Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century

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Black Stats—a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans—is an essential reference for anyone attempting to fathom the complex state of our nation. With fascinating and often surprising information on everything from incarceration rates, lending practices, and the arts to marriage, voting habits, and green jobs, the contextualized material in this book will better attune readers to telling trends while challenging commonly held, yet ...
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Overview


Black Stats—a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans—is an essential reference for anyone attempting to fathom the complex state of our nation. With fascinating and often surprising information on everything from incarceration rates, lending practices, and the arts to marriage, voting habits, and green jobs, the contextualized material in this book will better attune readers to telling trends while challenging commonly held, yet often misguided, perceptions.

A compilation that at once highlights measures of incredible progress and enumerates the disparate impacts of social policies and practices, this book is a critical tool for advocates, educators, and policy makers. Black Stats offers indispensable information that is sure to enlighten discussions and provoke debates about the quality of Black life in the United States today—and help chart the path to a better future.

There are less than a quarter-million Black public school teachers in the U.S.—representing just 7 percent of all teachers in public schools.
Approximately half of the Black population in the United States lives in neighborhoods that have no White residents.
In the five years before the Great Recession, the number of Black-owned businesses in the United States increased by 61 percent.
A 2010 study found that 41 percent of Black youth feel that rap music videos should be more political.
There are no Black owners or presidents of an NFL franchise team.
78 percent of Black Americans live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, compared with 56 percent of White Americans.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Black Stats is an important resource for anyone seeking a better understanding of the status of Black America."
—Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President and CEO, NAACP

"Thank you, Monique Morris, for this gift of knowledge. Black Stats is a brilliant and needed work. We can no longer claim that we didn’t know the depth of our crises or the wealth of our resources and resilience available to counter them. Now that we have the data, we must use it strategically to move our people—the nation and this troubled world—forward."
—Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine

"Black Stats is a great tool offering descriptive statistics on the condition of our nation's promise of freedom, justice, equality and economic opportunity for all."
—Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League

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"As things are, our opinions upon the Negro are more matters of faith than of knowledge."
—W.E.B. Du Bois, “The Study of the Negro Problems” (1898)
Library Journal
11/01/2013
Novelist and Soros Justice Fellow Morris brings together a broad range of statistics about the black experience in America, forming an invaluable critical tool.
Library Journal
12/01/2013
Morris (former NAACP vice president for economic programs, advocacy and research) has compiled current statistics about African Americans in ten broad areas, collected in chapters ("Education," "Environment," "Entertainment and Sports," "Health," "Justice," "Lifestyle and Identity," "Military Service," "Money and Jobs," "Politics, Voting, and Civic Engagement," and "Science and Technology, and African Americans by Gender"), along with basic demographics. The fully cited statistics come largely from academic papers, government research, and not-for-profit organizations. Within the chapters, statistics are arranged as answers to questions (e.g.,"What percentage of health professionals are African American?"). The chapters and many of the questions are introduced with background information, but the statistics are presented individually, in lists. In an afterword, Morris describes her research philosophy and discusses using statistics to draw conclusions. Along with the index and further-reading suggestions, the book includes copious endnotes and an introduction by Khalil Gibran Muhammad (director, Schomburg Ctr. for Research in Black Culture). The question format is a handy way to arrange the information. Rarely, the questions seem loaded ("How is the right to vote still being suppressed?"), but the statistics are always presented without agenda. While much of the material comes from easily accessible sources such as government websites, finding and compiling the data as it is done here is an accomplishment. VERDICT Morris's careful citation of his works makes this an excellent guide for finding content. As a source or a starting point, the book demonstrates a thoroughness and clear writing that make it useful to middle school through college researchers.—Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595589194
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 639,163
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Monique W. Morris is co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute. She is a Soros Justice Fellow and formerly served as Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy, and Research for the NAACP. A faculty member at St. Mary’s College of California, she is the author of the novel Too Beautiful for Words. Morris lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.

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