ERIC Number: ED328653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Stalling Out: The Relative Progress of African Americans.
Tidwell, Billy J.
The socioeconomic progress of African Americans appears to be in a stalled state. This study analyzes the progress of African Americans toward parity with Whites over a 15- to 20-year period in the following areas: (1) employment; (2) economic development; (3) education; (4) health; (5) housing; and (6) political empowerment. For individual indicators in each category, the specific measure used is the percentage ratio of African Americans to Whites. In order to gauge overall progress and prospects for the achievement of parity, estimates from a composite "racial parity index" (RPI) were generated that take into account comparative measurements across a range of the individual status indicators. The following findings are reported: (1) parity in unemployment rates may never be achieved; (2) parity in representation in managerial and professional occupations could be achieved by 2039; (3) parity in earnings could be achieved by 2058; (4) parity in average household income could be achieved by 2151; (5) parity in poverty rates could be achieved by 2154; (6) parity in wealth and business development may never occur; (7) parity in high school completion rates could be achieved by 2001; (8) parity in college enrollment rates could be achieved by 2040 and in college completion rates by 2025; (9) parity in average life expectancy could be achieved by 2025; (10) parity in infant mortality rates may never be achieved; (11) parity in home ownership could be achieved by 3148; (12) parity in voter registration rates could be achieved by 1989 and in voting rates by 1994; and (13) parity in representation among elected officials will take a long time. Statistical data are presented in 16 tables. A list of 62 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., Washington, DC. Research Dept.