By Ann Brown
As the partial government shutdown over Donald Trump’s border wall continues, it has been affecting the entire nation. But those most affected are federal workers who are Black. More than “800,000 federal employees are affected and 350,000 are taking unpaid furloughs,” the Philadelphia Tribune reported. Nearly 20 percent of these employees are Black (while constituting 12 percent of the U.S. population).
“The federal government shutting down has a lot more relevance and impact on Black people than the stock market falling,” economic strategist and ScaleUp Partners co-founder Mike Green told the Tribune. “In fact, we don’t need to worry about the stock market. We need to worry about how long this shutdown will last.”
An estimated $27.4 billion of the federal budget for federal employees goes to Black civilian federal employees, according to data from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
“Black federal workers earn, on average, $72,000 in salary versus $85,000 for whites (64 percent of the federal workforce), $93,000 for Asians (who are just under 6 percent of the federal workforce) and $75,000 Click here to read entire article