Urban Poverty, in Black and White

Karl Alexander and Linda Olson, CNN, July 11, 2014

Say “urban poor,” and the image that most likely comes to mind is one of young black men caught up in a swirl of drugs and violence and irresponsible single women having babies. But this pervasive stereotype overlooks a surprising reality: Many whites live side by side African-Americans in some of the country’s poorest urban neighborhoods.

Because white poverty is less expected, less recognized and less studied, we often exclude poor whites from our discussions. That masks a fundamental truth about economic inequality: Poverty is colorblind. But neither is it the same for everyone, as the white poor benefit from a lifetime of the hidden perks of white privilege.


We traced the experience of nearly 800 children in Baltimore for more than 25 years, from the time they entered first grade in the fall of 1982 in 20 Baltimore public schools to well into their third decade. Half their families were low income, according to school records, and the typical low-income parent hadn’t finished high school. What might be surprising is that of that half, 40% are white.

Looking at where these children started in life and where they ended up, the study results are troubling but clear: At 28, hardly any of the children from a disadvantaged background, black or white, had finished college.

But even without the benefit of a college degree, whites, and white men especially, had vastly better employment outcomes. At every age, the white men experienced shorter spells of unemployment, were more likely to be working full-time and earned more.


{snip} As young adults, African-American men had fared much worse than whites in the job market, even though they and their white counterparts had about the same levels of education and the whites reported higher rates of marijuana and heavy drug use and binge drinking.

Take, for example, the types of jobs the men in our study held. At 28, nearly half of the white men who had not attended college were employed in the industrial and construction trades, the highest-paying sector of blue-collar employment. By contrast, only 15% of African-American men worked in these sectors, and even within that small group, annual earnings were less than half that of whites–$21,500 versus $43,000.

This disparity is no accident.

It fits a broader pattern evident as far back as high school: About one-fifth of white men who grew up in disadvantaged families had after-school and summer jobs in these industries–important experience that can help secure a full-time job–while not a single African-American person did.

Indeed, throughout the course of our study, it was clear that African- Americans face greater barriers to employment. Having an arrest record or failing to complete high school were less consequential for white men than for African-American men: 84% of whites without a high school degree were employed at 22; among African Americans, just 40% were.


The race-based privilege that benefits working-class whites over working-class African-Americans has its origins in the discriminatory practices that excluded African-Americans from the skilled trades during Baltimore’s booming World War II and post-war industrial economy.

Although overt racial discrimination has lessened since then, the deep structural inequalities these barriers helped establish continue today through word-of-mouth hiring, employer attitudes that limit opportunities for African-Americans and segregated social networks.


When asked at age 22 how they found their current jobs, whites more often mentioned help from family and friends, while more African-Americans found jobs “on their own.” The white job seekers in our study had family, friends and neighbors who could help them access good-quality, higher-paying jobs.

And what of those women having babies?

Most of the women of disadvantaged background, white and African-American, became mothers as teenagers, worked sporadically and when working, their employment was concentrated in the low-pay clerical and service sectors.

The difference, though, is that many more white women were married or in a stable co-habiting relationship. An additional earner in the household makes a vast difference in economic well-being, which means that white men’s workplace advantages benefit white women as well.


Too often, our policymakers focus on colorblind solutions, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, to help the urban poor. Such programs only help those who already have jobs and fail to address chronic unemployment among African-Americans.

Amid the growing national conversation on economic inequality, now is the time for our leaders to recognize that race matters and develop creative programs, such as President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, to address the different challenges facing poor African-Americans.



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  • MekongDelta69

    “Say ‘urban poor,’ and the image that most likely comes to mind is one of young black men caught up in a swirl of drugs and violence and irresponsible single women having babies.”


    “Many whites live side by side African-Americans in some of the country’s poorest urban neighborhoods.”

    Small ‘w’ = Bad people
    ‘Hyphenated black = Good and noble people

    • me

      The sheer stupidity of CNN’s ‘reporters’ and ‘journalists’ is why they’re slowly swirling down the toilet drain. No matter how much commie propaganda and anti-White lies they spew, it still isn’t going to save them….

    • Nevsky

      In one of the articles on amren it said that about 93% of all journalists were democrats (anti-white). No surprises here.

  • What a pile of horse manure this piece is. Poor whites are looked down upon by the wealthy white elites and white liberals who pump resources to blacks in the name of altruism, but dump on poor whites, badmouthing them.

    There’s an old white viking type guy here is south Texas, very poor but very willing to work. The local whites tell him to get lost as they PREFER Mexicans. Sad, but poor whites are blamed for their poverty, while blacks get to claim racism.

    • me

      Too true! Poor Whites are being slowly crucified by the self-proclaimed ‘elite’ Whites.

      • bilderbuster

        White ‘elites’ have historically dumped on poor Whites and cared little or nothing at all about their well being.
        The British royals are a good example as they treated their subjects like beasts in the past and today could care less that their people and Kingdom is swarming with third world trash as long as it doesn’t effect them they just go about as if it were nothing.
        Unless the White ‘elite’s’ necks are on the line they will sell their own people out every time.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Exactly. Poor Whites are more likely to be crime victims if stuck living near poor Blacks. It is work ethic that sets poor Whites apart, as well as stronger moral fabric and intelligence. Poor Whites tend to work to better themselves. Poor Blacks just sit waiting for the next handout.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Not only that, it seems a lot of whites actively stab other whites in the back on the job, just to get ahead.

  • Giovanni704

    “But neither is it the same for everyone, as the white poor benefit from a lifetime of the hidden perks of white privilege.”
    In an Alt.Right article I read some time ago, it was argued that Whites ignorantly endorse this view because of individualism. When Whites fail, it is perceived to be their fault. However, because of multicultural indoctrination, they believed the opposite held true when it came to minorities. When Blacks or Latinos fail, it is because of injustice.

    • Mrfinoni

      Agree! Elite Whites have no compassion for struggling Whites!

      • bilderbuster

        The chosen always buy them off and they sell us out every time.

  • I’m not going to respond to the silliness in this article, except to note one very glaring and obvious paradox:

    If there was “white privilege,” there would be no poor whites.

    • John R

      Please, you are trying to apply logic to liberal reasoning.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Exactly. Logic and Liberalism are two thinking styles that never intersect.

    • APaige

      Exactly. And if ‘poverty is colorblind’ then racism is not to blame for Black poverty.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        There is no racism, just black intellectual and biological inferiority.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          That’s another one that belongs on the AmRen letterhead.

        • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel


  • Lewis33

    Marriage, family, culture = white privilege.

    • Alucard_the_last

      Out of wedlock ‘berfs’, 12 fathers for 12 different children, no morals, special rights and the lack of real culture = black privilege

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Add to that all paid for by whites.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Exactly. The author of this article describes the presence of integrity amongst poor Whites, but labels it as “White Privilege”. A reader with integrity will see this, and disregard the liberal lie, knowing that White privilege does not exist. Whites having a more thoroughly developed pre-frontal cortex than Negroes is what exists, resulting in Whites having a stronger moral compass than Blacks. Just rewards for integrity, honesty, and hard work are what cause Whites to fare better economically than Blacks, not White privilege.

  • White privilege:
    employed family members/neighbors–> employed kids
    married parents–> married kids


    black oppression:
    unemployed parents –> unemployed kids
    single parents–> single parent kids

    • SoulInvictus

      That really does sum it up well.
      Nearly every black person I’ve known with a traditional family structure (good parents that worked and stayed together), turned out just fine.
      White or black kids with broken families and/or unpredictable parental employment, much less likely to do so.

  • Luca

    Perhaps Whites try harder, have a greater sense of integrity written into their DNA and can’t fall back on racism as an excuse for every failure and ailment under the sun. Prior to the Civil War, poor southern Whites were much worse off than the slaves. The slaves always had someone to feed and house them. The Whites had to rely on themselves.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “As young adults, African-American men had fared much worse than whites in the job market, even though they and their white counterparts had about the same levels of education and the whites reported higher rates of marijuana and heavy drug use and binge drinking.”

    In these propaganda articles what the author omits is often more telling than what he includes. So the black young men fared worse in the job market than white men even though the white and black men allegedly had the same level of education, but white men admitted to more drug and alcohol use. So what’s missing that could affect employment? Criminal record. The author purposefully omits criminal record because he knows that the black crime rate is far, far higher. Of course, this author would likely dismiss that criminal disparity as a racist legal system.

    • 4321realist

      In addition to not mentioning criminal backgrounds, the author fails to mention that citing “the same level of education” is even more deceptive, because blacks are given AA in grading and certification, and they can barely read on a high school level after 4 years of college, and the less said of math and the sciences the better.

      Many can’t even do that well. Ever listened to black “college students” discuss a subject and wonder what on earth such a low intellect could be doing in college and how did they ever get admitted?

      I knew this complaining was coming, because blacks have been pushing for more college degrees and more high school graduates so they could lie about the fact they earned both and then complain about racism when job entry tests cull them out, because they clearly show they’re not bright enough, and black certification is next to useless in the vast majority of cases.

      God pity the poor white soul who falls under the knife of a black “surgeon’ or gets his prescriptions filled by a black “pharmacist.”

      A wee number MAY be qualified, but the vast majority are not, and with mandates for black quotas in the Obamacare bill throughout the medical field the situation will soon be out-of-control.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        There’s a good discussion of this in Prof. Farron’s The Affirmative Action Hoax, published by New Century and which is now available on Kindle. Blacks with a post-graduate degree (i.e. doctors, lawyers, etc.) on average cannot even read a bus schedule.

    • Luca

      The author also forgets to mention that when the black candidate with his high school diploma applies for the job, the interviewers have a hard time understanding his rap-inspired ghetto ebonics.

      • Stick

        It just might mean that pulling up your pants and wearing a belt would increase their opportunities. Speaking English helps as well as being non-threatening and cheerful.

  • Evette Coutier

    White privilege…intelligence and self control.
    Black oppression…low intelligence and impulsivity.
    Solution to achieve racial equality…eliminate all blacks with an IQ below 100, and those who have an inability for self control, or inbreeding blacks with other races to lower the overall intelligence of the population, and to genetically engineer an impulsive population to black standards. We all know which path our leadership has chosen.

  • Brady

    What this study shows is that having a college degree is not as important to finding a job as many would suppose.

    • John R

      What this study shows is that the number one cause of poverty and your inability to rise above it is YOUR OWN ACTIONS.

  • 4321realist

    “Even poor whites get white privilege.”

    When blacks refer to white privilege, they really mean white intelligence.

    It’s just one more excuse they use for being unable to compete with white people on an equal basis.

    And they’re awfully careful not to mention that they can’t compete with any of the other races either.

  • Adolf Verloc

    “The difference, though, is that many more white women were married or in a stable co-habiting relationship.” Quelle surprise! Who would have thought that would have a difference on life outcomes?

    “The white job seekers in our study had family, friends and neighbors who
    could help them access good-quality, higher-paying jobs.” In other words, few young black men knew anyone with an honest job.

    “At every age, the white men experienced shorter spells of unemployment,
    were more likely to be working full-time and earned more.” All of which could have nothing to do with personal character, but must be related to a vast racist conspiracy.

    It’s always fun when an article proves the opposite of what it thinks it is proving.

  • John R

    OHHHH PUUULLLEEEZZZZE!!!! Okay, now, let me try and respond, and keep it as brief as possible. So, at first we hear that Whites have an unfair advantage because of the “heritage of slavery” and that Whites had more savings inherited from middle class parents. Now, we are talking about Whites who are living in poverty TODAY. So apparently they have an UNFAIR advantage because even after school they get jobs and work during the summer. Another “unfair” advantage poor Whites have is we are more likely to be involved in stable relationships. And, of course, more White men who are poor take jobs in construction. (Yeah, some advantage: Working out in the hot sun doing menial labor, huh?)

    Why don’t they just admit it? That most poor White people try their best to make things better for themselves? Most Whites, even the poor, are not slackers: We don’t consider it beneath our dignity to take any job if a good one is not available, and we try and establish social networks to obtain future employment. Gee. The nerve of those damned White people!

    I could go on and on with this, but I am sure you get my drift. Yes, great article. Thank you whoever submitted it. I might actually download and save it. It gets at the whole crux of the race issue between blacks and Whites. Peace!

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      If you want to see what white privilege really is, go to a majority white area with high poverty and look around. And then go to a majority black area and do the same.
      Compare the differences.
      That’s white privilege.
      The fact that whites actually care about things and try to do the best with what they have, while blacks prefer to blame others for their problems instead.

      Of course, then we have all the media and politics-related issues as well, which are effectively creating a black problem.
      “Community organizers” have a vested interest in keeping blacks poor and helpless, because if they are doing well, then all the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons would get kicked out on their a**es. They don’t want to help blacks, they just want to make money off of the situation. And as long as the situation continues, they continue to make money.
      And media is also creating the same problem among black ‘youfs’, by telling them about white privilege and how they are f*cked because of their race and so there is no point in even trying.
      And they listen to this, and don’t bother trying to get good grades in school, because “white privilege” will mean they won’t get jobs anyways. And when they get no jobs (because of poor grades and behaviour), they blame “white privilege”.
      A self-fulfilling prophecy.

      • bilderbuster

        Whites don’t need community activists.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Honey, I keep telling you:
      Logic is a tool for your development.
      It is not a weapon for this fight.
      Don’t drive yourself crazy.

  • IstvanIN

    Poor white men, when they find a job, are more likely to keep it by doing what they are instructed to do and showing up everyday on time. That is white privilege! Large numbers of black men are stupid, refuse to follow instructions, fail to come to work on a regular basis and thus can not keep a job. It really is that simple. If we were allowed to be honest most employers would tell you what I just did.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Exactly. Most Blacks have a horrible work ethic. Horrible use of time, start complaining any time the going gets rough at a job. They complain while White co-workers dig in, and get the job done. Blacks act like they are at a party while at work. Never on time, rarely focused on the task at hand.

  • Tarczan

    I couldn’t make it through the whole story. I know so many whites who started with nothing, no training, no family money, who just put there head down and made a life for themselves.

    Another attempt at disparate impact. The author should hire a black to build a brick wall, fix his automatic transmission, or install a new air conditioner if he thinks it’s all due to racism.

    I mention automatic transmission because a year ago I took my car in to have the transmission repaired. I started talking to the mechanic and asked him how he learned his trade. He said he never graduated from high school but his first job there was kind of a helper. He eventually moved up to changing oil. Over the course of 5 years or so he learned how to fix automatics. He had two “white” things going for him- he worked hard and he had the aptitude, neither qualities darkies have much of,

  • willbest

    To the extent there is a white privilege, its genetic.

  • Steven Barr

    In England we have plenty of run down white neighbourhoods and many of their inhabitants are extremely unpleasant. But “unpleasant” is really the most they are. I’ve never been afraid of a lower class white the way I’ve been afraid of a lower class black. Many whites get involved in drunken brawls but it’s pretty rare for them to shoot or knife or gang rape.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Accurate description. There is no comparison between poor Whites and poor Blacks. Poor Blacks are uncouth, violent, and scary. This is why most Whites choose to move away from them. It is just like the studious kids not wanting to sit in the back of the bus with the bullies. Why wouldn’t a hard working, decent person move away from a bunch of bullies who have wrecked their neighborhood?

  • 2Can Sam

    More liberal nonsense to excuse black behavior.

    • LHathaway

      Sounds like yet again. . even in an article about poor whites. . the end result is everyone is ignoring them.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Of course, until they find a new way to mock, denigrate, harm, exploit or even kill them. Is it any wonder that many poor whites are suspicious, even hostile towards all people not like themselves? They know nobody cares about them, and they also know how taken for granted and exploited they are.

  • Dave West

    This really just shows the difference between the European and African peoples, although poor whites may be somewhat unintelligent they are still productive and much more civilized than poor blacks. Poor whites tend to have a good work ethic and tend to be handy when it comes to house hold fixtures and cars. Not to say that some poor blacks don’t have these characteristics, but the proportion is far less.

    The poorest blacks are a class all their own and are far more criminally prone, unintelligent, and lazy than the most poor whites and even many poor hispanics.

    When urban liberals make fun of “poor, ignorant, drunken, white trash” they are in reality describing the average black or hispanic.

  • JohnEngelman

    Most of the women of disadvantaged background, white and African-American, became mothers as teenagers, worked sporadically and when working, their employment was concentrated in the low-pay clerical and service sectors.

    The difference, though, is that many more white women were married or in a stable co-habiting relationship.

    – Karl Alexander and Linda Olson, CNN, July 11, 2014

    That is not unfair white privilege. That is greater moral responsibility among whites.

    • LHathaway

      This I would disagree with and am surprised it is coming from you. More white women are married because they are in greater demand. If the issue is that black women don’t want to marry white or other men. . If that’s the issue I’m not sure it’s evidence of greater moral responsibility among whites, and at this point, when we (and the article) write ‘among whites’ it should probably be saying ‘among white women’.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Agreed. Black women are loathsome.

        • Who Me?

          Black women are so uncouth and unladylike that even black men can’t stand to be around them for long. Just wham-bam-thank you ma’am, and gone the next day or the next week.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        I usually enjoy your posts, but this one disappoints me. You are making excuses for Negresses. A lot of Negro males lust after White women these days, and this sickens me. This was not true in the old days, though, and the norm with Blacks was for Papa to be a Rolling Stone. Blacks are morally degenerate. Denying this basic truth is folly.

        • LHathaway

          How am I making excuses for Negresses? If my post could be construed to be saying anything (and I admit after re-reading my post it is very confusing) it would have to be construed to say that Black women are morally superior. . because they refuse to engage in race-mixing. Back to John’s original statement/idea, that more white women are married (to those of all races) while less black women are married (because they eschew race mixing) is a bit dubious. Perhaps it shows that black women (at least by what I would have to assume are your standards) are morally superior. Perhaps it’s not their moral superiority but the effect of the marketplace, more or less. Perhaps a legacy of ‘patriarchy’ in black communities.

          In either case, John’s statement that this is due to the moral superiority of white women (and not their self-centeredness) is bit dubious?

          • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

            White women are more often married, as they exercise more moral responsibility, by and large, than Negresses. We shouldn’t just say more moral responsibility, though, but vastly more moral responsibility. The stats on HIV/STD rates attest to this. As those of us familiar with Black behavior are well aware, these stats only represent the tip of the iceberg as far as Negro behavior. Actual rates are far higher, due to lack of shame that causes lack of reporting, plus simply not being tested. The depth and scope of Negro degeneracy is a shock to the sensibilities of the average White person. Are Whites morally superior to Negroes? Of course we are!! Negro behavioral patterns attest to this on a daily basis.

          • LHathaway

            They’re victims, Rebel. We can’t be blamed for our passions, we can only try and restrain them and pray for forgiveness.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Right on the money. Greater moral responsibility amongst Whites is what gives us better outcomes. Moral responsibility is surely not a privilege, and should be lauded, not falsely re-badged under the false moniker “privilege”.

      • LHathaway

        Why are you buying their ‘privilege’ argument in Any way?

  • Ike Eichenberg

    I wonder why the author didn’t mention the 180 point SAT score difference between poor whites and blacks?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I also wish more articles would acknowledge that even the richest blacks (the ones making more than $200,000/year) only score 3 points higher on the SAT than the poorest whites (the ones making less than $20,000/year).

      This is incredibly important for understanding why society and racial outcomes are what they are, but no one in the mainstream media wants to acknowledge it.

      • Jefferson

        When Black households bring home over $200,000 a year it is because they did it through hard work, sweat, and tears. When White households bring home over $200,000 a year it is because they did it by racially oppressing and holding down Black people.

        That is liberal logic for you.

        • JohnEngelman

          According to Antisemites, when Jews earn over $200,000 it is because of nepotism. That is the same kind of bad reasoning.

          • Jefferson

            Blacks also use the nepotism excuse to explain the income gap between Blacks and Whites.

            I remember reading an article by a Black liberal who said White people on average network more than Black people when it comes to getting a good paying job. Like say for example a White guy will get a over $100,000 a year job working in an oil field in North Dakota or Texas because he has an uncle in that industry who will hook him up.

          • SSkreelings

            My Jewish doctor earns over $200,000 a year. Found and cured me of a deadly cancer eight years ago. He is also the first person in his family to have gone to college.

          • Luca

            Generally, these days, that stereotype applies most accurately to Hollywood. As we all know, Hollywood is one big Jewish employment agency.

            It used to apply to banking, jewelry, the diamond trade, etc. Not so much anymore.

          • JohnEngelman

            Hollywood is probably the most competitive economic environment in the United States. It costs at least a few million dollars to make a movie, usually much more. I have read that six out of seven Hollywood movies lose money.

            In an environment like that there is no room for nepotism and no substitute for talent. Talented people are not always successful in Hollywood, because the odds against success are formidable. Nevertheless, untalented people are exposed and rejected fairly quickly.

            Also, there is no opportunity to “brainwash” the American people into accepting things white nationalists do not like, such as miscegenation. Those who do not appeal to the audience have their careers cut short.

            In Hollywood, as in politics, one does not get places by changing people’s minds. One gets places by articulating and channeling values, tastes, and concerns most people already have.

            Caveat: it is true, as Jewish writer Michael Medved has pointed out that, G and PG rated movies are more likely to be profitable than R rated movies, even though R rated movies are more likely to be made. Nevertheless, there is a market for R rated movies. NC-17 movies rarely make money.

          • Luca

            Some people like to money off of human frailties and weaknesses. There was a time when R rated movies would have been unthinkable, as well as porno and rap music.

            People will be influenced to some degree by what they see and hear every day. Read up on subliminal messaging. So propaganda is really a myth and never works, right?

            Do you really think there is no agenda or nepotism in Hollywood? Do you really think Tori Spelling is a fountain of talent? Are the Coen bros. really making movies people are dying to see? Was Mel Brooks really all that funny and was it always necessary to run a Jewish theme in virtually all of his movies? Do people really want gays, Jews, single mothers, black thugs and gratuitous sex in every movie they see?

            In Hollywood, the media, academia and politics, once you have power and money you can influence many people. I shouldn’t have to explain that.

          • JohnEngelman

            Another word for nepotism is “networking.” It is recommended by job counselors for those looking for a job.

            Networking happens throughout the economy. It can open doors. It cannot keep them open if one cannot perform adequately.

          • Katherine McChesney

            “I have read that six out of seven Hollywood movies lose money.”

            This also applies to the music business and records released. There are films made and records released for one reason…they’re used as tax write-offs. I learned this while working in entertainment in Hollywood for a business manager and a personal manager.

          • bilderbuster

            The only “Antisemites” who believe that are your cartoon friends at the ADL.
            As for myself I believe nepotism in the private sector is acceptable.

      • 4321realist

        Some academics did a study a while back between wealthy blacks and poor whites, gleefully expecting to reveal to the world that it is poverty and not race that determines success in school.

        It was reported that they were stunned to discover that poor whites outperformed wealthy blacks in every area, and rather than admit what tens of thousands of studies and tests reported in prior years, which is that blacks are generally less intelligent than whites, they were totally perplexed at the results and sought to come up with a reason for the disparity.

        I’m wondering if the SAT tests showing wealthy blacks 3 points up on poor whites can be explained by other factors not considered….even black cheating.

        I’m disinclined to believe that, as a group, blacks of any stripe will outscore whites no matter how poor they are so long as whites have access to the same course materials as blacks. I think there’s more to it than what has been reported.

        • Who Me?

          I think there’s more to it than what has been reported.
          Of course there’s more to it. What it is, is that White people, on the whole, have ambition, don’t really care to lay around the house with no goals and/or ambitions. They get up, get dressed appropriately, and go out and GET a job. If they’re lucky, they find something better than what they were looking for. Otherwise they “work up” into something better or MAKE the contacts necessary to get a better job. Most White people know that they cannot start at the top. You have to WANT to work, prove your worth to the company, and consistently do a good job where you are at, to get higher.

          Blacks prefer to NOT to work, or put off looking for a job, or just complain that there are no jobs out there. They also see no point in working for months/years at a lower wage and prestige to better themselves. If they can’t start as CEO of some large corporation, they don’t want it. They won’t work in the mail room or man the phones or shuffle paper. If they are offered a job at a lower level than they think they are worth, they complain that they are being “disrespected”, or that it is due to “racism”.

          It’s true that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, or a man by the color of his skin, but you CAN get a pretty good idea by reading the blurb on the back of the book, or listening to the man talk for five minutes.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            Boy have you got that right, I have to deal with these “sweat riders” on the job. I end up hauling 100 plus pounds of gear around the ship from one deck to another while this one idiot does more to ensure I sweat a LOT more just to DO my job. I nearly cursed him out in front of everyone when he yelled at me one time too many, I tell you all that blacks can really bring whatever mean streak you have to the surface all at once. I think though he’s about to be fired, because I come to work on time everyday and he doesn’t. I can weld studs by my self faster without someone else to hinder me.

    • SSkreelings

      Also bear in mind when reading this chart that those blacks in the upper levels of family income are mostly higher level federal government employees, in their jobs thanks to affirmative action programs.

  • JohnEngelman

    Low income white men are less likely to have felony convictions than low income black men because low income white men are less likely to commit felonies. Employers are more likely to hire low income white men because they feel safer with them.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I would suggest they are more productive as well.

      • SSkreelings

        And more intelligent. A poor, lower class white man who can stay away from alcohol and drugs has the capacity to move up. Not so most black males.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          If that is, those poor white men are given the chance. Affirmative action and other genocidal policies however are ensuring the opposite is happening. I see this every day on the job. Yes some poor white men are working, but far too many are openly being locked out of jobs, marriage and family formation. The best social policies are those that get men gainfully employed with the opportunity to advance and earn more, encourage marriage and discourage divorces of convenience, and encourages the birth of children to married parents. That benefits everyone…….and reduces crime, taxes and the size of government too.

    • LHathaway

      Actually, the welfare reform act of 1996 (and still in effect) gives larger employers tax breaks if they hire someone who is receiving government assistance and also for hiring those with a criminal record.

      • Who Me?

        And that, in and of itself is criminal. It’s rewarding bad behavior. Something you DON’T do when rearing children or even training animals. Counter productive.

  • WR_the_realist

    So CNN has joined MSNBC in making “white privilege” an official social fact.

    The media isn’t just bad, it’s evil.

    At the very least the white kids in those families must have learned some sort of work ethic, because they wouldn’t hold a construction job for long if they didn’t. And CNN makes the usual error of the social wonks in assuming that N years of education is the same for everybody. If I get 12 years of grade school / high school education where I learn calculus and basic physics that is held to be equivalent to a black kid getting 12 years of education who barely learns how to read.

    • Who Me?

      And can’t read “cracker runes” at all–ie cursive handwriting.

      • bilderbuster

        Yet they claim to be able to decipher gang graffiti.

  • SSkreelings

    The difference between the black multi-generational poor and the white multi-generational poor is that, with assistance and encouragement, the whites can be lifted out of poverty. The blacks have neither the intelligence nor the personal attributes necessary to survive outside of a jungle environment.
    The worst thing that ever happened to American blacks was being brought over here and enslaved. The second worst thing that ever happened to them was being freed from slavery and just turned loose to make it on their own. Most of them are not capable of that.
    Hence what you see in the inner cities – cities turned back into the jungles from when they came.

    • me

      The worst thing that ever happened to Whites, you mean. Who cares about Negroes? They’ve been given fifty years of government largesse and ‘special status’ to get their act together. We could have cured cancer, colonized Mars, and ended a lot of the problems of humanity if we weren’t so busy trying to ‘help and appease’ Negroes. The only thing left is to send Negroes back to the jungle, but they won’t go. They have it too good here–despite their incessant bitching and hatred of the White man.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Indeed, had those trillions not been wasted appeasing darkie ingrates, everyone would be better off, even the blacks.

  • SSkreelings

    It has been written and said over and over: the greatest anti-poverty program for women is marriage. When 80% of black females reproduce endless litters by unknown males, both the females and their offspring are condemned to a life of poverty. Not that I really give a rat’s a$$ about that one way or another, but it’s customary to feel sorry for them.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Look at these two pathetic, appeasing, ‘Passover Syndrome’ weenies. If they don’t look like the stereotypical self-loathing a-hole. Picture in the dictionary stuff.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      • Melvin Bonzarelli

        She looks like she couldn’t get a date on Saturday night if she stood naked in the middle of the street waving a six pack of beer, a hundred dollar bill, and a box of condoms.
        And he looks like he just heard that his boyfriend just tested negative for HIV and is coming over for the weekend.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          Their sexual attraction, or not, was not where I was going with that. Enablers for the nation-takers was where I was taking that.

          You sound like an SPLC troll. Is that you, Heidi? I recognized your Brezhnev fetish. “Oh, heeez sooo dangerous”.

          • bilderbuster

            It was funny except she probably doesn’t date and even her cat doesn’t like her.
            The really scary part is that both would look right at home on any university campus in the US.

  • teaisstronger


    My parents and their parents build this nation by working hard. Blacks had been here for over 100 years and like Haiti and Africa they did nothing. I worked hard to continue keeping America the most hated, envied and respected country on the Earth. Blacks should leave America for several generations and when they return they will know what racial privilege really means.

    • bilderbuster

      What’s this “when they return” nonsense?

  • Alexandra1973

    I guess you could say I’m a poor, “single” mom, but only because of an unwanted divorce. Still praying for my husband to return. In the meantime I’ll just concentrate on raising the one child I have.

    I’m thankful there are people in my church who are extremely helpful.

    • Who Me?

      But your one child is not going to be out roaming the streets with a pack of his buddies, getting into the kind of trouble that leads to a jail sentence of 25 to life.
      This is because, as a White woman you are raising your White child to have values and morals and judgement and a work ethic–in other words, you are raising him to have “White Privilege”.

      • Alexandra1973

        He’s also mildly autistic.

        I sure don’t feel privileged. I don’t have cable or satellite (don’t want them), I have an 18-year-old van, and the only TV we have is a small one with a built-in DVD player that my mom gave us. We have two computers but they’re not new.

        But yeah, I am teaching my son morals. I don’t send him to church–I take him. He loves it. He behaves really well and people love him.

  • HE2

    What a farce.
    To hold a job one must get out of bed and show up on time. Just not in the black play book, sorry.
    A low level ancillary staff member where I worked did not show up for work one day. When called, she said, “cain’t come in today, it be rainin’ ow’ side.”

    This is not unusual black logic.

    • Ed

      People really don’t realize how dysfunctional Blacks are at the workplace. Especially at low level jobs, it’s like working with children who can’t tie their shoes.

      • HE2

        Bingo, Ed. My experience, exactly.
        When confronted with their laxity, expect an explosion of righteous indignation, denial and excuses.
        By their lights, they should not have to be reliable; that is actin’ White.

    • Luca

      Then when they do show up, how much time do they waste talking on the phone, shufflin’ around the office, eating, and listening to music? Then factor in how much time is wasted on explaining elementary instructions and having someone else doing the work over again?

      • emiledurk16

        Endless calls to the IT dept for the simplest of situations. Meeting after meeting of self complimentary themes expounding on how well everyone is doing and how everyone’s’ effort is appreciated.
        “Stress reduction day”, “positive attitude day” and other such productive time killing nonsense. Juvenile coloring posters of “happy faces” on cube display

      • HE2

        Luca, the trick is to carefully [if possible] vet and redirect the difficult cases/jobs to Whites, the no-brainers to black AA hires.

  • Chip Carver

    Articles like this are intended to tell people how to think. Period. And many whites and most non-whites are idiotic enough to follow suit. This isn’t a report. It’s verbiage designed to tell people how they should look at a particular group of whites, like almost everything else in the media.

    • LHathaway

      You have a very good point. . . An odd article about poor whites, on a website that is mostly for poor/loser whites (or dedicated to controlling them) and all the comments are about blacks. I’ve been saying this all the time on AmRen. Even a website dedicated to whites is obsessed with blacks. The road to renaissance requires a change or two in direction.

      Yet another point the article misses. . . If they think poor white women are mostly marrying poor white men. . . then another of their in depth articles on race and class has completely missed the mark. As you suggest, either intentionally, or they may have a small blind spot at CNN.

      And for another point they have ‘missed’, when they write, “Most of the women of disadvantaged background, white and African-American, became mothers as teenagers”. I don’t think it’s true most White women become mothers as teenagers. I don’t even think ‘most’ poor white women become pregnant at teenagers.

      • HE2

        I don’t even think ‘most’ poor white women become pregnant at teenagers..
        Another early breeder group are mestizo girls, who have babies as teens.
        Take a look at the illegitimate birth stats for that lot.
        So much for pristine mestizo family values that are being shoved down our throats.

  • ISeeThroughYourLies

    “At 28, nearly half of the white men who had not attended college were
    employed in the industrial and construction trades, the highest-paying
    sector of blue-collar employment. By contrast, only 15% of
    African-American men worked in these sectors, and even within that small
    group, annual earnings were less than half that of whites–$21,500
    versus $43,000.”

    Maybe because, in those particular trades, actual honest, hard work is required to succeed; you can’t just BS your way through it and go through the motions. Also, employers will expect you to be on time and present every working day, from sun up to sun down. If you won’t do it, someone else will.

  • LHathaway

    “84% of whites without a high school degree were employed at 22; among African Americans, just 40% were”.

    If it were reversed (and this is assuming you believe them), and 84% of blacks but only 40% of whites held a job they would connect this to ‘slavery’ and saying it is, in effect, still going on.

    • Alexandra1973

      It’s interesting…it seems to me that more and more jobs require college degrees. And what do you have to do to get that piece of paper? Be indoctrinated. Think about it. It seems an employer doesn’t care whether or not you can do the job–do you have that piece of paper certifying your indoctrination?

      My dad had only a sixth-grade education. But he wasn’t stupid. He was making some pretty good money as a meatcutter in a Detroit supermarket (back when they had them) in the late 60s and early 70s.

      I once worked at at place where it was said that if you had a degree in underwater basket-weaving you’d be considered for management. Go figure.

      • Melvin Bonzarelli

        It’s a shrinking field, but unionized meat cutters in the big supermarket chains can still make more money than the store managers.

        • Alexandra1973

          My dad was making over $20 an hour as a meatcutter. 45 years ago. Big money back then.

  • Ed

    As someone who is familiar with Baltimore the difference is easily explainable. Poor Whites still can function in society. They can show up to work & behave when need be. Blacks have poor impulse control and poor work ethic. Things get especially dicey when you dip into the abyss that are poor Blacks. They are unruly and can barely function.

  • Alucard_the_last

    The vast majority of poverty stricken people are either involved with substance abuse and/or having children with they are teen agers. No amount of government aid can fix people who hate personal responsibility like the plague. I have no sympathy esp. for the blacks who have had trillions thrown at them and still do nothing to better their situation. A few months of hunger will give these people the incentive to actually do something with their lives.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Say wha, HOnkeee Mutha focka????? You ain got no bidness tellin’ me I cain do blow and host a football team size groups of young bucks, all compeatin’ to see how far they can stretch out my baby making canal when eye reach mah 13th bird day.

      • Melvin Bonzarelli

        I have worked with black females who talk openly about taking their daughters to the local Planned Parenthood office (free medical care) when the girls hit twelve years of age. Get them prescriptions for birth control pills (also free, paid for by state Medicaid, or given to them free by Planned Parenthood) and/or IUD’s. When the girls reach 16, they are legally entitled to their own, separate welfare benefits and free apartment, and they go off the pills and start entertaining the neighborhood bucks.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          The period (no pun intended) between the ages of 12 and 16 gives these girls ample time to get their snatch properly accustomed to regular intercourse. At the ample rate blacks have sex, a girl is a real pro by the time she is 16. There is very little, sexually speaking, that these girls have not done or are not willing to do. There is no market for prostitution in either the black or the white community due to the simple fact that these girls willingly offer it up for free (or for their share of a six pack and some blow). With due diligence, these girls have a little less than 30 years, to squirt out their little niglets. It is not uncommon, as I’m sure you are well aware, for them to have anywhere between 5 and 10 chillen by the time they reach 40, all by different bucks. Uncle Sugar is always there, ready to pay for rent, groceries, healthcare, hair weaves, cigarettes, weed, and Colt 45s. Heaven forbid they should get bored, but if they do, Obama gives them sail foams so they can update each other on the fascinating details of their lives.

          • Luca

            I’m sending this in as a a candidate for a Pulitzer. Well written indeed.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            That is undoubtedly why half of black women have herpes, and why they have a the highest HIV infection rate of any group in the U.S.

        • Alexandra1973

          I remember 9th grade health class back in 1987…a black girl in my class was bragging that she already knew all this stuff first-hand. This, of course, was back before I became aware, and I was like…wow…14 and been around the block already? Whatta tramp!

  • DelmarJackson

    I would argue two points. You are more likely to get a job due to who you know than what you know, and there are many more white people in America than black, so the pool of people a white person may be able to gain job information is much higher. This is not racism, it is math. The more successful people in life of any color usually know an awful lot of people. there are very few rich people who started out as a hermit. You also gain more useful economic information on a golf course, or a church meeting or volunteer work, regardless of your color, than in a meth lab or crack house.
    My second point is the author mentioned a study in Baltimore. I would love to see how many poor whites have been displaced from large urban cities through threat of violence to their families by non whites to non urban areas where there are far fewer jobs and education opportunities.
    How many poor whites have gone to government agencies in urban areas staffed entirely with non whites received less then typical service from the employees, if not outright discrimination due to their skin color? I can give you examples from personal experience. Where are the studies showing how whites and non whites are treated at government agencies staffed with a majority of non whites? My point is there is less ” white privilege” for poor whites than the author assumes and any discrepancy they have found can be explained by non racial factors. there is a host of studies that can be done to explore the disadvantages of poor whites that will never be undertaken.
    Poor whites are invisible, as is their displacement from cities their families once helped build.
    One of the best ways to increase unemployment of non whites would be to stop importing so many millions of poor uneducated non white immigrants, but that will never happen as it would upset our open border globalist masters who have bought the media and both parties..

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      “How many poor whites have gone to government agencies in urban areas staffed entirely with non whites received less then typical service from the employees, if not outright discrimination due to their skin color?”
      All you have to do is look at the rage blacks are showing toward the incoming invasion of Central Americans and Mexicans as they see their share of the “Gibsmedat Pie” becomes smaller and smaller. I’m certainly upset and angry about this invasion as well, but part of me has to smile as I watch the black man realize that his days of free meals, housing, health care, and walkin’ round money begins to show its twilight’s last gleaming 😉

      • Melvin Bonzarelli

        Some of the blacks may even realize through the fog that envelopes their brains that these illegal aliens from Central America will probably find employment, while the blacks are sitting around waiting for their monthly welfare checks, and watching the money available for those checks and food stamps shrink.

        • HE2

          Here is the catch, Melvin. They will probably find jobs, a White man’s construction job, or menial day work, often hired from Home Depot’s parking lot.
          Meanwhile size 4X madre sits home, watches the 52 inch flat screen TV, eats, cranks out another medicaid paid for kid every year, and everyone is morbidly obese on benefit checks, courtesy of your and my tax dollars.
          When one of their kids has a snotty nose, off to the local E.R., no questions asked, no I.D. required.
          Visiting my mestizo infested rural home town, stood in a check out line behind a squat monster family of multiple kids. The kids were all playing with fancy cell phones or Tablets.
          What is wrong with this picture?

      • newscomments70

        I remember in the late 80s, there was a riot in Liberty City (Miami). The blacks were rioting because the Cuban immigrants were doing so well. A black classmate of mine explained, “They feel left out”. In the LA area, we have random shootings for the same reason.

  • Chasmania

    Having been tasked with managing aircraft mechanics at an AFB I can tell you my experience with blacks was one of never ending babysitting and keeping a watchful eye on them.

    Getting them to do their work was an endless cycle of repeated calls to get them moving, to hurry up, etc….Constant eye rolling, taking long breaks, vanishing from the worksite to do personal business… They were an constant source of misery.

    On top of this was a near constant complaints about racists remarks and threats to call the NAACP. After about a year of this I literally took a demotion to get away from the hassle of being around them and went to a section that had no blacks in it.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      “I literally took a demotion to get away from the hassle of being around them and went to a section that had no blacks in it.”
      That’s nice if you can manage it, but more and more it’s getting harder and harder to escape from them, due to affirmative action putting them places they clearly have no business being. I’m almost mystified how such a stupid race of people even manages to successfully wipe themselves after the average crap.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      Ever hear about Larry Hogue, the Wild Man of 96th Street (in Manhattan)? Back in 1995-1996. A mentally ill street person who roamed the streets, hitting people, pushing them into traffic, etc. It turned out that he was receiving a $3,000+ monthly disability pension from the U.S. Army. The local papers reported that he had suffered ‘a service related brain injury’ while on duty and had been pensioned off, and his behavior was due to this injury. The NYT wrote how he had to be treated with compassion because he had been injured in the service of his country. After he was finally arrested and put into a state hospital for pushing a woman in front of a bus, almost getting her killed, it actually turned out that Mr Hogue had been on overnight guard duty at a military airport. He was smoking marijuana, scoring some coke, and finishing off a bottle of vodka and decided to take a walk on the runway. And walked right into the whirling propeller of a small plane that was being readied for takeoff for night time pilot training for army navigators.

      • Chasmania

        I’ve seen pictures of him. He could be the poster child of Black America.

  • NotTooSwift

    While working in Baltimore, I accompanied a woman from the Mayor’s Office to respond to a complaint from a business in one of the city’s public markets. The market was located in a black area.

    The complainant was a Jewish woman who owned a food carryout. She was concerned because her Korean-owned competition was selling more than she was. The reason, she said, was that she could not open for the breakfast crowd because her help (all black) refused to report for work early, whereas the Asians were ready to go by 5:30 AM.

    Bottom line from the Mayor’s Office was, and I will paraphrase, “WTF is the Mayor supposed to do about it?”

    This occurred in the 1970’s.

    • Alexandra1973

      She should have hired herself some Koreans.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        Hiring blacks for anything other than hauling garbage is like shooting yourself in the foot (and they usually manage to even f*ck that up). For all the crap about the movie, “The Help”, they SUCK at house cleaning and often spend twice the amount of time bitching about work than they actually spend cleaning. A more worthless group of “humans” is extremely hard to imagine. Violent, stupid, mean, and lazy, they are like the square pegs society keeps trying (in vain) to put into round holes.

        • Alexandra1973

          I’m sure they have a different kind of house cleaning in mind. I’ve read that back during slavery times the house negroes would swipe stuff from their mistresses.

      • Who Me?

        She’d have to go out of business and change her name. To hire Koreans, she’d have to fire the blacks, and they would all sue her for …you got it, RACISM.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      Say what you want to about the Mexicans, but we have a number of small, Korean owned green grocers, fruit and vegetable stores, sandwich shops and dry cleaners. They all hire local Mexicans, probably all illegal, for $25 cash a day, to do any and all of the stores’ dirty jobs – cleaning, stocking, deliveries, hauling trash, etc. Before the stores open in the morning, their Mexican employees are already there, waiting for the store to open.
      I worked in a large office with black employees. They would clock in at 8:59 a.m. on the dot, starting time was 9:00 a.m., then run across the street to the dunkin donuts shop, sit there and socialize until 9:30 or 10:00, then come back, get on the phone and check out what’s happening with their friends. Maybe by 11:00 a.m. they would actually get started doing some work. Until lunchtime at noon.
      Eventually the company outsourced most of their jobs to India. Wonder why?

  • emiledurk16

    Look at the absurdity of the second paragraph.

    Poverty is colorblind, yet poor Whites benefit more than poor blacks.


    Tenet of paragraph: Whites have more benefits than blacks in contemporary society.


    • Luca

      Propaganda, for those who do not see it.

  • kikz2

    yt’s fault.. lather rinse repeat…

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    What’s not said nor even implied in this article is the fact that poor whites will get up off their azz and actually work, instead of holding their hand out, wailing, “he won gibs me nun!”. It’s a gigantic Pity Party, and whites aren’t invited. It’s a black thang. YT wouldn’t understand.

    • Ringo Lennon

      I hope there’s jobs available for anyone who needs them. This proud white man is out of a job and can’t afford the mortgage on the home he’s lived in for 40 yrs. I’ll get off my azz. I’m not a loafer.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve been out of work for five years. Doesn’t matter how much ambition or intelligence we have. My unemployed brother is a physics major and a licensed electrician. We’re all the wrong color.

      • Alexandra1973

        My issue would be who would take care of my son, who’s mildly autistic. If I could find a steady, legitimate work-at-home job that’d be great.

  • DooDoo Brownstein

    The poor whites in my city (Philadelphia) have “culturally appropriated” black culture and might as well be ghetto blacks as far as I’m concerned. They most certainly do NOT enjoy any sort of “privilege”, white or otherwise, and are grotesques of inconceivable stupidity.

    Yes, I do believe that there are genetic differences between the races in *average* intelligence and behavioral traits such as aggression and a preference for immediate gratification, but environment is also a factor. And I think the ratio of genetic vs. environmental factors varies by individual.

    I think a lot of people on this site put way too much effort into the debate between genetic and environmental determinism. It really doesn’t matter why these differences exist – in either case they’re equally real and the solutions (the realistic ones, anyway) are the same.

  • Stan D Mute


    Poor whites work from high school until death while poor Africans lazily collect ‘gubmint’ money or sell dope. Poor white men take care of their own children while poor African men often don’t even know they have any offspring and their mothers collect ‘gubmint’ money.

    The writers make the absurd claim that it’s privilege to work and pay taxes while it’s “suffering from institutional racism” to sit on your ass contributing nothing while collecting ‘gubmint’ money.

    And, as another commenter below noted, if this magical “white privilege” existed, why would there be poor whites at all? Wouldn’t they use their “privilege” to get ‘gubmint’ money for free or to be middle (or upper) class?

    What’s distressing here is that apparently there are white folks who subscribe to this defective reasoning. A child should be able to debunk this nonsense, yet we have millions of white adults who believe and vote for politicians who promise to fight this (imaginary) “white privilege.” Someday, some Chinese historians will have brilliant careers learning and writing about the extinct white race that committed suicide.

  • MBlanc46

    “But even without the benefit of a college degree, whites, and white men
    especially, had vastly better employment outcomes. At every age, the
    white men experienced shorter spells of unemployment, were more likely
    to be working full-time and earned more.”

    I don’t imagine that this could have anything to do with the fact that we have four hundred years’ experience with the intelligence and the work ethic of white men and of black men, could it?

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    No mention is made, of course, of the constant bullying poor Whites, stuck in poor urban neighborhoods living near Blacks, must endure. This bullying is the primary reason Whites have escaped these neighborhoods, not the “racism” the Libtard Media accuses Whites of. No child deserves to be bullied in school, but this is never ending for the White child stuck in school with Blacks, especially if the school is a majority Black. I fail to see where such White students are enjoying any of this “White privilege” the Libtard media loves to crow about.

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    Wealthy Blacks do not help poor Blacks when they become wealthy. I am glad that they do not. Wealthy Blacks epitomize narcissism even more than wealthy Whites. Look at who is wasting money helping Africans. Not wealthy rappers, or Al Sharpton. It is White Libtards like Bono. Narcissism takes on a whole new level with Blacks as compared to Whites. The minute a Negro has some money, they look down on the poor Blacks, and think they are superior to their ghetto brethren.

  • gemjunior

    I will always consider it a privilege that I am white and I thank God that he best