This preliminary study draws upon previous research to analyze the black-white income gap in America by examining trends in mean and median household incomes, educational attainment, and unemployment rates from 1966-2001. I examine some historic themes to racism and how they persist through income inequality today. Through this research I hope to highlight that there is much work to do to minimize the economic marginalization of different races. Unequal incomes are evidence of such marginalization, which at times is unrecognized even by those who are being marginalized. In order to fully embrace being a land of opportunity, we must first create an environment within which economic opportunity can be equally generated by each citizen. The data collected will be used in conjunction with further research to form a model for better identifying the key factors that contribute to the growing income gap between blacks and whites in America.
"Economic Racism: A Look at the Black-White Income Gap, 1967-2001,"
McNair Scholars Research Journal:
1, Article 18.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/mcnair_journal/vol7/iss1/18
Dr. Samia Islam