i promise to reblog this every time it shows up on my dash
This statistic needs additional demographic information though to reflect the % of population as a whole. A proportional ratio, using census data, would show that the white % on food stamps, if their population were 12.61% of the population (which in 2013 was the African-American population), would be 6.26%.
The interesting relative proportion: if we flip it, would show that if the African-American population were the majority population (at 72.41%, the White population in 2013), the % of blacks on food stamps would be 126% (which of course is why statistics are sometimes silly). This doesn’t discredit the gif above, it actually magnifies it.
What’s an important take away from this? Well, I suppose there are two: one, don’t just look at a vague statistic without context from any of the major news media sources (especially when it’s then relayed to social media, where users tend to manipulate a screenshot), even if it plays to your particular political or philosophical stance (as this one initially did for me). But second: there’s an important discussion (which I think is slowly starting to make its way to the top of our collective discussion… hopefully in my lifetime) about the socio-economic factors that produce such extreme relative poverty among a racial minority.
Where am I going with this? The real discussion is what failures in our economy, philosophy, and collective humanity cause one of the most important groups of our society, at a whopping 38,000,000 people, to scale at such extreme relative poverty levels? Is it systematic racism, built into the economy from day one, over two-hundred years ago? I think the answer is yes. Sometimes I think that this churning nastiness under our society sometimes boils over until it’s quelled by systemic and systematic apathy. Is this, truly, what we’re seeing in Ferguson, MO? I think the answer is yes.
What a shit day, and to be honest I can’t figure out if it is all unraveling or if it’s all getting wound so tight it will collapse. I need some time away to ride my bike and watch some baseball.