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Tue Jun 2, 2015, 01:28 PM

Black America is getting screwed: Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities

(I posted this in GD, but it's not going anywhere)

Before being assassinated, Martin Luther King envisioned a Poor People’s Campaign descending on Washington to demand better education, jobs and social insurance. He saw it as an extension of his work on civil rights, equal in importance and scope. In “a nation gorged on money while millions of its citizens are denied a good education, adequate health services, meaningful employment, and even respect,” King wrote in announcing the Poor People’s Campaign, “all of us can almost feel the presence of a kind of social insanity which could lead to national ruin.”

Forty-seven years after the Poor People’s Campaign ended, political discussion in liberal activist circles has bifurcated in unnecessary ways. There are separate economic and racial justice movements, and as my Salon colleague Joan Walsh points out, political leaders too often speak to only one or the other. But these movements are different facets of one fight; if black lives matter, surely their economic lives matter too. And a new report shows that people of color still face discrimination and hardship in their fight for economic dignity, as sure as they do in the fight for basic respect.

The report, released today by the think tank Demos and the NAACP, focuses on African-American and Latino workers in the retail industry. While we’re supposed to believe that e-commerce and Amazon’s dominance has destroyed retail, the industry is actually the fastest growing in America, representing one out of every six new jobs in the economy last year. And while low wages and occupational hazards define retail work generally, that experience is even worse for people of color.

According to the Demos/NAACP study, black retail workers are nearly twice as likely to be living below the poverty line as the overall workforce. African-Americans and Latinos have fewer supervisory roles in retail relative to white counterparts, and more low-paid cashier positions. Among retail workers of color, there are more involuntary part-time employees, who want more hours but cannot receive them. And Black and Latino workers make less than their similarly situated colleagues — 75 percent of the average wage of a retail salesperson, and 90 percent of the average wage of a cashier, for example.
http://www.salon.com/2015/06/02/black_america_is_getting_screwed_shocking_new_study_highlights_the_depths_of_economic_disparities/

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Tue Jun 2, 2015, 04:26 PM

1. Minorities and woman are always getting short changed in terms of salary.

Pay us what we are worth. We work just as hard if not harder. My kid is trying to save money to back to school with and is having trouble getting hours. How does wallstreet expect us to buy their crappy products if we can't afford to feed our families.

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Response to psychmommy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 2, 2015, 04:32 PM

2. This exactly

You hit right on point on how important this is. If we paid POC what they are worth, as well as what they deserve, you'd hear the indignant whining a mile away.

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Response to psychmommy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 2, 2015, 09:11 PM

3. "We work just as hard if not harder." Black women not only get paid less

as white men and women but we are also more likely to put our money BACK into our communities. Either through charity work, or helping out extended family that need us.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0882775.html

Even though we trail only white men in terms of level of education, we are still not paid what we're worth. And yet, we still take what we have and put it back in our communities. Black community as a whole would have crumbled to dust by now without us.

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