An Indiana Reader Says "Drum Loudly From The Mountaintops" The Link Between Declining Black Wages And Immigration
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November 29, 2007, 04:00 AM
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From: Mark Bridgeman (e-mail him)

Re: Edwin S. Rubenstein`s Column: Upward Mobility Eludes Blacks—Is Immigration The Reason

Thanks to Rubenstein for his recent article on the disparate negative impact of immigration on Black Americans. I invite you to drum that loudly from the mountaintops!

Rubenstein mentions that household incomes now typically reflect that both spouses are working.

This is a mostly ignored fact in most discussions of long-term economic trends. My Mom did not work outside the home during most of her adult life as my father provided a comfortable family living with his salary.

Even accounting for today`s generally higher consumption level, the median family relies on two incomes to make ends meet.

An additional note on income trends—black women`s salaries have not risen as much as white women during 1974-2004. In the same three-decade period, as Rubenstein pointed out, the number of white women working outside the home has exploded.

I would bet you a soda pop that this is because, in 1974, more black women, of necessity, worked outside the home, generally in lower skill jobs. Data might be sparse on this because I suspect that many working blacks of an earlier era were "off the books".

Bridgeman is an engineer.