The Therapy Sessions
Monday, March 22, 2004
African Americans vs. Europeans
In a recent blogging experience at Geoff Castle's blog, I made an offhand comment, repeating something that I had read many times before:
The income of average European is roughly the same as the average African American.
That is, most Europeans are no better off than American blacks, who liberals view as a "disadvantaged" group.
I was immediately called a liar, and asked to prove it.
I think I did:
Per Capita GDP's of several European countries:
France.....$26,000 (ppp adjusted dollars, 2002 data)
We'll be nice and say the average European GDP is $25,500.
The average US per capita GDP is .....$36,300.
25,500/36,300 = 70 percent.
"Nationally, the average black household income in 2002 was about $29,000, compared with about $42,000 for all races, according a Census Bureau report."
29,000/42,000 = 69 percent.
Conclusion: the average European is about as well off as the average American black.
Liberals should be called upon to admit one of the following:
1) Europeans are much poorer than we thought
2) African-Americans have it much better than we thought.
Anything less is nuance.