The State Of Black New York City

The New York Urban League and Black Equity Alliance have published a study utilizing several data sources to create a cohesive analysis of the state of the black community in New York City. They looked at 11 categories including housing and employment. The conclusions? Not so great. Here are some of the “highlights”:

  • Only 28% of blacks own their own home compared to 44% of whites.
  • Blacks and Latinos make up more than 91% of New York City jails.
  • The black community is disproportionately afflicted with several health ailments including diabetes, asthma, HIV and many others.
  • Poor blacks pay a higher percentage of their income on housing than poor whites.
  • The number of blacks in skilled construction trades is dismally low.

This isn’t exactly news to a lot of us, but it’s still painful to read. To obtain a free copy of the report, go to the New York Urban League Office at 204 West 136th Street.

Thanks for the info, Narmer.

Published by Demetria Irwin

Writer. World Citizen.

3 replies on “The State Of Black New York City”

  1. The Black Equity Alliance and our partner the New York Urban League have highlighted some key issues facing the Black community in our report on the State of Black NYC 2007. The document is meant to be a resource but also a Call to Action as it includes “doable” recommendations from each of the authors. Our work over the next several years will focus on collaborating with others to achieve these goals.

  2. I, for one, am tired of talking, it’s simply time to do. While we engage in this “honest dialogue” the situation continues to exist and get worse. Why is it so hard to understand that talking about a situation doesn’t change it, but a for real committment to “do” whatever is necessary to change it, will? We talk about disparity of pay between whites and blacks when all that’s needed to change that is not another study or more talk, but those who make the hiring and raises decision, should pay what the job is worth no matter who holds that job, male or female, black or white. I know people mean well for the most part, but I am one who is simply fed up with all the talk.

  3. It’s important that we discuss why our community is suffering more now than 40 years ago. That could be painful. But I feel there is hope. We just need to talk more and share more in open, honest dialogue. And re-think our approaches, strategies and desires.

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