The American Dream is colorblind

diversity ethnic income

National Public Radio in America was this morning talking about a new study on ethnic income inequality done by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Irvine.

The good news is that there are opportunities in America if you study hard and work hard no matter who you are. Whites are no longer the most well-off race in America! It is actually Asian-Americans who take the top spot as the highest income earners with the highest per capita household income in the U.S.

White Americans came in second, followed by multiracial Americans and African Americans.

Asians                        $32,047

White                         $26,681

Mixed                         $21,570

Blacks                        $17,695

Latinos                      $15,697

Indigena/Indians    $ 9,164

Unfortunately, indigenous people / Native American Indians are at the bottom of the scale. However, between Native American Indians the income swing is huge from the Chumash-casino-millionaire-Indians in Solvang and the Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe in Minnesota with its residents each earning $1million per year tax-free down to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota where 80% of the tribe is unemployed and half are living at poverty levels.

The researchers looked at 18 other countries across the Americas, and it found similar racial stratification in all of them. Some of the findings: In five countries, the United States, Venezuela, Uruguay, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, blacks are in positions of disadvantage compared to whites, but have higher incomes than some other racial populations. The indigenous category is typically found at the bottom of the racial hierarchy, occupying the lowest position in 9 of the 12 countries with large enough indigenous populations to analyze.

The good news is that it is not so black and white anymore (i.e. whites are the best off and blacks are the worst off). Asian Americans represent approximately 5% of the US population. The research paper can be found at www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol31/24/31-24.pdf

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