The Washington Post is asking the titular question and quite frankly, we are here for it. It is time that progressive leadership be challenged. The idea that all of our problems would be fixed if we let the leftists run everything does not hold much water when you really stop to look at it. Washington Post has decided to do a deep dive on the matter.
It’s an interesting read, for sure. Their analysis was centered on the Twin Cities. The progressives have been in control for awhile now and things do not seem to be improving from a racial inequality standpoint. The necessary changes haven’t been made, even as their leadership continues to grow more and more radical in nature.
Tracy Jan is among those who are wondering why things have gotten worse, if the leftists are the ones who are supposed to have such a great handle on all things race related? This state has applied all sorts of progressive principles to their policies but they are not seeing any results. It’s only natural to wonder what the holdup is.
The state already distributes taxes from the wealthiest members of their population to the poorer districts. State income taxes are being raised on the rich on a regular basis. Why isn’t this money being spent on initiatives that are actually going to help people? Lower income neighborhoods are said to have received increased funding for schools and social services.
Taxes, for decades, have been redistributed from wealthy suburbs to poorer communities to combat inequality — an effort bolstered in recent years by raising state income taxes on the rich. The result: more money for schools, affordable housing and social services in lower-income neighborhoods.
But the prosperity fueled by the region’s Fortune 500 companies and progressive policies has not translated into economic equality. Instead, the wealth gap between Minneapolis’s largely white population and the city’s black residents has deepened, producing some of the nation’s widest racial disparities in income, employment and homeownership. …
The typical black family in the Twin Cities earned $39,851 in 2017, lower than the median income for African Americans nationally and less than half as much as the typical white family income of $82,371, which is much higher than white households nationally, according to the NAACP report. A quarter of black households lived in poverty, five times the poverty rate for white households.
This prosperity has not led to any sort of economic equality for the state as a whole. The wealth gap is only getting deeper and deeper as time goes on. Income, employment and home ownership are adversely affected by the lack of progress. It is only right for the progressive thinkers to act the necessary questions as to why.
The typical black family that resides in the Twin Cities actually makes less money than the rest of America, at least from a median income standpoint. The typical white family income is well over $80,000, while the typical black family takes home roughly $39,000. 25% of black households are currently living in poverty and this rate dwarfs white households.
Structural racism in America is a major problem and while some believe that progressive policies are the cure all for these issues, studies show that they are not. If even the most progressive leaning papers in the country feel like this is a matter worthy of investigation, who is anyone else to judge? Progressive tax policies are not going to make up for structural racism by themselves.
Tracy Jan tries her best to argue in favor of the progressive policies in the piece but we can’t help but to notice the flaws in her logic. She claims that the policies did not have any impact but this actually ignores the negative impact that they did have. The Washington Post has also noted the growing inequality last year and noticed one glaring trend.
The states that struggle with racial inequality the most are not actually red states! This goes against the narratives that have been hatched by the leftists of this country but it’s true. Blue states have more issues than red ones and it’s getting impossible to ignore. The wealth gap is starkest among the coastal elites. Meanwhile, equality was more readily noticeable in the states that the coastal elites are most likely to ignore.
Those who live in New York and Los Angeles like to think of themselves as being the progressive leaders that the nation deserves but in reality, states like Utah and Iowa are outpacing them on all of this stuff.
Jan tries her best to tiptoe towards the proper conclusion in her story and she does conclude that progressives need to go further. Try as she might, even she is not able to ignore the obvious issues at hand. If only the rest of the progressives could take a cue from her and get real about what is actually going on.