Members of the left often argue that institutional racism and sexism hold back women and people of color. They point to the disproportionate number of men in science and technology or the disproportionate number of whites in professional fields, assuming that there must be discrimination involved. While it might appear so on the surface, it is not necessarily the case.
There are many important differences between racial groups that have little to do with race itself. For example, according Pew Research Center report, only 19% of Caucasians live in single-parent households, but 54% of African Americans live in single-parent households. This is critically important because there is a strong correlation between single-parent households and wealth. According to the 2016 Census Bureau, the median income of white households was $65,041, while the median income of black households was only $39,490.
There is an inverse correlation between race and single-parent households, and it holds true for all races. Asian Americans have the lowest single-parenthood rate and the highest income, while African Americans have the highest single-parenthood rate and the lowest income. Children raised by two parents usually receive more financial and emotional support than children raised by a single parent, so it makes sense that these children usually grow up to be more successful.
Another non-racial factor to consider is age. According to a Pew Research study, the average Hispanic American is only 28 years old, while the average white person is 43 years old. Compared to a younger demographic, 43 year-olds can be expected to be more successful because they have had more time to establish their careers and accumulate wealth.
When discussing the difference in outcome between races and sexes, certain individuals instantly assume there must be unjust discrimination involved. However, it is helpful to consider the variety of other hypotheses explaining the causes of social inequality without immediately ascribing the blame to racism or sexism.
Many individuals on the left believe that disproportionate representation of African Americans within the criminal justice system is caused solely by racial discrimination, however, population statistics paint a different picture. African Americans comprise only 13.4% of the population, yet represent 37.8% of the inmate population.
If racial discrimination was the primary cause of disproportionate representation, then it would also make sense to conclude that law enforcement is guilty of gender discrimination. According to 2018 statistics from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, men compose 93.3% of the inmate population, yet no rational voices claim that this fact is due to systemic sexism against men.
Although the role of institutional racism and sexism is questionable in determining monetary success between racial groups, discrimination is still unfortunately present in American society. However, in order to honestly understand disproportionate representation between races and sexes, it is important to take a thorough look at all the possible causes, rather than making blanket statements ascribing blame to racism or sexism.
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