The one-percent has always run America and defined race

The one-percent has always run this country. They established this country back in 1776, drafting its two constitutions and engineering its economy over the past 237 years.

Until recently not too many people targeted this one percent, so why all the bitchin’ now? Immigrants continue to come here. Not too many people leave. People still trying to get into this nation’s colleges. Consumers starting businesses, failing and succeeding every day.

Part of our problem is that we have bought into the definition and concepts this one percent created for us to follow. For example, before people of African descent got here, they never referred to themselves as “black”. It was a term used less for biological distinction versus clarifying where we were (and still are) on the capital spectrum.

We were capital and ironically still look at ourselves as such (just look at all the parents paying good money to turn their kids into jocks because they believe exemplifying physical prowess on an athletic field will translate into a college admission versus getting their kids involved in STEM).

So we take ownership of the physical capital mentality; the definitions created by the one-percent, the former i.e. slave owners and slave traders, and have defended those positions ever since.

The same goes for some whites, who, before they got here, referred to themselves as everything else but white, but given the chance to distinguish themselves from slaves, opted for the white classification because it put them in league with the one percent.

The promotion and defense of baseless, inorganic definitions designed to separate the rest from the one percent is silly and can only lead to a further spiraling into the abyss. It’s time for America to embark on a second revolution; this time not from some monarch overseas, but from the emperor of fear; the uncertainty of finally becoming one nation … under reason….

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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