But I see what you're saying. But what I'm saying is that it's going to take a lot of work (But from BOTH sides!) to change this problem, because the problem indeed is on both sides. Pretending it isn't there will just let the wound fester. Disinfect, dangit, disinfect! I'm not talking about pretending that there isn't a disparity I'm talking about ignoring the roots to and spend all our time treating the symptoms. I have no recollection anywhere of there being a serious discussion of the problems with poor irish and anti irish discrimination in, well, a long while. Why is that? It certainly isnt because they didn't meet masisve amounts of hostility when millions of dirt poor entered the US and ended up in ghettos working for lousy wages. And there reason there is quite simple, they acculturated. Blacks as a whole are doing the same thing, however hampered by those who would call themselves black leaders who want to re-enforce the idea of a seperate "blackness" not in the least because it's forms the foundation of their own power. America has a voracious appetite for talent and an unending need for workers. As a culture, i think, we worship above all else success. Any sort of class structure simply will not work without the willful participation of the vast majority. Racism is dying. It can't keep going in any pervasive manner because each generation is less willing to express it openly, to enshrine it for the next. In the very least of ways the continuing increase in minority populations and the coressponding raise in multiracial families and persons will result in an inability to make the easy dividing lines which the prejudice relies on. The problem won't fix itself, the fix in inherent to the way a living healthy society adapts. No it isn't as satisfying as using unfair standards to promote the appearance of equality but it is both surer and more lasting.