The 2013 documentary “Inequality for All” has garnered many accolades for its enlightening and accessible treatment of income inequality in America, which is at its highest point since the late 1920s.
Minnesota is certainly not exempt from this disturbing trend. Although our income gap is smaller than that of many other states, Growth & Justice notes that inequality in Minnesota is rising absolutely and relative to other states. A 2012 report by the Minnesota Budget Project indicates high-income households in Minnesota saw an 80 percent increase in income from the late 1970s to the mid-2000s; during this same period, middle-income households saw an increase of 41 percent, while low-income households saw an increase of less than 20 percent. Racial disparities in income inequality are of particular concern in Minnesota: household incomes among African-American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino populations are almost half that of Asian and white populations.
Along with declining household income, income inequality is arguably one of the principal economic dilemmas of our times: it produces anxiety and misery, and has the potential to undermine economic growth.
“Inequality for All” explores some of the risks associated with a widening income gap. If you haven’t had a chance to see it in theatres, the University of Minnesota will be hosting a showing of the film on Thursday, February 20th, at 3:30 pm in Wiley Hall.
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison will be in attendance to offer some opening remarks and host a wrap-up discussion after the film. The screening will also be followed by a live broadcast with the film’s narrator, economist Robert Reich. The event is free, though donations for Cedar/Riverside fire victims are encouraged.