Employment and Labor
Racial inequity in the economic sphere is persistent and widespread. People of color on average still have higher unemployment rates and lower wealth and incomes than white people, even controlling for educational status and job qualifications.The recent recession and slow recovery has also shown the success of “divide and conquer” strategies that pit workers from different groups (including racial/ethnic groups) against each other. For example, it has become perfectly acceptable for public officials to use terms like “jobless recovery,” which suggests that the country no longer assumes as a matter of course that a recovery means most people are back at work in living wage jobs.
Worker rights and wages have been eroding in the U.S. for some time, and there has been increased legislation in some states to eliminate labor unions. Though the U. S. Labor movement has its own racist history, the current attacks on trad [...]
“Everything that we believe in and count on is really in question right now. Our safety net, public education, housing, health care, so many things that are fundamental to a healthy democracy, are under attack. So I think, in general we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
~ Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
We Must Talk About Race to Fix Economic Inequality – Demos & MoveOn.org
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