Seemingly for decades the lying propaganda media in the US has tried to portray the economic life of Afro Americans as “improving”. It will always point to a rising black middle class and greater economic opportunities. The number of black faces on TV seems to also help with the illusion that America is more of a color blind society than it used to be.
If nothing else Ferguson ripped the fake mask off of the propaganda media’s portrayal of life for the average black family in America.
To its credit the Washington Post did do an article on racial inequality in America last year. No one seemed to pay much attention. Maybe it is because the newspaper didn’t publish it as a major article, but buried it as part of what they call “The Wonkblog”, or arcane facts for nerds.
What the study showed however, was that if anything has changed from an economic standpoint, over the past half century for Afro Americans relative to Euro Americans, it has been for the worse.
Income differentials have gone UP not down as has the differentials in household net worth. Not counting one’s house as a part of net worth, Euro American families had about $110,729 in 2010 twenty two times more than a typical Afro American family who had just $4,955.
And unemployment rate differentials have remained pretty much the same since they began keeping records, with Afro American official and unofficial unemployment being around double that of Euro Americans.
And 45% of Afro American children grow up in areas of concentrated poverty compared to just 12% of Euro American kids.
And of course the list goes on.
In my post yesterday http://www.redpillviews.com/poverty-racism-the-militarizaton-of-police-explodes-in-ferguson/ I explain that poverty is certainly the number one issue in Ferguson.
But now we know just how much the problems of poverty and racism are intertwined in America.
And this also explains why, as bad as things have gotten economically for the bottom 70% of Americans since the great recession began in 2008, there has not been more popular push- back.
While things have surely gotten worse for Euro Americans since 2008 and horror stories abound, aggregate statistics hide the fact that African Americans have suffered proportionately far more.
Government transfer payments like Section 8 housing assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Disability payments and other direct income transfers have acted to limit what would otherwise have been an even greater explosion of homelessness, hunger, sickness and death.
Up until now these transfer payments have seemed to have been enough to keep the population of the “new poor” relatively sanguine. That and probably because so many even dirt poor Afro Americans are proud and supportive of Barack Obama. Through him many had developed some hope that things were indeed changing
Ferguson tells us that that long honeymoon period is now over. The majority of African Americans may continue to support Obama on race alone, but he is now him, a rich guy with dark skin and they and their families are still stuck in grinding poverty, from which they see no way out.
Meanwhile those who own/ control Empire at this moment have their hearts set on putting a Republican war president in office in 2016.
The Republicans however have their hearts set on making whatever is bad for the poor today worse, like lowering or capping transfer payments. By doing that they can force poor people de facto onto the labor market, where they would have to accept whatever they could get, even if the pay was below the minimum wage.
The Republicans would like to de facto to bring the American wage base for unskilled and semiskilled workers down towards that of China.
Ferguson is telling us that due to the poverty that already exists, America is a powder keg ready to go off.
The .0001% who own/ control America don’t give a crap about the American wage base up or down. It has almost no meaning for their business or Geo Political models. What these families do need is a quiescent sheep like American population that will go along to get along.
So Furgeson may lead to a rethink on the part of the most powerful as to who they are going to run in 2016. They want a war president for sure, but they are also going to need a social liberal.