[News] Social Justice Quiz 2015

Anti-Imperialist News news at freedomarchives.org
Mon Jan 12 13:56:18 EST 2015


January 12, 2015
*http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/12/how-much-do-you-know-about-inequality/*

*Social Justice Quiz 2015*


  How Much Do You Know About Inequality?

by BILL QUIGLEY

Question One. In 1990, twenty percent of all children in the US lived in 
poverty. What percent of the children in the US live in poverty today?

    A: Ten percent

    B: Fifteen percent

    C: Twenty percent

Question Two. The median wealth of black households in the US is 
$11,000. What is the median wealth of white households?

    A: $22,000

    B: $62,000

    C: $141,000

Question Three. In 1960 the median earnings of women who work full-time 
year-round were about 60 percent of men’s. In 2010, women’s median 
earnings were about 77 percent of men’s. At this rate, in what year will 
women’s median earnings equal men’s?

    A: 2028

    B: 2038

    C: 2058

Question Four. The average Chief Executive Officer was paid 20 times as 
much as the average worker in 1965, 30 times as much in 1978, and 122 
times as much in 1995. How much more were CEOs paid than workers in 2013?

    A: 195 times as much.

    B: 245 times as much.

    C: 295 times as much.

Question Five. The six Walton heirs to the Walmart fortune are worth 
roughly $140 billion.   The net financial worth of these six people 
equals the same as how many US families?

    A: Five million.

    B. Twenty Five million.

    C. Fifty Two million.

Question Six. The US is number one in the world in military spending. 
How much more does the US spend than other countries?

    A: More than China and Russia combined.

    B. More than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and France combined.

    C. More than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom,
    German, Japan and India combined.

Question Seven. How many people in the world suffer from chronic hunger?

    A: Forty million.

    B. Four hundred million.

    C. Eight hundred forty million.

Question Eight. How many people in the world have no access to electricity?

    A: Eight hundred forty million.

    B: One billion.

    C. One billion five hundred million.

Question Nine. How much does the US spend on foreign aid each year?

    A: One billion dollars.

    B: Ten billion dollars.

    C. Forty six billion dollars.

Question Ten. How much do people in the US spend on their pets each year?

    A. One billion dollars.

    B. Forty billion dollars.

    C. Sixty billion dollars.

Question Eleven. The federal government keeps statistics on young men, 
ages 15 to 19, killed by the police. How many times more likely is a 
young black man to be killed by police than a young white man?

    A: Three times.

    B: Ten times.

    C: Twenty-one times.

Question Twelve. There are over 60,000 immigration court cases of 
unaccompanied children who arrived at the US border. In how many of 
those cases do the children have a lawyer?

    A: Ninety-five percent.

    B: Fifty percent.

    C. Thirty two percent.

Question Thirteen. There are 34 countries in the Organization for 
Economic Cooperation and Development. Where does the US rank in the 
percentage of children in poverty?

    A: The US ranks 1^st and has the least percentage of children in
    poverty.

    B: The US ranks 6^th and has the sixth least percentage of children
    in poverty.

    C. The US ranks 28^th and is sixth from the bottom in child poverty.

Question Fourteen. How many people stay in homeless shelters each night?

    A: 250,000

    B: 400,000

    C: 570,000

Question Fifteen. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development 
issues a national survey every year listing fair market rents for every 
county in the US. HUD also suggests renters should pay no more than 30 
percent of their income on housing costs. In how many of the USA’s 50 
states can someone who works full-time and earns the federal minimum 
wage pay 30% of their income and find a two-bedroom apartment at the 
fair market rental amount?

    A: Five

    B. Two

    C. Zero

Answers:

One. Twenty percent of children in the US live below the official 
poverty line in the latest Census Report 
<https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/demo/p60-249.pdf%20>. 
In 1990, twenty percent of children lived below the poverty line as well.

Two. Median wealth for white households in the US is $141,000. Pew 
Research 
<http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/12/how-much-do-you-know-about-inequality/%20http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/12/12/racial-wealth-gaps-great-recession/%20%C2%A0>.

Three. Women’s median earnings will equal men’s in 2058.

Four. The average CEO of a S&P 500 company receives 295 times as much 
compensation as the average worker. Economic Policy Institute Report 
2014 <http://www.epi.org/publication/ceo-pay-continues-to-rise/>.

Five. The six Walton heirs own the same amount of wealth as 52.5 million 
US families. EPI. 
<http://www.epi.org/blog/walton-family-net-worth-case-study-growing/>

Six. The US spends more on defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, 
France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and India combined. Peter G. 
Peterson Foundation <http://pgpf.org/Chart-Archive/0053_defense-comparison>.

Seven. The United Nations reports that 842 million people suffer from 
chronic hunger. UN Development Report 2014 
<http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hdr14-report-en-1.pdf>.

Eight. There are 1.5 billion people in the world who do not have access 
to electricity and another billion have access to unreliable electricity 
networks. United Nations Foundation 
<http://www.unfoundation.org/what-we-do/issues/energy-and-climate/clean-energy-development.html>.

Nine. The US budget for foreign assistance in 2015 is $46.2 billion, 
much of that is for foreign military assistance. This is about one 
percent of the US budget. State Department 
<http://www.state.gov/r/pa/pl/222843.htm>.

Ten. The US Department of Labor 
<http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/spending-on-pets.htm>reports 
people in the US spent approximately $61.4 billion on their pets annually.

Eleven. Twenty one times. Pro Publica 
<http://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white>.

Twelve. Thirty two percent. Children in immigration cases, just like 
adults in immigration cases, are not entitled to an attorney. Syracuse 
University Report <http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/371/>.

Thirteen. The US ranks 28^th , 6^th from the bottom of the 34 countries 
in the OECD <http://www.oecd.org/els/soc/CO2_2_ChildPoverty_Jan2014.pdf> 
in child poverty.

Fourteen. Over 570,000 people stay in homeless shelters each night 
according to a recent federal government survey 
<http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2014/HUDNo_14-135>.

Fifteen. In not one of the 50 states can a full-time minimum wage worker 
afford a two bedroom apartment at 30% of their pay. In fact, a full time 
minimum wage worker cannot afford even a one bedroom apartment except in 
a few counties in Washington and Oregon where the minimum wage is 
higher. USA Today 
<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/03/24/minimum-wage-rent-affordable-housing/6817639/>.

/*Bill Quigley* teaches law at Loyola University New Orleans and can be 
reached at quigley77 at gmail.com <mailto:quigley77 at gmail.com>/

-- 
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://freedomarchives.org/pipermail/news_freedomarchives.org/attachments/20150112/149c759f/attachment.html>


More information about the News mailing list