Sunday, May 14, 2006

new hampshire and Iowa?

Riddle me this Batman and woman? Why is it that of all the cities, states, municapalities and principalities that it has been selected that Iowa and New Hampshire be the profile for all of these United Sates of America? I cannot figure it out. Neither of these places on the outside is reflective in posture and human make up of the rest of the country. Taking Iowa for starters, African Americans make up 2.1 percent of the total population compared to 12 percent nationally and they have a home ownership rate of about 72 percent compared to 66 percent nationally. Add to this that 92 percent of Iowa’s land is devoted to farming which is the highest percentage for any state in the country.

In New Hampshire we can note a similar picture. African Americans comprise less than 1 percent of the population with just 6.5 percent of the total population being below the poverty line. In comparison, Georgia and South Carolina the African American population is 28.7 and 29.5 percent respectively according to 2004 census numbers with both states having 13 percent and 14.1 percent below the poverty line respectively.

In a different way if we take Los Angeles for example, they have more people in the city than almost Iowa and New Hampshire combined. Major cities have a different barometer. In a place like Memphis you have a city that is 62 percent African American Des Moines; Iowa has about 8 percent with Concord, New Hampshire with just 1 percent. These small differences in demographic profiles for me suggest that politicians will always be off point if these two locations are the central means by which to find out what is important to common or most Americans. Unlike the farm retail, most African Americans business owners are in urban areas that focus on retail. In 2002 African American-owned firms accounted for 5.2 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the U.S. In addition, retail trade, and health care and social assistance accounted for 28.6 percent of all African American-owned business revenue.

It just doesn’t make any logical sense to me, given the manner in which problems and issues come to the fore based on environmental circumstance that varies across the country. I feel that politicians will always, miss the picture and never desire to want to get it. All they are concerned with are lobbyist and re-election. So if you are anticipating that any of these Presidential hopefuls, from Hillary to McCain really care (and Newt also) then think again, cause listen to folks in Iowa and New Hampshire, may have them think Slavery is popular according to main stream America once again.


Brownsoul said...


Yeah, it makes no sense...keeping with the trend, I suppose.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

i was i iowa once and all i wantd to was bet Outta-owa

chris said...

i feel you on this one.

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