THE RACIAL WEALTH AND INCOME GAP

The median wealth gap between Black and white families in the United States is ever expanding. As of 2016, white families have 10 times the wealth of Black families, and that is a conservative estimate. [1] This massive difference in wealth is not accidental but instead due to years of racist policies and intentional disinvestment from the Black community. These policies and practices have created what we now recognize as the racial wealth and income gap.

NETWORK’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap Workshop

NETWORK’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap workshop is an interactive experience that involves a group card activity followed by discussion and a presentation. This interactive session takes participants through 12 key federal policies and practices implemented throughout American history, beginning in the late 1800s, that led to the intentional divestment of the Black community and provided the institutional structure for what we understand as white privilege today.

This experience dispels the claims of America’s meritocracy and the “bootstrap” narratives. The Racial Wealth and Income Gap workshop is an experience that invites dialogue and discussion, while at the same time providing facts and figures about how our nation’s federal policies have continued to contribute to the still-expanding wealth gap between Black and white households in America.

To request NETWORK’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap workshop for your group or organization presented by a member of the NETWORK staff, please fill out this form.

History of Racialized Policies in U.S. History Explained

NETWORK believes that teaching others about the history of seemingly benign policies and their malignant execution and implementation will help us avoid mistakes of the past. Here is an explanation of the 12 policies NETWORK focuses on in the creation of the Racial Wealth and Income Gap: Key Federal Policies that Have Contributed to the Racial Wealth and Income Gap

Download the Racial Wealth and Income Gap materials and facilitator’s guide to learn more and experience the effect of these policies over time.

View additional resources on the Racial Wealth and Income Gap and racial justice.


[1] Hanks, A., Solomon, D., & Weller, C. E. (2018, February 21). Systematic Inequality. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/reports/2018/02/21/447051/systematic-inequality/#fn-447051-9