Take a close look at today’s issue of The New York Times: a feature of the publication’s data-driven column “The Upshot” focuses on income inequality among black and white men.

According to the study, led by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, income inequality between blacks and whites is driven entirely by what is happening among these boys and the men they become. Black and white girls from families with comparable earnings attain similar individual incomes as adults.

Quoted among researchers and scholars is our own Will Jawando, who worked on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative while working in the Obama White House. Will shares his own personal story as well as insight gained from his experience:

“This crystallizes and puts data behind this thing that we always knew was there because we either felt it ourselves or we’ve seen it over time,” said Will Jawando, 35, who worked in the Obama White House on My Brother’s Keeper, a mentoring initiative for black boys. Even without this data, the people who worked on that project, he said, believed that individual and structural racism targeted black men in ways that required policies devised specifically for them.