As long as hierarchies exist, the power structure will continue to make these misguided assumptions. Many suspect that's why black Americans continue to lag far behind the average white, non-Hispanic family in terms of average per capita income. According to statistics from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, in 1965, black families earned on average 55 percent of what white families made. Today, black families earn 46 percent of what white families make. So, enough talk about how black Americans are making more than ever.
The bottom line is that they're still at the back of the bus. The bus may have picked up speed, but the location of their seats hasn't changed much. Narrowing this racial economic gap should be one of the most important goals of the civil rights movement. Without equality of employment, salary and wealth, there can be no social equality.