As reported here, (and here) white/black wealth inequality is worse now in the US than it was under Apartheid South Africa.

The figures brought up during the segment are backed up, too. America's income inequality gap has gotten worse in the past decade — the average white household has a net worth of $110,500, compared to just $6,314 for the average black household, according to the 2011 Census. And per the New York Times, white Americans own 18 times more than black Americans. The gap in apartheid South Africa? 15 times.

Firstly, is this true? If so in terms of what? Income, net worth or land ownership.

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    How much would somebody like Bill Gates skew these numbers? Should certain people/families be excluded due to extremely high wealth, or the history of the fortune (ie, say the family fortune was made in 1849, when the majority of African-Americans were slaves, and put in trusts, stocks, bonds since then, no "wages" earned)? Dec 13, 2014 at 14:37
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    Are you asking about income (as in the title) or wealth (as in the question); or both?
    – ChrisW
    Dec 13, 2014 at 16:10
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    The source material isn't consistent. It speaks about income inequality, then net worth and then what I assume is "land ownership". I ideally want an answer for all of the above.
    – Diederik
    Dec 13, 2014 at 16:57
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    " the average white household has a net worth of $110,500" - I would be VERY VERY skeptical of this. Considering the mortgage and student loan debt, the number seems way too high.
    – user5341
    Dec 15, 2014 at 21:09
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    Being poor in the US is in no manner the same as being poor in South Africa. Having to live in a trailer is not synonymous to starving to death.
    – Neil Meyer
    Dec 16, 2014 at 11:48


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