America's Widening Wealth Gap

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America's Widening Wealth Gap

The widening wealth gap in America: why blacks and Hispanics are falling behind and the rich keep getting richer.

America is facing its largest wealth disparity in a generation, and it’s pushing minorities to the economic margins. That’s the finding of a new study by the Pew Research Center. The median wealth of whites is now 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households. And though the recession cut across all races and ethnicities, Hispanics were especially hard hit. Hispanic families accounted for the largest single decline in wealth in the last few years. And when you add skyrocketing pay for CEOs, and increasing assets for those at the very top income brackets, you’ve got a record high divide between the rich and the poor. A look at what’s behind our country’s growing wealth gap.


Paul Taylor

executive vice president of the Pew Research Center.

Gary Burtless

senior fellow of economic studies, The Brookings Institution.

Roderick Harrison

professor of sociology at Howard University, senior research fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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