America: ‘No Country for Black People’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
The shocking statistics about Black family income released by the Pew Research center have not only caught the attention of Americans. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes with surprise that all the gains of the civil rights movement seem to have been either lost or diminished in the span of the last few years.
For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki writes in part:
Lincoln, Parks, King and Obama: In these for words, one could assemble a Hollywood version of the story. Unfortunately, a report just published by the Pew Research Center proves that the real-life version of the story is somewhat different.
The report examines the financial freedom of African Americans and other races. It outlines that in 1984, an average White family was 12 times wealthier that an average Black one. In 1991, it was ten times wealthier. In 1995 – White families were just seven times wealthier. But then the trend reversed dramatically. In 2004, average White families were eleven times wealthier than Black ones. In 2009, average White family income was $113,000, while for Black families it was $5,700. That means Whites are on average 20 times richer that Blacks!
Blacks are the pariahs of America. Thirty five percent of Black families own nothing except perhaps debt (which is true for only 15 percent of White families). Segregation, although outlawed, is a fact. Inner cities are inhabited by poor Blacks. Crime rates are high and the schools are terrible. The crowning example is the capital city of Washington.
Five percent of all Black men are sitting in prison. One in seven have been, is, or will be imprisoned.
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