Why So Much Anger In Ferguson? 10 Facts About The Massive Economic Gap Between White & Black America

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

When people feel like they don't have anything else to lose, they are likely to do just about anything.  Many in the mainstream media seem absolutely mystified as to why there is so much anger in Ferguson, but as I pointed out yesterday, all of this anger did not erupt out of a vacuum.  Economic conditions in Ferguson, and for African-Americans as a whole, have been deteriorating for years.  Sadly, many white Americans are totally oblivious to any of this.  Many of them have absolutely no idea that the unemployment rate for black Americans is more than twice as high as it is for white Americans or that the average white household has 22 times as much wealth as the average black household. 

But these are things that black communities are acutely aware of.  Many African-Americans that live in poor neighborhoods deeply resent the fact that most of the people that live in the "good neighborhoods" are white while most of the people that live in "bad neighborhoods" are people of color.  In fact, in America today a black child is nearly four times as likely to live in an impoverished neighborhood as a white child is.  And when you throw endless police brutality and growing racial division in America into the mix, it is easy to understand why so many black Americans are so angry and frustrated these days.

Things didn't have to turn out this way.  If we had all learned how to love one another and not judge one another by skin color, we could have had the kind of society that Martin Luther King once dreamed about...

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!"

But instead we have allowed ourselves to become increasingly divided.  And I am sure that fact will once again be reflected in the comments following this article.  There is so much anger and hatred in America today, and people seem to love to express their anger and hatred on the Internet.

For white Americans (myself included), I think that it would be good for us to put ourselves in the shoes of the people of Ferguson for a few moments.  For years, the economy of Ferguson has been declining.  The following is how Brookings summarized the current economic situation...

The city’s unemployment rate rose from less than 5 percent in 2000 to over 13 percent in 2010-12. For those residents who were employed, inflation-adjusted average earnings fell by one-third. The number of households using federal Housing Choice Vouchers climbed from roughly 300 in 2000 to more than 800 by the end of the decade.


Amid these changes, poverty skyrocketed. Between 2000 and 2010-2012, Ferguson’s poor population doubled. By the end of that period, roughly one in four residents lived below the federal poverty line ($23,492 for a family of four in 2012), and 44 percent fell below twice that level.

And as the New York Times recently detailed, racial tensions have been rising in the city for a very long time...

As African-Americans moved into the city and whites moved out, real estate agents and city leaders, in a pattern familiar elsewhere in the country, conspired to keep blacks out of the suburbs through the use of zoning ordinances and restrictive covenants. But by the 1970s, some of those barriers had started to fall, and whites moved even farther away from the city. These days, Ferguson is like many of the suburbs around St. Louis, inner-ring towns that accommodated white flight decades ago but that are now largely black. And yet they retain a white power structure.


Although about two-thirds of Ferguson residents are black, its mayor and five of its six City Council members are white. Only three of the town’s 53 police officers are black.

So it is understandable why a lot of Ferguson residents are so angry and so frustrated.

However, there is absolutely no excuse for the looting and the property destruction that have taken place.

Alternatively, there is absolutely no excuse for how brutally the (mostly white) police have handled peaceful protesters and the media.  The police have been using smoke bombs, tear gas, flash bang grenades, rubber bullets and LRAD sound cannons against protesters that are not even armed.  Meanwhile, the police have been doing next to nothing to stop criminals from looting stores and businesses all over Ferguson.  It has pretty much been a textbook case of what not to do during a period of civil unrest.

Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and things will calm down in Ferguson soon.

But that doesn't mean that the underlying problems will have been fixed.  The truth is that I believe that this is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead.  And much of the anger and frustration that is bubbling just under the surface in our communities has an economic element to it.  The following are 10 startling facts about the massive economic gap between white America and black America that we see in our country today...

#1 For decades, the unemployment rate for black Americans has consistently been more than twice as high as the unemployment rate for white Americans.  In July 2014, the official unemployment rate for white Americans was 5.3 percent.  Meanwhile, the official unemployment rate for black Americans was 11.4 percent.

#2 A report released earlier this year discovered that the "underemployment rate" for African-American workers was 20.5 percent.  But for white Americans it was only 11.8 percent.

#3 A study released back in 2012 found that the average white household has 22 times as much wealth as the average black household.

#4 African-American households make up only about 13 percent of the population, but they receive more than 26 percent of the food stamp benefits.

#5 One study discovered that 82 percent of white students graduate from high school but only 63.5 percent of black students do.

#6 Pew Research found that the income gap between white Americans and black Americans has continued to grow ever since the late 1960s...

The difference in median household incomes between whites and blacks has grown from about $19,000 in 1967 to roughly $27,000 in 2011 (as measured in 2012 dollars).

#7 In the United States today, 12 percent of white children live in areas of concentrated poverty, but 45 percent of African-American children do.

#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.9 percent of white children live in single parent homes.  But for black children, the number is an astounding 52.1 percent.

#9 Since 1960, the percentage of white American adults that are married has declined from 74 percent to 55 percent.  But for African-Americans the decline has been even more dramatic.  Since 1960, the percentage of black American adults that are married has declined from 61 percent to 31 percent.

#10 In the United States, the incarceration rate for black men is more than six times higher than it is for white men.

So how do we solve these problems?  People have been debating this for years, but nothing ever seems to actually get accomplished.

Meanwhile, the middle class continues to collapse and things continue to get even tougher for African-American communities.  The following is an excerpt from a recent piece that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote for Time magazine entitled "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race"...

Dystopian books and movies like Snowpiercer, The Giver, Divergent, Hunger Games, and Elysium have been the rage for the past few years. Not just because they express teen frustration at authority figures. That would explain some of the popularity among younger audiences, but not among twentysomethings and even older adults. The real reason we flock to see Donald Sutherland’s porcelain portrayal in Hunger Games of a cold, ruthless president of the U.S. dedicated to preserving the rich while grinding his heel into the necks of the poor is that it rings true in a society in which the One Percent gets richer while our middle class is collapsing.


That’s not hyperbole; statistics prove this to be true. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, just half of U.S. households are middle-income, a drop of 11 percent since the 1970s; median middle-class income has dropped by 5 percent in the last ten years, total wealth is down 28 percent. Fewer people (just 23 percent) think they will have enough money to retire. Most damning of all: fewer Americans than ever believe in the American Dream mantra that hard work will get them ahead.

I wish that I could be more optimistic about the future of this country.

I wish that I could believe that we won't see a tremendous amount of chaos in the streets of America in the years ahead.

Unfortunately, the truth is that what is happening in Ferguson right now is just the tip of the iceberg.  Once we hit the next major wave of our ongoing economic collapse, unemployment and economic despair in our major cities are going to grow rapidly.  This will fuel more anger, more frustration, more protests, more looting and more rioting.

It has been said that desperate people do desperate things.  And in the years ahead, ordinary Americans are going to become increasingly desperate.

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Elliptico's picture

As we know, all whites are fabulously wealthy.

nmewn's picture

Dumbest article yet on ZH.

I'm gonna have to find another place to hang out.

AssFire's picture

Have you seen the recent dumb fuck socialist/ occupy comments as well??

all new arrivals decimating the place.

Ben Ghazi's picture

Whites should do what blacks do:


read books, have a job, invest, dress in thrifty clothing, drive old Nissan Stanzas with stock wheels,  .........

then whites would have have alot of money like blacks do.

Slave's picture

I thought ZH liked personal responsibility. What the fuck happened to that? Blacks aren't responsible for their status? Racism is? Rate this fucking article a 1 so they don't post bullshit like this again.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Where was affirmative action when I need a job? Where was the federal gubbimint when I lost a job due to discrimination? No favorites when I went to college. Ohhh wait I see, being white means that I get the luck of paying for these lazy bastards to sit on their ass, loot their neighbors and blame me for the problems. F*&k you Snyder you damn libtard!!!

Tyler, please don't post more Huffpo like crap anymore.

BKbroiler's picture

Gotta love it.  Someone dares point out that blacks have it worse and the right wing idiot parade goes to work, of course anonymously.  Bunch of fuckin' pansies you all are.

JoeSexPack's picture

That's funny. Blacks live over 10x better in majority-white societies than in majority-black places.


Much of this is due to taxes on working whites given to non-working blacks (food stamps, welfare, section 8). Most of the rest is due to gov't jobs & affirmative-action.


Blacks in Haiti, Nigeria, Zaire & New Guinea know better. So do the smarter, Libertarian blacks in N America. They have real opportunities to advance here.


Very funny that the whining about white racism is loudest among blacks benefiting the most from whites. Most of them, & their white Liberal sympathizers, are literally too stupid to see this.

BKbroiler's picture

jesus you're quite the anthropologist.  you should make your views public and write a paper showing just how much you know about black inferiority.  Then we could make new segregation laws and name them in your honor.  A 'la Crow.

TFD123's picture

Has ZH been taken over by our politically correct DC overlords?  Pravda media consolidation?

Racial differences exist.  No amount of government policy can make them not exist.

BKbroiler's picture

Has ZH been taken over by our politically correct DC overlords?

nope, got hijacked by the tea party.  Not everybody is supposed to agree in the comment section.  That's called groupthink, and it's fucking pathetic, bunch of idiots all saying the same shit waiting for upvotes.

Slave's picture

I didn't know the Tea Party hated all the wars and Israel and thought voting was worthless. Thanks for letting me know.

Four chan's picture

average iq 80, elevated testosterone, committing violent crime at the ratio of 8:1 over whites or roughly

the same ratio of that between violent crime of men over women. now those are 3 facts.

Kobe Beef's picture

Low conscientiousness, low future time orientation, considerably lesser development of the prefrontal cortex.

3 more.

Look, complex societies are difficult to navigate. Considerably more so when one's genes promote primitive cognitive capabilities.

BigJim's picture

 So how do we solve these problems?  People have been debating this for years, but nothing ever seems to actually get accomplished.

It's 'our' (read: government) trying to 'solve' these problems that made them what they are.

LBJ killed the burgeoning Black middle class. Encouraging illegitimacy by subsidising parenthood via social welfare payments and housing, and minimum wage laws that make hiring un(der)skilled minorities uneconomic, and voila! you have what we have today.

Sowell's Race and Culture is a real eye-opener on this subject.

MalteseFalcon's picture

This whole issue of "Whites got more than Blacks"  is completely unacceptable and irrelevant.  Any segment of the 1% that thinks they are getting economically short changed should know where to go.  To the 1% people who have all the wealth, income and power.  99% Americans of all colors have zero impact on government policy and even less impact on corporate policy.

This is simply an attempt to divide and conquer the American people.  It is a trite political maneuver last tried in the 1970s.  G-d help any politician pushing this tripe.

The real issue of Ferguson is the militarization of police forces in America.

FredFlintstone's picture

How can the whole issue of Ferguson be about the militarization of the police force when it started with a thug being shot with a handgun?

MalteseFalcon's picture

Who cares what incident came first?  The police have a militarized attitude and view all Americans as Palestinians.  When the people peacefully protested the act, they were met with a military onslaught.  Unacceptable.


Jim in MN's picture

ZH hasn't been taken over by anything and won't be.

ZH is like a Chinese finger puzzle....for your brain. 

Only less communist. 

Dangertime's picture

Blacks "having it worse" is debateable....but even if they did, it doesn't grant the right to rob a store, assault a police officer and then riot when he goes back for seconds and gets a well-deserved bullet to the head for it.


I grew up in a Trailer-Park as one of four boys to parents without a high school education.  My parents went to bed hungry so my brothers and I could eat.


I still went to college and worked hard to get everything I have today.  Don't give me the bull$hit that these people can't do it as well.

Vart Drader's picture

It starts with the schools. Check this out: Los Angeles schools to ease discipline policies to stem dropouts

Under the plan, students caught with tobacco, alcohol or marijuana or who commit minor vandalism or get into fights that do not cause serious injury will ... not be arrested or issued citations .. to stem dropouts

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u0gs54LXtw&index=13&list=PLzkQfVIJun2Kk...

p00k1e's picture

‘It starts with the schools.’

Less than two weeks until those Milky White X-ian girls encounter the Latino Lovers w/tatts in the school system.

Look for a lot of baby carriages with mixed contents next spring.


Frankie Carbone's picture

Three things you can do. 

1. Vent your frustration like I do by showing them that you have more respect for cockroaches and malaria than you do for their existence. Use words like "useless eaters", "surplus humans", and "useful idiots". They like that. 

2. Prepare for the coming collapse. Divide and conquer has all but baked that into the cake by now. 

3. Take solace in knowing that per (2), most of these people are going to be naturally selected in a decade or two. 


Uncle Remus's picture

So, expand the Darwin Awards then.

MontgomeryScott's picture

@ 'BKbroiler':

Three generations of spoon-fed 'entitlement' combined with 'progressive' teaching about the 'wrongs' suffered by 'ancestors' (along with the stripping off of any family values en toto) have combined to create a subcaste generation of 'FSA' (also known as welfare-sucking leech maggots) who ALSO happen to be members of a 'specific' race (in this case, descendents of Negroid origins). Their taught ignorance for the past 60 years, combined with the teaching that they have no need to do for themselves because they are 'entitled', has made them in to hostile and unthinking fools (overall). THIS FACT, combined with the outsider influences (like the CPUSA bussing in whole shitloads of people to act as 'agents provocetuer'; and the militarized 'veterans' displacing the local police over the past 15 years) is almost enough to cause the spark that will bring in an overthrow of the Constitutional Republic (in terms of 'overall martial law' being declared throughout the 48 contigious States).

THAT, and the 17 trillion that the FEDGOV owes to the Chinese (and everyone else)...

THAT, and the continuous off-shoring of jobs in the past 30 years that has decimated any hope of rising in to the 'middle class'...

THAT, and the appearance that the POLICE are in fact FULLY MILITARIZED and view the people they were sworn to 'protect and serve' as THE ENEMY...

YOU, however, are a total douche for even referring to this issue as one of RACE (showing just how much you know about black inferiority).


The article is a 'race-baiter', but YOU are the 'RACIST'.

The 'MASSIVE ECONOMIC GAP' has NOTHING to do with what race one is 'genetically predisposed'. There are BANKSTERS, MINIONS of BANKSTERS, and 'lowlife scum'. PERIOD.

I wonder which 'race' is disproportionally and overtly represented within the "BANKSTERS" subset.


I really enjoyed Mel Brooks. He knew all about the difference between ZIONISTS and so-called 'JEWS'.



Haifa weather is better than Florida this time of year, I understand.

'To Be, Or Not To Be':


It's not 'black or white'. It's GREEN, isn't it, 'BK'?

I wonder what kind of shit this fuck is gonna say about what I POST!


Canoe Driver's picture

Up arrow, BK. The reality is, and I say this as a white guy, nobody will hire a black person, all other things being equal, unless they are forced to do so by a quota. And it's not just blacks. There is a melanin hierarchy in place, and we all know it. It's wrong, and it's ignorant and destructive.

Kobe Beef's picture

About that melanin hierarchy..


Bet you didn't know that. Because you've been lied to about race your whole life. Luckily for you, you have Zero Hedge. 

So, now tell me who is ignorant: Realists or Multikultists?

ohBehave's picture

If someone fails to hire blacks, they are probably merely afraid of the possible accusations that can come if things don't go well.   Fire a white guy?  "buh bye"   Fire a black guy? "I'm getting sued????"

A biz owner fears the minefield of "racism!" accusations.   Not something that you want when you are also trying to keep your biz afloat.

hot sauce technician's picture

Bullshit. You're talking about the crony sector maybe. In the actual free market if you know how to cater to demand you will get work.

firstdivision's picture

Pretty sure Ferguson exploded mostly due to the fact that the police force in Ferguson ran more like a Gustapo.  Example, that dude they jailed for having a similar name to a suspect, then realizing he's the wrong guy, still throw him in jail, beat the shit out of him, charge him with destruction of property for bleeding after the severe beating, then act like they did nothing wrong.  That there shows me that there is a problem with the police force, the people in Ferguson don't mind their distribution on the wealth curve, they mind the people that are "protecting them" from themselves. 

PrintemDano's picture

If I chose to spend my late teens and early twenties partying, fucking, and robbing people , all while not working  I'd have it worse too....dumbass.

oudinot's picture

If you are really a white man, please don't cry-'when I lost a job to discrimination'-like an old,whiny  woman.

It's unseemly.

Syrin's picture

Not to mention that blacks repeatedly and religiously vote for the liberal in EVERY election no matter how much their situation turns to shit.   It never even occurs to them that they should try actually voting conservative.   Even worse, when blacks are polled on issues, and not told which party stands for which side, they consistently are conservative in their value base, aside from the gov't dependency/entitlement mentality which has been indoctrinated into them since they were born.   Look at Detroit.   Liberal waste land run exclusively by blacks.   They vote like Pavlov's dog would.

MontgomeryScott's picture

@ 'Syrin':

"Not to mention...".

Three little words, with SO MUCH importance!

NOT (as in, DO NOT, SHALL NOT, WILL NOT, 'NO', as opposed to 'YES')

TO (as in a 'destination descriptor', like 'we are going to end up in' but in PRESENT TENSE, like 'we are GOING TO...')

MENTION (as in, 'speak of', 'pass the word', 'bring up in conversation', 'interject for discusion')


OH. I think I understand now.

I read the post you did here, and you equate anyone who has negroid blood with Pavlov's dogs ("They vote like Pavlov's dog would.").

Atta boi, boi!

'RACIAL DIVISION' is one of the 47 plank subsets, isn't it?


Dem niggahs and dem spics and dem libs and dem wops and dem sheenies and dem frenchies and dem huns and dem ruskies and dem ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANS is what done it!

I take it, you're CURCUMSIZED. THAT is what sets YOU apart from all the 'rabble'. Some MOYLE bit off your foreskin, on the EIGHTH DAY of your life. Everyone ELSE (aforementioned) are DOGS.

The largest 'minority' in Detroit consists of people who claim 'MUSLIM' as their 'religion'. They don't seem to be prediposed to 'NEGRO', by the way.

THEY go for the foreskin cutting shit, and don't eat pigs, and consider Saturday as a 'holy day' (just like YOU do).




dryam's picture

Victomhood begets victomhood.

It's not rocket science, and it's not politically correct. It is what it is.

algol_dog's picture

Funny how all the other races that come here seem somehow to make it here. I'm sure that hard work and determination had nothing to do with it. The Mexicans take unbelievable risk to come here for the chance of a better life for themselves, and especially their children. That all being said, those commentator's and leaders shown on TV may want to reveal the truth to America, that the white race is a dying breed on its way to extinction. I can pretty much assure black America, that those that will be left to fill that void will hardly have any pity for them. 

Lea's picture

Slave, just you try to be responsible when you've been born and raised in a no-jobs, no-opportunity, no-money, no-education wasteland. Speaking is easy. Anyone can do it.

And claiming that "aren't Blacks responsible for their status?" in a country where the Blacks were first forcefully brought over as slaves, then contained with Jim Crow and segregation laws is beyond cheeky.

Kobe Beef's picture

They were enslaved by their own kind in Africa and brought here by a ruling class interested in cheap labor. Sound familiar, DREAMers? Jim Crow was to prevent the Detroiting of Southern cities. Abraham Lincoln and Bull Connor understood this. Northern Puritans? Not so much. Look at what desegregation has wrought across America's schools, cities, and public spaces, and tell me it's a good thing.

It's not. And contrary to the Equalist and Multikult Mythos of the American Melting Pot, some peoples in the aggregrate are inassimiliable. I can see.

further reading...




oudinot's picture

You are incorrect.

Slaves were bought, largely, by black Muslims.  "Their own kind"-man, you really are dumb.  In colonial Africa the 'Aricans  were thousands of tribes all different , they were not 'their own kind' as you ignorantly put it.


Oxbo Rene's picture

They're own color = fixed it .....

Kobe Beef's picture

Is English your first language? You need to read primary sources. Livingstone, Speke, and Burke will get you started. 

Were the Bantus muslim? During their expansion throughout Sub-saharan Africa, they enslaved most of the other tribes they warred against. Those that they did not cannibalize, of course. 

Were the Zulu muslim? Or the Hottentots? or the Khoisan peoples?

So some black Muslims bought slaves. They were still black Africans. My orignial point still stands. Dutch, Jewish, and Anglo traders also bought slaves.

Nevertheless, the people primarily responsible for enslaving Africans were other Sub-saharan Africans. Your thousands of tribes practiced both inter- and intra-tribal slavery. 

So tell me, who is ignorant? Ignorant of what?


overmedicatedundersexed's picture

kobe, you got the beef! truth is truth, but for "eyes wide shut"..it cannot be seen, nor can it's implications be allowed to come to consciousness..it is better to keep to lies otherwise years of programs based on these lies are policy designed to control the black in society for the benefit of a very few.

oudinot's picture

Primary sources are dated, myopic, subjectivamd lack perspective .  Objective histories are much more intellectually fruitful

If you really want to learn about the slave trade I would strongly suggest, "The Slave Trade; The History of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870, Hugh Thomas, ,Simon and Schuster Inc., New York, 1997.