As our primary concerns about inequality shift from being about race to being about class how can we better address discrepancies in opportunity?
“Then last week came news about the achievement gap. The use of that term always used to signal a conversation about race, but the news this time was about class. The achievement gap between the poor and the wealthy has become much greater than that between blacks and whites over the past several decades. Stanford sociologist Sean Reardon has shown that from 1960 to 2007, the gap between rich and poor in standardized test scores grew by 40 percent, while the one between black and white narrowed. A study by University of Michigan researchers has shown that the rich-poor gap in college completion has grown by 50 percent just since the 1980s.”
-John McWhorter, “Will This Be the First Election Where Class Trumps Race?”
Photo courtesy of Mediaite