Wednesday, April 2

WHICH GAP DO WE REALLY CARE ABOUT?

EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE - The problem, arguably, is not the "achievement gap," it is the fact that we ignore all of the other gaps between white, black, and brown children.

The incarceration gap, where six times as many African Americans are behind bars compared to their white counterparts;

The homeowner gap, where 72.7% of white Americans own their homes compared to 48.2% of African Americans;

The healthcare gap, where 71.4% of white Americans are insured compared to 53.9% of African Americans;

The earnings gap, where white Americans average over $20,000 more a year than African Americans;

The poverty rate gap, where 8.7% of white Americans live at or below the poverty line while 24.7% of African Americans do so;

The unemployment gap, where 5.7% of white Americans are unemployed while 13.2% of African Americans are without work;

The happiness gap, where 72% of white youths say they are happy with life in general compared to 56% of their African American counterparts;

The murder gap, where 49% of murder victims in the United States are African Americans, who make up 13% of the population.

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