According to the new State of Black America report,released by the National Urban League, says that African Americans are doing better than they were 40 years ago.
The report, “Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice,” looks at several factors to determine the state of black america, called an equality index, and its findings came down to this: blacks 72.2 percent equal to whites when it comes to economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement.
The report also measures equality among America’s Hispanic population, and it stands at 77.8 percent.
It also found that 27 percent of black Americans live in poverty now, compared to 29 percent last year. 33 percent of blacks graduate high school today versus the only 28 percent in 1976.
Their educational study also found that 22 percent of blacks graduate college over the only six percent that did 40 years ago.
Other increases found in the study included life expectancy, homeownership, voter numbers, and household income.
While these numbers show that growth is happening in black communities, the League is still calling out on the government to help increase the numbers even more. In a proposal called the “Main Street Marshall Plan”, the League requests that the government contribute $1 trillion over the span of five years to programs such as early childhood education, home ownership programs, and STEM programs geared toward black Americans that help fill the gaps in access and opportunity that still affect black communities more than any other.
To view the report in it’s entirety, click here.