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"State of the Dream 2004: Enduring Disparities in Black
and White," released in January by United for a Fair
Economy, catalogues the continuing and, in some cases, worsening
gaps of income, wealth, poverty, health, housing, education, and
imprisonment among African-American and white populations in the
United States in the last 30 years.
- White homeownership has increased 10 percent since 1970;
African-American homeownership has risen 6 percent.
- At this rate, it will take 1,664 years to close the
homeownership gapabout 55 generations.
- The African-American poverty rate was three times greater
than the white poverty rate in 2002.
- An African-American high-school graduate working full
time from ages 25 to 64 would earn $300,000 less than a
white high-school graduate.
- The 2001 infant mortality rate was 14 deaths per 1,000
live births for African Americans and 5.7 for whites.
- For every dollar of white income per capita, African
Americans had 55 cents in 1968 and only 57 cents in 2001.
- At this rate, it will take African Americans 581 years to
get the remaining 43 cents.
Source: "State of the Dream 2004: Enduring Disparities
in Black and White." www.ufenet.org