Since the 1960s, household-income growth for African-Americans has outpaced that of whites. Median adjusted household income for blacks is now 59.2% that of whites, up slightly from 55.3% in 1967 (though in dollar terms the gap has widened).
But those gains haven’t led to any narrowing of the wealth gap between the races. In fact, after adjusting for inflation, the median net worth for black households in 2011 ($6,446) was lower than it was in 1984 ($7,150), while white households’ net worth was almost 11% higher. And as NYU researcher David Low noted in a recent working paper, high-earning married black households have, on average, less wealth than low-earning married white households.
The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing “necessary measures… to protect civilians” in Syria. It was an effort to gain multilateral approval for the impending use of military force by the United States and like-minded allies against the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.
The UN charter preempts the use of military force except in self-defense or with Security Council approval. But a military strike against Syria without UN authorization would not be without precedent. In 1999, the U.S. and its NATO allies bombed Serbia for 78 days in an ultimately successful effort to force the government of Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw from Kosovo. And in 1998, Washington launched missile strikes against al Qaeda targets in Sudan and Afghanistan. Neither action had the blessing of the Security Council.
Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use.
The Obama administration said on Thursday that federal prosecutors had been directed not to target individual marijuana users in states where marijuana has been legalized for medical or recreational use. Instead, prosecutors have been told to put their focus on areas of enforcement that involve selling marijuana to minors or to cartels and gangs, and preventing sales to states where the drug is still illegal.
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As the number of Latinos attending college has surged in recent years, a new analysis of Census data finds wide variances by state in the share of Latino adults who have a bachelor’s degree.
Overall, the District of Columbia has the highest college degree attainment rate among Hispanic adults, with 36.2% of those ages 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey. Following D.C. are the neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland, with college degree-attainment rates of 24.1% and 21.2%, respectively, among their Hispanic adult populations.
These three states contain the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where nearly half (48.3%) of the adult population has a college degree. That is the highest share among large metro areas and reflects the presence of employers like the federal government.
In Florida, one-in-five (20.4%) Hispanic adults have a college degree. Florida has the third-largest Hispanic population in the country (8.4%) and one of the most diverse, with immigrants from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela and a growing Puerto Rican population.
The Pew Research Center released its latest numbers on home broadband adoption this week, reporting that seven in ten American adults now have a broadband connection at home. The report also found that one in ten Americans own a smartphone but lack home broadband.
Since the report was published, we’ve received a few questions about how we measure and report broadband adoption in America.
More than four-in-ten Americans think the new health care law has been repealed, overturned in court or are just unsure whether it remains the law.
Since the passage of President Obama’s 2010 health care law, the Republican-controlled House has voted 40 times to repeal all or part of it. Now, some Republicans have declared themselves still intent on rolling back the law, with one strategy being to de-fund it as part of legislation needed to keep the government running after Oct. 1.
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Now that the Obama administration believes it has the evidence that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons, options are being reviewed for U.S. military strikes against Syria.
All indications are this will not be a NATO-sanctioned effort, as the 1995 bombing campaign in the Balkans, but an initiative by a coalition of willing allies, largely composed of NATO members such as the U.S., Britain, France and possibly Turkey.
A recent Pew Research Center survey asked Americans of all races how black people are treated relative to whites by the police, the court system and other institutions in their community. The results show a large and consistent black-white gap in perceptions, with blacks far more likely than whites to say African Americans are treated less fairly than whites. Read More →
Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech 50 years ago today on Washington D.C.’s National Mall and Memorial Parks has become one of the most famous, and quoted, pieces of oratory in U.S. history (though that wasn’t apparent to everyone at the time). But how well have the aspirations King so memorably expressed been realized? We ran some numbers to try to find out.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tomorrow marks another, less heralded event in the history of U.S. race relations.
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in Louisiana, wreaking a path of devastation and killing 1,577 in the state alone, according to NOAA. From the start, the tragedy had a powerful racial component – images of poor, mostly black, New Orleans residents stranded on rooftops and crowded amid fetid conditions in the Louisiana Superdome.
Initial reactions to the government’s response to the crisis were starkly divided along racial lines. In national a poll conducted Sept. 6-7, 2005, more than three times as many blacks (66%) as whites (17%) said the government’s response would have been faster if most of the storm’s victims had been white.
Blacks and whites also drew very different lessons from the disaster: Most blacks (71%) said it showed that racial inequality remained a major problem in the United States; most whites (56%) said that this was not a particularly important lesson of Katrina.
A year after the storm hit, ABC News surveyed residents of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities. Divisions over the government’s response and the implications of the tragedy were still apparent: 61% of blacks in New Orleans said problems with the post-Katrina relief effort “were an indication of racial inequality in this country.” Just 29% New Orleans whites agreed.