No, not that wage gap, the other one.
The wage gap between black and white Americans is at a 40-year high
This makes the stagnation of the gender wage gap seem like not such a big deal. Of course they're both problems, but feminists need to be talking about this because racism is bad and, you know, black women exist.
That's right: The wage gap between blacks and whites in the United States is higher than it was nearly 40 years ago.
On average, black men earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to white men when comparing hourly wages.
And it's even worse for black women, who earn 65.8 cents to a white man's dollar. Meanwhile, white women earn 11.7% more than black women.
"With an avg hourly wage gap of 6.0 % [in 1979], black women were near parity with white women...By 2015 this gap had grown to 19.0 %."— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) September 20, 2016
New @EconomicPolicy Study: the black/white wage gap has been increasing, not declining. https://t.co/QQxuDZwke6 pic.twitter.com/oDtn9d8K4n— sean. (@SeanMcElwee) September 20, 2016
This probably has a lot to do with the increasing incarceration of black people and the horrible way tiny black children are treated in schools, resulting in the school-to-prison pipeline.
Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem
While the teachers watched, eye-scan technology measured the trajectory of their gaze. Gilliam wanted to know: When teachers expected bad behavior, who did they watch?
"What we found was exactly what we expected based on the rates at which children are expelled from preschool programs," Gilliam says. "Teachers looked more at the black children than the white children, and they looked specifically more at the African-American boy."
Indeed, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, black children are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended from preschool than white children. Put another way, black children account for roughly 19 percent of all preschoolers, but nearly half of preschoolers who get suspended.
Welcome to post-racial America, where we stopped trying not to be racist and things are therefore getting worse for black people again.