Black people are only about half as likely to have a bachelor’s degree.
This matters a lot in areas like atheism that are disproportionately limited to the most educated individuals.
“I interviewed a black couple who went to a poly group, and they were definitely preyed upon, in a sense,” said Marla Renee Stewart, Atlanta-based founder of Velvet Lips, a sex education venue. And the article on polyamory suggested that maybe polyamorists’ high-flying lifestyle and expensive play parties price out black people.
The article constantly equivocates between “the problem is that polyamory is too white” and “the problem is that the media portrays polyamory as too white”, which is kind of a weird combination of problems to be discussing in a media portrayal. Occupy Wall Street protesters (unknown but low, one source says 1.6% but likely an underestimate). Forget for a moment that I’ve been poly for three years and had no idea this high-flying lifestyle existed and kind of feel like I am missing out.
If there’s some hidden factor uniting Wall Street senior management and furries, it is way beyond any of our pay grades.
This entire genre seems to be a bunch of really silly ad hoc arguments by people who aren’t talking to each other.
Eighth, people of the same social class tend to cluster, and black people are disproportionately underrepresented among the upper middle class.
For the record, here is a small sample of other communities where black people are strongly underrepresented: Runners (3%). In my experience polyamory draws from the same sort of people as atheism, and atheism is very white even though not believing in God doesn’t cost a cent.
Many of these things require leaving the general community to participate in a weird insular subculture, and that requires a sort of lack of preexisting community bonds that I think only comes with the upper middle class.
Fourth, black people might avoid weird nonconformist groups because they’re already on thin enough ice in terms of social acceptance.
Second, Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs says you’re not going to do weird things to self-actualize until you feel materially safe and secure.
A lot of black people don’t feel like they’re in a position where they can start worrying about where the best bird-watching is at.
For example, Some people explain try to explain declining black interest in baseball by appeal to how some baseball personality made some horribly racist remark.