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97% Of The Travelers On America's 'Mother Road' Are White
TBI ^ | 3-29-2012 | Gus Lubin

Posted on 03/29/2012 7:41:59 AM PDT by blam

97% Of The Travelers On America's 'Mother Road' Are White

Gus Lubin
March 29, 2012, 8:06 AM

A big report is out on the importance of Route 66, which John Steinbeck dubbed America's "mother road."

The study by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the National Park Service and the American Express Foundation argues for state spending to support this culture and economic institution.

But who enjoys the road from Chicago to Santa Monica?

The socioeconomic profile of the Route 66 traveler is:

1. Overwhelmingly (97 percent) white in race.

2. Overwhelmingly (97 percent) not Hispanic in ethnicity (recall however, the English-only version of the survey).

3. Generally (71 percent) married, though about one-tenth never married and one-seventh are currently divorced/widowed/separated.

4. Overwhelmingly middle-age (median of about 55 years) with a prominent senior contingent (46 percent were 60 years or older) and a younger cohort as well (about one-ninth were 20 to 39 years of age).

5. Generally (61 percent) in a two-member household, though about one seventh were in one-member households and a small share (3 percent) were in large households of five or more members.

6. Typically well educated (about 30 percent have started or finished undergraduate college and an approximately equal share have started/completed graduate work), with some exceptions (about one-eighth have either just attended or graduated high school).

7. Employed in many occupations (about one-fifth are in service, sales, transportation, and maintenance), though the most popular occupation category by far (36 percent) is management and professional (the latter management/professional finding comporting with the typically more advanced educational attainment noted earlier). Of note is that about four-tenths of the Route 66 travelers are retired.

8. Generally of middle-income (median household income of about $62,500), though there is a considerable

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Damn White People
(They're the problem with America)


1 posted on 03/29/2012 7:42:07 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

THE ROAD IS RACIST!!


2 posted on 03/29/2012 7:43:15 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: blam

Sorta perfunctory...

3 posted on 03/29/2012 7:44:41 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I don’t know if the road is racist, but parts of it sure need improving. One part in California was really bumpy, although the scenery was great. One of the best sections of the old road is from Kingman,Az. to Flagstaff. My wife and I traveled that section a few years ago, and it it’s tremendous. My wife loved all the old Burma Shave signs that I’d been telling her about for ten years. She grew up in England and never saw them. She didn’t come to this country until the signs were gone.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 7:47:10 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well, that settles it.
We’ll have to either block off the road,
or have a quota system where whites can enter the road only after an acceptable number of minorities have used it for the day.


5 posted on 03/29/2012 7:47:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: blam

I suppose that we taxpayers had to pay for this damnably stupid study. Why don’t these colleges use taxpayer money to study why 3/4 of the money send to D.C. to give to the poor, never makes it to the “poor” family?

What a bunch of asshats.

Since “blacks” are only 12% of the population, I predict that if we studied Rt.66 long enough, we’d find that only 12% of the people using this highway are “black.” And you know what that means? 88% of the people using Rt. 66 are not black. I smell racism here!


6 posted on 03/29/2012 7:48:57 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: blam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Npuab_emQY
Nat King Cole - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66


7 posted on 03/29/2012 7:49:44 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: blam

And 97% of NBA players are black, what’s his point?


8 posted on 03/29/2012 7:49:44 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: freedumb2003

Always wanted one.


9 posted on 03/29/2012 7:50:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: driftless2

it was very dangeros in 1942 when my father drove us from Chicago to Los Angeles. The number of cars hat lost control and went over the many miles of cliffs going through the rockies


10 posted on 03/29/2012 7:50:09 AM PDT by spookie
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To: blam

Pretty sure the smugglers take the back roads other than route 66.


11 posted on 03/29/2012 7:50:53 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: All

White Americans are what prevent this country from becoming a hellhole like Zimbabwe.....


12 posted on 03/29/2012 7:52:12 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: blam

The mother road is a racist!


13 posted on 03/29/2012 7:52:29 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

>>Always wanted one.<<

Milner or the car? ;)


14 posted on 03/29/2012 7:52:41 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: blam

With the current FBI statistics on crime, this information makes Old Route 66 one of the safest roads to travel in the US.


15 posted on 03/29/2012 7:52:57 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: blam
I tell you why 97% of people on Rt 66 are white. It is because these vehicles are no good touring at highway speeds out across America.


16 posted on 03/29/2012 7:53:44 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: blam

But the road it’s self is black...Dosent that count for anything!!!!


17 posted on 03/29/2012 7:54:25 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: blam
What an immensely pointless study which never had to be done. Let's see who were the chumps who paid for it: The study by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the National Park Service and the American Express Foundation. So the taxpayers of New Jersey, which is quite a few states away from Route 66 and bond investors in China shoveled out a lot of the money for it. I hope they got their money's worth.

Is the author of the study now going to analyze drivers along all the streets in the country named after Martin Luther King?

18 posted on 03/29/2012 7:55:05 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: freedumb2003
The ‘vette.
They're primitive but cool.
19 posted on 03/29/2012 7:57:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: blam

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey,
______________________________________

Ah yes Rutgers

Named for Rutger, the brother of Teunis Jacobszen Van Woert from Schoenderwoert, in Holland..


20 posted on 03/29/2012 7:57:50 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: blam

So What?


21 posted on 03/29/2012 7:58:54 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: Liberty Valance

I have always loved that song. Sometime back in the early 1950s, an automotive writer named Tom McCahill wrote that the composer, Vincent Youmans, used to race the Super Chief “from Chicago to L.A.” in his Lincoln Continental. Always wished I could try that.


22 posted on 03/29/2012 7:59:18 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: blam

I suspect the reason the riders on the road were largely white had to do with money. It’s a luxury, and whites tend to have more disposable income.

Plus, to care about Route 66, you have to love America.

And minorities are taught to hate America.

(For the record, my father, who was an accidental American like myself, having make his home in Israel, toured Route 66 with my mother, his wife, 10 years ago -— because he loved America and wanted to see it.)


23 posted on 03/29/2012 7:59:27 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: blam

Hmmm, second story over the last two days about whitey getting more travel time than the “oppressed classes”.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 8:01:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 19th LA Inf

Bobby Troup (from Emergency!, and real life husband of Julie London) wrote the song.


25 posted on 03/29/2012 8:01:16 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Jewbacca

Greyhound don’t do Route 66. I suspect the numbers would be pretty similar on US 12 near my home.


26 posted on 03/29/2012 8:02:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Jewbacca

My folks did the Route 66 thing for their honeymoon in ‘63 (in a Volkswagon Beetle!)

Thanks to the movie “Cars”, my kiddies think it would be the coolest thing ever to take a Route 66 roadtrip.

After seeing the demographics, looks like a safer trip than the usual Florida vacation!


27 posted on 03/29/2012 8:05:26 AM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: 19th LA Inf
Tom McCahill was the real deal.
I recall seeing a film clip of him in a Chrysler Imperial, doing about 110 in a oval race course.
The clip shows him with one hand on the wheel, the other hand holding a lighter to ignite his cigar.
28 posted on 03/29/2012 8:06:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, I knew Bobby Troup wrote it. I think Youmans was way before his time. He was more of a Broadway musical type, I believe, and evidently a secret hot-shoe driver too.


29 posted on 03/29/2012 8:06:27 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: blam

What about Matin Luther King Blvd?


30 posted on 03/29/2012 8:06:49 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: driftless2
I'm almost 71 years old. I have traveled Route 66 since I was 2 1/2. In the old days one could see where the old wooden road had been discarded along side the new asphalt pavement. Talk about bumpy, no water for the radiator and may-pop tires. Ya really had to WANT to go West.
31 posted on 03/29/2012 8:10:27 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: dfwgator

Or 1/2 black. Lots of White mama’s


32 posted on 03/29/2012 8:12:20 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: blam

33 posted on 03/29/2012 8:16:06 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: blam

****A big report is out on the importance of Route 66****

I’ve been on that road many times. Now, most people take I-44 through Missouri to OKC, then I-40 west.


34 posted on 03/29/2012 8:19:37 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: cripplecreek

Don’t forget that minorities are under-represented at national parks, too.


35 posted on 03/29/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Its the mother road, not the brother road.


36 posted on 03/29/2012 8:20:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: VanShuyten

Seems to me that somebody is working up to a push for taxpayer funded vacations for the poor.


37 posted on 03/29/2012 8:21:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Coldwater Creek
The Heir To The Guerlain Perfume Empire Has Been Convicted For Making Racist Remarks On National TV
38 posted on 03/29/2012 8:25:32 AM PDT by blam
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To: laweeks

I wonder if I could get a government grant to study how much tax money is wasted on useless studies.


39 posted on 03/29/2012 8:25:47 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Right Brother

77% of all statistics are made up on the spot.


40 posted on 03/29/2012 8:26:32 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: cripplecreek

I nearly trashed my keyboard on that one!


41 posted on 03/29/2012 8:26:35 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: blam

Old Route 66 is mostly gone (replaced by I-55 and I-44), and no longer contiguous, through most of Illinois and Missouri. Many locales along the route have preserved “historic” sections of the old road, along with the requisite roadside tourist attractions.


42 posted on 03/29/2012 8:27:55 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: rightly_dividing

Wonder what the stats for I-94 between Detroit and Chicago look like.


43 posted on 03/29/2012 8:29:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Right Brother
I wonder if I could get a government grant to study how much tax money is wasted on useless studies.

Why, hell, there probably is a study like that. Maybe we need a study to find out who's doing that study. They could have called me to find out why there's so many "white" people using Rt 66. I could have told them for free. But then I don't have a Ph.D. (Piled High and Deep, or Post Hole Digger).

44 posted on 03/29/2012 8:30:13 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: laweeks

What’s next a study on why whites make up 97% of people at Wine Tasting events?


45 posted on 03/29/2012 8:31:22 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: blam

Had a wonderful time driving what’s left of the old road. I loved going off the freeway and down the main drag of the old towns. Loved the motel signs that say “Refrigerated Air”.


46 posted on 03/29/2012 8:32:23 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: blam

I didn’t see anything about it in the article, but my guess is that about 90% are bikers or rodders just enjoying some history.

Though I grew up in old SoCal, near its end, I have not driven it yet, but hope one day to travel it’s full length, uh, maybe except suburban L.A. and Chicago.


47 posted on 03/29/2012 8:34:00 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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To: dfwgator

Why are so many hunters white?

Surely someone can give me some money to seek the answer to that question.


48 posted on 03/29/2012 8:34:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Right Brother

Can you imagine that some hammerass got paid to look at the people coming down the road and, from that position, determine whether they were “white” or no. Since it’s almost impossible to do such a study, I think there was some slight of hand going on here.

I can’t imagine someone looking forward to sitting in the sun, staring at cars all day, for many days, trying to figure out where the racism in on Rt.66.

This just plain stinks.


49 posted on 03/29/2012 8:35:21 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: BigCinBigD

LOL!


50 posted on 03/29/2012 8:36:05 AM PDT by bikerman (you can take the man out of the jungle but can't take the jungle out of the man)
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