Research & Studies

Report Finds Persisting Racial Discrimination in the Car-Buying Process

Report Finds Persisting Racial Discrimination in the Car-Buying Process

A new report from the National Fair Housing Alliance finds that on average, non-White car buyers would have paid $2,662.56 more over the life of the financing period than White car buyers who were less qualified for car loans.

University Study Examines the Racial Gap in Hollywood Director's Chairs

University Study Examines the Racial Gap in Hollywood Director’s Chairs

The data shows that of 100 top grossing films each year during the 2007-to-2017 period, only 64 were directed by African Americans. And only four of those were directed by Black women.

Does a College Education Lead to Future Long-Term Health Problems for Some Blacks?

Does a College Education Lead to Future Long-Term Health Problems for Some Blacks?

College graduates enjoy healthier, longer lives compared with individuals who do not graduate from college. But a new study finds that the health benefit of educational attainment is not as great for Blacks as it is for Whites.

New Education Department Data on Black Enrollments in Higher Education

New Education Department Data on Black Enrollments in Higher Education

The data shows that there were 2,514,568 Black or African American students enrolled in Title IV institutions in the fall of 2016. They made up 12.4 percent of all students enrolled in higher education. Blacks made up 11 percent of all students enrolled in graduate education.

Study Finds Widespread Discrimination Against Older Black Adults With Chronic Disease

Study Finds Widespread Discrimination Against Older Black Adults With Chronic Disease

A new study finds that one of five elderly patients with chronic disease reported that they had experienced discrimination by health care providers. Blacks reported higher rates of discrimination but the racial gap has narrowed.

Ohio State University Researchers Develop Plan to Help Area Youth of Color

Ohio State University Researchers Develop Plan to Help Area Youth of Color

Researchers developed an index to understand youth vulnerability in the areas of education, economics, health and safety to see where the most vulnerable neighborhoods were and who was living in them. The study also looked at where to find help.

Study Shows Strong Racial Identity Improves Academic Performance of Young Black Women

Study Shows Strong Racial Identity Improves Academic Performance of Young Black Women

A new study led by Sheretta Butler-Barnes, an assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, finds that young African American women with strong racial identity are more likely to be academically curious and persistent in school.

The Gender Gap in African American Educational Attainment

The Gender Gap in African American Educational Attainment

Black women now hold a lead over Black men at all degree levels. Black women now hold huge leads in master’s and professional degree attainments. In recent years, Black women have also taken the lead in doctoral degrees.

Study Finds a Program in Racial Pride Can Enhance the Academic Success of African American Girls

Study Finds a Program in Racial Pride Can Enhance the Academic Success of African American Girls

A new study led by Janine M. Jones, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington, finds that African American girls who participate in an after-school program designed to enhance racial identity and pride can experience a positive impact on their academic success.

A Checkup on African American Students Entering U.S. Medical Schools

A Checkup on African American Students Entering U.S. Medical Schools

This year 21,338 students entered medical school for the first time. Of these, 1,775 identified themselves as Black or African American. Thus, Blacks made up 8.3 percent of new entrants to U.S. medical schools.

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Racial Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

African Americans are showing steady progress in degree attainments at all levels. However, significant racial gaps persist at every level of education. Some 38 percent of non-Hispanic White adults hold a college degree compared to 24 percent of African American adults.

Differences Between White and Black Women in Perceived Gender Discrimination

Differences Between White and Black Women in Perceived Gender Discrimination

Half of Black women reported that they had experienced gender discrimination in salary or job promotions. Some 40 percent of Black women said they were subjected to gender discrimination during the job hiring practice.

Adverse Health Effects Trickle Down to the Partners of Victims of Discrimination

Adverse Health Effects Trickle Down to the Partners of Victims of Discrimination

Researchers found that victims of discrimination had poorer health, were more likely to be depressed, and more likely to experience strains in their relationship. The study also found the partners of victims or discrimination also experienced negative health consequences.

The Economic and Educational Status of African Immigrants in the United States

The Economic and Educational Status of African Immigrants in the United States

Black women who have immigrated from Africa now earn more on average that Black and White women who were born in the United States. Black immigrant men from Africa have not fared as well, despite the fact that more than half of them are college graduates.

Scholars From Sub-Saharan African Nations Teaching in the United States

Scholars From Sub-Saharan African Nations Teaching in the United States

Nigeria sent 462 scholars to teach in the U.S., more than any other sub-Saharan African nation. The number of Nigerian scholars teaching in the U.S. was up 17 percent from the previous year.

University Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Hospital Readmissions After Surgery

University Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Hospital Readmissions After Surgery

The authors speculate that several factors may be behind the racial disparity in hospital readmissions after surgery, such as lower quality surgical care, poorer support and follow-up care when a patient leaves the hospital, and less social and community support.

Study Led by Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Sheds Light on Genetics of Skin Color

Study Led by Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Sheds Light on Genetics of Skin Color

Researchers used a light meter to record skin color variation on 2,000 people across Africa. They then took samples DNA samples from survey participants and were able to determine genetic variants that impact skin color.

African American Presence Among Study Abroad Students Continues to Rise

African American Presence Among Study Abroad Students Continues to Rise

According to new data from the Institute of International Education, 325,339 American students studied at foreign institutions of higher education during the 2015-16 academic year. Of these, 5.9 percent were African Americans. A decade earlier, only 3.5 percent of study abroad students were African Americans.

How Medical Research Can Widen Racial Health Disparities

How Medical Research Can Widen Racial Health Disparities

African-Americans are three times as likely to be diagnosed and two times more likely than White Americans to die from multiple myeloma. Yet, most scientific research on the disease has been based on people of European descent.

Major Study Finds Racial Gap in Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

Major Study Finds Racial Gap in Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

Smoking cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products had declined significantly in the United States over the past several decades. But tobacco-related health disparities persist for African Americans and other ethnic groups.

A Smaller But Still Significant Racial Gap in Home Computer Use

A Smaller But Still Significant Racial Gap in Home Computer Use

In 2015, 88 percent of non-Hispanic White households had a computer in the home. For Blacks, only 80.1 percent of all households had a home computer. Thus, nearly one in five Black households did not have a home computer.

Study Reveals Historical Racial Biases Persist in How We Track Students Today

Study Reveals Historical Racial Biases Persist in How We Track Students Today

Kathryn Kirchgasler, of the University of Kansas, has produced research that shows how U.S. students have been separated into different levels of science classes for more than a century and how research and standardized testing have perpetuated those inequalities.

Johns Hopkins University Research Shows Racial Disparities in Surgical Care

Johns Hopkins University Research Shows Racial Disparities in Surgical Care

The researchers found that Black patients received less optimal pain management than White patients who had undergone similar surgeries. The study also found that Black patients were placed on enhanced recovery protocols later than White patients.

The FBI Releases New Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

The FBI Releases New Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

In 2016, there 6,121 hate crime incidents reported to the federal agency by local law enforcement agencies.

United Negro College Fund Analysis Show the Economic Impact of the Nation's HBCUs

United Negro College Fund Analysis Show the Economic Impact of the Nation’s HBCUs

The study prepared by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, found that the nation’s HBCUs contribute nearly $15 billion to the nation’s economy. And HBCUs generate roughly 134,000 jobs for their local and regional economies.

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

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

Mobility rates were similar for Black and White high school dropouts and college graduates. But there was a much larger racial gap for high school graduates and those with a graduate or professional degree.

African Americans Underrepresented in College Athletic Leadership Posts

African Americans Underrepresented in College Athletic Leadership Posts

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida found that the academic and athletic administrations at the 130 colleges and universities that make up the NCAA’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision are overwhelmingly White and male.

UCLA Study Documents the Low Representation of Black Writers in Television

UCLA Study Documents the Low Representation of Black Writers in Television

The reported authored by Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at UCLA, found that two-thirds of television shows had no Black writers at all, and another 17 percent of shows had just one Black writer.

A New Premed Curriculum That Includes Courses on Structural Racism

A New Premed Curriculum That Includes Courses on Structural Racism

Scholars at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have developed a new interdisciplinary curriculum for premed students that gives undergraduates an understanding of structural and institutional racism and how it can impact healthcare disparities.

Study Finds a Persistent Racial Gap in Exposure to Air Pollution

Study Finds a Persistent Racial Gap in Exposure to Air Pollution

Air pollution has been reduced nationwide but remains high in predominantly Black neighborhoods. A new study concludes that if Blacks breathed the same air as White people with similar levels of nitrogen dioxide, about 5,000 premature deaths from heart disease would be avoided annually.

Higher Income Blacks More Likely to Experience Racism and Discrimination

Higher Income Blacks More Likely to Experience Racism and Discrimination

African Americans who are climbing the socioeconomic ladder find themselves in more situations where they’re in the minority – whether that’s at school, work or in their neighborhood than is the case for lower-income African Americans.

Georgia State University Study Examines Risk and Protective Factors for Depression in Black Men

Georgia State University Study Examines Risk and Protective Factors for Depression in Black Men

White Americans are more likely that African Americans to have a major depressive disorder. But Black men are more likely than their White peers to experience depressive symptoms. The study found that Black men report an average of eight depressive incidents per month.

Scholar Examines the Decrease in Black Teachers and What to Do About It

Scholar Examines the Decrease in Black Teachers and What to Do About It

Valerie Hill-Jackson, clinical professor of critical teacher education at Texas A&M University, has conducted extensive research on Black teachers in the nation’s public school systems. She offers recommendations on what to do to recruit and retain Black teachers.

New York University Study Shows School Diversity Has a Positive Impact on Achievement

New York University Study Shows School Diversity Has a Positive Impact on Achievement

The researchers found that there was a modest benefit for students attending the most diverse schools. Young students at more diverse schools scored better on achievement tests in mathematics and English and high school graduation rates at more diverse schools were higher.

Scholarly Study Finds That Racism May Negatively Impact the Health of Whites

Scholarly Study Finds That Racism May Negatively Impact the Health of Whites

The authors point out that health care policies that favor the mostly White upper and upper-middle classes may be impacted by racism directed against lower-class African Americans. But these policies also have a negative effect on an even larger group of poor Whites.

Study Finds Major Racial Disparities in Student Loan Default Rates

Study Finds Major Racial Disparities in Student Loan Default Rates

A new report from the Center for American Progress found that nearly one half of all African American students who entered college in the 2003-04 academic year and took out federal loans had defaulted on their payments over the next dozen years. For Whites, the figure was 21 percent.