In recent years, the U.S. has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act and a number of other landmark accomplishments considered pivotal in making the U.S. a better place for African Americans.Study: Black Men Have Made Little Progress in Society Over Last 50 Years - Atlanta Blackstar
But despite a deep reverence for those accomplishments, a new study suggests that African-American men today face such high levels of unemployment and incarceration that they are in little better position when compared with White men than a half-century ago.
The popular narrative is that economic and social progress for African-Americans has proceeded steadily upward over the past century, like a smooth incline, culminating six years ago with the election of the first Black president.
But that’s not quite the case for Black men, according to a new research paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper by University of Chicago economists Derek Neal and Armin Rick reveals that Black men are in the same position relative to white men that they were in around the time of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.