Saturday, January 03, 2009

What ever happened to John Henry?  When you think of a really hardworking NAM, who comes to mind?  I've been conditioned to imagine a Mexican guy who earns minimum wage but works two or three jobs in order to put food on the table. 

The Gambling Impact and Behavior Study asked 1,440 men ages 30-64 about their work status. Here are the percent who reported working a full-time job and a second job. 

Percent with second job--males

Non-Hispanic whites 4.7
Non-Hispanic blacks 10.2
Non-Hispanic others 3.9
Hispanics 4.6

The stereotype should be of the hardworking black man.  Along with Hispanics, whites and others--mostly Asians--have low numbers, but this is due to the fact that members of these groups are more likely to have a really good job that obviates the need for two. 

And for women:

Percent with second job--females

Non-Hispanic whites 3.8
Non-Hispanic blacks 4.9
Non-Hispanic others 1.8
Hispanics 2.4

Same thing. 

Now, don't get me wrong. Blacks have higher unemployment numbers, but the focus in this post is on the high end:

Percent unemployed or not in the labor force--males aged 30-64

Non-Hispanic whites 15.6
Non-Hispanic blacks 21.9
Non-Hispanic others 18.0
Hispanics 11.3


  1. One would expect to see a general trend toward greater variance with greater heterozygosity where the genes (genetic structures) competing for expression are of generally equivalent genetic dominance/epistasic influence.

    One thing that is worth noting here: There is a "black middle class" of sorts that is being attacked by "black leadership" like Obama who want to bring in huge numbers of Hispanics and make everyone learn Spanish as a second language. This is consistent with what we see in African societies with their stratification, harems and "big men" like Mugabe.


  2. I'm not so sure that Obama won't end up protecting blacks by cutting back on immigration.

    Steve has pointed out how Obama, in "Dreams From my Father" wanted to help his race.

    Dictators in Africa have kicked out citizen-Asians who dominated their economy.

    Of course, they did this strictly for racial purity reasons; no regard was given for the extremely heavy economic hit on blacks.

    Same for Zimbabwe of course, Mugabe obviously thinks it is much more important that those at the top be black than that those at the bottom have a good standard of living.

    In the 1924 immigration debate in our Congress you heard something similar from whites ... we may not be better than the Chinese, but we would rather have our own society than have cheap labor or intelligent, non-Anglo-Saxon Europeans.

    There is little sign that such racial thinking is subsiding ... except possibly in the US.

  3. Anonymous11:43 AM

    I'm not sure from your post whether the group is a gambling addict group or a control group. If they are a group of gambling addicts, it might be more the case that Black people have less prestigious jobs and financial resources (e.g. family connections that I would stereotypically imagine Hispanics to have) to draw upon and so need multiple jobs to cover their habits.

  4. Anon: The survey used random-digit dialing and is more or less nationally representative.

  5. Anonymous6:23 PM

    West Indian blacks are widely stereotyped as working multiple jobs.

  6. Anonymous9:45 PM

    One thing that is worth noting here: There is a "black middle class" of sorts that is being attacked by "black leadership" like Obama who want to bring in huge numbers of Hispanics and make everyone learn Spanish as a second language.

    They voted for him. Too bad...Now they'll get exactly what they wanted. Obama need his blacks poor anyway.

  7. Reminds me of part of a Chris Rock routine that runs something along the lines of:

    "'Oh man, I still caint find no work.' What you mean you still don't have a job, SMF? I got two jobs and this stupid N can't even get one?!"

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