We wrote last week about a sweeping new study of income inequality in the United States, and how it varies by race and gender. The data, including virtually all Americans now in their late 30s, showed how different the prospects of black boys are from those of white boys. Even when black and white boys grow up near each other, in households with similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of America.
We heard from hundreds of readers, who wanted to know more about a variety of topics: how black girls and women fared; how people of other racial backgrounds compared; details of how the study was done and how its conclusions were drawn. Readers asked what caused inequality, and what they could do to address it in their own lives and in society.
Below are some of the 300 questions readers sent us, with responses from two of the reporters of the original article, two of the economists who conducted the study, and two professors who study race in America. The questions have been condensed and edited for clarity. We also created additional data visualizations here that tell you more about women and people of different racial groups and income levels, and a tool that lets you make these animations for any combination of race, gender, income type and household income level you choose.
– The New York Times