“Third World as Retirement Home”>>These Negros

These negros are talking about shipping
the elderly from the Global north (First world
north) to the Global south (Third world south)?

So you mean to tell me, rather than deal
with humans where they are, to provide them with
health care after they have worked, had children,
paid taxes, fought in wars, they will be
shipped somewhere else because it “makes
more sense.” This is profound.

This is another example of the ways in
which the lives of the folks of the Third
World South, subsidize the lives of the folks in
the First World North.

One somewhat daring approach ? would be to encourage a reverse flow of older immigrants from developed to developing countries. If older residents of developed countries took their retirements along the southern coast of the Mediterranean or in Latin America or Africa, it would greatly reduce the strain on their home countries? public entitlement systems. The developing countries involved, meanwhile, would benefit because caring for the elderly and providing retirement and leisure services is highly labor intensive. Relocating a portion of these activities to developing countries would provide employment and valuable training to the young, growing populations of the Second and Third Worlds.

The audacity of creating, in 2010 and beyond an
entire country of underpaid Negro, Asian and Latino
nurses and servants is incredible.

In some ways, this IS the manifestation
of a world separated into two groups,
the Elite and the people who serve them.

Brazil is this way, and California and New York
City are moving towards it.

As I always say, where will people go and
what will they eat?

We are all connected.

It Was Racist

I was reluctant about today’s class going in.


We read Mary Waters Ethnic Options and her book Black Identity. I reviewed

Black Identity which focuses on the process
of West Indian Americans

coming to identify
or avoiding

identifying as Black.

The book contained lot’s of qualitative interview’s with West Indian

folks talking about why they don’t like African Americans,

why they are Black, but not like Black Americans, that Black Americans

are lazy, expect handouts etc.

I had no idea how the class was going to react to this.

Fascinating stuff, though, right?

Especially when you look at the presence of African Americans vs. West

Indian Americans on four year
college campuses and in graduate,

law and business school in the Northeast.

The book is awesome in how it gets at how first generation verses second

generation West Indian immigrants deal with
assimilation, with proving

that they are not Black and also with
identifying as Black. The most

fascinating part for me was learning that women
who worked as teachers

and nurses in Jamaica, came to the
Brooklyn, worked as teacher and

nurses yet, class wise
their lives were not the same.

The material difference is the on their salary in Jamaica, they were middle class,

so they could afford nannies and house keepers,
and their housing was more

spacious and safer.
In the US, housing was more expensive, there was more

for jobs and education for their children but the housing dollar

go very far.

Which brings me to my classmate.

Jamaica’s system is based on the British system, which means that children

are tested and tracked at a very young age. They either go into vocational

track or academic track.

Apparently Germany and much of Europe is the same way.

My Black classmate said, that he agrees with this.

I responded saying that standardized tests are measures of familial wealth

not student aptitude. And the aptitude of a four year old cannot be measured

because they have only been on the earth 48 months. He responded saying

that the British system is better because it separates the
students early

and that there are some who shouldn’t be in school and college.

I said that this was racist. We do not know what children are capable of at 4.

They responded saying that it wasn’t racist.

I said, it was both racist AND classist because of the disparate

impact that the same policy has on Black boys in the US. Ann Fergusons

Bad Boys
talks about this at length, if you want to read more about it. It’s

an awesome study on a public elementary school in Berkeley,

hones in on the ways in which school policy and teacher subjectivity

impact how Black boys are disproportionately disciplined and placed

in special ed classes.

I asked him how he reconciled his approval of early testing and prediction

with the fact that standardized tests measure familial wealth not student


He responded saying “Yeah, tests are culturally biased but math isn’t.”

My eyes rolled. That did NOT refute nor address my argument.

Another classmate, a white woman who is in marketing asked, “Isn’t it

better for us to asses the children at 4 rather than at 12 so that they

don’t languish
in the system?”

I responded no. The issue isn’t when they are assessed the issue is

a system that serves their interests not the interests of school

administrators or corporations. We need to move out of binary

modes of thinking and ask ourselves whose interests are served by


She said aren’t all children about the same at four? I said no, all children are not the

same. Each child’s education attainment is related to how much money her parents

earn and how much social capital her parents have and lastly how much

intergenerational wealth a family has.

I only wish that I asked them, “What would you do if your child

tests into the vocational track at 4?” I imagine, I hope the responses

would have been more compassionate.

It isn’t lost on me that these people will be future professors,

bureaucrats, marketers, political advisers, researchers etc.

I see it as my job to say something.

I was proud of myself for calling a spade a spade, at least I was earlier,

this evening. As the night has warn on I am tired. School is awesome,

but in some ways the more I learn the more it appears that

racism is manifested on a civilizational level.

In some ways, this experience showed me the racism runs on

a deep civilization level. I take this term from the paper “Coloring

Epistemologies: Are Our Research Epistemologies Racially Biased?”

In the paper, James Sheurich and Michelle Young lay out three levels of racism.

I list them below:

The first is institutional racism, which exists when instituitons or ogranizations

have standard operating procedures, intended or unintended, hurt members

of one or more races in relation to members of the dominant race.

The second is societal racism exist when prevailing societal or cultural assumptions

or norms, concepts or habits favor on race over one or more other races. For

example, the OJ trial revealed societal racism.

The third is epistemologoical racism comes from or emerges out of

what we have labeled the civilizational level, the deepest, most primary level

of a culture of people. The civilizational level is the the level that emcompasses he

deepest, most primary assumptions about the nature of reality (ontology)…

On one level these experiences remind me of just how privilaged

I am, and have been, on another it reminds me of how other children

get screwed by bureaucrats on the regular.

It reminds me of how the teachers who stepped into my life when my city,

Oakland, and my family were both submerged by the crack epidemic.

It reminds me of how these angels saved my academic life.

I hope I can be an angel for someone else.

The social costs of being a model minority, of being a Black women are taxing.

I hope I don’t go crazy trying to make sense of it all.

Pray for me.