Black Wealth / White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial by Melvin Oliver, Thomas Shapiro

By Melvin Oliver, Thomas Shapiro

The award-winning Black Wealth / White Wealth offers a strong portrait of racial inequality in accordance with an research of non-public wealth. Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro's groundbreaking study analyzes wealth - overall resources and bills instead of source of revenue by myself - to discover deep and chronic racial inequality in the USA, they usually exhibit how public regulations have did not redress the problem.

First released in 1995, Black Wealth / White Wealth is taken into account a vintage exploration of race and inequality. It supplied, for the 1st time, systematic empirical proof that defined the racial inequality hole among blacks and whites. The 10th Anniversary version includes completely new and sizeable chapters. those chapters examine the ongoing problems with wealth and inequality in the USA and the recent guidelines which were introduced long ago ten years. a few were innovative whereas others in basic terms recreate inequality - for instance the inspiration to cast off the property tax.

Compelling and in addition informative, Black Wealth / White Wealth isn't just pioneering examine. it's also a robust counterpoint to arguments opposed to affirmative motion and a right away problem to present social welfare regulations which are tilted in the direction of the wealthy.

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As a result of this discrimination, blacks have been blocked from home ownership altogether or they have paid higher interest rates to secure residential loans. Second, disparities in access to housing created differential opportunities for blacks and whites to take advantage of new and more lucrative opportunities to secure the good life. indb 22 3/23/06 4:54:19 PM Race, Wealth, and Equality / 23 or secure their political rights through political lobbies and the electoral process. Blocked from low-interest government-backed loans, redlined out by financial institutions, or barred from home ownership by banks, black families have been denied the benefits of housing inflation and the subsequent vast increase in home equity assets.

Rising incomes also helped to fund a larger welfare state to assist people at the bottom of the distribution. Since 1973, however, a far bleaker story has unfolded. Real wages have been falling or stagnating for most families. The 1986 average wage in the United States bought nearly 14 percent less than it had thirteen years earlier. Also beginning in the mid-1970s, after a long period of movement toward greater equality and stability, the distribution of annual wages and salaries became increasingly unequal.

While distinguishing between power based on personal wealth and power based on institutional position is certainly valid in some respects, the larger impression Dye casts is spurious. His estimate of how little a confiscation of the financial resources of the richest would accomplish belittles the importance of disparities in personal wealth. Alternatively, if we were to examine the life chances and opportunities of various groups, then inequities in access to wealth might assume a more major role and hold a more consequential place in our assessment of structured inequalities for racial groups.

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