In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared with the world his dream of a colorblind society — one that focuses on his children’s character, not on their complexion. America has certainly come closer to realizing Dr. King’s vision. But segregation and discrimination continue to persist.
Views on systemic racism also differ sharply across racial lines. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of blacks said that “whites benefit a great deal or a fair amount from advantages that blacks do not have.” In contrast, only 46 percent of whites agreed with that statement.
Nonetheless, it’s important to recognize the racial harmony we’ve achieved — in our workplaces, in our schools, in our voting booths. To that end, WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 23 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our data set ranges from median annual income to standardized-test scores to voter turnout. Read on for our findings, additional insight from our panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.