KPFA Special Broadcast, for June 19, 2011 - 9:00am
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I am an engineer so I know what technology does or does not do...how it can mechanize work or actually creat jobs. Making sweeping statement about technology is not the right thing to do. Some technology in the farming industry actually helped Black farmers compete with White farmers because, unlike White farmers, Blacks did not hire slaves or expect indentured servitude...so machines did jobs that required difficult expensive labor.
Blacks actually had a hard time being employed in the auto industry which was very White working class. Many laid off Blacks, going back to the 60s and 70s, started their own business in Detroit and other places in Michigan. Motown Records was one of them. And it became a thundering success. Auto industry was notoriously sexist and racist...though there is a re-writing of history in these places. Think of how hard Obama had to work to be accepted in these places even as a candidate.
I agree public sector jobs need to be preserved...not bailouts. We need more respect for teachers and public officials who make so many things possible. It would help to invest more in public sector jobs.
Public sector workers deserve support, protection and appropriate advocacy! But auto makers who did not manage well, did not even pay their workers well (watch "Roger and Me"), do not deserve bailout for what was private gain and gain through deregulation.
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