Racial Gap

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.

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Risk of Dementia

Study Finds Racial Disparity in Risk of Dementia

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and healthcare conglomerate Kaiser Permanente found that 38 percent of the Black population will likely develop dementia within 25 years after turning 65 years old.

The Racial Gap in the Selection of Students for Gifted Education Programs

The Racial Gap in the Selection of Students for Gifted Education Programs

A new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University finds that Black elementary school students are about half as likely as their White peers with similar standardized test scores to be assigned to gifted education classes. But when the gifted education teacher is Black, the racial gap disappears.

Study Finds Racial Gap in Salaries of Business School Graduates

Study Finds Racial Gap in Salaries of Business School Graduates

The data showed that Black and White graduates of business schools earned similar salaries in their first jobs after graduating from business school. But six to eight years after leaving business schools a significant racial gap had opened up.

The Large Racial Gap in High School Graduation Rates Is Slowly Eroding

The Large Racial Gap in High School Graduation Rates Is Slowly Eroding

The Black student high school graduation rate in 2013-14 was 72.5 percent. The good news is that since the 2010-11 academic year the Black-White gap in high school graduation rates has declined from 17 percentage points to 14.8 percentage points.

Study Finds a Huge Diversity Shortfall in Biomedical Research

Study Finds a Huge Diversity Shortfall in Biomedical Research

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco find that there has been little change in the number of clinical research studies that include subjects from underrepresented minority groups or in the race of scientists being funded with federal research grants.

New Report Shows the Failure of K-12 Schools in Preparing African Americans for College

New Report Shows the Failure of K-12 Schools in Preparing African Americans for College

A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation finds that nationwide only 15 percent of African American eighth graders were proficient in reading and 12 percent were proficient in mathematics.

Study Shows That Athletes Make Up Huge Percentages of Black Students at Many Universities

Study Shows That Athletes Make Up Huge Percentages of Black Students at Many Universities

In the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I schools, an African American man at a college or university is 13 times more likely to be on a football or basketball scholarship than a White man.

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

The study authored by scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan found that 31 percent of African American students – nearly one third of all African American students at community colleges – exhibited very low levels of food security. Some 18 percent were homeless.

Some Startling Statistics on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

Some Startling Statistics on the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

Components of family wealth are commonly used to offset or pay college costs. In measurements of wealth, African Americans are at a major disadvantage. A new report presents some startling data on just how wide the racial wealth gap has become.

Combating Racial Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies

Combating Racial Disparities in Unintended Pregnancies

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has documented characteristics of women who are likely to have unintended pregnancies allowing policy makers to tailor interventions to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies among particular populations.