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  •  Even if we only counted the white non-hispanic (1+ / 0-)
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    men in prison, we'd still have the largest prison population of any first world nation.

    The War on Drugs is a war on blacks and minorities
    It's a war on the poor.  If you're a low income black male, you're about twice as likely to be locked up as a low income white male.  Because the US is a fucked up racist country, in addition to being a fucked up classist country.

    But you're 12 times more likely to be locked up than a middle class white male.  Which is another way of saying that a poor white male is 6 times more likely to be in the joint at any given time than middle class or affluent white male.

    This is one of the things that alienates a lot of low income white people from the modern Democratic party - upper middle class white people who assume that their life experience is somehow definitive of what it is to be white in America.

    income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

    by JesseCW on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:08:36 PM PST

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