Sorry, I just had to rip that off from my favorite wingnut, Kathleen.
She put up a post, leeching off another, as she does often, (and I am here) about poverty in the black community. Numerically, it has always been the case that whites have a significantly larger number of their own in poverty, but wealthy whites see those poor whites as potential voters (affirmative action is taking money and jobs from you, so vote for me!) or too insignificant a number to be bothered with (white trash is to be expected).
Kathleen, and the writer she points to, have a benevolent view toward African-Americans. It’s so patronizing as to be nauseating. Just look at what she read, linked to, and got on memeorandum and weep. Kathleen McKinley, a whiter than white white person (who mysteriously claims that her in-laws are Italian) will tell all black folks how to pull themselves out of poverty.
Total number of people in poverty (by government standards):
1. White only= 237,619
2. Black only = 37,306
3. Asian only = 13,177
4. Hispanic (of any race) = 44,784
Wow! Not really. The majority of poor people are white. Elite whites like Kathleen don’t care about them. She’d much rather tell Black Americans what to do. Should white people do as she suggests, i.e. “Marry the mother of your children and stay married.” Would that help reduce the number of poor white people?
Some more numbers (from the same source — the government):
The percentage of those in poverty who live at 600% of poverty:
White only: 186,935, 78.5%
Black only: 33,627, 90.1%
Asian only: 9,590, 72.8%
Hispanic (all races): 41,523, 92.7%
We, our country, are failing all of them. Bill Bennett wants to know who the “they” is in sermons that are essentially accurate. Bennett, it is you, and Kathleen, and people like you who ignore the greater whole of us, our country.
Tend to your white folk before you shake your finger at the black community. It’s the way you point your finger that makes you racist. Bennett claims that his wife works 80 hours a week trying to get blacks to practice abstinence. Shouldn’t she spend all those hours (if possible) to talk to white kids? She talks to all kids? Ok. Her husband has claimed on his show that it’s a black problem. Ok.
Look at the numbers. Why should anyone take a wealthy whites’ view of the solution to poverty seriously? I think it’s in the Bible. Something about throwing stones . . .
Update: I forgot to note that those numbers are in thousands. I found another source, American Factfinder. Here’s the basic info from that site:
People below poverty level:
White only 17,890,083
Black only 8,968,940
Asian only 1,381,226
Hispanic (any race) 9,293,416
My point is still the same — almost twice as many whites live in poverty as blacks.