Once employed, working while black is risky behavior. African-American workers are likely to earn less than whites — black weekly wages are 78 percent of white wages. This affects not only black workers, of course, but entire families. The median family income for America's black workers is 60 percent of white workers, and in Baltimore, it's only 54 percent. The wealth gap is even worse. White families tend to have a more forgiving financial cushion to protect them in tough times. They're more likely to own their homes, for instance, and to have ample savings. The recent recession hit black families hard. Before the recession, in 2007, whites had 4.3 times as much wealth as blacks. By 2010, the white wealth advantage grew to six times that of African-Americans.