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Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality

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Black Wealth/White Wealth demonstrates how an analysis of private wealth uncovers a revealing story about race in America. An examination of how assets are created, expanded and preserved reveals a deep economic divide between blacks and whites. Charting the changing structure of inequality over many generations, the authors examine how and why many blacks have had difficu ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Routledge (first published March 1995)
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Raven Rakia
Aug 24, 2013 Raven Rakia rated it liked it
I'm rating this book because of the information in it and not how it was written. Good factual analysis of black wealth in America vs White Wealth. Shows how policies way after slavery have stopped black people from gaining any sort of wealth or economic stability (for example: housing policies). It's somewhat of a capitalist mindset but whatever...this book would be an important read for racists who talk about "slavery was so long ago!" or "racism was so long ago, black people get it together!" ...more
Miranda Nutt
Aug 26, 2015 Miranda Nutt rated it it was amazing
This book is a must must MUST read. From a high school debater who is obsessed with the complexities of the United States' inequalities, this book was still unbelievably shocking. While most Americans would probably agree that slavery and Jim Crowe laws were awful and racist, many (like myself a few years ago) are unaware of current injustices. That's why I found this book so fascinating. Melvin Oliver gave a disturbing and enlightening in depth analysis of how legislation passed in the last fif ...more
5 stars for it's scholarly impact and importance--not quite a 5 star reading experience for someone like me, whose eyes start to glaze over when confronted with R^2s and tables of statistics.

Either way, Black Wealth/White Wealth is an excellent place to start reading for those interested in institutional racism. This book shows that whites have better access to wealth and advantages in accumulating wealth that are the result of inheritance, government policy, and the policies of private banking
Aug 26, 2015 Frederick rated it it was amazing
An in depth statistical view of the racial differences in wealth accumulation in the USA. The book is unique because it is a tenth anniversary edition of the first publishing and offers substantial updates. Another thing that is good about this book is that it just doesn't declare something is out of kilter but offers solutions. I recommend it for people interested in American social history.
David Wilson
Aug 11, 2015 David Wilson rated it really liked it
Insightful analysis on the past and present conditions leading to economic inequality between whites and blacks. The suggested solutions to address this reality are very interesting ... Would love to see them debates in the public forum.
Oct 23, 2010 Edwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book on the dramatic differences in wealth between blacks and whites, measured by net worth and financial assets. Pretty much blacks, as a group, have no accumulated wealth and assets. Stark realizations about racial equality in America.
Sera Day
Jul 23, 2008 Sera Day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for a political science course. Eye-opening look at the differences between white and black wealth/social capital in the US. Defines wealth in terms of material assets and social class.
Annette Harpole
Oct 07, 2012 Annette Harpole rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Explained why Black people generally have struggled with wealth building/generational wealth building.
Tiquila Mcneill
Jul 08, 2011 Tiquila Mcneill rated it really liked it
interesting and probably needs updating to a current model of living
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