How’s the recession treating everybody? If you’re a minority, the answer is “worse than it’s treating the white people.”

While America’s whites are also unemployed and obese/starving and abandoned by the rich/Congress, it’s been even lousier for the blacks and browns and other such people who have an automatic disadvantage in this country due to the national religion, which is white racial superiority. The AP reports:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.

The analysis shows the racial and ethnic impact of the economic meltdown, which ravaged housing values and sent unemployment soaring. It offers the most direct government evidence yet of the disparity between predominantly younger minorities whose main asset is their home and older whites who are more likely to have 401(k) retirement accounts or other stock holdings.

Fake black man Barack Obama only wants to get re-elected by those same wealthy old white people who vote in such numbers because their interests financially mesh with the interests of corporate America, so all the real black people better just get used to being desperately poor again. [Associated Press via Wonkette commenter Negropolis]

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  • Barb

    I hate an orange person and we all know who that is.

    • bureaucrap

      William of Orange?

    • elviouslyqueer

      Orange Julius?

    • Anita Bryant?

      Oompah Palin?

      Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

      • finallyhappy

        Rajneeshis!!! Do they still exist?

    • Principal Skinner?

      • Swampgas_Man

        He's yeller.

    • BarackMyWorld

      The cast of Jersey Shore?

    • horsedreamer_1

      Jim Boeheim?

    • ShaveTheWhales

      The Tangerine Nightmare.

    • memzilla

      Tropicana von Smirnoff?

    • Zoe from Sesame Street?

    • DaRooster

      The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

    • johnnymeatworth

      Orange you glad Barb didn't say "banana?"

    • tcaalaw

      George Hamilton?


      Clockwork Orange?

    • Swampgas_Man


    • GOPCrusher

      Tony Kornheiser?

    • lumpenprole

      cheeto fingers?

    • Negropolis

      OJ Simpson

    • Winnie_Cooper

      The Syracuse Orange?

  • OkieDokieDog

    I thought all those black people were driving Cadillacs or Mercedes they get from welfare and pimpin' or something. Pretty sure that's the message we've been getting since Reagan was in office.

    I'm not black or brown but I have a hate for lots o'whiteys in MeriKKKa.

    • BarackMyWorld

      Don't forget buying something with food stamps and using the 99 cents in change to buy bottles of vodka.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Oh my heavens! And all those "40-ouncers" those colored fellows consume! Quite expensive. And the Hispanics, constatntly with their Tequila and lime; invariably contributing to improper behavior.

      [/clutches pearls, sips champagne]

      • memzilla

        Miss Nooningtonshire? It's been ages, dahling.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Good, except every time they have a riot, they do it in their own neighborhoods. What, you can't drive over to the ritzier part of town and riot THERE?

    • I can always tell when my mom has been listening to Limbaugh as she has started accusing them of having Xbox 360's and iPods now, even though she has no idea what either one of those things are.

  • ttommyunger

    Some people think shit only rolls downhill. You can only push people so far and they will push back-hard. They won't come with pitchforks, either. This Country is awash in guns. I can't imagine what Boner and Company can be thinking.

    • bumfug

      Damn straight. I've been saying for a while now that they better remember those "second amendment remedies" work both ways.

      • ttommyunger

        Maybe that's what they're angling for. It would give them a pass for draconian Government powers, Martial Law, etc.

    • You might be reading too much Kuntsler. Every time Goldman Sachs gets ready to announce their bonuses he predicts a rioting horde invading Southampton, but it never happens.

      • ttommyunger

        It has happened here and can happen again. Never cared much what Kuntsler thought.

    • ShaveTheWhales


      • ttommyunger

        Point taken.

    • GregComlish

      Yep, they armed to the teeth with guns. And they can't wait to use them against the godless liberals who they blame for absolutely everything.

      • ttommyunger

        Oh well, some days you just got to shoot SOMEBODY!

    • GOPCrusher

      You know, I used to believe that. But the last couple of weeks has made me rethink that idea. If people haven't started getting off their asses yet, it's either they don't know or don't care. And that makes me sad.
      Or they figure it just won't make any difference, and that makes me sadder.

      • ttommyunger

        It is hard to figure. Raise tuition here and …crickets. Raise it in Britain and its anarchy in the streets for weeks…

      • Negropolis

        I think you are both right.

        It'll happen…but it'll probably only happen far after it's too late to matter.

  • Come here a minute

    Meet the new reason, same as the old reason.

    • New boss, same as the olde boss…

  • SayItWithWookies

    See, this is why Republicans don't like collecting data — in can always be skewed to show that reality isn't what they keep saying it is.

    • Texan_Bulldog

      Reality has a liberal bias.

  • PuckStopsHere

    Hey, what the fuck? At least you (and you know who you are) are now allowed in the restaurant you can't afford to eat at. So, progress.

    • "[There] wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming ‘M.F’er, I want more iced tea."

      –Bill O'Reilly

  • LettucePrey

    Whatevs. If they own a TV or a microwave or a coffee maker, then they're not actually poor.

    • Preferred Customer

      I think the data suggest that white people own, on average, 20 coffee makers.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Yeah, but most of them have broken carafes.

      • I own at least 3. Wait, 4.


      • I only have one, but it's an espresso maker. Does that make me an elite, or just pretentious?

        • Geminisunmars


          • I've been on vacation for the past 10 days, most of that time away from my precious espresso machine. It's been tough dealing with children without my morning 5-shot dry cappuccino with a hint of chocolate and honey. I need to get a generator for when I'm travelling. Assuming I still have a job when I get home again . . .

          • Preferred Customer

            Your breakfast of a 5 shot capuccino sounds suspiciously elitist, like something they'd do in Europe, where "breakfast" still consists mainly of 4 espressos and 6 cigarettes.

            God, I miss Europe.

          • Cigarettes make me ill. I'd have to take up pot again, requiring me to triple the espresso/cappuccino shots.

          • lumpenprole

            What's required when you have pot over breakfast is good cheese, fresh fruit and eggs Benedict. Or leftover delivery pizza and jerky, depends.

    • emmelemm

      I own zero coffee makers! Take that!

      Of course, I buy my coffee at Starbucks for huge dinero daily, so who's the idiot now? (Me.)

      Also, the real rich white people have coffee makers… called servants, or house staff. Domestics, if you will.

      • DaRooster

        STARBUCKS?… here I thought I liked you… sheesh…

        • emmelemm

          I was going to answer with, "Well, to be fair, {justifications}", but I realize that there is in fact no justification.

          Instead, I'll say: I'm weaning off coffee, probably to tea, because I've been told I need to go off both dairy and soy, and coffee without dairy OR soy isn't really worth having, in my book.

          • DaRooster

            That's 'cuz its Starbucks…

    • GOPCrusher

      I have one, but I can't afford filters, so I use old underwear.

      • flamingpdog

        Thanks, now I'm going to have to start placing filters on my keyboard.

    • RavenRant

      There's no place to plug the appliances in, living under the bridge.

  • Texan_Bulldog

    The only thing black people have going for them now is that the RW 'tards have found a new group to [temporarily] focus their hate on … the muslins. But never fear, black people, the racists aren't ever going to completely quit you!

    • Swampgas_Man

      Then there's those poor bastards who are Muslin AND Black.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Wait till they find out about the black muslins.

      • GOPCrusher

        You mean like Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? They're rich, they pose no threat.

        • Negropolis

          Peter King has already got that covered with his witch hunts that focused on black Islam in American prisons.

          Always thinking, these folks are.

  • easy_jesus

    Right to life, never mind that "pursuit of happiness" part. We all know you darker types will be happier when you hear how well Exxon is doing, anyway! Go, White America, go!

  • neiltheblaze

    Black people really don't need new reasons to hate white people. The too numerous to count old reasons surely are sufficient.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Hey, I hate white people too, and I are one!

    • Geminisunmars

      At least us self-loathing Jews have company now.

    • GOPCrusher

      I just hope that when the Revolution starts, we are provided with some kind of secret handshake or password to identify us as one of the "good" white people.

  • Hispanics' net worth saw the biggest drop percentage-wise, says the article, based on the proportion of those families experiencing home equity losses.

    So how's that DREAM Deferred Act coming along? Seems like its dashed-hope potential precedes itself.

  • edgydrifter

    This is great news! Now when I'm reduced to living in a crevice beneath an overpass, I'll be able to look down on that guy over there sleeping in the culvert where the sewers overflow every time it rains. Racial superiority FTW!

    • prommie

      And your contempt and disdain for the people living in the rolled up newspaper in the bottom of the septic tank will know no bounds!

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Being a person of color, Gumby is not pleased.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I hate everyone that doesn't have a star. And most human beings.

    But on the bright side, the big difference here is just a matter of degree of poverty. We're pretty much all screwed; some people just get a few more hobo beans.

  • "Fake black man Barack Obama only wants to get re-elected by those same wealthy old white people who vote in such numbers because their interests financially mesh with the interests of corporate America, so all the real black people better just get used to being desperately poor again."

    Wonkette Jr., you are a fucking idiot, and no more insightful than Limbaugh.

    • Goonemeritus

      Hear hear, I for one have had about enough of this lets blame the hostage bullshit. If we would focus half the energy we expend deriding our own team at the Bastards who are pulling this country apart we might get something done.

    • lumpenprole

      It's too glib.

  • ♪♫ Kochtown ladies sing dat song
    Do dar, do dar
    Kochtown race cracks all day long
    Oh de do dar daze ♫♪

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I'm sure some Republican congressman at this very moment is thinking, "It's no big deal, right? I mean, they don't feel pain the same way that normal people do."

  • Callyson

    erased decades of minority gains
    Looks like that repeal of the 20th century is on: the question is, how far back are we going? Fuck, even the Gilded Age saw some economic growth…but of course, we appear to be regressing to pre- Civil War days, so that's out. In fact, I can't think of an economic era in US history that combined economic collapse with the utter lack of progressive resistance…
    Is it too late to emigrate to New Zealand? Maybe Australia? (Sorry, Canada is too cold…)

    • ThundercatHo

      I'm thinking Vancouver, BC. I think LCCaveman has a hotel out there. Wonkette family reunion anyone?

    • GOPCrusher

      Heard a report on NPR the other day that several of the states that are affected by The Civil Rights Act which requires them to have changes to voting laws approved by the DOJ, are pressing to have those provisions taken out. Seems they don't believe that they have any intentions to pass laws to try to keep blacks from voting.

  • MinAgain

    I think my Change needs to change.

  • Mahousu

    The worse racism is to notice these racial disparities. In a truly colorblind society, we could discriminate without anybody noticing.

    As a start, at least, I'm sure the House will soon pass legislation to stop collecting statistics like this.

    • prommie

      You are racist against whites to say that whites have more wealth. But you are right about the statistics, just like the GOP response to global warming is to de-fund climate research projects.

    • Negropolis

      The worse racism is to notice these racial disparities. In a truly colorblind society, we could discriminate without anybody noticing.

      I wish this could be a bumper sticker. Honestly, every time I hear the "colorblindness" bullshit, I cringe. How convenient that after centuries of nothing but the opposite of colorblindness you change the rules in the middle of the game to paper over existing inequality. Simply saying everyone is equal doesn't make it so.

  • Here's a shocking development: Pew Research reports GOP Makes Big Gains Among White Voters

  • prommie

    The White Average is somewhat boosted by the fact that Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, et al, are in the room. Even counting all the change under my couch cushions, I have a negative net worth like everyone else.

    • not that Dewey

      And the Average White Band was able to Pick up the Pieces

      • prommie

        I'm not black like Barry White
        I'm white Like Frank Black is

        • BlueMonkeh

          but the roof is still on fire

    • nappyduggs

      Yes. Even with Tyler Perry and the Big O, we Neegs stay in a debt-ceiling crisis, all day, e'ry day.

      • Kidneys4Sale

        Not even Herman Cain can save you, now. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Doktor Zoom

    Wow–that racial transcendence thing is just going like gangbusters, huh?

  • arihaya

    oh please we need more "Love" not more "Hate" …

    now, to find some who is willing to lay me ..

    • DashboardBuddha

      "now, to find some who is willing to lay me"

      Are you looking for a chicken?

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Silly Wonkette, this is all just part of the Republicans' master plan to return Blacks to the halcyon days of the 80s under Ronald Reagan where they could cruise around in their Cadillacs, pop out children, and smoke crack and live the sweet life of welfare without having to have any money.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Yeah, except now there's no welfare either.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    “Black People Have New Reason To Hate White People"

    Ahem. This is not a "new" reason.

  • Republicans have big plans to help the black community! They plan to usher us back to the bygone days of truely family friendly policies like slavery and indentured servitude.

  • elviouslyqueer
  • jaytingle
    • BarackMyWorld

      Lots of reasons to hate whitey today.

    • Oh christ. "Co-valedictorian"?

    • horsedreamer_1

      Reminds us of the young future governor of South Carolina & her sister being disqualified from their hometown Little Miss pageant since the organizers didn't know where to place them, with the white girls or the black girls.

      Of course, I doubt Wymberly will grow up to serve amongst her oppressors. Still…

  • arihaya

    also i think the statistic is somewhat skewed,,, there are MANY poor white folks,, just look at here in Deep South,,

    but there are also obscenely rich whites (see:Koch brothers), whose riches tilted the statistic of whites' average worth to be larger that what it is

  • I don't understand, what happened to all the money slaves saved during the halcyon days of slavery? Free housing, heath care, a steady job, slaves must have been saving tons of money? Right? Helloooooooo?

    Michele Bachmann knows what I'm talking about.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Yeah. The Rs explanation is "Hey, lookit, black people – the black president did this to you. See? SEE?" I have heard it myself. I am incredibly white (so white that I put stuff on my skin to make it dark, because this is a messed up country) and I wish I could erase 2000-2008 too and that I could also teabag people without guilt, and make my rightful whitey fortune.

    • horsedreamer_1

      How many Catholics have won the Presidency since Kennedy? How many have even had a snowball's chance in Hell of doing so?

      The odds of another black President are long.

      (Hell, pull out the Roosevelts (NY Dutch, so had a power-base, going back to pre-English rule), Kennedy, Obama, & Van Buren (also NY Dutch), & all of our Presidents have been Northern European, at the least, if not Full-on WASP. Not an hell of a lot of variety.)

      • FakaktaSouth

        All those protestanty white people look alike to me.
        Perhaps Barack will be the harbinger of the unimportance of a "specific" kind of race, and we will continue from this point to only elect the best and smartest for the job. Oh God, sorry, sometimes the 2008post-election-moving-forward in me still creeps/jumps/cries out.

        • prommie

          I 'member when I had hope, and dreams, and strong erections that lasted all night . . . .

          • GOPCrusher

            Yeah, and then Ronnie Raygun was elected President.

          • FakaktaSouth

            And I remember when that would be a thing I would encourage in a person. Now if I get lucky I'm all about snacks and sleeping after.

          • Negropolis

            I remember the days when all we were worried and concerned about was Y2K, or whether to elect a cyborg or a ret@rded cowboy president. Ah, those were the days.

            Still to this day I think we took the fork in the road that we may never recover from when we didn't stop the Supreme Court from appointing Bush president. Sandy D. O'Connor can kiss my black ass.

  • nappyduggs

    "…so all the real black people better just get used to being desperately poor again."
    Oh. Last I checked, my last name was neither Diddy, nor Cent, nor Z, nor Winfrey, so I never got un-used to being po'.T
    Thank heaven for small favors, I suppose.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Does the top 1% now control over 90% of the wealth in the US?

    don't fall for the misdirection

  • Race, class and gender trump intelligence, talent, hard work and pulling yourself up by the non-existent bootstraps on your non-existent boots.

  • ingloriousbytch

    Given the whole voter suppression thing, I'm going to stick with the classic reasons to hate white people, specifically the Republican ones.

  • littlebigdaddy

    I'm a BoBo redneck: an old rusty Volvo wagon in the front yard.

  • CalamityJames

    I'm a young white guy making less than 20k a year. And I'm tired. I'm tired of being poor, tired of the rich, tired of the massive difference between the two, and tired of the rich who are supposedly looking out for me and telling me that I should blame the rich and all along are getting richer for doing so. In this whole debt debacle, not one single member of congress has said "hey, maybe we don't need to make six figures, especially when over half of us refuse to actually work." So, basically, fuck them all. I hurt, physically hurt, from all the concern I've put into this situation. When its all over, i'll still be poor, I'll still be tired, and all of those idiots on the hill who have refused to do their job will still be rich.

    So, in the end, I would like to formally request that Ken Layne be the only person allowed to blog, and he do so until the entire wonkeratti have gone "up the road" and not across the street.

    Shouldn't take more than the week we have remaining in this world.

  • MiniMencken

    I'm sensing a lot of anger here.

  • yyyaz

    I wonder how the FLOTUS feels about her country now — now that the backlash against our first AA president is so vitriolic that its perpetrators are quite literally willing to sacrifice everything worthy we have accomplished in the past 50 years to destroy him.

    • reliefsinn

      Curious that I never heard any left-wingers admit to wanting to see Shrub's Presidency fail, perhaps because we realized that we are all Americans, and that if this country went down the tubes, there would be little solace in blaming Bush?
      Also curious is that the Repubs don't seem to share this sentiment as regards our current President, which they will gleefully admit.
      How can they hate this country so much? (non-snark, here).
      Sorry for the run-on sentence, I am having a huge sad right now.

      • GOPCrusher

        It wasn't really necessary to want it to fail, Bush did a great job of tanking it on his own.
        Unfortunately, he dragged the rest of the country down with him.

  • I might look white, but I feel blue. And poor, also.

  • Negropolis

    It's about time we began harvesting the ric…errr…the job creators, amirite?

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