The usual bloviation from the UN:
Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment.
"In western New York state nearly 40% of the black, Hispanic and mixed-race households earned less than $15,000 compared with 15% of white households. The life expectancy of African-Americans in the US is about the same as that of people living in China and some states of India, despite the fact that the US is far richer than the other two countries," it said.
It documents the seemingly unstoppable move of people away from rural to urban areas. This year it is believed that the number of people living in urban areas exceeded those in the countryside for the first time ever, but the report says there is no sign of the trend slowing.
They're correct: racial inequity will divide the US, causes much of our crime, and contributes misery to rich and poor alike.
However, the question is what the cause of racial inequity is -- and I offer two realistic answers that you'll never hear in polite company, on the mainstream media or in church, because those people aren't into realism. They want to make you feel good, and truth be secondary if not damned.
- People prefer to live and interact with people like them. This occurs on many levels, not just class (within ethnicity) and ethnicity, but on the level of national origin, type of belief system, sexual orientation and so on.
- Ethnic groups evolved for different purposes and have different abilities. Race is not skin color, but a long history of adaptation with consequent effects on abilities. It's not socially acceptable to recognize this because most people see it as pejorative, but if you approach it as a scientist, it's not a moral judgment -- only a factor to consider.
Until we, the USA, fess up to these fundamental divisions, there will always be vast racial inequity and horror in our country.