The Rosetta Stone to modern American politics, in one chart

Most of the people in this picture are victims of racial discrimination. Or at least they like to think so. (AP)

Most of the people in this picture are victims of racial discrimination. Or at least they like to think so. (AP)

The famous Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799 by a French soldier in Egypt, became the modern world’s key to unlocking what until then had been untranslatable, incomprehensible Egyptian hieroglyphics.

I don’t want to oversell it, but the chart below likewise explains a lot that might otherwise be inexplicable, in this case about modern American politics. Confused about the rise of Donald Trump? The popularity of Fox News? Here’s your explanation, from last year’s American Values Survey of more than 4,500 people conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. (H/t Tom Edsall at NYTimes)

The responses charted below are only from white Americans:

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According to the survey, 52 percent of white Americans believe that they are as much victims of racial discrimination as black and other minorities. Among certain subsets, the percentage is considerably higher:

  • 58 percent of working-class white Americans believe they have suffered at least as much discrimination as black and minority Americans. Only 37 percent of college-educated white Americans believe it.
  • 61 percent of white Republicans think of themselves as victims of racial discrimination.
  • 76 percent of Tea Party supporters believe that they face anti-white discrimination at least equal to that faced by minorities.

That raises an awful lot of questions, but here’s what perplexes me most: Who on earth is perpetrating this supposed discrimination?

Yes, thanks to demographic change we white people are in the process of losing our status as the nation’s ethnic majority, but we will remain the largest demographic group for decades to come. And by any measure that matters, we still rule.

  • Non-Hispanic whites comprise 64 percent of the nation’s population but 81 percent of the wealthiest 1 percent;
  • The median net worth of white families in this country is almost eight times that of non-white families;
  • We control an overwhelming share of political power (more than 80 percent of Congress for example);
  • We utterly dominate the upper echelons of corporate America (by one recent count, just 4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are non-white).

So again, with white people continuing to wield almost all the levers of power in this country, who exactly is keeping the oppressed white man down?

Whoever it is, he, she, it or they seem to be doing a terrible job at it, given the numbers above.

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bu2
bu2

Jay, I guess you haven't been paying attention to the court rulings throwing out racial bias in college admissions.  Whites, particularly women, and Asians are at a significant disadvantage in getting admissions.


And if you work in a large company, the only conscious discrimination is in favor of minorities.  They work hard to promote them and are scared to death to fire minorities who are non-performers.


Also, its pretty clear the income gap has significantly been reduced over the last 25 years.  The differences have roots that go well back.  Because they still exist doesn't mean there isn't reverse discrimination against people who weren't even born when the various civil rights laws were passed in the 60s.  1968 was 47 years ago.

td1234
td1234

Real News: 


Judge just told the NFL they cannot suspend Tom Brady. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 

Judge just told the NFL they cannot suspend Tom Brady. 

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Good.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Government is nothing more than reality TY and the outcome is already decided on most decisions prior to the people even being informed. It is just a game they play out. 



Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

"mean, just because I don't think of Iran's government as a bunch of Snidely Whiplash cartoon characters, taking cartoon bags of cash and giving them to cartoon terrists to go kill Israelis?"

Think American IED casualties. Most of the IEDs had "Made in Iran" stamped on them.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Think? Lol! Think of why our troops were there in the first place...geez...

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

So the troops deserved what they got?

You're sick. Get help.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Philo_Farnsworth 

I love the way you put words in someone's mouth, then denigrate them for opinions only expressed by you.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Philo_Farnsworth That isn't what he said at all. No they didn't


And a lot more of them would be dead today if Obama hadn't pulled them out. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Visual_Cortex Well it does save on straw, what with the drought due to climate change and all them refugees.  ;)

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Philo_Farnsworth y'all wanted them there . . . something about fighting them over there so we don't have to here (as if that many were going to make the journey).


y'all got played. big time. and continue to whine and whine and whine about how it's everybody's fault but your own. 

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

I __________ pledge to do anything i can to keep Donald in the race.

Please sign here _________.

ByteMe
ByteMe

 The Republican National Committee has been circulating the pledge in recent days to discourage candidates -- namely, Donald Trump -- from launching an independent presidential bid.

"You're right, it's unenforceable. It is, more than anything else, your word," Fiorina told CNN's "New Day."


A copy of the pledge, obtained by CNN Wednesday, states "I, _______, affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, regardless of who it is."

It continues: "I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek to accept the nomination for president of any other party."

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Has all the elegance of grover norquists anti new tax pledge. Lol!!

ByteMe
ByteMe

Good lord, you think the other clowns will "support" Ted Cruz as the nominee?  They hate his guts!

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@ByteMe "regardless of who it is" could be such the double edged sword now couldn't it . . . i mean if Trump wins they all gotta gather behind and support him. 

skydog12
skydog12

@consumedconsumer @ByteMe


I`m sticking to my theory. Bill and Don did a legal business deal.


Screw their party up even worse than it was and go 3rd party at the last minute. Legal capitalism at it`s finest.

skydog12
skydog12

I know most cons don`t get out much, what with Atl being so dangerous after dark and all, but there is a lot happening this weekend.


Today: Braves, Falcons, and Uncle Joe Biden in town.


This weekend: Dragon Con. I only saw Star Wars 1and hated Star Trec 2, so I`m not a sci-fi type, but these folks are a hoot and spend many hours on their costumes. The parade is Sat and free. Park anywhere free in downtown and Uber over to the parade. $5


Tomorrow World. 25 miles below the airport. A rave that drew 80,000 peeps last year and they are projecting 180,000 this year. Last year, a farmer whose land joins the fest site, found a kid nekewed wandering in his creek A WEEK after the event had closed. 

Now that`s a party.


Enter 208 Arizona Ave in your GPS. That will take you to a Land Trust park. If you missed the hippie days in ATL in the `70s, this place is a throwback.


Sat/Sun  Atlanta Blues Society and WRFG, Blues Festival at Park Tavern.


Get out there and see what the people are saying.

LeninTime
LeninTime

You're not super-bright, are you $1.53?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@skydog12 with a flicker indicating that the filament is going bad....

skydog12
skydog12

@ByteMe @skydog12


You using illegal bulbs Byte? Those new one don't have filaments. I`m dropping a dime/quarter on you to the bulb police.


Just kidding. I wouldn`t call the fire department if your house was on fire, for fear they would bring the cops with them.

Better to just lose your house, not your life.

Vindicator
Vindicator

First off, anything coming out of the New York Slimes is suspect.  Jay Bookman is a flea on the New York Times dog and always will be.

Secondly, here's your explanation...white America is sick and tired of the abused, unfair, and solicitous intent of Affirmative Action.  It is a liberal abortion and a vehicle that is another sell-out of America to minorities.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Vindicator 

First off, anything coming out of the New York Slimes is suspect

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I'll say. But for quite different reasons than backward right wing types such as yourself think.

skydog12
skydog12

@Vindicator


You can`t speak for this white American, even though you did.

I am, a whiter shade of pale.

td1234
td1234

Keep writes: Go ahead.  Let's hear your latest copy and paste from some idiot like Rush that has no rational basis in law.  If you do will I am sure you will be able to include  your latest distortion and lie to go with it.

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No cut and paste but a basic civics class. Where is the actual LAW passed by a legislature that says anyone MUST issue a marriage licence. Point out the actual law a legislature wrote? 





skydog12
skydog12

@td1234


You would argue with a sign post. If one of your kids gets the gay, what next?

honested
honested

@td1234 

Since this was an ELECTIVE OFFICE there is a clear definition of the job requirements, an oath to uphold the office taken by the elected official and a definition within Kentucky law of dereliction of duty.

This isn't some new and groundbreaking opportunity to write new law, just a religious freak who can't comprehend the responsibilities of the job to which she was elected.

td1234
td1234

@honested Where is the law in question that the SCOTUS stated was Unconstitutional? 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Sweetie, I know you cant think for yourself.  Its her job.  I wont bother to look it up but apparently the form requires her signature.


What she has violated is a COURT ORDER.  oh and by the way:  The marriage license is issued by the county clerk. KRS 402.080  (per clerks 1996 handbook)


Any other challenge from some idiotic website or the fool Rush you want to try to pretend you thought of? 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

The Supreme Court could find no justification in her petition and refused to take the case.

Again, what about this is so difficult for you to absorb?

She is not allowed to violate the oath of office because of some lunatic assumption there is a higher authority than the United States Government or, in her case, the State of Kentucky.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF You are missing the point and missing it badly due to you blind faith in your cause. 


Where in the Constitution does it say the SCOTUS is allowed to actually WRITE a law? They can say a written law is Unconstitutional but they can not actually write the law and then cannot enforce a law. We have 3 different  branches of government that are EQUAL and distinctive to each other, we do not have a supreme branch of government. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234  Sweetie, as I said, you sure do listen to some idiotic discussions and claims. And you cant even make a coherent statement of the discussion.  Your post is nothing more than a word salad of silliness and childishness.  Move along.  You lose another. 

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"Tell me--when was the last time Iran actually invaded another country? got that tidbit at your fingertips?"


They don't have too, tool, they're funding the groups who are doing their bidding all over the planet.  Do you really not pay any more attention than this?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

And thanks to Obama, they have more billions to do that.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@fiftythreepercenter 

Do you really not pay any more attention than this?

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Quick let's see who's actually paying attention. 

Who's funding extremist groups in Syria to overthrow Bashar Al-Assad? 

Which country(-ies)?

foo2u
foo2u

@fiftythreepercenter I love the smell off wingnuts name-calling in the morning... It smells like... victory...


8 lb baby Jesus cries when wingnuts resort  to name calling...


Derp...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@consumedconsumer @Philo_Farnsworth

I do so love the notion that those frozen assets belong to us, and are, I dunno, maybe paying for American schools and road construction and now we gotta just hand it over to those Eyeranians [sob]!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@fiftythreepercenter @Visual_Cortex @consumedconsumer @Philo_Farnsworth

what "facts"? I mean, just because I don't think of Iran's government as a bunch of Snidely Whiplash cartoon characters, taking cartoon bags of cash and giving them to cartoon terrists to go kill Israelis?

(Which, I bet, is pretty dang close to the visual images you've got floating around in that weird mind of yours, but I do officially beg pardon for the irresponsible speculation nevertheless.)