Blacks Still Unequal in US: Report

African-Americans remain less employed, more often imprisoned than whites
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 1:36 PM CDT
President Barack Obama listens to a question during last night's news conference at the White House.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Though a black family occupies the White House, inequality between African-Americans and whites persists in the US, a study by the Urban League says. Blacks are twice as likely to be jobless, three times more likely to be poor, six times more likely to have spent time in prison. A composite “equality index” puts the socio-economic status of blacks at 71% of whites, CNN reports.

“As the Obama administration ushers in a new era of hope, change, and to some extent, unity for this nation, many are asking whether racial barriers have now been erased in America,” the report says. “Are discrimination, division and inequality antiquated relics of the past? For a quick answer to that question, one has but to review some of the sobering statistics.”