ECONOMIC & SOCIAL STATISTICS ON BLACK AMERICA


Viewing the Class Divide

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.

 


An Analysis: Percentage of Blacks by Income Group 1970-1994

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.

 


Vital Signs

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.

 


Graph

A Graph of Black-White Parity in Higher Education, from The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

 

 

 
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