How big is the income gap between America's richest and poorest? Check out these bar graphs.
Census data (1968-1995) shows the gap between rich and poor has increased significantly
in both white and black America. In addition, other statistics reveal that
since 1980 the size of the black underclass has tripled.
As part of FRONTLINE's research and reporting for "The Two Nations of Black of
America," A.J. Robinson, a researcher in statistics, analyzed economic
data over the past three decades. Using charts and graphs, he
shows how lower class blacks have fallen behind with respect to economic or
social movement. He also details the misconceptions about the black
middle class. Contrary to widely held views, it is not the fastest
growing segment of the black population; in fact the black middle class
has been steadily declining since 1970.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education compiled these interesting,
sometimes surprising facts & statistics bearing on the relative status of
blacks and whites and racial progress.