Faces of Power: 80% Are White

Nearly half a century after Richard Avedon profiled the political, media and corporate elite of the United States for Rolling Stone, the New York Times returned to the similar theme in their 12 September 2020 issue:

The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, run Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities. They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war. A review by The New York Times of more than 900 officials and executives in prominent positions found that about 20 percent identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial or otherwise a person of color. About 40 percent of Americans identify with one of those groups.

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