A blogger called Pinko Feminist Hellcat rants about stories on a Census Bureau wage study released yesterday. The news stories headline the differences in pay between asian, white, black, and hispanic college-educated women. (I heard a report on NPR yesterday evening with the same angle.) Buried is the news that the earnings of white college-educated men blow those of all these categories of women away. And of other categories of college-educated men, too.
The real story about the earnings of college-educated people:
- asian men earn 21% less than white men;
- hispanic men earn 26% less than white men;
- black men earn 31% less than white men;
- asian women earn 34% less than white men;
- black women earn 38% less than white men;
- white earn 43% less than white men;
- hispanic women earn 43% less than white men.
UPDATE: To find out exactly how many outlets missed the real story, I did a Google News search for "Census pay differences" and clicked on the link for all 195 related stories. On the first page of that search, there were approximately 30 stories, only 2 of which highlighted the real story. Kudos to those newspapers: the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Salaries still straddle wide divide in gender and race) and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Anglo men still far out-earn women, minorities).