And the State of Black America is? Not bad, but not that great either.
According to new numbers from the National Urban League, life for African Americans has gotten slightly worse over the past year. The number come from the Leagues’ annual Equality Index, which measures the how Black in America fare in comparison to their white counter parts.
The League’s findings indicate a slight decline, with the index moving from 71.5% this year compared to 72.1% from last years report. According to the report, the major reasons for the slight drop hinge on factors including: the pace of economic recover, the state of the housing market, and an overall decline in the health index, driven by children’s health.
For the first time this year, the National Urban League used the Equality Index to compare the state of the nation’s Hispanic population to one-year prior. The report found that Hispanics fared slightly higher than Blacks, 76.8% but had risen on the index from 76.6%
The League pointed out the areas of disparity for Blacks and for Hispanics vary depending on class, but on there were issues that resonated by ethnicity. While Hispanics struggled with college enrollment, Blacks struggled the most in regards to children’s health.
One issue that both groups share as a problem area is loan access, an interesting commonality because it suggests other factors at play. Are bankers more like to lend out money to White than people of color? Are people of color less qualified to receive them than Whites?
There are many questions on the state of Black America and the experience of people of color in this country, but one thing remains sure- we have a long way to go.
The National Urban League will be hosting a Town Hall on its State of Black America report at Howard University this morning- you can tune in to view the live webcast here.
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