Bernie Sanders has been getting hammered primarily by the black community. On Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton garnered 71 percent of the black vote in Oklahoma – and a higher share in every other state (including 93 percent in Alabama).Both candidates pandered to the black vote in the most recent debate, but one of Bernie’s panderings quickly turned into a gaffe. The socialist candidate stated “When you’re white you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor.”
After some not-so-extensive research, it turns out whites actually live in poverty too. As reported by the Daily Caller:According to the 2010 U.S. Census (the last census year), the five poorest counties in the country are all at least 95 percent white.
The nation’s poorest county — Owsley, Kentucky — is more than 98 percent white. (And it’s only getting poorer.) In 2014, National Review’s Kevin Williams made Owsley the subject of a piece titled “The Big White Ghetto.”
“If the people here weren’t 98.5 percent white, we’d call it a reservation,” Williams wrote.This still doesn’t change the fact that blacks live in poverty at higher rates than whites – a very real problem Sanders could’ve drawn attention too. Instead, he sensationalized. Tsk, tsk.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]