Our measure of economic security is based on white economic security. This way of thinking is baked into how many of us were taught about the economy: focus on the aggregate picture, on high-level combinations of individual behaviors and experiences. Take, for example, the latest aggregate unemployment numbers for the United States. They indicate that the economy may be growing again. But dig a little deeper, and they also show that Black workers are having a very different experience than white workers are.
The economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May, bringing the net losses since February to 15.2 million. However, while overall unemployment fell slightly, it ticked up for Black people. The Black employment to population ratio went up slightly in May, but it