50 years since March on Washington, employment inequality still reigns
Ahead of preparations to celebrate 50 years since the March on Washington, commentators are noting the aspects of racial inequality that have withered in recent decades and those that starkly have not.
As Zachary Goldfarb notedin the Washington Post, "there has been essentially no narrowing of the unemployment gap between blacks and whites":
Fifty years ago, the unemployment rate was 5 percent for whites and 10.9 percent for blacks, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Today, it is 6.6 percent for whites and 12.6 percent for blacks. Over the past 30 years, the average white family has gone from having five times as much wealth as the average black family to 6 1/2 times, according to the Urban Institute…Twenty-one percent of blacks lack health insurance, compared with 13 percent of whites, according to the Kaiser Health Foundation.