A chart from the Economic Policy Institute showing hourly wage gaps compared to white men.

A chart from the Economic Policy Institute showing hourly wage gaps compared to white men.

President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of black American life from the campaign trail — citing crime, poverty and failing schools frequently. These characterizations were criticized as inaccurate and overly broad. We’ll explore the financial, political, and cultural changes black Americans have experienced in recent years, and take a look at where things could be headed in the future.

Guests

  • Elise Gould Senior economist, Economic Policy Institute.
  • Maurice Hobson Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University; author, "The Legend of the Black Mecca: Myth, Maxim and the Making of an Olympic City."
  • Ron Christie A Republican strategist with Christie Strategies.
  • Aisha Harris Culture writer for Slate, and host of the podcast Represent.

Research From The Economic Policy Institute

A recent study from the Economic Policy Institute showed that the black-white wage gap today is larger than it was in 1979. “At every education level, black workers are making less than white workers,” said the institute’s Elise Gould on the show. To go deeper, here is the data from the EPI showing the extent of the wage gap, and how it’s changed. You can read the full report here.

 

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