Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It)

For every $100 earned by an average white family, how much do you think is earned by an average black family?

  • $0-$25
  •  $26-$50
  • $51-$75
  •  $76-$100
  • $100+

For every $100 in wealth accumulated by an average white family, how much wealth has the average black family accumulated?

  • $0-$25
  •  $26-$50
  • $51-$75
  •  $76-$100
  • $100+
 The Yale researchers suspected that many people would not get the answers right.

“I’m a person who studies inequality, who should really know how inequality looks,” said one of the psychologists, Michael Kraus, who researches the behaviors and beliefs that help perpetuate inequality. “And I look at the black-white gap, and I’m shocked at the magnitude.”

Black families in America earn just $57.30 for every $100 in income earned by white families, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. For every $100 in white family wealth, black families hold just $5.04.

– New York Times

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