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It's a huge part of American life precisely because it's unconscious. Joe, I don't think you have a consciously racist bone in your body. I doubt anyone on the board does. But the fact remains that it's much harder for someone with a black name to get a call back for a job. The Black unemployment rate is 5% higher than the white unemployment rate. The fact of them matter is that by simply looking the part, it's easier for you and me to get a job and remain employed.
That is absolutely one of the central organizing forces in American life.
I got no point, for once; I just got data that seems to contradict someone else's point.
As long as Ray lies about black people, the situation will never change.
According to a 2011 study from Pew Research Center, whites possess 20 times more wealth than African Americans and 18 times that of Latinos. Whereas the average white family has accumulated $113,149 of wealth, the typical black household has only accumulated $5,677 in wealth.
As of 1999, whites and blacks similarly situated within the "educational middle class" live in distinct wealth worlds. Whereas educationally middle-class whites possessed $111,000 in median net worth, educationally middle-class black families had only $33,500 dollars; in terms of assets the disparity was $56,000 to $15,000. Looking at only "the occupational middle-class", an equally pronounced gap is visible: middle-class whites had $123,000 in median net worth and $60,000 in median net financial assets compared to $26,500 and $11,200 for middle-class African Americans. Across the various categories that comprise the middle class, white families possess "between three and five times as much wealth as equally achieving black middle class families." For each dollar of income a family earns, white families earn $3.25 in net worth and black families accumulate just under $2 of net worth for each dollar earned.
Just in case anyone is using BBTF for legal guidance, at the federal level HUD enforces the housing discrimination statutes, EEOC does employment discrimination.
t's a huge part of American life precisely because it's unconscious. Joe, I don't think you have a consciously racist bone in your body. I doubt anyone on the board does. But the fact remains that it's much harder for someone with a black name to get a call back for a job. The Black unemployment rate is 5% higher than the white unemployment rate. The fact of them matter is that by simply looking the part, it's easier for you and me to get a job and remain employed.
Nobody's saying that culture has nothing to do with educational achievement gaps,
And I love how Joe hasn't even addressed his own point about "past tense" but whatever.
Also, my earliest American ancestors came over about a hundred years ago and went right into Pennsylvania's coal mines. No one handed them anything — except, perhaps, a shovel.
Lastly, regarding your point that I "might be a 3/4 African soccer player," sure, that's true, but it doesn't mean much. That's true of anyone, anywhere. But to play along, how many American blacks do you believe wish they had been born in Uganda or Nigeria instead of the U.S.? I doubt the number reaches three digits.
And maybe you'd also like to address the more substantive information about wealth that's in that Wiki entry, information you can also easily find from innumerable other sources. Or would that take too much actual thinking on your part, and an admission that it's not just "culture" that's at work here?
Hard to accumulate wealth when a large percentage don't graduate from high school and family formation is at record lows.
Yes, but Joe, to my mind, that is a large result of Jim Crow.
I'll let Mefisto speak to that, but that's not the interpretation I'd put on his comment.
As for the comic-store story, if a guy not saying hello is the extent of modern racism, I'd say the war has been won. Congratulations.
Way to be obtuse and an #######, but that's the minor #### that I or any AA could fill a book with.
I wouldn't expect for you to give a #### that I might get treated differently because I'm AA. But, that man owns a store and hires people. He might be on a co-op board. He might be on a local council. Acting as if individual decisions don't eventually add up shows that you lack any perspective. You keep coming here to minimize "modern racism" or whatever that means. People point out through statistics and anecdotes that these attitudes and actions still exist, and you ignore them. Rinse. Repeat.
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