Washington Post - A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, shows that the black-white wage gap is now the widest it has been since 1979.
used to be that low-skilled black workers suffered the greatest
disadvantage relative to their white counterparts. But there has been a
strange reversal in the past 40 years. EPI finds that the
black-white wage gap has become wider — and is widening faster — among
those with more education.
College, in other
words, once seemed a surefire route to something approaching racial
equity. Nowadays, the picture is more complicated.
racial wage gap among less-educated men has held steady at about 15
percent, that gap for men with college diplomas increased significantly
in the 1980s, and now hovers between 15 and 20 percent. In 2014, the
penalty for being educated-while-black was about 18 percent. The penalty
for less-educated black men was 16 percent.
A similar pattern
exists for women. Among less-educated women with less than 10 years of
job experience, the black-white wage gap was 6.2 percent in 2014. But
among college-educated women, the wage gap was closer to 12 percent.
have minimum wages, but there isn’t a wage ceiling,” Wilson said.
“There’s much more room for discrimination and inequality at the top.
What’s happened is that the top one percent have really pulled away.”
growth in recent decades has been limited, more or less, to
the highest echelon of earners, a group that is overwhelmingly
white. Out of every 1,000 households in the top 1 percent, only two are
black, while about 910 are white. And so, as economic forces lifted the
incomes of the 1 percent, the blacks on lower rungs of the economic
ladder have been largely left behind.