Hey guys! Just had a conversation on Facebook with two white ladies, whose husbands are currently serving time in prison, and I made the following statement: "In some cities, a white male with a felony conviction and high school education has a better chance of getting a job than a black male with no felony conviction and a college degree".
WHY DID I GO AND SAY THAT?!?!?!?!? LMAO!!!
We will call the two white girls "Becky" and Amy".
Here is some data to back up my statement:
remember the 2003 University of Chicago study by Devah Pager that sent
young white and black “testers” with randomly assigned “felony
convictions” to apply for low-wage jobs. The study found that whites
with felonies were more likely to be called for interviews than black
applicants without criminal records.
Eight years later, black male unemployment has hit the highest rate
since the government began keeping track in 1972.
It is estimated that
only 56.9 percent of black men over age 20 are working, and the
prospects for them to earn an honest living anytime soon in this
crumbling economy are not good.
While Obama battles the GOP over raising the debt ceiling and preserving
“sacred cow” tax cuts and entitlement programs, the unemployed poor are
becoming increasingly desperate. Of particular concern is the reality
that the once-supportive family members who used to serve as safety nets
for struggling felons are now losing their jobs and homes in record
numbers. The safety net exists no more.
According to an analysis of Federal Reserve data by the Economic Policy
Institute in 2004, the median net worth of white households was
$134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households. By 2009, the
median net worth for white households had fallen 24 percent to $97,860;
the median black net worth had fallen 83 percent to $2,170. And, no,
that is not a typo.
Algernon Austin, director of the Economic Policy
Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy describes the
wealth gap like this, “In 2009, for every dollar of wealth the average
white household had, black households only had two cents.”
Two cents. Really? If anyone has the audacity to suggest to me that
having a black president means America is now “post racial,” I will have
to hold myself back. And, speaking of remaining nonviolent in the face
of violent oppression… If there has ever been a reason to march on
Washington, it is right the hell now."
"Becky", whose husband is in prison for ten years(side bar: when a
white male goes to prison, with white privilege and male privilege on
his side and he STILL fucks up and gets a ten year prison sentence,and
has no education, I tend to feel even less sympathy for them.)
ARGUED ME UP AND DOWN that "it isn't about race".
Easy for her as a poor trailer park white girl whose husband got busted
for running a meth lab in his basement.
Black men make up 6% of the population, yet account for 51% of all jail
and prison inmates.
There are more black people now, under correctional control, then WERE
SLAVES IN 1850.
Ten years before the Civil War.
AND IT ISN'T ABOUT RACE?
"Amy", whose husband also got locked up and is serving hard time, came
to Becky's defense....(to be expected when an educated black male shuts
one of them down in an argument with FACTS.)
I politely told Amy that I stand by my words 100% and if you cannot
comprehend them, then its her problem, not mine. (I gave up trying to
convince white people of anything racial a long time ago; they pretend
to be in denial and play the "I'm not racist, so why bring up race?"
(i also told Amy where she should go since she was getting rude and
bitchy at this point, and to give you a hint, the Sun doesn't shine
To be honest, I can halfway see their point.(NOT).
They are married to white males who are convicted felons. Languishing in
prison. Maybe to them, this is the norm in Oklahoma or Kansas. They are
probably the poor, uneducated whites who watch Fox News, buy guns, and
drive dusty pick up trucks. Their inability to not take advantage of
white privilege in a system of white dominance, may make them feel
shafted by the system.
Or maybe they are just trailer trash with no clue what is going on.
Oh well....Take care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!