Do your homework on race, fairness

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A recent guest column complained about two financial programs that had priorities for blacks and asked us to imagine “what the response would be if the benefits of qualifying were nullified, and only white farmers or restaurateurs. must apply because people with black or brown skin are. disqualified prime (prima) facie. “

He protested against the inequity of access to programs. He is right, people should protest when the programs are only available to a small group of people and not available to another group of people due to the color of their skin.

I wonder if whites have protested in recent years when black farmers applied for loans from the Department of Agriculture and their applications took over a year to review while white farmers’ claims were reviewed in some months.

And did they protest when almost all the demands of black farmers were turned down and almost all of the demands of white farmers were approved?

And, did we hear their voices when black soldiers came back from WWII and were all denied the benefits of the GI Bill that prevented them from buying houses or going to college, when all the white soldiers were entitled to loans and grants which enabled them to buy houses or go to university?

Did they cry out when the federal government and the banks conspired to “demarcate” sections of towns in order to deny black people the right to live in those areas?

Did they scream when loans to blacks had higher down payments and interest rates than loans to whites?

Did they cry out when the courts approved pacts banning black people from living in subdivisions?

Surprisingly, we have had even more unfair financial practices for black people in this country over the years and, where were the white voices?

Now the government is trying to compensate for a few of these practices and some people are shouting, “How come a business that serves all kinds of people can only favor a few, depending on the color of the business.” skin and excluding all others? ? “

That is the question? How could this have happened? The reality is that it has happened. I think before people cry “unfair” they should do their homework.

Dick Rundall, Rockford, President Eliminating Racism 815



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