I believe that you are mostly correct about planned parenthood and the powers that be making plans to perpetuate their control of the system which they have created. I don't necessarily trust the "liberals" any more than I trust the "conservatives" when it comes to these issues. I think that prison plays a role there too. Go to jail, lose your right to vote. Be utilized by the new privatized prison system for slave labor to manufacture products for big companies. Its big business. Crack cocaine, prevalent in the inner-city, carries a stiffer penalty than powder cocaine snorted off a mirror in an executive's office. What? Why? They're both cocaine!
If your statistics are not correct about us (Black Americans) becoming a voting majority, then you are certainly correct about us being a powerful voting bloc, one which the "liberals" often take for granted because they know that the conservatives have almost completely alienated us. Ironically, many of us are very conservative in personal lifestyle and especially in matters involving religion. You said that racism is a reality and that there has to be a better way to address it than affirmative action. If you can think of one I'd like to hear it. I think that the strongest argument for affirmative action is the good ole boy network which you described. Companies, whether Fortune 500 or the local Kwikie Mart, are run by people and people have their prejudices. As long as there is some old jerk in charge who says "I won't hire one of THEM to run my company!" then I think some form of regulation will be necessary to fight discrimination. I would like to think that eventually, with further education, these prejudices will cease to be a factor in the future, but I am probably being an idealist.
Ania - I think that socio-economic factors are the primary impetus for change in the scenario you are describing. According to your account, the Blacks and other minorities in your school were among the top achievers. The relatives of the prison inmates presumably come from a lower socio-economic class (unless this is a white-collar prison, which I doubt). Do you think that the relatives of white inmates would behave any better? Similar changes are currently taking place in my town, but here it is a Black on Black thing. Lower class, less educated people are moving in from out of town and in a lot of ways, they are not mixing well with the local, more affluent, more educated populace, although almost everyone involved is Black. These things happen as different populations migrate to different places. I did some undergrad work in another town where poor whites moved into a formerly more affluent area, and there were similar complaints. The local middle-class whites termed the poor whites "white trash" and said they were messing up their community.
You also mentioned the clothes, demeanor, language style, etc., of the new arrivals and how your brother's friends try to shy away from it. All I can say is, don't judge a book by its cover. I listen to hip hop. I dress in contemporary fashion. And yet I am not what some would take me to be. I personally am very turned off by the various musical and fashion trends of the white youth culture like the "goths", the grunge guys, the purple mohawk and black nail polish people, the people who promote drugs like ecstasy and all that. The people who want to feel like outcasts from society, although their parents are usually well to do. Now there is a culture of self-pity and entitlement! I find it silly and corny. But that does not mean that I would totally write off a person who looked like that at first glance.
You also mentioned that scholarships, etc., should be based entirely on academic merit. Just for the record, does that also rule out sex as a criteria? Like I said earlier, the largest beneficiaries of welfare and affirmative action have been white women, and you can look that up.
Linus, you mentioned that most Blacks in this country were 30% or more European as of 1970. This is true, most American Blacks are part white and Native American. I am wondering, do you have the statistical information for what percentage European most whites are? I would guess that the mixture goes both ways. I personally know more than one white family with some bones in their closet that they try to cover up, although certain family members will reveal things in private. I also know other whites who will proudly tell you that they have a Black or Native American ancestor or two.
I agree with those in this thread who have stated that really we are all one race. I personally hope that I can live to see the day when "race" is no longer a factor in anything, but we may have to wait until Our Lord comes again. There are a lot of prejudice people down here.