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  •  This is appalling, but it's not startling.... (5+ / 0-)

    A number of the statistics are actually a tiny bit better than I expected, such as:

    Unemployment:  Since the average TG has double the normal (base) chance of being unemployed, and the average black American already has almost a 17% chance of being unemployed, an unemployment rate of 34% would not be unthinkable.  A 26% rate shows that the two types of discrimination (TG and Black) have a fairly large overlap as far as employment goes.  Still, having more than 1 in 4 unemployed is deplorable.

    Homelessness:  I admit startlement at the 41% rate - until I looked into the actual current numbers for homelessness.  The best most current estimate I could find for lifetime homeless was 7.8 to 7.9% of the population (an earlier estimate in 1996 had it at 7.4%).  And the percentage of people homeless at any one time that are black are between 48 and 50%, with my most recently identified number at 49% compared to their representation in the population of about 11%.  So, using these two statistics, a general Black population of homelessness sometime in their lives appears to likely be between 33% and 35% of the Black population in general.  A 6%-8% bump is less than I would have expected for layering on another attribute that many discriminate against in my experience.  Again, appalling and deplorable, but only startling until I looked up the numbers.  (Note that the PDF document "Transgender People, Homelessness, and the Struggle  to Find Safe Shelter" was a real eye-opener for me.)

    My point is not that this is something that does not need attention - it does, and it needs it sooner, not later.  But ALL discrimination needs something done about it (I know, I'm preaching to the choir.  But still...)  When we slice and dice it up into smaller and smaller pieces, we lose some of the "I've seen that", "I've been there", "Didn't that happen to Jamie last year" connections that can resonate with more people.  This needs to be shown, it needs to be talked about, but in a larger context showing that discrimination seems to lead to more, different types of discrimination.


    "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
    Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

    by Laughing Vergil on Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 01:43:11 PM PDT

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