Friday, October 14, 2016
Racial Pay Gap In The United States Is Driven By Racism
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the significant and growing gap in pay between Whites and Blacks. At that time, I blamed the institutional racism that still exists in this country for that gap. I still believe that to be true.
But I got to thinking that others may think the racial gap in pay is for a different reason than racism. They might think it is because White, as a percentage, have more education than Blacks. And it is true that a higher percentage of Whites have a Bachelor's Degree or more than Blacks -- in 2015, according to the Census Bureau, 36.2% of Whites had a degree while 22.5% of Blacks had one.
But that is NOT the reason for the wage gap. Note the chart above from the Economic Policy Institute. There is a wage gap between Whites and Blacks at every level of education. Whites simply make more than Blacks when they are at the same education level -- and that can be due to only one reason. White employers simply do not want to pay Black workers the same amount they pay White workers.
That is racism. And it is wrong.