Racial Gap

Research Finds That the Racial Earnings Gap for Men Has Returned to 1950s Level

Research Finds That the Racial Earnings Gap for Men Has Returned to 1950s Level

The authors explain that the changing economy has been difficult for all workers with less than a high school education but has been particularly devastating for Black men. They found that in 1960, 19 percent of Black men were not working. By 2014, 35 percent of Black men were not employed.

Racial Differences in Mobility Rates in the United States by Educational Attainment

Racial Differences in Mobility Rates in the United States by Educational Attainment

The racial gap in moving rates is significantly higher for those with lower levels of education. For Blacks and Whites with graduate or professional degrees, the difference is moving rates is only slightly higher for African Americans.

The Huge Racial Gap in Debt for College Graduates

The Huge Racial Gap in Debt for College Graduates

Four years after they graduate from college, Black students have an average debt load that is $25,000 more than White students who had graduated from college four years earlier. And the amount of debt held by African American college graduates, when adjusted for inflation, has increased sixfold in the past 15 years.

New Report Examines Racial Differences in Computer Science Education

New Report Examines Racial Differences in Computer Science Education

Among the findings of a a new report from Google is the fact that only 47 percent of Black students nationwide attend schools that have courses in computer science, compared to 58 percent of White students.

Government Reports Decline in Death Rates for Breast Cancer: But Racial Disparities Persist

Government Reports Decline in Death Rates for Breast Cancer: But Racial Disparities Persist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data showing a decline in death rates for breast cancer from 2010 to 2014. But the data showed that the decline in death rates was faster for White women than for Black women. This was particularly true for older Black women.

Higher Education Does Little to Shrink the Racial Gap in Earnings

Higher Education Does Little to Shrink the Racial Gap in Earnings

The data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that there is an hourly racial wage gap of about $3.75 for Black and White workers with a high school diploma but no further education. But for those with a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree, there is a racial wage gap of more than $6 an hour.

New Study Finds a Strong Link Between Lead in the Environment and Lower Test Scores

New Study Finds a Strong Link Between Lead in the Environment and Lower Test Scores

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economics Research finds that children’s exposure to lead in their environment can have a significant effect on their tests scores. Many Black children from low-income families live in older housing where lead-based paint was used.

University of Houston Launches New Institute to Combat Racial Health Disparities

University of Houston Launches New Institute to Combat Racial Health Disparities

The University of Houston has announced the establishment of a new research institute entitled Helping Everyone Achieve a Life-Time of Health (HEALTH). The mission of the new institute is to lessen health disparities for marginalized or underserved populations.

The Persisting Large Racial Gap in SAT Score Results

The Persisting Large Racial Gap in SAT Score Results

The College Board recently released data on the scores of the SAT college entrance examination for the high school graduating class of 2016. The average combined score on the three SAT sections for Blacks was 1270. This is 302 points below the average combined score for Whites, which stood at 1572.

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The Racial Poverty Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

The lack of money for higher education is of particular concern to the African American community. Large numbers of young Black Americans who come from low-income families don’t even bother to consider pursuing higher education because of the cost.

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

The University of Southern California study found that of the 100 top-grossing films in 2015, people of color were 26 percent of all the actors who held speaking roles. Seventeen of the 100 top-grossing films had no Black characters whatsoever. Only three of the 100 top-grossing films had a woman of color in a leading role.

Black-Owned Firms Remain Only a Tiny Slice of the American Economic Pie

Black-Owned Firms Remain Only a Tiny Slice of the American Economic Pie

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2014 there were 108,473 Black-owned firms with paid employees, making up just 11 percent of all firms designated by the Census Bureau as minority-owned. Black-owned firms made up just 2 percent of all businesses with paid employees.

Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

Blacks make up 8 percent of the undergraduates and 5 percent of the graduate students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. But Blacks make up just 3 percent of the tenure-track faculty at the university.

UCSF Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prescriptions for Opioids at Emergency Rooms

UCSF Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prescriptions for Opioids at Emergency Rooms

Researchers examined data from more than 60 million pain-related emergency room visits between 2007 and 2011. They found that in cases where there was no definite outward sign of a pain-producing injury, Black patients were half as likely as White patients to be given prescriptions for opioids.

Report Documents the Large and Growing Racial Wealth Gap

Report Documents the Large and Growing Racial Wealth Gap

Wealth is a major factor in college affordability for American families. And a new report shows that the racial wealth gap in the United States is huge and expanding.

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

In a study of nearly 1,000 people, researchers analyzed DNA to determine genetic factors that were linked to smoking behavior and nicotine additions. Black participants were far less likely to go online to find out if they had these genetic variations that increased their risk.

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

One surprising finding of a new study that may explain racial differences in breastfeeding rates is the fact that the authors found that Black mothers were nine times as likely as White mothers to be given formula for their babies when they were still in the hospital.

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Blacks, who are 46 percent of the District’s population, represented 73 percent of all patients hospitalized. Black men in the District have a life expectancy that is 15 years lower than for White men.

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

University Study Finds a Major Racial Gap in State Judgeship Appointments

The authors assembled a database of more than 10,000 state judges who hear about 90 percent of all court cases in the United States, according to the authors. They found that only seven states had a judiciary that mirrored the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s population.

The Brotherhood Initiative at the University of Washington Looks to Boost Graduation Rates

The Brotherhood Initiative at the University of Washington Looks to Boost Graduation Rates

The goal of the new Brotherhood Initiative being launched this fall is to reduce the graduation rate gap between Black men and Black women and also to close the racial graduation rate gap. Joe Lott, an associate professor of education is leading the initiative.

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment

A new academic study finds that African Americans are significantly more likely than non-Hispanic White Americans to diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental health problems. But African Americans are less likely than Whites to receive medication to treat the conditions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Agree to Address Racial Unbalance in School Discipline

Oklahoma City Public Schools Agree to Address Racial Unbalance in School Discipline

A U.S. Department of Education investigation found that Black students received in-school and out-of-school suspensions, were referred to law enforcement, and were arrested for school-related incidents at statistically significant higher rates compared to their enrollment in the district.

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Research conducted at Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis found that low-to-moderate income Black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their White counterparts.

Two Universities Team Up to Address Racial Health Disparities in Mississippi

Two Universities Team Up to Address Racial Health Disparities in Mississippi

Mississippi State University and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are teaming up to combat racial healthcare disparities in the state of Mississippi.

The Racial Gap in Reading and Mathematics Can Be Eliminated With Quality Pre-K Programs

The Racial Gap in Reading and Mathematics Can Be Eliminated With Quality Pre-K Programs

If the success of universal Pre-K programs in Oklahoma and Massachusetts was replicated nationwide, the gap in mathematical achievement for African American children would be reduced by 45 percent and the gap in reading achievement would be eliminated.

Racial Bias May Contribute to the Undertreatment of Pain for African Americans

Racial Bias May Contribute to the Undertreatment of Pain for African Americans

Past studies have demonstrated that Black patients tended to be undertreated for pain relative to White patients. A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia has found that this undertreatment may be caused, in part, by racial bias.

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

African Americans Making Little Progress in College Sports Administration

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida reports that Blacks are 47 percent of the football players in Division I but only 7.9 percent of the head football coaches.

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

New Report Examines Racial Gap in Marital Status by Educational Attainment

For 29-year-old African Americans with at least a four-year college degree, 28.7 percent were married in 2014. For 29-year-old Whites with a college degree, 49.3 percent were married in 2014.

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission. Some of the nation’s most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by race and ethnic group.

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

Black Heart Attack Patients Are More Likely to Be Diverted to Distant Emergency Rooms

A new academic study finds that older African American patients who have heart emergencies are more likely than their White peers to have their ambulance diverted to a distant hospital due to overcrowding at the nearest hospital.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

More than one third, 36.2 percent, of adult non-Hispanic White Americans in 2015 had obtained a bachelor’s degree. For adult African Americans in 2015, 22.5 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree.

New Consortium Seeks to Boost College Graduation Rates of Minority Students

New Consortium Seeks to Boost College Graduation Rates of Minority Students

The Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy (OASIS) initiative will bring its 11 member institutions together to examine best practices for enhancing student success in areas such as student advising and counseling, as well as developmental coursework.

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

As expected, wealthier people of all races were less likely to be incarcerated than members of their racial group with lower levels of wealth. But at all levels of wealth, Blacks were more likely than Whites to spend time in jail.

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

The report finds that the typical African American household in Los Angeles has on average only about 1 percent of the average wealth of non-Hispanic White households. Many Asian American groups had an even higher average net worth than White households.

New Study Finds Wide Racial Disparities in Access to Government Child Care Programs

New Study Finds Wide Racial Disparities in Access to Government Child Care Programs

A new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, D.C., finds that only 46 percent of eligible Black children participated in the Head Start preschool program. Nationwide, 21 percent of Black children eligible to be given government funded child care, actually are covered.

The Racial Gap in Women's Ability to Pay Off Their Student Loans

The Racial Gap in Women’s Ability to Pay Off Their Student Loans

For women who graduated from college in the 2007-08 academic year, Black women were able to pay off only 9 percent of their student loan debt by 2012. In contrast White women had paid off 37 percent of their student loan debt by 2012.