Blacks and Whites: Narrowing the Gap?
In Black and Whites Reynolds Farley tackles the controversial question of what black Americans have gained from the civil rights struggle. Are black Americans catching up to whites economically and socially, or are they falling behind?
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actual annual earnings average benefits black families black population black women blacks and whites capita income Census civil rights constant 1979 dollars constant dollars Current Population Reports Current Population Survey decade declined decreased distribution earnings of blacks earnings of white economic status educational attainment employers employment enrollment rates families headed family income female-headed families Figure food stamps gains Gini index headed by women hourly earnings hourly wages husband-wife families hypothetical earnings income of black increased indicators interquartile range labor force labor market characteristics labor market experience living arrangements marriage median income Nathan Glazer occupational percent percentage period polarization poverty line poverty rate programs proportion of black races racial change racial differences racial discrimination racial segregation rapidly rates of return rose sector similar white social class status of blacks trends typical white U.S. Bureau unemployment rate wage rates white families white women young blacks