The century gap: Low economic mobility for black men, 150 years after the Civil War


The legacy of American racism is dominating the headlines again. One of the arguments used against the removal or relocation of Confederate symbols is that “it is simply part of our history”. This is not the case. The results of the enslavement, disenfranchisement and exclusion of black Americans remain visible and vivid in 21st century America.

Take the economic gap between black and white Americans, which is stark and stubborn. Black median household income was $36,898 in 2015, compared to $62,950 for whites . The gap has actually widened slightly since 2002 (from $23,500 to $26,000).

The black-white income gap obviously […]