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ERIC Number: ED013838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 1
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AN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROFILE OF THE NEGRO AMERICAN.
FEIN, RASHI
A "TIME LAG" STATISTICAL METHOD WHICH COMPARES THE RELATIVE SPEED OF MOVEMENT OF NEGROES AND WHITES TO REACH THE SAME LEVEL ON A NUMBER OF INDICES SHOWS THAT NEGROES LAG IN LIFE EXPECTANCY, RATE OF BIRTHS IN HOSPITALS, INFANT MORTALITY, HEALTH CONDITIONS, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, AND EMPLOYMENT POSSIBILITIES. THE NEGRO UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FLUCTUATE BETWEEN "DEPRESSION AND GREAT DEPRESSION," WHEREAS WHITE RATES VARY BETWEEN PROSPERITY AND RECESSION. NEGROES ALSO ARE UNEMPLOYED FOR LONGER PERIODS AND WHEN WORKING ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE PART-TIME JOBS. INCOME PATTERNS SHOW THAT NEGROES ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE POOR THAN WHITES. HOUSING CONDITIONS ALSO SHOW THE TIME LAG, IN BOTH OVERCROWDING AND THE EXTENT OF SUBSTANDARD UNITS. ALTHOUGH NEGROES FACE DIFFERENT ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS THAN PREVIOUS MINORITY GROUPS HAD TO CONFRONT, THEY COULD ACHIEVE OPPORTUNITIES OF ALL KINDS WHICH WOULD NARROW THE GAP BETWEEN NEGRO AND WHITE SUCCESS IF THERE WERE NO DISCRIMINATION. THE MOST PROPITIOUS TIME FOR IMPROVEMENT IS DURING A PERIOD OF FLOURISHING ECONOMY, AND INCREASED OPPORTUNITY MIGHT INCLUDE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT IN EDUCATIONAL AND EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES, PROVIDED THAT "PREFERENCE FOR SOME DOES NOT MEAN RETROGRESSION FOR OTHERS." THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FALL 1965 ISSUE OF DAEDALUS, AN ISSUE ON "THE NEGRO AMERICAN," AND IS AVAILABLE FROM THE PUBLISHER AS A BACK ISSUE. MATERIAL IN THE ISSUE WAS ALSO PUBLISHED AS A BOOK, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 1966, $9.50. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA.
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