The phrase ‘The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer’ is beginning to be somewhat of a reality here in the United States. However, there’s more to the story than just the disappearing middle class. The nation also has to contend with a racial wealth gap. The unemployment rate among African American workers is 13.7 percent vs. a 6.6 unemployment rate among white workers.
How do we fix the racial wealth gap, though? One Brooklyn resident, Martin Allen, is doing his share by training and placing homeless individuals, ex-convicts and other populations that have a more difficult time finding employment. Allen estimates that he’s provided jobs to more than 2,000 workers and while what he’s done is great for the Brooklyn community, many more communities across the nation need their own Martin Allen.