Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Few More Inconvenient Facts (For the Progressives to Choke On)

1) According to the National Center for Health Statistics, black illegitimacy was 19% in 1940. By 2008, it had risen to 72.5%. Wow, I guess that there wasn't "inequality" back in 1940.............2) According to Amity Shlaes's modern masterpiece, "The Forgotten Man", black unemployment was actually LOWER than white unemployment in 1930. Compare that to January 2012, where white unemployment was 7.4% and black unemployment was 13.6% (the black teenage unemployment rate was 38.5%). Wow, I guess that there wasn't "inequality" back in 1930.............3) Back in the 1950s, there were no policeman "patrolling" the hallways of inner-city high schools. There were no assaults on teachers and students and there wasn't even any foul language used. Compare that to Philadelphia today, where there are hundreds of policemen throughout the high schools and where there have been over 4,000 teacher assaults (this, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer) over the past five years. Wow, I guess that there wasn't "inequality" in the 1950s.............4) According to the U.S. Census, nearly 1/3 of those in the lowest economic quintile in 2004 had moved out of that status by 2007. Similarly, and according to the I.R.S., 57% of the people in the lowest quintile in 1996 had moved out of that status by 2005 (nearly 33% having moved up TWO quintiles). Wow, I guess that, while there may in fact be some persistent poverty in America, we're not even remotely as stratified a country after all.


  1. Les, as much fun as it is to string collective facts like garland, the tree is still the tree.

    Early during the period you cite, there was racial turmoil, especially in the South, as blacks finally decided they would enter the normal working and middle class, but the white power structure kept them down.

    They began a historic migration to the North, to Chicago, to New York, Boston, Philly, etc. Some headed west, to California. It has been a difficult period as these mostly rural and minority people assimilated with their new neighbors, and they with them.

    Changes in their economic and social life deeply affected their families. The drug war has decimated the ranks of the America black man. Meanwhile, libertine, free trade, economics have reduced the earning power of all working class people.

    And that's just scratching the surface.

    But if you think the Liberal White Man is keepin' the Black Man down, then you don't have a clue. There's a much bigger and more complicated world out there than such an obviously ideologically-bent argument can make.


  2. Bla bla bla Jersey. Blather on, but you can't refute the facts. Progressivism has destroyed the black family. Congratulations.

  3. Yeah, black people were SOOOOOOO much better off in 1930s, 40s, and 50s.......And the poor in this country AREN'T getting poorer. a) The pie itself has gotten bigger. b) Households have gotten smaller. And c) the poor from 1996 (for example) aren't the same people as the poor from 2005. You're the one who hasn't absorbed the nuances, Jersey.

    1. Good post Will, I found myself thinking, "why is it that many (like jmj) just don't seem capable of grasping the nuances.

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