A study reported today in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (page 3A if anyone reads the newspaper anymore) states that the income gap between whites and blacks has grown in the last 30 years. Illustrated in a nice graph unavailable on the internet link, is about a $3,500 drop in wages for African Americans males (when wages are adjusted for inflation) while income for white males remained relatively stagnant.
White and black women both have made incredible gains. However, white females have shown significantly more upward mobility than have their black counterparts. White females have increased their median income about five and a half times since 1974, while black females have increased their income by about 40%.
Obviously great gains have been made for women since 1974, but this data shows clearly that the strides made for the African American community since the days of Jim Crow and segregation are still lacking in contemporary American society. More efforts need to be made in the areas of school improvement in the inner cities, and dare I say affirmative actions measures, especially in the education arena, need to be made to ensure that this gap closes in the future.