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Make America Great

Twin of the Day – Clementine: Despite the current political climate, Clementine is thankful for the privileges that attach to her status as a citizen of America — the greatest country in the world — on paper. As she likes to say, “The proof is in the pudding!” In practice, she believes the country has a long way to go towards achieving its ideal of “equality for all.” With the “Obama Era” coming to a close, she’s also been wondering if it was premature to declare the nation’s “triumph over race.” As Michelle Alexander points out in Clementine’s favorite book, The New Jim Crow: “The fact that some African Americans have experienced great success in recent years does not mean that something akin to a racial caste system no longer exists. There have always been ‘free blacks’ and black success stories during slavery and Jim Crow.” In fact, exclaims Clementine, “The notion that we have triumphed over race has blinded us to the realities of race in our society!” — “More than half of the young black men in America are currently under the control of the criminal justice system (or disenfranchised), and the child poverty rate is actually higher today than it was in 1968. Employment rates in black communities rival those in Third World countries.” Notwithstanding this bleak depiction, Clementine is hopeful. She’s particularly inspired by her father who spent years as a trial attorney fighting for the underdogs of society. She’s also a huge fan of daddy’s comedy, but sees it as a petty pursuit when he has so much to offer in the fight for racial justice. She’s heard a lot of great things about mom too! She’s especially impressed with mom’s giant (utilitarian) breasts.

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