All employed workers are required to contribute to the Social Security System; however,a disproportionatep ercentage of African American males never live long enough to collect any benefits from their contributions. On the other hand, the life-expectancy of white males is significantly longer than the life expectancy of African American males, and their collection of Social Security benefits tends to exceed their contributions to the system. The federal government keeps the Social Security system from becoming completely solvent by raiding it of any surplus funds it collects; thereby, preventing the Social Security Fund from developing interest income, and accumulating funds for future generations of retirees.
"Social Security and the African American Male (A Cash Transfer System),"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 32
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol32/iss1/7