26 January 2008

Transcending Race?

Well, not exactly. My friend Susan called my attention to the graphic at right which accompanies a story in The New York Times today. The current political rhetoric in the U.S. is that we are all just so terrific because a black man is being taken seriously as a candidate for president. This display suggests that we might not get too caught up in self-congratulation. The unemployment rate among blacks is double that for whites in South Carolina. Unemployment in the state is concentrated in those counties with the highest black populaitons. And, before casting aspersions on "the South" as being especially racist, it is important to note that that overall pattern is true nationally too.

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