The income disparities in America have persisted since the end of slavery. There exist a wide gap between the levels of income between the white and the African American irrespective of the U.S. GDP growth. The gap has nearly tripled from $ 85,000 in 1984 to $ 236,500 in 2009 (DeNavas etal 36). There are many causes and this may include house hold income, unemployment, education differences, home ownership and inheritance (Thomas 34). These inequalities can be traced back 300 years of physical, legal, cultural, political and economic discrimination which were all based on race (UN).
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