The nation’s young Black males are in a state of crisis. They do not have the same opportunities as their male or female counterparts across the country. Their infant mortality rates are higher, and their access to health care is more limited. Theyare more likely to live in single-parent homes and less likely to participate in early childcare programs. They are less likely tobe raised in a household with a fully employed adult, and they are more likely to live in poverty. As adults, Black males are less likely than their peers to be employed. At almost every juncture, the odds are stacked against these young men in ways that result in too much unfulfilled potential and too many fractured lives.
What a way to start a report on the state of black males in our school system. Black males make up 5 percent of university students, but 36 percent of inmates. By fourth grade, only 12 percent of them are reading at or above grade level. Melette and I talked about why these dismal statistics are a fact of life, what role schools and the community play in the situation and what can be done to aid the situation. We were joined by Pianki, George, Vince in the Bay and a few other guests in the chat and on the show. Everybody agrees that things are at a critical juncture, but there were many constructive solutions from increased parental involvement to mentoring and increased local involvement in minority school districts. It was a really great show. If you missed it, check it out at the link.