Sobering data; stunning visualization.

This NYT story on the effects of race on the economic future of American citizens offers chilling findings. Come for the data visualization; stay for the thoughtful analysis. Another example of why journalism matters.

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children. —Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

An interesting finding: a boy who grew up in communities were there were a lot of black fathers benefitted quite a bit, even if that boy’s father didn’t live nearby. Fathers in the community — even other people’s fathers — benefits black boys.

Mentors who aren’t children’s parents, but who share those children’s gender and race, serve a particularly important role for black children, Ms. Hurd has found. That helps explain why the presence of black fathers in a neighborhood, even if not in a child’s home, appears to make a difference.

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