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A new report from the Pew Charitable Trust shows that younger generations of African Americans aren’t surpassing the wealth achieved by earlier generations, a finding that’s in stark contrast with other groups.
“Specifically, African Americans are much more likely than whites to be stuck at the bottom of the income ladder over a generation, and also at the bottom of the wealth ladder,” the study’s project manger Erin Currier told The Huffington Post.
According to the Pew report, 84 percent of Americans have higher family incomes than their elders. However, when you look specifically at African Americans, they “are more likely to be stuck at the bottom and fall from the middle of the economic ladder across a generation.” More than 18,000 people across 5,000 families and a number of decades going back to the 1960s were part of the analysis.
Part of the problem is home ownership and the higher price both Blacks and Latinos pay for their property. We’ll also argue that the employment situation in the Black community is a problem. The overall high rate of joblessness in the Black community makes exceeding the prior generation’s financial standing more difficult.
Forget the United States not being ready for a black president—which was somewhat proven wrong in 2008 when President Barack Obama was elected into office. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say America isn’t ready for a Mormon president, specifically Mitt Romney, and that religious intolerance will prevent him from being elected into office.
Results of a survey published by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life showed 32% of respondents don’t believe the U.S. is ready to elect a Latter-Day Saint as President although they believe acceptance of Mormonism is rising. Another 46% of the members say they are strongly discriminated against because of their faith—so much so that it would stop Americans from voting Romney into office, although they voted a black president in previously.
Part of that discrimination stems from media portrayals according to respondents, 54% of which say depictions on television and in movies hurt their image; another 68% say they are not viewed as part of mainstream society at all. Interestingly, the highly conservative group is pretty new to tolerance itself. It wasn’t until 1978 that Mormons even allowed African Americans to become full members of their church—meaning they could be ordained as priests and participate in temple ceremonies. Results of this survey also show two-thirds of the church’s members believe homosexuality should be discouraged.
I agree with two-thirds of the members who feel Americans know little about their church but I’m not sure if the United States wouldn’t vote a Mormon into office, or just Mitt Romney?
What do you think about this survey? Are Mormons right in thinking Americans wouldn’t vote a Latter-Day Saint into office or do they think they’re discriminated against much more than they actually are?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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