed.
Morgan Freeman's misunderstood and misused "I don't want a Black History
Month" quote during an interview with Morley Safer on 60 Minutes is begging for clarification. Let's break down his six statements which, in context, show clearly that what he's really saying is not that Black History Month is not useful, but that Black History is all-encompassing and should be considered normative rather than marginal.
don't want a Black History Month."
going to relegate my history to a month?"
month is White History Month? When is Jewish History Month?"
Racism]. "Stop talking about it."
going to stop calling you a 'white man'. I'm going to ask you to stop calling
me a 'black man'."
parents were Virginia slaves who took the Underground Railroad to freedom,
finally establishing themselves in Toronto. Born free in Toronto in 1842,
Hubbard went to school to be a baker on the grounds currently occupied by
Ryerson University. While most schools in Ontario were segregated, Toronto
schools were not.
while it is a "contest", it doesn't matter if you win or not. What matters is that we have an opportunity to tell our stories, to share our experiences and continue to stitch our threads into the tapestry of this great city. When these stories are told, everyone wins.