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Although since 2000 some national indicators are pointing in the right direction, statistics for black males throughout the country are far from positive. For example, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service’s report released last summer, entitled: A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success” contains some alarming numbers. For example, the poverty rate for Black children is 36 percent, compared to 12 percent for White children. In February 2011, the unemployment rate for Black males age 20 and over was nearly twice that of White males (17.5 percent versus 9.1 percent). And the homicide victimization rate for Blacks (20. 6 per 100,000) is more than six times higher than the rate for Whites (3.3). They also cite Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, high rates of foster care, school achievement, parent employment, parent education, poverty, and school segregation as critical areas painting a bleak outlook for males. Joining us to talk about this crisis is James Arana, Associate Director of Men’s Resource International, prevention specialist, and community organizer. James is a native of Belize and former resident of the Bronx. He has been a Social Worker and Community Organizer for over 25 years, working primarily with young adults and at-risk children. We speak with him about the health crisis facing Black boys and young men.
Darlene Elias joined us in the second half of the show to update us on Holyoke’s Lyman Terrace struggle to prevent the displacement of 400 residents from one of America’s oldest housing projects. Check us out and let us know what you think! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment on this page.