James Surowiecki's The Widening Racial Wealth Divide

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The issue of racial income inequality is seen in James Surowiecki’s “The Widening Racial Wealth Divide”, Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, and in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. First off, Surowiecki explains that the wealth divide between Caucasians and African Americans is growing at a rapid pace. Specifically, he elucidates, “White households own, on average, seven times as much wealth as African-American households” (Surowiecki). The writer suggests that this is due to the tremendously high unemployment rates and the low salaries that African Americans experience compared to those of white Americans. However, if an individual successfully completes tasks at his or her job, race should not be a factor in how much money he or

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