Some of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams have certainly come true. But when it comes to closing the economic gap between black and white Americans, we've got a long way to go.
On this MLK Day nearly 46 years after King's death, persistent discrimination means that black Americans are more likely than their white counterparts to struggle economically. And it's much harder for them to pull themselves out of that financial insecurity. One prominent example of how racism affects black Americans' economic prospects is in the job market, where they're much more likely to be unemployed than white Americans.