The article title Race-the power of an illusion, episode three: The house we live in speaks about the issues of race as present in modern US society. The article spoke about discrimination and various its expressions that was present in the US society and applied to races other than white. In the following essay I will speak about the quote “We had more than an opportunity, but we blew” that appears to note on very important issues as expressed in the essay.

The essay spoke about different stages during which racial discrimination changed its appearance and it appears that during each stage the racial minorities had that opportunity to become equal with the whites in terms of opportunities to succeed in life and accumulate wealth for the future use.

After the WWII, the returning soldiers of any color and race possessed the GI bill which almost always guaranteed them a mortgage, an opportunity to study and ultimately succeed in life. Yet it appears that the GI bill was available to every one although could be exercised by some, since the companies and banks were the once to grant the services based on the bills. The opportunity for the racial minorities (as mostly represented by the blacks) was to pursue with court cases to obtain absolutely the same services and goods that the society was ready to provide to GI bill holders. If the blacks and other racial minorities could exercise their right to own property at any place and on the same terms as available to the blacks they would certainly help this country to integrate blacks in the US society. Furthermore, during the WWII the US president F. D. Roosevelt called the whole country to unity, racial tolerance and mobilization. Apparently, during the war years (and supposedly few years afterwards) the whole country was able to accept people of all races, colors and religions and the minorities had an opportunity to obtain the status equal to that of the whites.

The opportunity was noted to be missed and it certainly was true. After the WWII, when the GI bills were not fully exercised by blacks/other races the US society returned to the normal practices of discrimination against the blacks. As a matter of fact, whenever the blacks would move into the white society, the whites would flee and cause an immediately decline in value of realty. The decline in property value was caused by the fact that as the whites fled the neighborhood, the supply of houses would increase while demand would remain stable since the blacks indeed were a minority and could not drastically influence the market with their demand. Apparently, whenever a black moved into the neighborhood, the value of his/her house would decline and thus leave him/her at a loss. Should the black family move to another area inhabited by the whites, the whites would flee again, and cause another major property price plunge that would doubtlessly hit the black family and any other family that chose not to sell the property as soon as possible and wait for the prices to fall. Thus, because of such ‘migration’ caused by the black’s presence despite various anti-discriminatory laws the schools and jobs remained segregated since, the whites would flee the black communities, leaving the blacks with no choice but to live with the blacks and thus attend the same school. Another opportunity that the society missed was to enforce anti-discriminatory laws and procedures for the companies that manipulated the prices of realty and engaged in advising the whites to sell their property in the area in order to live in a non-black community. Failure to bring those who waged racist fears in the community and thus contributed to the physical separation of whites from the blacks and failure to remove segregation in schools and in a workplace.


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