Have you ever seen the film Father of the Bride? Steve Martin plays George Banks, an owner of a shoe company in Los Angeles, California, whose daughter marries into a rich Bel-Air family. Wait… in this idealized version of America (LA has virtually no Hispanics in this film), free trade and cheap labor don’t exist as George Banks is able to employ hundreds and pay good salaries while third world nations are deprived of 5-cents-an-hour labor.
Just ask New Balance how profit margins are working by staying in America and not using cheap labor (via free trade) like Nike:
At the factory here owned by New Balance, the last major athletic shoe brand to manufacture footwear in the United States, even workers on the shop floor recognize that in purely economic terms, the operation doesn’t make sense.The company could make far more money if, like Nike and Adidas, it shifted virtually all of these jobs to low-wage countries.So employees try each shift to make it up. Conversations on the shop floor are sparse at best, and the tasks at each workstation have been stripped of waste and precisely timed. Workers cut leather for a pair of shoes in 88 seconds, handle precise stitching in 37 seconds, and glue soles to uppers even faster.“The company already could make more money by going overseas and they know it,” said Scott Boulette, 35, a burly team leader who has his son’s name tattooed in Gothic letters down his left forearm. “So we hustle.”Now, however, comes what may be an insurmountable challenge. The Obama administration is negotiating a free-trade agreement with Vietnam and seven other countries, and it is unclear whether the plant can stand up to a flood of shoes from that country, already one of the leading exporters of footwear to the United States.
Black women are in trouble. Before the implementation of BRA’s agenda in the 60s, Black families were somewhat stable – though far below that of white households – and the prospects of a picturesque wedding complete with a walk down the aisle where conceivably there. Now, the coming to fruition of such a beautiful dream are bleak:
In 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, more than 70 percent of all Black families were headed by married couples. In 2002 that number was 48 percent.
An even more alarming statistic is the increase in the number of both Black men and women who have never been married. Nearly 45 percent of Black men have never married and 42 percent of Black women have never married. More to the point, an increasing number of Black women will never get married. The percentage of Black women who are married declined from 62 percent to 31 percent between 1950 and 2002.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes walking their daughter down the aisle; when the overwhelming majority of Black males don’t even stick around to see the birth of their child, why would any of them wait around for the honor of walking their daughter down an aisle?
It is our hope that the government steps in to rectify this historic inequity and starts paying for Black weddings, so that this historic and important day in a young woman’s life can be replicated in the Black community. Sadly, it is only in times of bondage and slavery that Black people can create such happy and stable homes.
So implement the George Banks Wedding Act to make sure that disparate impact no longer is seen in the world of weddings. Black women need all the self-esteem they can get; let’s all chip in and pay for that perfect wedding!