Skip to comments.97% Of The Travelers On America's 'Mother Road' Are White
Posted on 03/29/2012 7:41:59 AM PDT by blam
97% Of The Travelers On America's 'Mother Road' Are White
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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THE ROAD IS RACIST!!
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.
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.
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!
Nat King Cole - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
And 97% of NBA players are black, what’s his point?
Always wanted one.
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
Pretty sure the smugglers take the back roads other than route 66.
White Americans are what prevent this country from becoming a hellhole like Zimbabwe.....
The mother road is a racist!
>>Always wanted one.<<
Milner or the car? ;)
With the current FBI statistics on crime, this information makes Old Route 66 one of the safest roads to travel in the US.
But the road it’s self is black...Dosent that count for anything!!!!
Is the author of the study now going to analyze drivers along all the streets in the country named after Martin Luther King?
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey,
Ah yes Rutgers
Named for Rutger, the brother of Teunis Jacobszen Van Woert from Schoenderwoert, in Holland..
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.
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.)
Hmmm, second story over the last two days about whitey getting more travel time than the “oppressed classes”.
Bobby Troup (from Emergency!, and real life husband of Julie London) wrote the song.
Greyhound don’t do Route 66. I suspect the numbers would be pretty similar on US 12 near my home.
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!
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.
What about Matin Luther King Blvd?
Or 1/2 black. Lots of White mama’s
****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.
Don’t forget that minorities are under-represented at national parks, too.
Its the mother road, not the brother road.
Seems to me that somebody is working up to a push for taxpayer funded vacations for the poor.
I wonder if I could get a government grant to study how much tax money is wasted on useless studies.
77% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
I nearly trashed my keyboard on that one!
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.
Wonder what the stats for I-94 between Detroit and Chicago look like.
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).
What’s next a study on why whites make up 97% of people at Wine Tasting events?
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”.
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.
Why are so many hunters white?
Surely someone can give me some money to seek the answer to that question.
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.