50 years since March on Washington, employment inequality still reigns

There has been no real narrowing of the unemployment gap between blacks and whites since 1963

By Natasha Lennard
Published August 19, 2013 1:34PM (EDT)
    (Orhan Cam / Shutterstock)
(Orhan Cam / Shutterstock)

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 noted in 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.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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