Thinking like a social worker

…any questions? Yes. I have plenty.

Read: “Blacks in Virginia”

on May 4, 2012

The article by the Weldon Cooper Center at UVA (Check it out here) may be a smack in the face to the current thought that education is the great equalizer, at least in Virginia.  While having a higher education level does increase income for all, blacks with the same education level as whites are lagging behind in regards to income.  So while education is key to higher income and a lower chance of unemployment, whites enjoy a greater reward for the same effort that blacks put in.  Is there an aspect of “human capital” that black workers are missing that would make them worth less?  I highly doubt it.  To me, it suggests structural racism outside of the control of the individual worker.

The article also has interesting information on racial segregation in Virginia’s metropolitan areas, which can effect quality of education for students living there.


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