Mirror of Destiny
I have argued that America hates the poor. Perhaps readers will think "hate" is too strong a word. Maybe an "anti-poor" conceptual frame would be better. I could than have anti-poor and hope that it would have the same usage as, say, anti-Semitism. Perhaps the "ism" would work. Then to racism and sexism I could add "poorism." It all amounts to the same thing. Hate seems to say it well.
Hating the poor is a deep cleavage in American society. It is becoming more so as we end the twentieth century. While it has always been present, other targets were also prominent and are still prominent today.
Race is clearly something that changes America into Americas. Myrdal ( 1944) pointed out the division between Blacks and whites in An American Dilemma. At the time of the riot report from the National Commission on Civil Disorders ( Kerner Commission 1968), this was what they had to say: "This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white--separate and unequal" (p. 1). The problems were in three areas and their intersection and acceleration: poverty, education, and environment (urban ghettoization).
One year later, Urban America ( 1969) assessed the progress which had been made. Their conclusion was that "The nation has not reversed the move-