Black Men Are Succeeding in America

Black Men Are Succeeding in America

Researchers have penned an op-ed summarizing their newly released report, Black Men Making it in America which details two specific findings: that the share of black men in poverty has fallen from 41% in 1960 to 18% today, and that the share of black men in the middle or upper class has risen from 38% in 1960 to 57% today. The study tracked black men from young adulthood through their 50s. Three factors contributed most to their upward mobility: education, work, and marriage. Time and again Americans estimate that crime, unemployment, and poverty are higher for African-Americans than they actually are. The report, published by the American Enterprise Institute, provides sound data to counter that narrative. As the researchers conclude, “The evidence suggests that if more Americans knew how many black men were succeeding, and more about the routes they are taking, it would reduce racial prejudice and engender hope among today’s young black males that they too have a shot at making it in America.”



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