The income and home ownership gap between minorities and whites continued to grow last year as African Americans and Hispanics lost more ground to the nation’s stagnant economy, the National Urban League said in a new report released Thursday.
The findings — which track with other reports this year — come in the civil rights organization’s annual “State of Black America” book. It evaluates and analyzes government data, public polls and other metrics in an attempt to measure equality on a range of issues.
“This recession has caused an exacerbation of the already large wealth gap in this country,” said Urban League President Marc Morial. “Candidly, these are very difficult and tough times.”
Morial and his group are in Washington this week for the Urban League’s annual legislative conference, where the group will lobby against budget cuts proposed by both the White House and House Republicans. Morial called proposed cuts to Head Start, Meals on Wheels and other social programs “mean spirited and reckless.”