White economic privilege is alive and well

Paul F. Campos New York Times July 29, 2017

Is the white working class losing economic ground because of policies intended to improve the lives of black people? Anxiety and resentment among some white voters about those policies certainly seemed to benefit Donald Trump’s campaign last year, with its populist, ethno-nationalist message. The problem with this belief is that it is false. The income gap between black and white working-class Americans, like the gap between black and white Americans at every income level, remains every bit as extreme as it was five decades ago. (This is also true of the income gap between Hispanic and white Americans.)  Read full opinion.

Comments.  A must-read. A short opinion article that shows through easy-to understand graphs that 50 years after the amelioration of pervasive racism, African-Americans still earn about 2/3 the income of whites, unchanged over the period. Also important is that the median white household has 13 times more wealth than the median black household. He gives several examples of how racism still persists including school segregation and job discrimination,

See the section on barriers to entry on our Harmful Economic Systems page for further discusssion.

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