Really bad. Check out this video produced by Mashable. While many Americans apparently think the distribution of wealth in America is unjust (or dangerous), they don’t really appreciate just how bad it is.

Watch it all the way to the end.

YouTube video

Perhaps the most telling fact about wealth inequality in America is that it’s so bad that it’s really difficult to represent visually.

Part of the reason Americans don’t understand class might be because true inequity is so excessive that we might well characterize it as unfathomable.

That’s because one cannot show in any reasonable format, whether in print or on the web, both the wide distribution of people who have virtually no money, and the amount of money possessed by a very, very small portion of rich people.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer