Has Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" been realized?

TOPIC

GRADE

RATIONALE WITH STATISTICS
COMMENTS / SUGGESTIONS
Legislation and Politics
Civil Rights laws, affirmative action laws, representation in state and federal government, voting statistics

B

  • Civil Rights laws have been passed and enforced by the government
  • While the number of African Americans and Hispanics in the government is not near the percentage of population, the numbers are increasing every year
  • We have an African American president
  • African Americans vote at nearly the same rate as the average population, but Hispanics are much lower (average around 60% registering, African American 58%, Hispanic 28%)
  • Encourage minorities to continue to become active in politics, possibly through schools
  • Push for voter registration drives and voter eductaion in the Hispanic community, possibly with bilingual voting ballots
Employment

Number of employed / unemployed, types of jobs, business ownership

B

  • Out of the 7,900,000 people employed, 9.4% are black, 3.4% are Asian, and 6.9% are Hispanic.
  • 3,998,000 whites are unemployed compare to the 1,134,000 blacks unemployed.
  • More Hispanics do physical labor than whites, blacks or Asians.
  • Give minorities a better chance for higher education
  • Encourage business growth to provide more jobs
  • Develop programs to help the unemployed get jobs
Education
Graduation rates, test scores, college enrollment, educational attainment

  • The high school graduation rate for blacks has gone up by four times since 1960
  • In 2003, 58% of hispanics, 57% of blacks, and 66% of whites were enrolled in college.
  • About 3% of whites drop out of high school, 4% of blacks, and 7% of hispanics.
  • 73% of whites earned a bachelors degree in 2003, while only 9% of blacks and 6% of hispanics earned it
  • 10% less African Americans graduated from college than whites
  • Create incentives for colleges to enroll diverse students
  • Encourage minorities to go to college, teach all children from an early age the importance of a college education
Income and Poverty
Average income, number below poverty level

C

  • The median income for whites is $45,631 compared to $29,645 for blacks, $55,699 for Asians, and $32,997 for Hispanics
  • Of the 17.2% of children below the poverty level, 13.9% are white, 33.6% are black, 12.1% are Asian, and 29.5% are Hispanic
  • Almost 1/8 of black family's make less than 10,000 dollars a year
  • Whites have almost double the income as African Americans in 2003
  • In 2004, African Americans income is 3/4 of most Whites
  • Give children below the poverty level a better opportunity for a good education
  • Government should offer more financial aid and benefits
Behavior

B-

  • 49% of African Americans said racism was a "serious problem"
  • 43% of whites and 48% of blacks say they know someone that is racist
  • Experts say that 80% of Americans have racist feelings that they don't even recognize
  • Though current racism doesn't result in hatred, most white Americans now have a mixed view in the characteristics of blacks and how they act
  • In general, you see more crimes, e.g. murders, break ins, robberies, thefts, ect. by African Americans and other minorites
  • Encourage people to be more respecful of minorities
  • The U.S. has come a long way and as time goes on, racism will be less and less prevalent