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

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


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An essential handbook of eye-opening—and frequently myth-busting—facts and figures about the real lives of Black Americans today

There’s no defeating white supremacist myths without data—real data. Black Stats is a compact and useful guide that offers up-to-date figures on Black life in the United States today, avoiding jargon and assumptions and providing critical analyses and information.

Monique W. Morris, author of the acclaimed Pushout, has compiled statistics from a broad spectrum of telling categories that illustrate the quality of life and the possibility of (and barriers to) advancement for a group at the heart of American society. With fascinating information on everything from disease trends, incarceration rates, and lending practices to voting habits, green jobs, and educational achievement, the material in this book will enrich and inform a range of public debates while challenging commonly held yet often misguided perceptions.

Black Stats simultaneously highlights measures of incredible progress, conveys the disparate impacts of social policies and practices, and surprises with revelations that span subjects including the entertainment industry, military service, and marriage trends. An essential tool for advocates, educators, and anyone seeking racial justice, Black Stats is an affordable guidebook for anyone seeking to understand the complex state of our nation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595589194
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 497,375
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Monique W. Morris is President/CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color and co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute. She is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and social justice scholar-advocate. Her books include Pushout and Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues.

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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

The Basics 1

Education 3

Environment 22

Entertainment and Sports 32

Health 43

Justice 58

Lifestyle and Identity 83

Military Service 93

Money and Jobs 99

Politics, Voting, and Civic Engagement 115

Science and Technology 123

Coda: African Americans by Gender

Black Females 137

Black Males 150

Afterword 160

Resources for Additional Information 162

Notes 164

Index 208

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