For Black Seattleites, Recession Is Nothing New

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Capitol Hill Times

The report emphasizes that in addition to being unjust, the racial wealth gap carries hidden social costs, including squandered human capital and costlier basic services like healthcare. Higher rates of poverty and economic disenfranchisement also mean that blacks in the greater Seattle area are more likely than whites to be priced out of the city by skyrocketing rental costs or underwater mortgages. They also face lower levels of educational attainment (which strongly correlates with economic success) and, in the Seattle School District, higher rates of discipline; while they make up only a quarter of the student population, black students constitute more than half of the District’s suspensions and expulsions. (Researchers from the Kirwan Institute have found that teacher bias is at least partly to blame for this kind of differential treatment.)

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