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July 25, 2013
5 Stats We've Got To Change To Increase Racial Equity

‘This is the 21st century,’ you might say, ‘We should be passed the whole race thing.’ How can we be racist if our president is black and many of our leaders – both on the state and national level – are minorities?

PoliTICK is an Atlas: DIY program where we provide a space for open dialogue about current events topics that affect us. In our last meeting, we discussed the Trayvon-Zimmerman case that’s been so prevalent in media the past few weeks. Part of the discussion was dedicated to the “race” issue, and I all came away with some key insights I did not have before the discussion. For those of you who could not attend our past PoliTICK discussion, I wanted to put some stats our there that shed some light on why race is still an issue in America.

Here are five areas were America could be more racially equitable:

Childhood Poverty RatesA young girl holds up a sign: "Please Help!"

Childhood poverty rates are still highest among black children – 34 percent of whom live below the poverty line, according to a National Center for Education study. American Indian children (33 percent), Hispanics (27 percent), Pacific Islanders (26 percent), bi-racial children (18 percent), and Asians (11 percent) all have much higher poverty rate than white Americans (10 percent).

Discrepancies in Quality of Education

In 2007, black students in secondary schools were over three times as likely to be taught math by an under-qualified teacher. About 25 percent of secondary school math teachers who taught a class of mostly black students had neither a certification nor a college major in mathematics. This compared to 8 percent of teachers with similar deficiencies who were teaching mostly white classes.

Wage and Salary Discrepancies

White and Asian Americans grossly out-earn their Black and Hispanic counterparts. The median salary for white Americans is $52,000 per year, $50,000 for Asian Americans, and $38,000 and $33,000 for Black and Hispanic Americans, respectively. Men of all races out-earned their female counterparts of the same race.

Two children, a boy and a girl, read a book together. Gender Differences in Education Rates Within Races

Uneducated young makes are the most likely of all social classes to commit crimes. Unfortunately, Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native American, and even White men are far less likely to obtain a secondary education than their female counterparts. Fifty-eight percent of all white degree-holders are female, 61% of all Hispanic degree holders, 55% of all Asian degree-holders, 63% of all American Indian degree-holders, and an astonishing 68% of all Black degree-holders in 2007-2008 were female.

Part-time Work

Studies show working more than 15-hours per week has a negative impact on a high school student’s GPA. While White high school students were more likely to have part-time jobs (29%) than Black (14%) or Hispanic (18%) students, they were also significantly less likely to work more than 20 hours a week. Of the Black and Hispanic high school students that did have jobs, over half (50% and 54%, respectively) routinely worked over 20 hours per week.

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