Nagging Inequity in the United States and Denial

On November 5th, 2008, the country’s most popular newspaper, the Wall Street Journal  wrote “One promise of Obama’s victory is that perhaps we can put to rest the myth of racism as a barrier to achievement in this splendid country.”  In other words, all it takes now for anyone to get ahead – regardless of their background – is to work hard and play by the rules.

But if we take a closer look, the situation for black and brown folks here in the US is anything but equal.

Wealth and poverty:
the average black family has less than one-tenth the net worth of the average white family, and the average Latino family has one-eighth as much. Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans are also nearly 3 times as likely as whites to be poor; and Asians are 30% more likely.

Jobs:
over 80% of private sector management jobs are held by whites, with only 7% held by African Americans, and another 7% by Latinos. A recent Economic Policy Institute report noted that California’s unemployment rate reached 15.7% for Latinos and 15.3% for blacks, far surpassing the statewide rate of 11.9%.

Meanwhile, devastating cuts in education, health care, and transit services disproportionally impact. And let’s not forget the polluting power plants and oil refineries that are already in and expanding into low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

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