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Over this period, per the report, Black net worth increased 32.1%, Hispanic net worth increased 63.6% and white net worth increased 4%. Business equity among Blacks increased 138%.
How about other measures of achievement?
Per the Census Bureau, in 2019, 88% of Blacks had a high school diploma, 98% of the national average. In 1950, the percent of Blacks with a high school diploma equaled 50% of the national average. In 2018, 37.8% of Blacks ages 18-24 were enrolled in college, compared with a national average of 40.9% in this age group. In the age group of 2539, 28.4% had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 40.5% of the general population. The high school dropout rate among Blacks in 2018 was 4.9%, compared with a national average of 5.7%. Am I trying to divert attention from the many real economic and social problems in many Black communities? Certainly not. But what I do wish to disabuse is the focus on problems in certain Black communities and using this data to generalize about all Blacks. It’s certainly false and a distortion, and ironic how often this is coming from those who pretend to be fighting racism. It certainly is true, again according to the Census Bureau, that in 2019, Blacks, who constituted 13.2% of the population, represented 23.8% of those living below the poverty line. But is this about racism? The data tells us that this is about family breakdown, not racism.
And the problem of family breakdown is afflicting the whole nation. It just happens to be hitting many Black communities particularly hard. Poverty is excessive in households of all races that are headed by single women. Blacks just happen to have a very high percentage of households headed by single women.
But, according to Statistica, only 6.4% of Black households headed by a married couple live in poverty. So, enough of racist generalizations about Blacks. And enough of the distortions that Blacks have not been gaining ground in our free country and that where we do have problems, we need more government.
Black progress and achievement since the 1960s have been substantial.
Where problems exist, and where progress is disappointing, invariably, government has been the problem, not the solution.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.