ERIC Number: ED351415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Preliminary Report on the Status of African-American Males in California. Opportunity or Chaos: A Generation in Peril.
California State Commission on the Status of African-American Males, Sacramento.
A state legislature mandated study was done of the standing of African American males in California. The study was conducted by advisory committees and task forces, which conducted research and produced recommendations in the areas of employment, economic empowerment, criminal justice, education, health, and social services. The study also consulted with state and national experts in targeted areas, coordinated discussions of strategies to improve the condition of African American males, solicited funds for programs, and initiated working relationships with many types of community leaders and workers. The findings indicate that in every area studied African American males in California face more severe hardships than do their counterparts in other parts of the nation. The results include the following: (1) although only 3.7 percent of the state population, African American males constitute 33.8 percent of the prison population and 1.7 and 2.1 percent of enrollments at the University of California and California State University, respectively; (2) in the 20-24 year age bracket these males have an unemployment rate of 20 percent, with the recent loss of jobs disproportionately affecting African American men; and (3) African American males account for 12 percent of California's AIDS-related deaths in 1989. The report's six main sections, one on each of the target areas, provide an overview of the national and state environment, the status of the situation in California, and suggestions for further study. Included are three bar graphs. (JB)
Descriptors: Adults, Black Employment, Black Youth, Blacks, Correctional Rehabilitation, Economic Factors, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Health Needs, Males, Postsecondary Education, Social Services, State Legislation, State Programs
Assembly Publications Office, State Capitol, Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001 ($4.85 plus California sales tax).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Commission on the Status of African-American Males, Sacramento.
Identifiers: African Americans; California; Status Reports