The New York Times has released an in-depth visual story on the most powerful people in America today, and it’s proof that when it comes to equal representation from the top down, there’s still a long way to go.
‘The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, control Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities,’ writes the New York Times. ‘They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war.’
Out of these powerful 900 individuals in law, government, media, music, and heading up multi-billion-dollar corporations, 80% of those are white. Only 20% of the group identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial or otherwise a person of colour, despite the fact that ’40 per cent of Americans identify with one of those groups’ in 2020.
It’s a timely reminder that while some progress has been made in recent years, the push to get more BIPOC in positions of power across all industries must continue. Check out the full interactive story from New York Times here.