*Updated for title change, compliments of Opulent.
* * * Canary in a coal mine
Who is truly the face of WELFARE in America, and is there still a middle class?
In the last week we’ve seen articles and polls, and pundits commentary outlining the racial disparity among Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics. You know those pesky people of color. /snark
White Families Have 20 Times the Wealth of Black Families: How Racism’s Legacy Created a Crushing Depression In Black America
The economic crisis has hit most families hard–but since many black families had less wealth to start with, its impact on them has been nothing short of disastrous. Source
Melissa Harris-Perry: Wealth gap reflects racism’s legacy
From the Grio with video here
According to Melissa Harris-Perry, there is a wealth gap because choices made by the government. Historically, black people could not own property because they were property. In post-World War II, policies that successfully created a middle class also shut out black people.
Now there’s no doubt in my or many Peoples of color minds that the above stats and polls aren’t true. It’s just that now with the so-called debt ceiling crisis and the pending 2012 elections, there’s some questions being raised about the timing and motivation driving this issue.
From 3 Chics commenter Opulent:
You know I really have mixed feelings about how this date is being used. Despite all the validity and truth of the stats it is racially polarizing.
Racial polarizing that once again puts a black face on welfare and government ‘handouts’ that is what I detest about this data.
The right is going to use this to drive white folks to the polls to vote against government programs for the poor as they will have successfully painted a picture of the majority of the poor, once again, being black.
Secondly, it will also be used by ‘progressives’ to show that POTUS does not care about blacks and that since he went into the office, blacks are worse off economically. This of course is intended to drive away the powerful base of black voters.
What I would like to see instead of this racial disparity economics is the economics of the nation as a whole, which is the truth they are NOT broadcasting as it does not suit the corporate masters to do so.
What needs to be shown is that eighty percent of Americans are fighting for 15 percent of the wealth in this nation, as 20 percent at the top control 85 percent of this nations wealth. They need to show income disparity like that. White folks need to see they are not gaining but losing as a middle class and that wealth has indeed been concentrated in the hands of the few…and this has NOTHING to DO with RACE and everything to do with the haves vs the havenots…rich vs poor, corporate vs citizens.
That is the great hoax…if I never ever see income disparity BASED on RACE again it will all be too soon.
Someone needs to call this in to Rev Al…he needs to juxtapose this and keep hammering home *the point that it is not just blacks who have lost ground economically but the entire White middle class has as well.
(Ameita’s comments: Case in point WISCONSIN) One need only look at all that has transpired in this state since the election of GOP Governor Scott Walker. And the media’s shameful coverage of the sea of thousands of WHITE FACES demonstrating and protesting to maintain their jobs, their way of life.
AREN’T THEY CONSIDERED MIDDLE CLASS?
Tens of thousands…
That is where the political gold is in terms of votes!!
I am with you, Opulent. We must remember the MAINSTREAM MEDIA creates and drives the narrative. It’s a very slippery slope, because in NO way would I want to diminish the struggles and outright racism that exist here. Black folks have every right to make the charge and seek equal opportunities to flourish economically, and should definitely not remain silent. We need to call this what it is, though.
98% Americans are struggling to get and keep jobs, some are losing houses through foreclosures, bankruptcy, losing credit, unable to send their kids to college, living pay check to pay check and are unable to save. The last time I checked, America is made up of BLACKS, WHITES, HISPANICS, ASIANS, INDIANS, et.al. Aren’t they being hit by the economy?
And yet the richest 2% Americans DO NOT WANT TO PAY TAXES.
What say you, folks? Is the sudden onslaught of concern for black economic disparity legitimate or calculated effort of the media to scare whites(“The darkies are trying to take our money, money they haven’t earned!”) and anger blacks and drive them to the polls to vote against President Obama?