Despite experiences of both blatant and subtle racism in American society, Blacks remain somewhat optimistic about their overall well-being.
At least that’s the conclusion of a survey commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and EBONY magazine.
The survey polled African-Americans on their views on the economy, education, relationships, race relations, health care, employment, finances and media trends.
The findings from the study revealed the following:
· 84% of respondents says racial discrimination still pervades American society
· 74% think society isn’t doing enough to support young men and boys of color.
· Almost two-thirds of respondents say they are better off financially than they were five years ago, but 82% are concerned that Whites still make more than Blacks for doing the same jobs.
· 52% see the media portrayal of African-Americans as generally negative.
· 60% of respondents agree we are making progress in providing access to health care.
· 50%, however, feel that we are losing ground in reducing the gap between rich and poor.
· Almost 1/3 are concerned that their children are not getting a quality education.
· 44% of survey respondents said they know someone that has been killed or committed suicide
· 30% said “improving the creating more jobs/good paying jobs” as a top issue of concern.
Respondents expressed concerns about the impact of racial bias and the income inequality gap that is prevalent in the African American community.
Part two of the survey is scheduled to be released in EBONY’s June issue.
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