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]