2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress
From WalletHub, Jan 15, 2019
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the world to his dream of a colorblind society — one that focuses on character, not on complexion. America has certainly come closer to realizing Dr. King’s vision. But segregation and discrimination continue to persist.
Views on systemic racism also differ sharply across racial lines. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of blacks said that “whites benefit a great deal or a fair amount from advantages that blacks do not have.” In contrast, only 46 percent of whites agreed with that statement. However, most Americans have positive views on diversity in general. Another Pew Research survey found that 58 percent of Americans think increasing diversity makes the U.S. a better place, while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. a worse place. 31 percent think it makes no difference.
As we think about future improvement, it’s important to recognize the racial harmony we’ve achieved — in our workplaces, in our schools and in our voting booths. To that end, WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 22 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their data set ranges from median annual income to standardized-test scores to voter turnout….
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- 3 -- Overall Rank* (1 = best)
- 75.08 -- Total Score
- 2 -- ‘Employment & Wealth’ Rank
- 7 -- ‘Education’ Rank
- 1 -- ‘Social & Civic Engagement’ Rank
- 49 -- ‘Health’ Rank (3rd-worst)
- 1 – Median Income Gap
- 1 – Labor Force Participation Gap
- 1 – Poverty Rate Gap
- 1 – Standardized Test Scores Gap
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