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Robles, Barbara, Betsy Leondar-Vright, and Rose Brewer. “Chapter Six: Climbing the Up Escalator: White Advantages in Wealth Accumulation.” In



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Robles, Barbara, Betsy Leondar-Vright, and Rose Brewer. “Chapter Six: Climbing the Up Escalator: White Advantages in Wealth Accumulation.” In The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide, New York: The New Press, 2013. (16)




As explored earlier in the semester, and perhaps as known more throughout liberal circles, the wealth distribution among the human race is skewed to show an impressive weight in the direction of those identifying as white. A Robles and company dissect in the chapter, “Climbing the Up Escalator: White Advantages in Wealth Accumulation,” though modern day evidence displays an advantage, at least economic, to being white the lineage of this factor is centuries old. Though the statistics through the years show the majority of wealth being held by white elites it is necessary to point out that all those identifying as white are not “elites”. Ultimately these numbers are so high because of the white, imperialistic nature that those top wealth holder have, as Robles explains, in history those holding the top percentage have been white because the industry has ben white dominated – white slave owners, white oil barons, white CEO’s, white gangsters. This, though, is by no means a reason to discount the huge disadvantage that an individual has in being non-white, as even in times where poverty was rampant and become part of the human dialogue, in example the Great Depression, white individuals were never as poor or as worse-off as people of color. Robles and company work in their sixth chapter to point out the inconsistencies, as well as the importance, in the national dialogue which occurs revolving around the “whiteness” of wealth and the poverty of the minority public.



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