[Rushtalk] Interesting Piece On Global Racism

Dennis Putnam dap1 at bellsouth.net
Wed Dec 21 11:53:31 MST 2016


If we were really a racist country that wouldn't have mattered.

On 12/21/2016 1:43 PM, Richard Whitenight wrote:
> We elected Barack Obama twice, because too many were ignorant and
> never vetted him before he became president the first time.
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> On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 12:25 Dennis Putnam <dap1 at bellsouth.net
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>     We are so racist that we elected a
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>     black POTUS, twice.
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>     On 12/21/2016 10:08 AM, John Quayle wrote:
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>>       How Racist Is America?
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>>         <http://www.wealthauthority.com/articles/how-racist-is-america/>
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>>     The word "RACISM" written in<br><br> wooden letterpress type.
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>>     Race is a big topic. You hear about it every day, and
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>>     regardless of your personal feelings, there is no denying
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>>     that racial tension is a serious issue in America right now.
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>>     It leads to an inescapable question: Just how racist is the
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>>     U.S.? In this session, we’ll compare the country to the rest
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>>     of the developed world in a number of statistics to see just
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>>     how bad it really is.
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>>     *Europe***
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>>     **As it turns out, the United States is on a
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>>     very short list of countries that tracks racial statistics.
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>>     For most of Europe, there are no official numbers on
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>>     incarceration or employment rates by race. The UK tracks
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>>     some stats by race, but for countries that don’t, the best
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>>     we can do is track rates by nationality. Here’s how it
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>>     *Incarceration*
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>>     **The UK is the only country in Europe with
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>>     racial incarceration statistics. The total black population
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>>     is 2.7 percent, but the prison population is 13.7 percent
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>>     black. That breaks down to a ratio of 5.07 to 1. For
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>>     comparison, the prison to population ratio for white Brits
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>>     As for the rest of Europe, the numbers to look at compare
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>>     citizens to foreigners, and they will shock you. In Germany,
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>>     21.7 percent of the prison population consists of
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>>     foreigners. Keep in mind that Germany is the champion of
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>>     Syrian refugees and European Union centralism, so seeing
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>>     such an insane rate is mind blowing.
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>>     What is far more surprising is that Germany is one of the
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>>     best countries in Europe in this metric. More than 15
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>>     countries have a foreign incarceration rate that is over 20
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>>     percent. The highest is Switzerland with an unimaginable
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>>     74.2 percent.
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>>     One other notable statistic involves France. While they
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>>     don’t track racial statistics, they have reported that more
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>>     than 70 percent of their prison population is Muslim.
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>>     Considering the country is at most 10 percent Muslim, that
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>>     makes an incarceration rate of 7 to 1 or higher.
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>>     *Employment*
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>>     **The incarceration rates in Europe are
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>>     astonishing, but the employment situation isn’t any better.
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>>     Once again, the UK is the only country with racial stats, so
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>>     we’ll start there. In this case, all minorities are lumped
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>>     together in the category of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
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>>     (BAME). The BAME unemployment has consistently stayed double
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>>     that of white Brits, while black Brits in particular suffer
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>>     an unemployment rate that is 2.5 times higher than the
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>>     national average.
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>>     For the rest of Europe, we once again defer to foreign
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>>     statistics. In Germany, the national unemployment rate is
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>>     4.1, but the foreign ratio is 2.02 times higher, at 8.3. In
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>>     France, the ratio is less incriminating. National
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>>     unemployment is 10.5, while foreign is 16.7. Across the
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>>     entire EU, the employment ratio is just under 2 to 1 for
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>>     foreigners.
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>>     *Australia and Canada*
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>>     **Australia and Canada have demographics
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>>     that make for reasonable comparisons to the U.S., but since
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>>     they aren’t part of the EU, it makes sense to separate their
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>>     statistics. In Canada, the incarceration of black nationals
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>>     negligible, so instead we have to compare aborigine rates.
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>>     The incarceration rate is 7 to 1, and the unemployment ratio
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>>     is 3 to 1. Now that we have set major comparisons for the
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>>     bulk of the developed world, let’s see how the U.S.
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>>     *United States*
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>>     **You’ve likely seen some of these
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>>     statistics before, but we’ll hit everything being compared
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>>     for clarity. Starting with imprisonment, the highest ratio
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>>     for any demographic is African Americans, and they are
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>>     incarcerated at a rate of 3.07 to 1. This is still a high
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>>     ratio, but it’s the lowest of any country that actually
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>>     measures the statistics.
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>>     As for foreign incarceration, the U.S. prison population
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>>     rate is 0.7 percent, the lowest in any country in the world
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>>     that measures, and of that population, 58 percent are
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>>     undocumented immigrants waiting for deportation. So, while
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>>     it may be arguable that the U.S. justice system is
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>>     imperfect, it’s the least racist or xenophobic justice
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>>     system in the world. It’s not close to the best; it is the
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>>     unparalleled champion.
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>>     What about employment? Well, among countries that actually
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>>     track these statistics, the U.S. is still the best. Once
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>>     again, African Americans are the most disproportionately
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>>     represented demographic, and they measure an unemployment
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>>     rate of 8.5, as compared to the 4.8 for the nation as a
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>>     whole. This is a disparity ratio of 1.77, which is
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>>     considerably better than anything measured in Europe or
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>>     Australia (statistics for Canada were contradictory and thus
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>>     inadmissible). The employment rate for immigrants is
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>>     unparalleled, at 5 percent. That leaves a ratio of just
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>>     *Bottom Line*
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>>     **While it shouldn’t be surprising that the
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>>     U.S. remains the best place in the world for immigrants, the
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>>     issue of racism is probably surprising. There is no
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>>     disputing that racial disparity still exists, but American
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>>     methods are clearly and significantly outpacing the rest of
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>>     the world.
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>>     Regards,
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>>     Ethan Warrick
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>>     Editor
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>>     Wealth Authority
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