Kevin Drum. You can see that while every other group in America has seen their wages rise over the past 40 years – dramatically for women – the incomes of white men have gone nowhere. Family incomes have risen somewhat, but that is entirely because of women working more.
I usually think of this as meaning that since the 70s our economy has created many millions of new jobs rather than increasing the rewards for a smaller number of jobs; that to some extent we faced a choice between these two sorts of growth and it was more jobs that won out. It could also be that the wages of white men were inflated because in any mixed situation, it was almost always a white man who became the supervisor over black or female colleagues, so the possibility of the reverse happening shows up as declining wages for white men.
But whatever the reason, it is true that the wages of white men have gone either nowhere or down. White men really have lost power and status in America over the past 40 years, and that simple fact explains a lot of our politics.