A Different Vision: Race and Public Policy by Thomas D Boston

By Thomas D Boston

This paintings brings jointly for the 1st time the information, philosophies and interpretations of North America's major African American economists, demonstrating that racial inequality has had a huge influence on African americans' day-by-day lives.

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US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1993. “Money Income of Households, Families, and Persons in the United States: 1992,” Current Population Reports, Series P–60, Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1993. “Population Projections of the United States, by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1993 to 2050,” Current Population Reports, Series P25–1104 (November), Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. 12 Source: Prepared by Brimmer & Company, Inc.

Washington’s and Commons’s views on black inferiority differ substantially. Commons claimed individual African Americans gain equality with Nordics only by crossbreeding while Washington (1970: 13) claimed it was due to the “Negro imitating the best” of the white man’s culture. Whereas Commons considered the failure of Reconstruction preordained since African Americans were unable to compete against whites, Washington believed that the failure stemmed from a wrong set of policies. Edward A. Ross and Louis Wirth Another important building block of the culture of poverty thesis was the sociological thesis that the transition to an urban culture creates disorganization among those who migrate from rural areas.

The question to be answered was: What would be the gain in GDP if blacks, with a given level of education, had the same average earnings as whites in the jobs which blacks actually hold? To make this estimate, data from the US Census Bureau’s Current Population Reports on “Money Income” were used. Initially, for each age-sex-education group, the mean earnings of blacks were multiplied by the number of persons in each category and the results summed to produce the amount of money income received by blacks in a given year.

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