Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
If knowledge from books is power, then the predominantly white status quo doesn't have to worry about young people in Ford Heights, Illinois, empowering themselves at the library anytime soon. That is because there is no library and no books to be checked out in one of the poorest suburbs (about 95% African American of what's left of a village that once had 5000 residents) in the nation. Ford Heights is like a mini-Detroit [...]
Nothing is likely to change. There will be no happy ending to the library-less library district in Ford Heights.
That's because, quite simply, America has written off young economically limited blacks as expendable. They are just a stereotype -- with some exceptions for the ones that make it through due to special circumstances (think of Barack Obama attending the most prestigious private school in Hawaii). Yes, there is still a bit of upward mobility wiggle room for poor minorities, but that maneuvering space is contracting as the middle class erodes.
What you are left with is a surfeit of pawns in the great economic shift of the nation's wealth into the hands of a few.
And blacks have long been in the position of being a commodity in a white man's game.
Young minorities in Ford Heights may never read about that; they may never learn the historical context of their plight.
They have no access to a house of public literacy: a library.
Please read the entire post here.