The New York Times has created a series of data visualizations demonstrating how black males earn significantly less in adulthood than their white counterparts in the United States, regardless of their parents’ income or marital status. The newspaper leverages data from the Equality of Opportunity Project—a group that uses big data to identify policies to promote upward mobility—to create the diagrams, maps, and other visualizations that illustrate how black males who grow up wealthy are less likely to stay rich and much more likely to become incarcerated compared to affluent white males. Charts also show that the same income gap does not exist between white and black females and is smaller between whites and non-black minority groups overall.
Visualizing the Income Gap Between Black and White Males
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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