We here about inequality all of the time now. Unemployment, weak job growth and stagnant wage growth generally out of focus because it makes the president look bad. The deeper look is that it would make our FIRE economy system look bad, so we definitely do not want to talk about it. A personal favorite the last week or so has been for the media to discuss inequality with regards to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Inequality is the root of all evil. With the steady drumbeat of the media, I wonder what the progressive apparatchiks have in store for us from a policy standpoint to solve this. The media loves to point the black white income gap, never the wider black-Asian gap or even wider black-Jewish gap, but black-white so whites can feel guilty and vote correctly. The media can never own up to a simple way to close this gap because it reveals a horror story about America. Blacks simply need to graduate high school at higher rates.
We can brush aside immigration (negative effect) and broken families (negative effect) and just focus on graduation rates. Per the wonderful Schott Foundation, one can get a glimpse of the true graduation rate for black males. Sadly, the foundation is beating the drum on disparate impact of school suspensions like the rest of progressive institutions. With their data in hand, the hidden truth is revealed. The percent of black boys that enter 9th grade who then received a regular diploma after four years is 52%. This is up from 42% since 2002. This 52% is a first for cracking the 50% line since tracking it. Despite the straight line drawing in their website's report, older data they used to release showed how that number bounced between 42-48% through the decade. The foundation's director says it is not flaws in the students but neglect by the government policy-makers and officials. Whatever that means, since black girls graduate at higher rates in the same school districts (similar to the white male-female differential). If you have a black friend who graduated high school, he is one of the good half. Now think of how all the black guys you know have graduated high school and ponder the out of sight underclass. Those guys are not around you, and you do not want them around with the other issues that follow them.
This has knock on effects that the media does not want to consider as part of the inequality debate. It is pretty easy to look at annual salary data and see that, on average, high school drop outs make roughly $10,000 less than high school graduates per year who make less than college graduates. This is another filtered funnel the media and progressives will not cite. You cannot close an income or wealth inequality gap if someone dropped out of high school fifteen years earlier. Never finish high school and magically, there are a lot of jobs you cannot get nor fields where you can advance. This is not access to college and more education. This is about basic high school completion, which has been "dumbed down" as much as possible by our education policy-makers. The problem is being portrayed as a lack of engagement and evil school suspensions, because God forbid anyone be accountable for their problem. If the kid has a tough home, we cannot cite how that broken home may be the result of government social welfare incentives or higher rates of dysfunction in certain communities.
This is a horror story. One that will not be fixed with all the government programs in the world. Increase the number of two parent homes and the graduation rate might go up. That would require removing perverse government incentives that foster single moms and a matriarchal structure for a society. Two parents do not solve everything, but that situation makes parenting easier. We cannot change those incentives because that's the gimmedats formula for leftist electoral success as well as lost jobs for the social workers of America. It comes back to finishing high school. It goes back to homes and families. These are issues we will not address properly. In the eyes of our progressive overlords, it will be much easier and better to install more government programs, more redistribution and more fairy tale slogans than to face reality.