Income Gap Between White And Black Americans Is $8000 Worse Than It Was 40 Years Ago


On the eve of this week’s activities commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Pew Research Center offers some daunting facts demonstrating that America still has a long way to go until it achieves true racial equality. Among other things, the income and wealth gaps between white and black Americans has actually grown over the last 40 years:

Pew Race Chart

This is not to say that no progress has been made — the gap has shrunk both on high school completion and life expectancy, and African American voter turnout exceeded white turnout in the last election. But the dream of equal economic opportunity regardless of race remains elusive.