The New Orleans skyline, Friday, March 9, 2018.

In a deep dive into U.S. Census information, a new Data Center report provides a dismaying report on the income gap between the races in metro New Orleans.

Since the late 1970s, black residents' incomes have declined when adjusted for inflation, while white residents' incomes have held steady. This is far different from national trends of income growth for both races.

The new report should provide food for thought for city and regional leaders. Despite their efforts, “the dream of economic inclusion for African-American New Orleanians has not been fully realized,” chief authors Allison Plyer and Lamar Gardere wrote. That should be a call to action for all of us.

Black Orleanians falling further behind whites in income, education, report says