No visits to Ellis Island.
The World War II Memorial.
Sadly, the Liberty Bell is closed too.
But the true victim in the closing of non-essential government personnel (and closing of national parks) isn't the American people.
It's the usual suspects. [Government Shutdown Hits Blacks Where They Already Hurt:Federal workers are losing income, adding to the economic uncertainty in their homes and communities., BET.com, 10-2-13]:
The telephones in the office of Rep. G.K. Butterfield are ringing off the hook with calls from constituents who've been furloughed due to the federal government shutdown.
"They're saying they want to go back to work; they have obligations to meet," the North Carolina lawmaker told BET.com. "This thing is having a devastating effect on workers all across the country. African-Americans are suffering disproportionately because they're disproportionately represented in the federal government."
African-Americans working in the federal workplace represent to a large extent the Black middle class, said Rep. Charles Rangel (New York). Deeming them non-essential and sending them home during the shutdown could have a detrimental effect on their families and their communities.
The Social Security Administration on Tuesday announced that 16,000 employees in Rep. Elijah Cummings' Baltimore district would be furloughed.
"That's a lot of people," said the Maryland lawmaker. "And across the country, hundreds of thousands of people on furlough don't know whether they're going to be paid for these days."
In past shutdowns, they've been paid retroactively, "but in the climate we're in today, I think there's a 50-50 shot that they'll get paid, which is devastating," Cummings added.
He also worries about the people who depend on the services that African-Americans will have to do without, such as the ability to apply for Medicare, disability and other benefits.
Rep. Karen Bass added to the list the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, that is used by low-income African-American and Latino families. More than 8.9 million mothers and children depend on WIC for food vouchers, baby formula and other nutrition needs.
The USDA announced on Oct. 1 that it would suspend the program as a result of the shutdown. States will only be able to continue operating the program for "a week or so" before the money runs out.The American Experiment has becoming nothing more than a jobs program for otherwise unemployable black people, helping create and foster an artificial black middle class [As Public Sector Sheds Jobs, Blacks Are Hit Hardest, New York Times, 11-28-2011].
Yes, it's an artificial middle class [Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class, NPR.org, 5-9-1].
By the way: did you 62 percent those receiving WIC are either Hispanic or Black? [WIC Participants and Their Growing
The proportion of Hispanic WIC recipients grew from 35.3 percent in 2000 to 41.9 percent in 2010 while the proportions of black and white WIC recipients have declined from 37.4 to 31.8 per- cent for whites and 21.9 to 20.1 percent for blacks (Conor et al. 2011). This increase in WIC enrollment among Hispanics, relative to whites and blacks, corresponds with a large growth in the Hispanic population from 33.7 million in 2000 to 49.9 million in 2010 (a 47.9 percent increase) and a large increase in the number of Hispanic poor from 7.1 mil- lion in 2000 to 13.2 million in 2010 (an 85.1 percent increase) (Dalaker 2001; DeNavas- Walt, Proctor, and Smith 2011).The National Parks may be closed, but our borders are obviously wide open, so that the next generation of something called an "American" can be imported from Mexico and raised via the racial transfusion of funds from white America (in the form of WIC).
Though white America is essential now for the looting of their hard-earned salaries (eventually retirement funds), in the coming decades, it is these same people who will become increasingly non-essential.