The stark racial inequity of personal finances in America

Source: Ron Lieber & Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times (Paid Registration)

We cannot quantify the injustice of a white policeman holding his knee on the neck of a handcuffed, dying black man. And mere numbers cannot fully express the power imbalance involved in the deaths of George Floyd and too many others like him.

But we can measure the economic inequity that serves as their backdrop.

Dollars are like air—crucial to vitality. And when it comes to wealth, black Americans have less at nearly every juncture of life, from birth to death.

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