I see your points and their is some validity to them. One misconception White people tend to make or use as a metric to measure the financial well-being of the Black community is the unemployment rate. Because the way the government collects data for unemployment rate, they have a disclaimer noting UI information cannot be used as a source for complete information on the number of unemployed. Most people tend to overlook this fact when quoting statistics.
To get the terrible unemployment metrics used by pundits, our government conducts a monthly survey called the Current Population Survey (CPS) to measure the extent of unemployment in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 60,000 eligible households used in our governments unemployment sample for their monthly survey out of about 320,000,000 persons living in the U.S. The CPS sample is supposed to be be representative of the entire population of the United States, but there is no way of really knowing for sure. What I do know is that it is not reflective of unemployment in the Black community, and there is no way of telling how many Black citizens are a part of the survey.
It can’t possibly capture real-time unemployment rates. Especially not in the Black community.
This tainted survey used by politicians to brag about national employment trends translates into approximately 110,000 individuals each month, a large sample compared to public opinion surveys, which usually cover fewer than 2,000 people.
The unemployment and underemployment in the Black community is much higher than anyone counts. There are plenty of Black people who want jobs and can’t find one. There are plenty of healthy Black people with bad credit who can’t get a job, and those who have some sort of criminal records, those who live in places where good paying jobs don’t exist…America has no clue about how many Black people don’t work. That rate is disguise and it really irritates me when people use it. Every Black person knows someone who wants to work and can’t, or someone who has followed the American dream road map only to find it doesn’t work so well for people of color.
Privilege for some, ignorance for others keeps people quoting false data pertaining to Black unemployment rates. White people love to tell us about how better off we are using skewed/fake unemployment numbers without giving any thought to how the evidence is collected or asking us if we felt our unemployment rates are high or low/good or bad.
As far as civil war goes, you are right, people will be harmed, but that never stopped anyone from fighting for what they believed in. If White people don’t stop being so apathetic about the plights and safety of other groups…no wall or other fear tactic in hell will prevent us from having a civil war. People of Color are tired of the inequality, the inequity, and the lack of willingness to compromise. People of Color are also disgusted at the inability of Whiteness’ and the White establishments to call out the racism and White Nationalism within its ranks because it does not impact them. This complacency and apathy has a storm brewing. As usual, too many White people will miss the signs, sleep on it, be distracted with something else the media directs their attention to.
But something is happening. The natives are restless.
It may not end well for Blacks, but it could. Results come with bloodshed. For many White people, it seems the only thing that motivates them to change or move is seeing blood, gore, and death. If nothing changes, it’s going to happen…and no amount of police, guns, or talking will stop it.
You can have all the philosophical views you like, but you’re privileged in a number of ways. You have nothing to lose except a little privilege of course.