By Ann Brown
How can this be? The wage gap for poor Black Americans is actually larger now than it was in the 1950s.
“The median earnings gap between Black and white men now stands at levels last seen more than 60 years ago, according to a new working paper by Patrick Bayer of Duke University and Kerwin Kofi Charles of the University of Chicago. The finding represents a reversal of years of progress, with wage disparities similar to what they were in 1950—four years before the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, 14 years before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and a time when Jim Crow still dominated much of the country,” Equitable Growth reported.
The new study, which tracked the earnings gap for Black and white men ages 25 to 54 from 1940 through 2014, found that the wage gap hasn’t hasn’t budged since the 1970s. And in fact, it’s gotten worse. Among the reasons for this, according to the report, are an increase in incarceration as well as a general decline in working-class jobs during the past three decades. This resulted in a growing group of men who just aren’t working.
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