Root of social ills

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December 29, 2012

Dear Sir,

If you will, permit me to convey my perspective on the current barrage of rhetoric regarding our social ills, the economy and race relations.

Personally, I feel all three are intertwined. My reason for stating this is, the Western World capitalistic society/philosophy. Frequently tuned in to the popular radio talk shows, these three topics have ‘reigned supreme’.

My view. The same system of which we credit our prosperity/affluence, is also responsible for our flaws, ills and inequities. I had some months ago submitted letters in reference to the origins of Capitalism and its objectives. Anyone can go online to research this. Analysing this, one can see that, our current system is designed where those who choose to explore their entrepreneurial potential, basically have the opportunity to exploit and prosper from others.

The Western philosophy has now dominated the world, to the extent where those in position (ie establishments/corporations and in some cases Governments), utilise the ideology of Capitalism to exploit the uneducated, misinformed or those without financial resources to challenge the status quo. We as a people are apprehensive, not willing to challenge or try a different approach/system.

Therefore, all the rhetoric, in my opinion is unfounded, and simply just that — rhetoric. It is all by design! We’re all caught-up in a ‘global’ (Western) philosophy, of which we have little or limited control until we collectively challenge the elite. Are we willing to make sacrifices for the long term that ultimately benefit the majority? Yes, we have become accustomed to certain luxuries, not needs, hence our predicament.

The race subject bears special mention. Having researched the origins of Capitalism, I’m inclined to believe that the slave trade is a perfect example of this. Further, albeit slavery involved other ethnicities, only those with origins from Africa are considered Black. There are black Portuguese, French, Indian and many others, yet those with a certain hair type, these days, are classified as Black. Even when it comes to employment, there are provisions for race identification. Asian, Indian, Portuguese and ‘Other’ are not the races. There seems to be a particular/specific agenda targeting people of African descent. Why is this?

GLENN CHASE

Warwick

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Published Dec 31, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm)

Root of social ills

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