First-time readers, this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1.  List and general description of entries to date.  Annual assessment whether Revolution plausible.

Note: most characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments. 

Scene: Jordan and Rock Man, a long-time friend, are having coffee. Rock Man is visiting relatives near Charlotte. Earlier Jordan and POTUS began conversation about rebuilding US manufacturing and the middle class. Series starts #177; conversation with POTUS, #179.

092615_2031_Characters5.pngRock Man: “Jordan, really nice to see you. Glad you are on the mend.”

Jordan: “Nice to see you, Rock Man. Yeah, I’m pleased with progress on recovering. Enough about me. What’s new with you?”

Rock Man: “All is OK on the home front. Aside from the family, I’ve been working with a group to promote diversity.”

Jordan: “Diversity in what?”

Rock Man: “You know, get companies and organizations to be more diverse — more inclusive and more balanced.”

TurtleneckJordan: “You mean like the effort to make the Academy Awards include more ethnic groups?”

Rock Man: “Yes, good example.”

Jordan: “And what do you hope to accomplish with all this diversity?”

Rock Man: “Have people understand issues facing minorities. And give minorities a better chance.”

Jordan: “Better chance at what?”

Rock Man: “Being successful.”

Jordan: “Pardon me for sounding like some curmudgeon, but what’s holding people back now?”

Rock Man: “Racism.”

Jordan: “Surely you jest.”

TrumpRock Man: “You sound like some old white guy. You vote for Trump?”

Jordan: “Rock Man, racism has been around for thousands of years. And you know what?”

Rock Man: “Racism is going to continue for a few thousand more years?”

Jordan: “Well, well, now he gets it. Besides blacks aren’t the only group that’s been subject to racism. When you were in central Africa…”

Rock Man: “…I know, the roles were reversed. Blacks were the majority and whites were discriminated against.”

Jordan: “I sound like a broken record, but every ethnic group in this country has been discriminated against. And all but one of those groups has moved on.”

Rock Man: “You’re being awfully harsh. Blacks face special problems.”

Jordan: “Like what?”

Rock Man: “Blacks were slaves.”

Jordan: “So were some other groups. Besides, blacks haven’t been slaves for 150+ years. Now, tell me the next issue.”

Rock Man: “Why do you not understand?”

Jordan: “I do understand.  To me the issue seems rather straightforward.”

PoliceRock Man: “Well, then, how are we going to stop racism?”

Jordan: “That’s the issue.  You are going to stop it. So rather than spend time on a issue that’s not going away, focus efforts on solutions to get blacks out of poverty.”

Rock Man: “We’ve had this discussion before. Bottom line is blacks need jobs.”

Jordan: “OK, then take the long view and start educating blacks to become more valuable to prospective employers.”

Rock Man: “We need jobs now.”

Jordan: “So do a lot of people need jobs now. You want some advice?”

Rock Man: “Not sure. What’s the advice?”

WhiningJordan: “Quit whining about being black and start working toward getting citizens out of poverty.”

Rock Man: “It would be a lot easier if…”

Jordan: “…easy it won’t be. I can guarantee that the continued whining and demanding more inclusion – really quotas in disguise – won’t result in any progress. In fact, all the emphasis on quotas…”

Rock Man: “…diversity, not quotas.”

Jordan: “C’mon. You might want me to be politically correct. Diversity implies quotas. If you’re not careful, the whole diversity effort will backfire. What would really be ironic is if the public started demanding more white guys in the NBA and NFL.”

Rock Man: “OK, then smart guy, if emphasizing diversity is like pushing on a string, then how do we make this work?”

Jordan: “POTUS has a project to bring more manufacturing jobs back to the US. If I were you, I’d spend my time trying to get jobs back in Detroit, Flint, Chicago, Cleveland and other cities with high percentage of blacks.”

Rock Man: “How do I start? What’s the first step?”

Jordan: “To me, the first step is getting black leaders – and even unions in those cities — to recruit skilled black workers. Then contact companies that need skilled workers and demonstrate how you can help the companies.”

Rock Man: “The program seems so simple. Will it work?”

Jordan: “I don’t know. But the program is a start. A good model is what’s going on at some universities to admit students who might not qualify otherwise.  Here’s an article from the NY Times.  You might recognize a couple of schools noted — Davidson and UNC-Chapel Hill.”

Rock Man: OK.  I’ll take a look.  Davidson, huh?  They’ve come a long way.”

Jordan:  “Any effort to recruit minority skilled trades and other qualified workers should gain support from both sides of the political aisle. POTUS is looking for practical ideas that can be implemented without a bunch of government involvement.”

Rock Man: “If I can get the project going, can you get to POTUS?”

Jordan: “No guarantees…but very likely.”

Rock Man: “OK, I need a refill.”