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'State of Black America' Annual Study Shows Slight Educational Improvements

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National Urban League CEO Marc Morial (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 May 2017 09:43 AM

More African-Americans are earning associate's degrees and fewer are dropping out of high school, although the U.S. education system continues to have racial disparities, according to the National Urban League's "State of Black America 2017" study, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

The Urban League also credits the improvement to a decline in the rate of black American students who have teachers with less than three years of experience and a rise in home literacy activities among black children.

The conclusions of the annual study are based on an equality index in which the quality of life for white Americans in various areas is set at 100 percent and the quality of life for African-Americans is measured against that.

The equality index for education increased to 78.2 percent from 77.4 percent the year before.

The report showed that overall equality for blacks went up slightly to 72.3 percent from 72.2 percent and the health index improved to 80 percent from 79.4 percent, but that the social justice index went down to 57.4 percent from 60.9 percent.

National Urban League CEO Marc Morial told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the organization is concerned that in areas such as health, where incremental improvements have been registered during the Obama administration, progress could be rolled back by President Donald Trump.

Morial stressed that "we must resist any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act until and unless something better emerges. Right now we don't know what's emerging in this discussion or this debate."

The Urban League CEO also emphasized to MSNBC that the economic index numbers are worrying over the long haul, because the gaps between blacks and whites have not become narrower.

"Black Americans have improved, white Americans have improved but the differential has not changed…. In terms of equality we've been frozen, sort of in suspended animation when it comes to economics since the 1960s," he added.

Morial emphasized that the housing crisis is particularly problematic for the black population.

"The balance sheets of all Americans took a hit during the recession, but for black Americans it has taken a big hit and has not come back. We are releasing our plan to really focus on rebuilding home ownership among all Americans but particularly among Americans of color."

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