In 1999 Martin Gilens wrote in “Why Americans Hate Welfare” that:
65 percent of poor Americans shown in network television news are African American.
62 percent of poor Americans shown in newsmagazines are black.
In surveys, over half of the public says most poor people are black; only one out of four say most poor people are white.
In reality, African Americans make up only 29 percent of the country's poor.
Today this gross inconsistency- between people’s racialized perception of poverty in the United States and the actual diversity of experiences- persists and continues to undermine the movement for economic justice.
Mr. Boehner, will blocking the vote to avoid default – for the sake of continuing huge tax loopholes for businesses and tax benefits for the wealthiest among us - really play well in the voting booth? Read more