Blacks' Wealth 20 Times Less Than Whites in U.S.A.

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Blacks' Wealth 20 Times Less Than Whites in U.S.A.
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Tue, 07-26-2011 - 10:25pm

I heard all over the news today that the average household wealth for blacks is about $5,300 and for whites it is around $113,500. This is the highest wealth difference between blacks and whites ever. Is it time to increase affirmative action programs for blacks?

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Registered: 11-13-2009
The "law firm" didn't admit it. A secretary let it slip while we were all drinking at the NYE office party. --- And no, you weren't talking about social iq.

 

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Registered: 11-13-2009
I still know people who won't hire blacks. And no, I'm not running around filing suits with anyone. I can't fix the world.

 

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Registered: 11-27-2009
I had to look this up. I thought it was just a reporting thing and the EEOC takes over. It appears to be a bit more complicated than that.
I've never known an employer to deny employment based on race. That would really bother me if I did. It looks as though there needs to be a person that has been discriminated against, not just an allegation that an employer won't hire people of certain races. A person can file on behalf of someone that has been discriminated against. I don't know that I would file charges unless I was absolutely certain that a specific person was discriminated against. I'd like to think I'd leave a position where there was obvious discrimination going on, but that's a lot easier to say than do when someone needs a job and the income that comes with it.
http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfm
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Registered: 11-13-2009
Some teachers and principals absolutely do push parents to medicate their kids. They did it to me with a threat of expulsion if I didn't, while sitting in the principal's office with my son's 4th grade teacher.

 

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Registered: 11-27-2009
I'd threaten to bring in a lawyer. Many states also have free advocates, and of course there are those people that will meet with the schools on a fee for service basis. It's absolutely amazing the hoops schools will jump through when there is an advocate in a meeting. Not always, but often.
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Registered: 11-13-2009
Thanks for looking that up. The firm actually handled EEOC cases filed against the bank in our building. That stuff gets intense if the employer has the money for big time lawyers. While I was there, the EEOC lost almost all of the 5 or 6 cases we handled during that time period. (and thanks for understanding about not being able to jump up and walk off the job.) And as far as the ones I know today that wouldn't hire blacks, well naturally people that don't know me well wouldn't tell me such things. So the ones I know are family and neighbors. Some I have cut off more than once, lol! Neighbors are the harder to get rid of, imo!

 

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Registered: 11-27-2009
I'm sorry, but I began laughing as I read your post. How utterly ironic! (just shaking my head now).
Neighbors are difficult, and it's never the ones you want to leave that do.
Although we got lucky this year, a rather nasty neighbor moved after he defaulted on his house. Of course, he did it intentionally as I recently came to find out. He has property and a house in another state, so he walked away from this house. It killed our house prices, selling $100,000 below market. In the end, the nasty man still got us all.
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It IS funny in a sad way, huh? --- Neighbors here never move. My nearest neighbors (in a few thousand acre area) all grew up here with my father in the 30's and 40's. (their stories of the old days are so grand and wonderful! I know it sounds sappy, but it's true.) Land is handed down generation after generation (along with oil and gas rights), so I try to get along cause I know they're not going anywhere. (well, until they die, and even then that would make me sad. not everyone is "all" evil, you know?) ---- I haven't lived in a neighborhood in over 2 decades, and didn't know that someone defaulting on a house could deflate others' home values. That's crazy. I'd be mad as h*ll!! ---- (I can't make paragraphs in this post for some reason, but I thought of another incident.) There used to a black man who worked for a big rancher who leased some land around here for his cattle. One day I was riding home with my new handyman down my dirt road, and the man had blocked the road for a minute or two while getting out to shut the gate behind him. He was pulling a trailer. My handyman went off, and started yelling out the window the N word and stuff. I was quite fond of Mr. Don, as I called him by then. (he had stopped one day when he saw me trying to fix fence, didn't say anything to me, we'd never met before cause I'd just moved here, stopped in the road, got his tools, and fixed the hole for me. -------- I assaulted my handyman inside his pickup to shut him the hell up, and of course, he was fired on the spot. Ramble, ramble, ramble, huh? Sorry!

 

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Registered: 11-27-2009
I think tradition is wonderful, and I absolutely love listening to stories. I used to work in nursing homes when I was in high school as a nursing assistant, pre-certification days. I loved talking with the residents. They had such great stories.

I commend you on the way you handled your handyman. I bet he never expected to loose a job over his attitude (I'm thinking he didn't think of it as racist). I would have sat there mortified not knowing what to do.

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