Black and white incomes have risen since the late 1960s, but both have declined since 2007, the year that marked the beginning of the Great Recession.Since the 1960s the difference in black and white incomes grew from about ,000 in 1967 to roughly ,000 in 2011.When assembling these statistics, we have generally retained the wording used by the authors.Statistics are presented for educational purposes only.Each statistic includes a footnote citation for the original source, where you can find information about the methodology and a definition of terms.
And, while blacks had lagged behind whites in voter participation for most of the past half century, turnout among blacks nearly matched that of whites in the 2008 presidential elections and surpassed it in 2012.
The primary data source we use is the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is an annual study conducted by the Justice Department.
To conduct NCVS, researchers interview tens of thousands of Americans each year to learn about crimes that they’ve experienced.
Measures of household income, household wealth, and homeownership show that the gaps are as wide or wider today as they were in the 1960s and 1970s.
The incarceration rate of black men is more than six times higher than that of white men, slightly larger than the gap in 1960.