(A bit late on posting this to the actual blog however it was emailed!)
The distribution of wealth in America took me by a complete surprise. One percent of the entire population owns about 24% of the total wealth while the even the so-called “rich” folk still don’t make half as much. It amazes me that those living in America, including myself, for so many years are naïve to this alarming fact. What’s even more alarming is that the middle-class, in reality, makes about the same as what we perceived the poor to be making. When we think about wealth inequality we think about it in terms of our status in our own communities instead of looking at it across the entire nation. Many of us can say we are in “good standing” or make about the same as those around us because we fail to realize that those around us are only living in the same community because they in fact do make the same as we do. The rich stay with the rich and the poor remain with the poor and so on and so forth. The wealth in America is so unequally distributed that it seems nearly impossible to move up. Something that intrigued me was that those making lower incomes who were asked to choose which pie chart they thought was the wealth distribution in America, chose the most unequal chart. Many of those individuals were immigrants who came to this country for better opportunities and live the “American dream”. The distribution of wealth in America is so alarming that it makes me question the true meaning behind this so-called “dream” that we all strive so hard to fulfill.