Maybe this is preaching to the choir, but let's open a discussion..... Someone asked in another thread if anyone else also finds themselves getting more and more racist as they get older. My gut reaction was yes in all honesty, but then I was thinking about it.... I still don't think I hate people based on their race, but I do see some reason and logic behind some of the elitist "bell curve" ideas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bell_Curve I guess I am somewhat prejudiced now, since merely going by statistics, some people are a little more likely to commit crimes or drop out of school. I have empathy for anyone stuck in a shit job or even just a boring menial job that pays a living wage, but at some point people have to take some kind of risk to try to move upward in society - or they remain in the permanent underclass . for many, that risk is crime....for others, the investment in education ---- then there's the dream of the lottery, which one could regard as an additional tax on the poor. If you're a young person from the "hood", how can you not put in some serious effort to try for the dreams of being an entertainer and/or athlete? The potential financial rewards are truly insane. Are the lower-classes getting so screwed over in their day to day lives that they can no longer afford to invest in a proper education? Is that the way it has always been? Sometimes, conservative folks like Bill O'Reilly will flatly state that "Classism is a much bigger problem in this country than racism." I'm not conservative but I guess I'm faced more with classism day to day, so I could identify with that statement. I think we are at a point where anyone has at least some access to ways to better themselves, but it's the day to day struggling to earn a living that is the ultimate issue. some people just completely snap....and as the gaps between the classes continues (both those between the elite and the merely upper-middle classes and between the upper-middle to working/poor) that can only get worse. But then I'm reminded how gambling works: The winners get the losers' money, and the house gets its cut, only caring to maximize the action. Even if you agree 100%, I'd like to hear some serious thoughts.