Racial wage gap in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Although slavery was abolished over one hundred years ago, differences in wages in the United States among whites and minorities are present today.[1]When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, it became illegal for employers to discriminate based on race;[2] however, the wages of whites in the United States still exceed those of all other minorities, except Asians.[3][4][5] After the passage of the act, the wage gap for minority groups narrowed, both in absolute difference with white wages and as a percentage of white wages, until the mid-1970s; at this time, progress for many racial minorities slowed, stopped, or reversed.[4] As of 2009, the median weekly wage for African American and Hispanic workers was about 65 percent and 61 percent that of White workers, respectively. Asian workers’ median wage was about 1 percent higher than that of white workers.[6] Overall, minority women’s wages in comparison to those of white…

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