The black unemployment rate, often more than double the white rate even when the economy is supposedly humming, is one especially stark symbol of the deep racism that underpins the American economy.

960x0A man raises a sign “Blacks For Trump” as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Take current conditions. The overall unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low of 3.6% in April. The rate for whites is 3.1%. For black Americans, it’s 6.7%. Worse, that rate has been rising in opposition to the broader trend.