Sadie Alexander (left) was the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in economics, in 1921. She was denied work as an economist. More than 100 years later, economist Lisa Cook (right) is the first Black woman to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

EPI 05/25/22

(I failed to get the photo, but you can find it on EPI web page.)

How much unretrievable intellectual excellence have we destroyed because of our fear of BIPOC and women of all races competition in all walks of life? I'm glad we will never know.

One complaint I've always heard concerning all minorities is., "Why can't they assimilate into our white culture?" Like the rhizomes of much flora, minorities have always had to develop systems to enable them to manage to live side by side with us, while we enjoy the white privilege we claim does not exist. We deny them access to all the economic, educational, and social systems that would enable them to assimilate.

Now we find ourselves in a situation in which we need to have a functioning relationship with all minorities if we are going to save our democracy. Our republic.

James Baldwin said that our failure is our inability to forgive ourselves for beng white. We are unable, as a race, to examine ourselves, to recognize our failures, and make the course corrections that would enable us to live at ease with the rest of civilization. We have this engrained fear that all the minorities we have mistreated would treat us with the same hatred we have shown them should they ever have an equal footing and legislative representation.

BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women seem to have a greater determination to fight against oppression than white people in general, because we have forced them to fight tooth and nail for every ort from the community table. They are hardened by the struggle while we are weakened by resting in our white privilege.

It is time we straight white Christian men and women, make an effort to assimilate with our diverse, rich, broad, and accepting society.

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, I'm just rereading thisand want to say today: Amen, Brother, amen.

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