the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

95,000

In human behavior on May 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

= The current amount, in dollars, separating the average white family’s income and the average black family’s income in the United States [The Guardian, referencing a newly released Brandeis Study]

But wait, that’s a static number—surely the income trends are more hopeful…

Nope:

[The lead researcher at Brandeis] says one of the most disturbing aspects of the study is that wealth among the highest-income African-Americans has actually fallen in recent years, dropping from a peak of $25,000 to about $18,000, while among white counterparts of similar class and income it has surged to around $240,000.

I think my only contribution to numbers this stark is a call for the termination of a current meme floated by many columnists/bloggers—that TEA party protesters and the like are motivated most by their frustration with the economy. We know who the economy has hit the worst—African Americans, who are always already socially and economically marginalized—so why is there not a rising up among Black communities, a media-fueled power grab by young Black political hopefuls?

Maybe because Black mothers and fathers don’t have time to follow a Palinesque figure around the country and hold folksy town hall meetings. They’re too busy—working extra shifts, or volunteering at their child’s school, or actively making small and quiet improvements to their communities so that the next generation has it a little easier—to, you know, talk about revolution and make grammatically incorrect posters.

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