ERIC Number: ED234117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Black Solidarity: The Tie That Binds.
McGhee, James D.
In light of the progress that black Americans as a group have made during the last two decades, a survey was conducted to examine socioeconomic and attitudinal differences within the black community. In this report, the following findings are highlighted: (1) there are subgroups of blacks that are clearly definable by income, education, family type, and occupational level; (2) nearly 40 percent of black families have incomes below $10,000 per year, while ten percent have annual incomes above $35,000; (3) black college attendance increased 93 percent between 1970 and 1980, but the high school dropout rate is still 25 percent; (4) married couple families (54 percent in 1980) and female headed families (42 percent) constitute the two major black family groupings; (5) despite economic differences, most blacks feel a kinship with other blacks that transcends economics; (6) in both high and low income families, unemployment was seen as the most important problem; (7) black respondents with the highest household income mentioned experiencing racial prejudice as frequently as did those with the lowest incomes; (8) cynicism among blacks at high occupational levels indicates their sympathy with rather than antagonism toward those at lower levels; (9) record turnouts of black voters for black candidates and the lopsided majority of votes these candidates receive demonstrate black solidarity most dramatically. It is concluded that the continued prevalence of racism in American society binds blacks together with a force far stronger than the divisive effects of economic or educational differences. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., Washington, DC. Research Dept.