Black Face on White Power
In Augusta, Georgia when comparing population and income between Blacks and Whites, the first is last and the last is first. Predictably, Whites don’t see a problem and would like to believe all is well. But, as Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.”
In regards to the population, Blacks are first making up 54 percent while Whites make up 36 percent. However, Whites are first when it comes to per capita income. According to Investopedia, “Income per capita is a measure of the amount of money earned per person in a certain area. It can apply to the average per-person income for a city, region or country.”
According to City-Data.com, in 2016 the median per capita income for Whites was $30,588 compared to $16,808 for Blacks. In addition, the median household income for Whites was $45,083 compared to $32,301 for Blacks. Moreover, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty threshold is $24,858. That means overall, as a group, Blacks are living in poverty.
Furthermore, the same figures suggest Blacks in Augusta are not prospering even though it appears otherwise. For instance, Augusta has a Black mayor, Black commissioners, a Black sheriff, a Black city administrator, Black judges, and other successful Blacks who occupy leadership positions. However, this only means white supremacy has become politically correct and the plantation mentality still exists which explains why the majority of Blacks are not prospering.
Indeed, it appears Augusta is practicing what Black psychologist Dr. Amos Wilson referred to as, ‘Putting a Black face on white power.”