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arabellesicardi:

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, 

Kristof’s original NYTimes Op-Ed with that stat is here.

A few more sources about the racial divide of the wealth gap: (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (And remember that “worth” =/= “income”. This gap is between the actual wealth of Americans - in stocks, savings, the equity in your home, those sorts of things - across racial lines. It’s a terrible, stark indicator of institutionalized racism in this country, and a reminder that income equality is only piece of the puzzle in terms of economic justice.)

Since the 1980s, for instance, the real price of a midrange color television has plummeted about tenfold, and televisions today are crisper, bigger, lighter and often Internet-connected. Similarly, the effective price of clothing, bicycles, small appliances, processed foods — virtually anything produced in a factory — has followed a downward trajectory. The result is that Americans can buy much more stuff at bargain prices.

Many crucial services, though, remain out of reach for poor families. The costs of a college education and health care have soared. Ms. Hagen-Noey, for instance, does not treat her hepatitis and other medical problems, as she does not qualify for Medicaid and cannot pay for her own insurance or care.

Child care also remains only a small sliver of the consumption of poor families because it is simply too expensive. In many cases, it depresses the earnings of women who have no choice but to give up hours working to stay at home.

“The average annual cost for infant care in the U.S. is $6,000 or $7,000 a year,” said Professor Ziliak of the University of Kentucky. “When you look at the average income of many single mothers, that is going to end up being a quarter of it. That’s huge. That is just out of reach for many folks.”

Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind - NYTimes.com

This is why the “how can they be poor if they have [material object]?” argument is so crap. A massive television costs 1/7th of what childcare costs in a year, and that’s at the expensive end of television prices, and the average for child care.That’s before you even start talking about health care, rent, food, car maintenance, and education — all of which have grown less affordable in the meantime.

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hesreallydivine:

flecksofpoppy:

nearlyheadlessfinnick:

newcrystalcitysteel:

boysbootsnbooze:

Merica

I understand that the air force has been through budget cuts but damn

i know, they can’t even afford the new Firebolts

Are those Cleansweep Sevens???
God, so embarrassing.

lewdmangabey:

maybe i’m a goddamn bleeding heart hippie liberal but i’m totally down with paying an extra .50 cents for a thing of fries if the person who makes me those fries doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to survive.

Best sentence I read today:

bluelightseven:

neuro-neptune:

kateoplis:

In America, if you find a dinosaur in your backyard, that is now your dinosaur.”

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Whaaaaat

Dude, that is fucked up. SHARE YOUR DINOSAURS, YO.

wilwheaton:

Gen X is counting on the Millennials to help us unfuck the colossal fuckups of the goddamn Boomers.

wilwheaton:

Gen X is counting on the Millennials to help us unfuck the colossal fuckups of the goddamn Boomers.

(Source: riotclitshave)

Jury finds John Spooner Guilty of first degree intentional homicide of his 13 year old neighbor Darius Simmons

blackfashion:

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photo via chardline.tumblr.com

JUSTICE.

(Source: blackfashion)