African Americans by the Numbers: Understanding and Interpreting Statistics on African American Life

African Americans by the Numbers: Understanding and Interpreting Statistics on African American Life

by Glenn L. Starks


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Provides an invaluable source for students as well as academics on the current condition of African Americans, highlighting disparities throughout an array of social, economic, and political areas.

African Americans comprise approximately 12 percent of the population of the United States—a sizable proportion. Yet African Americans are incarcerated at rates disproportionate to their overall population in the United States. By examining a wide range of socioeconomic topics and supplying necessary background and contextual information, this book offers a multidimensional view of African American life that covers such critical areas as education, health, immigration and migration, employment, and the economy.

This statistical guide presents extensive demographics on African Americans, breaks down the hard numbers, explains what the statistics indicate about the socioeconomic condition of African American life, and places this information into historical and contemporary context. This book also provides detailed comparisons of African Americans to other races and ethnic groups. Readers will be challenged to interpret the numbers and draw logical conclusions from them; as a result, this reference serves to help students build critical thinking skills that are essential to success in the classroom and beyond.

  • Clearly outlines the condition of African Americans in relation to other races and ethnic groups
  • Makes qualitative data on the current condition of African Americans comprehensible, highlighting disparities in social, economic, and political areas
  • Presents statistical analyses aimed at helping 21st-century students interpret data
  • Includes tables as well as other sources of information from creditable data sources to assist readers in further research

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440845048
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Glenn L. Starks, PhD, has almost 25 years of experience working for the United States government and has written extensively on public administration and American politics, including two recent books on the history of the United States government.

Table of Contents

Tables vii

Introduction xi

General Demographics xii

Fact Sheet on African Americans in the United States: 2016 xviii

How to Navigate This Book xxii

How to Find and Analyze Data xxv

Sources of Data xxvi

Using Data Sources xxxi

1 Education 1

Education Achievement 2

Segregated Schools 6

Standardized Testing 12

School-to-Prison Pipeline 13

Disciplinary Actions 20

Dropout Rates 23

College Enrollment 24

2 Health 35

Primary Health Issues 36

Health Insurance 37

Obesity 42

Diabetes 43

Heart Disease 48

Substance Abuse 50

3 Crime and Criminal Justice 57

U.S. Prison Population and Arrests 58

Racial Profiling 61

Violent Crimes 69

Hate Crimes 72

Police Shootings 74

4 Employment 81

Employment and Unemployment 82

Homeowner ship 85

5 Voting 91

Voting Rates 92

Political Party Identification 98

Voter Disenfranchisement 99

6 Family 109

Traditional Family and Race 111

Marriage 112

Divorce 126

Teen Pregnancy 131

Teen Drug 137

Teen Depression 138

Teen Violence 145

7 Religion 153

Bibliography 159

Index 175

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