The Black-White Wealth Gap Is Growing

An author of a new study explains why, and how to restore fairness to a system that favors the wealthy.


A chance at getting a higher education, anchoring a family’s security through homeownership, starting that business — these are the opportunities squeezed from Americans by policies that distribute wealth to the already well-off.

Today Sheryl continues to dream of owning a house and sending her daughter to college. When we check in with her in 10 years, will we find even greater wealth inequality, or will opportunity have triumphed?

Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D., directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at The Heller School, Brandeis University, and is the author of The Hidden Cost of Being African and co-author of Black Wealth/White Wealth.

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