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Joan Walsh, editor, writer, editor-at-large of Salon.com and an MSNBC political analyst, discusses the state of politics and the economy and how they’re shaping the president’s agenda. Walsh is also the author of What’s the Matter with White People.
Love Joan Walsh! She makes so many good points. And honestly it's true--the white middle class needs to get over itself and move forward, and I think most do. I know here in South Brunswick, our town's and school student body's demographic makeup changed and most of us have embraced that change, albeit with some grumbling at times. But that's to be expected when you have a shift like ours--my daughter's 12th grade class is about 30% Indian, while the Board of Ed announced last year that the incoming kindergarten class was 80% Indian. We've had to adjust, and yes, some people moved out because of it--but overall our town has thrived with this influx of new people and with this demographic change--our town's middle class is going strong, our school scores are better than ever, and better yet, from a kid's point of view--we get off for all the traditional holidays, Jewish and Christian,m and in addition for Diwali and Eid. (we also have a 100,000 sq foot mosque and Islamic parochial school).
I think the country needs to look at places like South Brunswick to see how these sorts of changes can and have worked. That way, they can move forward with confidence that our supposedly endangered middle class is really just opening up to a different demographic, one that may look quite different but under the surface, shares the same values as we have always had--good safe towns and schools, jobs, and a place to raise our families.
Texas will become a blue state with in the next decade. The apartheid system in that plantation is breaking up.
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