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b_b  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The unexpected truth about America's work hours

I find this fairly interesting: male prime-age earners increased their hours 3.7 percent, versus just 1.6 percent for white men.

It is interesting in the context of another article I saw today about how black home ownership and black unemployment, as well as black wealth relative to white wealth, are all as bad or worse than in the 1960s. Those two things don't seem to square very easily, unless the overall increase in unemployment is more than enough to cancel out the decently large gains in hours worked. That is a sad state of affairs.

kleinbl00  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Somebody linked to this somewhere the other day. I think it might have been a sublink in one of galen's comments. Either way:

    t wasn't that black people had to use a separate drinking fountain or couldn't sit at lunch counters, or had to sit in the back of the bus.

    You really must disabuse yourself of this idea. Lunch counters and buses were crucial symbolic planes of struggle that the civil rights movement used to dramatize the issue, but the main suffering in the south did not come from our inability to drink from the same fountain, ride in the front of the bus or eat lunch at Woolworth's.

    It was that white people, mostly white men, occasionally went berserk, and grabbed random black people, usually men, and lynched them. You all know about lynching. But you may forget or not know that white people also randomly beat black people, and the black people could not fight back, for fear of even worse punishment.

    This constant low level dread of atavistic violence is what kept the system running. It made life miserable, stressful and terrifying for black people.

    White people also occasionally tried black people, especially black men, for crimes for which they could not conceivably be guilty. With the willing participation of white women, they often accused black men of "assault," which could be anything from rape to not taking off one's hat, to "reckless eyeballing."

How familiar does that shit sound right now? How far back have we slid?

galen  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wasn't me, but goddamn. Thanks for linking.

oyster  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    large gains in hours worked

I got my first job 10 years ago washing dishes. I made minimum wage and that amount 10 years ago was more than the minimum wage in many states today. Something to consider is that even though hours went up by a higher percentage it doesn’t mean wages did.