Miss this year's State of Black America at our Legislative Policy Conference?
Don't worry, here's this year's released report and its findings.
During the 2016 State of Black America Launch Event, attendees were given an informative overview of this year's State of Black America. The State of Black America is the National Urban League's seminal annual publication now in its 40th edition. It is one of the most highly-anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics (including employment, income and housing), education, health, social justice and civic engagement. Share this year's report, with your friends, family and colleagues.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Economic empowerment is the central theme of the National Urban League's mission. The Equality Index, based on data gathered by IHS Global Insight, is a way to document progress towards this mission. The Equality Index is composed of many parts, so improvements in one area are sometimes offset by losses in another, leaving the overall index unchanged. The Equality Index offers solid evidence of how slowly change happens and highlights the need for policies that fight inequality.
That means that rather than having a whole pie (100%), which would mean full equality with whites in 2016, African Americans are missing about 28% of the pie (Figure 1). Similarly, a Hispanic Index of 77.8% indicates that more than 20% of the pie is missing for Hispanics.
As President Obama wraps up the final months of his second term as the nation’s first African-American president, many will begin to assess the progress the nation has made under his administration, and more specifically, the progress that Black America has made. In making these critical assessments, we must also consider which presidential candidate is best suited to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead for the United States. How well has the nation recovered from the worst economic crisis it has seen in generations? How much closer to the goal of universal healthcare coverage has the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – gotten us? Have racial justice and overall race relations worsened or improved over the last eight years? Will the next policy era be one that reduces or exacerbates decades of growing income and wealth inequality? The 2016 National Urban League Equality Index tells an all too familiar story of persistent racial disparities in American life, making clear that the historic Obama presidency has not been a panacea for America’s long-standing race problem.
The Executive Summary
The State of Black America®, the National Urban League’s seminal annual publication now in its 40th edition, has become one of the most highly-anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation.
Each edition of the State of Black America contains thoughtful commentary and insightful analysis from leading figures and thought leaders in politics, the corporate arena, NGOs, academia and popular culture.
The State of Black America also includes the Equality Index, a quantitative tool for tracking racial equality in America, now in its 12th edition of the Black-White Index and its seventh edition of the Hispanic-White Index.
The 2016 report features the third edition of the metro Equality Index, ranking approximately 70 metro areas based on unemployment and income equality for Blacks and Hispanics. Included in the 2016 Equality Index is a special 40-year retrospective to commemorate the publication of the National Urban League’s first State of Black America report in 1976 and compare key BlackWhite Equality Index numbers over time.
The complete 2016 State of Black America report, including full data sets, ranking lists and articles, is available at www.stateofblackamerica.org.
Spotlight Author / Essays
BY MICHAEL NEIDORFF
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CENTENE CORPORATION
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
*Former Board Member of Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
BY MICHAEL P. MCMILLAN
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS