Dollars and Sense addresses the recent NY Times mini-article and chart of pay inequities between woman and men (as we did here). In separating discrimination from “personal choices” and “men’s greater experience” the NYT article disguises the structural sexism in the work place that results in very serious inequalities. “Personal choices” is code for childbearing, and men have more experience in large part because they don’t share the burden of giving birth or as much of the burden of child care, to put it generally.
Democracy Now has a very interesting discussion of one way in which racism is part of the political structure we in the States live with. The number of jailed African Americans serves many interests, some of which you may find surprising, as I did. For example, for a number of towns in upper NY state, the prison system is a major source of employment. Because prisoners count as residents, districting may involve keeping the prisons going. And the prosecutors in NY City derive a lot of power from the very harsh drug laws in NY state. Discrimination may account for the unevenness of arrests, but other factors may prevent problems like that from being adequately addressed.
Both sites are worth checking out!