Puzzling racial disparity: America's blacks seem happier than its whites

  • Article by: Francis Wilkinson , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: November 3, 2013 - 6:22 PM

The most puzzling racial disparity of all: America’s blacks seem happier than its whites.

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bogie246Nov. 3, 13 6:31 PM

Some care for the country and some care for a handout.

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davehougNov. 3, 13 6:42 PM

There may be varied reasons for white alienation and black satisfaction. But it’s likely the Obama presidency is one factor that contributes to both = = = SOOOOO did this article tell us anything new????

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pumiceNov. 3, 13 7:52 PM

TAKE TWO... From the article: "In sum, whites (especially conservative whites) are robustly overrepresented in Congress, yet twice as likely as nonwhites to feel as if people like them are not well represented." Now there's as textbook-perfect an illustration of cognitive dissonance as one is likely to encounter.

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truthtimeNov. 3, 13 8:38 PM

Not that difficult to figure out — Good Old Boys don't like it when they are not in charge of everything. So many of them are undereducated, unmotivated, armed, angry and realize the world is quickly passing them by because they spent their youth huntin' squirrels, drinking beer, chasing women, watching wrassling and building monster trucks and now they have no options (or at least they think they don't). They blame everyone, usually minorities, for their troubles and have never looked in a mirror.

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goferfanzNov. 3, 13 9:03 PM

Conservatives are overrepresented in Congress? Hardly. The author admits 94 Senators are "white" and since 55 are of D party affiliation, plus the McCains, Collins, etc, a majority of these "whites" are liberal. It is a win-win for minorities because if a minority wants a job, then Affirmative action IS the law of the land. if a minority feels no inkling to work, then that person can easily join the trillion dollar entitlement subculture. It is a fact that caucasian males have 3x the suicide rate of A-A males. That is why I laugh and laugh every time I hear somebody pontificate about "white privilege."

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kilofoxNov. 3, 13 9:03 PM

So your black economic well being is getting worse...but Obama is President so you're happy? Interesting. Dumb..but interesting

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GjbrayNov. 3, 13 9:28 PM

Like sheep being led to slaughter - but they have a half-black president so they go with a smile. The economy is a mess, there are no full-time jobs - now only 29 hours - and health care is being destroyed. Why should anyone from either party se happy?

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ivaro3Nov. 3, 13 9:37 PM

Civil rights happened decades ago, and though civil rights still continues, America is more than just black and white, even though I would like to point out that black and white is really just different shades of brown... Why is everybody else not counted when it comes to race? Move forward, journalism school students, if you please, and count everybody, not just black and white. It's time to grow up, or at least move forward and count everybody.

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lakimNov. 3, 13 9:39 PM

So your white economic well being is intact...but the President is black so you're sad. Interesting. Dumb but..interesting.

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herby2013Nov. 3, 1310:44 PM

Go to Youtube and search for "obamaphone lady" and find out why she is so happy and loves Barack Obama. Hint: It's because he gave her and others like her a free cell phone. "A recent National Public Radio poll provides additional context. According to the poll, 53 percent of blacks said their lives in general have gotten better in recent years." Middle-class incomes have fallen more since June 2009 after the recession ended than during it. Tens of thousands of GOOD-PAYING middle-class jobs in the medical industry have been eliminated with part or all of the blame due to increased taxes as a result of Obamacare. Meanwhile, under Obama welfare recipients got free cell phones, increased food stamps, nearly 20 million added to food stamps. If a group is heavily welfare dependent, they are going to be happier today than before Obama came along. If someone is PAYING THE BILLS and has a expectation of a future for their children that does NOT involve paying off the nearly $6 TRILLION Obama has borrowed since taking office, they are going to be unhappy. For example, millions of illegal immigrants are going to be happy that Obama wants to give them amnesty and all the free welfare that comes with citizenship. Who will be unhappy? Those who must pay the taxes to pay for it.

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