Wealth Gap

Lisa Sharon Harper 04-01-2015

We watched our white peers accept the same salaries but somehow take vacations and buy homes—while we scrimped to pay rent. 


Jin S. Kim 07-14-2014
Wall St., Delpixel / Shutterstock.com

Wall St., Delpixel / Shutterstock.com

The interesting thing about human nature is that even among the oppressed, people will seek supremacy, a pecking order. We human beings have great capacity for tenderness and compassion, and we’re also the meanest things in the world! And even when we are oppressed together, we will try to find some advantage or superiority over others.

“As for you, my flock, saith the Lord, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture?” 

In other words: Do you have to get what’s yours and at the same time mess it up for others?

Brandon Hook 05-10-2013

Recent studies from both the Urban Institute and the Pew Forum tell the story of America's growing racial wealth gap. In the May issue of Sojourners magazine, Otis Moss III talked about the unjust trend: 

The call of the church has been, and always will be, to become the compassionate hands and feet of Christ. Poverty, when attached to race, is the original sin of America, a country built by slave labor and enriched by the unfair labor practices of the Industrial Revolution.

Read the full piece HERE.

See the full infographic at the jump.

QR Blog Editor 04-29-2013

Annie Lowrey reporter for the New York Times, writes about a new study released by the Urban Institute. The study found:

"The racial wealth gap yawned during the recession, even as the income gap between white Americans and nonwhite Americans remained stable. As of 2010, white families, on average, earned about $2 for every $1 that black and Hispanic families earned, a ratio that has remained roughly constant for the last 30 years."

However the wealth gap continues to grow.

"Before the recession, non-Hispanic white families, on average, were about four times as wealthy as nonwhite families, according to the Urban Institute’s analysis of Federal Reserve data. By 2010, whites were about six times as wealthy"

Read more here.

The Editors 04-10-2013

An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S.

Janelle Tupper 04-04-2013

Climate change leads to far more consequences than just destructive weather patterns.

Ron Sider 03-19-2013
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Occupy protests in London. dutourdumonde / Shutterstock.com

While having lunch recently with Harvard Professor Robert D. Putnam, I was asked an interesting question.

Putnam is appalled at the radical lack of equality of opportunity in the U.S. today, and he wanted to know if evangelical preachers would dare to say what his pastor said when he was a teenager. Putnam told me that back then, in the midst of Martin Luther King’s great campaign against segregation, his devout Methodist pastor dared to preach that “racism is a sin.”

Professor Putnam asked me, as an evangelical, whether evangelical pastors today would be ready to declare today’s great economic inequality of opportunity a sin. That’s a great question.

Catherine Woodiwiss 03-07-2013

This week's viral video is a must-see. The six-minute "Wealth Inequality in America," released Friday, presents the shocking, true size of the wealth gap in the country.

In a series of animated infographics, the video lends a visual punch to numbers that are hard to wrap one’s head around. The top 1 percent of Americans hold 50 percent of all investments in stocks and bonds, for example – while 80 percent of Americans share a paltry 7 percent of the nation’s wealth.

Jeannie Choi 07-29-2011

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:

  • Moving photos of the memorials in Norway.
  • The racial wealth gap continues to grow wider.
  • Would you eat it?
  • A smarter food label, as conceptualized by Berkeley design students.
Chuck Collins 09-01-2008

Why concentrated wealth and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us are not only bad for our economy but threaten democracy itself.

Tamara Draut 02-01-2007

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Joan Fitzgerald 02-01-2007

Helping people move up in the work force requires coordinated efforts.

Jill Suzanne Shook 02-01-2007

Affordable housing is vital for working people- and for the health of our communities.

Robert M. Franklin 01-01-2007

If preachers are preoccupied with pursuing the life of conscpicuous consumption and preaching a "prosperity gospel," then poor people are in big trouble.

Jim Wallis 11-01-2005
The Democrats can't even muster the gumption to oppose a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy.
Chuck Collins 04-01-2005
No tax cuts during wartime.
David Cay Johnston 04-01-2005

The elite few benefit from the Bush tax agenda. The rest of us get stuck with the bill.

Duane Shank 04-01-2005

For political strategist Grover Norquist, tax policy is just a means to a brutish end.

Harry C. Kiely 03-01-2005
If a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted wisdom.