The U.S. Black-white wealth gap is larger than in South Africa at the height of apartheid. The statistic is all the more remarkable when considering that South Africa virtually mandated gross inequality by law, while in the U.S. the great chasm exists “within a political economy that is at least nominally democratic” and packed with Black elected officials, including “the sitting head of state.”
Jon Jeter, Black in Obama’s America
“The wealth gap narrowed to a ratio of 7 to 1 in 1995 before ballooning to 22 to 1 following a housing market collapse five years ago.
For every dollar in assets owned by whites in the United States, blacks own less than a nickel, a racial divide that is wider than South Africa’s at any point during the apartheid era.
The median net worth for black households is $4,955, or about 4.5 percent of whites’ median household wealth, which was $110, 729 in 2010, according to Census data. Racial inequality in apartheid South Africa reached its zenith in 1970 when black households’ median net worth represented 6.8 percent of whites’, according to an analysis of government data by Sampie Terreblanche, professor emeritus of economics at Stellenbosch University.”
CARRY OUT Pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer lifts President Obama off the floor during a visit in Ft. Pierce, Florida. ”Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I’ve ever seen,” said the President. Van Duzer is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November. ”I don’t vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him,” he told the press pool. (Photo: AP via The Huffington Post)
oh my god I’ve never been so jealous of a dude in my life
he got to BEAR HUG THE PRESIDENT
Today, Mitt Romney enthusiastically endorsed Rep. Steve King (R-IA), saying “he needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!” If Romney were elected, then, he’d be partnering on legislation with one of the most radical members of Congress:
1. King is the leading defender of dog-fighting and animal torture in the United States. King recently suggested “there was something wrong” with the priorities of people who wanted to criminalize dogfighting while boxing was legal. When challenged on that assertion, King went on a bizarre diatribe about how the kidnapping, rape, and forced abortion of an underage girl wouldn’t be illegal under current law. King’s prodogfighting statements are consistent with a long legislative record of defending the inhumane practice as well as his recent sponsorship of legislation that would enable the torture of animals on farms while critically weakening food safety standards.
2. King compares immigrants to dogs, proposes keeping them out with electrified fence. Describing immigrants as birddogs, King said that we should only take “frisker” people, “not the one that’s over there sleeping on the corner.” This makes his remedy for illegal immigration, an electric fence, unsurprising, which he justified by saying “we do this with livestock all the time.” He also thinks that multicultural groups are about self-pity and that immigrants who “love taxes” aren’t real Americans.
3. King believes states can ban birth control and that contraception may destroy America. King, who adheres to a revisionist interpretation of the 10th Amendment, disagrees with well-established Supreme Court precedent guaranteeing a woman’s right to control her own body. This may be because King thinks that access to birth control may “let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization. Hypocritically, King has proposed that it is unconstitutional for states to ban foie gras. King, like Todd Akin, has “never heard of” a rape-induced pregnancy.
4. King tends birther. King personally searched for and discovered Obama’ birth announcement in Hawaii newspapers, he remains unconvinced that Obama was born inside the United States, positing the notion that “they might’ve announced that by telegram from Kenya.”
5. King sympathized with a terrorist and secessionism. After being informed of an attempted right-wing suicide attack on an IRS building, King expressed empathy with the terrorist’s motives, saying “It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.” Further, after the passage of the health care law, King intimated that parts of the country may need to secede from the Union, claiming that “we wouldn’t have to do that” if his audience could beat “the other side” to a pulp and chase them down.
And there’s much, much more where that came from.
More on this fool for your viewing displeasure.
Donate to Christie Vilsack, his opponent, here (or volunteer if you’re in that district). She is currently putting up a solid fight according to the Rothenberg report, which has the IA-4 race as “toss-up/tilt Republican.” King has no business being in government.
It’s shameful to me that that this guy was elected as representative of any part of my state. He seems to only represent his own asshole, though he does that magnificently.
I’m seeing quiet a few posts about people saying they just don’t care who wins the elections this year, and that is, well… that’s horrible if you ask me. We’re in a crisis, you can’t just ignore that, the future of your country, of everyone around you is at stake right now and you can’t just close your eyes because you haven’t been affected by it yet.
I remember one time my favorite high school teacher quoted Dante in a similar situation, and I can’t find a better sentence to express my feelings about this: “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
So please I beg of you, if you can, vote. Do your research, good research, don’t think about only yourself but about others too, don’t let anyone feed you lies, look for the truth, and vote.
forget Slytherin House or Voldemort
Mitt Romney is actually more like Cornelius Fudge than anyone else
lying to cover up imminent disasters and glaring issues, pinning the blame for bad things happening on a single entity, picking horrible people as his allies
and he’s too power hungry and caught up in his political role to realize that the world is going to crumble around him but that doesn’t matter as long as he gets his way