African-Americans have saved significantly less for retirement than whites, a disparity that reflects the ongoing systemic disadvantages many black wage earners in the United States face.
A new Institute for Policy Studies report reveals a wide divide in retirement assets between America’s top CEOs and average Americans. Chalk that gap up to rules rigged against workers.
Modern-day problems of gentrification and racial inequality play into a debate over streets and statues that honor the Civil War south.
Lewis Steel’s new book offers a candid insight on race in America from a member of the Top 1%.
The Trump phenomenon looks less surprising if we consider our history of racial inequality and white supremacy. Racial and economic insecurity in the United States have always made for a volatile combination.
A new report is exposing a massive disparity between white and black land ownership in the United States. Our five largest landowners, all white, own more rural land than all of black America combined.
The gap in personal net worth between the 2016 presidential candidates and average Americans could hardly be more stark. All the top-tier candidates save two have fortunes of at least $3 million.
New analysis shines spotlight on the growing racial disparity in wealth with up-to-date figures and cutting edge public policy solutions.
Over 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington, the median white family in the United States holds 70 times more net worth than the nation’s typical black family.
On one issue, there just might be enough of an opening that a pontifical prayer could create real progress: mass incarceration and the abuse suffered by our prisoners and incarcerated youth.
In unequal communities, phenomena like gentrification are forcing us to rethink principles of social change. Amid stark wealth disparities, we need to do more than prohibit discrimination.
A good, hard look at the statistics will tell you why African Americans have reason to fear an encounter with police.
When President Obama arrives in New Orleans today, he will face a reckoning with his promises to help rebuild and restore the city. The city’s poor and black populations still await their recovery.
Last week’s court decision extending basic labor protections to homecare workers combats longstanding racism and sexism embedded in U.S labor law.
While Sanders’ emphasis on economic reform is welcome and needed, some progressive voters are frustrated by Sanders’ relative silence on two other important issues for 2016: structural racism and climate change.
On Black Women’s Pay Equity Day, experts weigh in on income inequality for African-American women. Today, a black woman makes just 64 cents on the dollar earned by a white man.
To address the problems in American education, we must address the crisis of economic inequality in this country. The real crisis in our schools is inequality, not poor teachers or administrators.
In the modern era, anti-black racism has evolved into a more insidious form: the relatively quiet economic subjugation that was taken for granted during periods of slavery and Jim Crow.
Tchula, Mississippi is a quiet farm town in the heart of Delta blues country. Its residents, like Andrew featured here, live with deep poverty that stems from slavery and the era of Jim Crow segregation.
The Debt Trap is a tight weave of capitalistic enterprises that leave financially vulnerable Americans locked into perpetual debt, resulting in generations of poverty—and utter hopelessness.
By righting a 150-year-old wrong, re-enactors aim to help remedy long untreated ills at the root of today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement.
A new report details how being poor in America has become a crime, punishable by further impoverishment. Here are five troubling trends that show how the government is financially abusing poor people.
A new report argues that greater investment in organizing more black women into unions and community organizations focused on economic justice and workers’ rights can save the dwindling union movement.
Protesters in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray need to be heard. Are we listening?
Thanks to a brave young man with a cell phone, we now have proof that a broken tail light can get you killed if you are poor and black in America. It’s a perfect storm of poverty, fear, and social control.
The “Fight for 15” has blossomed into a broad-based movement of community organizations, faith groups, and other social justice advocates demanding social, economic, and racial justice.
Poor women’s health has fallen victim to yet another series of policy decisions, not unlike many of those over the last three decades, that have exacerbated economic inequality in America.
Racial segregation dominated the American landscape for generations. We can’t afford, suggests the research of Stanford’s Sean Reardon, to let economic segregation have anywhere near as long a run.
Looking back on 2014, it’s easy to see inequality remains a top issue for Americans. Topping my list of top 5 inequality moments of 2014 is Ferguson, reminding us all that inequality isn’t colorblind.
The marches in the streets may have been provoked by police conduct in Ferguson and Staten Island. But there is a deeper dream that has been deferred.
Though rooted in America’s religious past, today’s attitudes about the poor are rarely doctrinal but rather cultural. The problem is that such dismissal of struggling Americans is at odds with reality.
Republicans may feign a nostalgia for the 1950s, but they are actually more nostalgic for the Gilded Age. For decades, they have worked to undo the Progressive Era reforms that curbed inequality.
An anthropologist follows the everyday struggles of impoverished youth in DC and reveals how businesses target these youth for profit. From used cars to cellphone leases to pawn shops, wealthy investors have made poor neighborhoods into a highly lucrative enterprise.
Plutocrats in America have retreated into their gated communities, benefiting from racism and inequality. If we want change, we need to confront the wealthy elite who engage in “makers and takers” rhetoric and remind them that genuine democracy is good for everyone.
A new G.I. bill that included one year of civic learning and civic participation would provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an affordable college education — and give them the civic skills needed to have a meaningful voice in the democratic process.
Present-day inequality reflects the poisonous result of eroding net worth among African-American and Latino households and an exploding concentration of wealth in the top 1 percent, and within that, among our richest 400 billionaires.
A half-century since Dr. King’s dream, we’re living through a nightmare where America’s 400 richest now hold as much wealth as America’s 14 million African-American households. Dr. King worried deeply about wealth distribution in his day. He would be even more worried today.
British government funded research is unveiling which of today’s British fortunes are directly tied to slave ownership. America should follow suit.
Rising inequality, newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau make plain, has left America’s metropolitan areas considerably less mixed by income. Today’s affluent appear much less likely to live in multi-income neighborhoods than they did a generation ago.
Reparations for slavery may never be approved by the courts, but we can focus on fixing the social structures that reinforce racial inequalities and are the enduring contemporary legacy of slavery.