The Graphic Truth: America's racial wealth gap
June 15, 2022
Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, the day Confederate slaves were emancipated a month after the US Civil War ended. But many of the effects of slavery — and of the subsequent Jim Crow laws — are still being felt today. Generations later, a glaring racial wealth gap remains between white and Black average household income and access to credit. What's more, laws such as the Fair Housing Act that eliminated redlining, have failed to significantly narrow the divide between white and Black homeownership and average home value. We take a look at a few of these indicators from today and over recent decades.