From food deserts to coronavirus cases and deaths, African American people are disproportionately impacted by disease and chronic conditions. Even more alarming, the CDC has found the average life expectancy of African Americans to be four years lower than the national average.
When African American communities have access to health resources, the entire community is healthier.
African Americans are 10X less likely to have a personal healthcare provider than their white peers.
Systemic practices have limited African Americans’ ability to accumulate generational wealth, including policies relating to homeownership and home values. Indianapolis’s redlining policies of the 1930s and ‘40s prevented African Americans from the same opportunities to build wealth through homeownership. What’s more, rising rental costs and predatory rent-to-own schemes make it hard to save enough money for a down payment.
Homeownership is one of the main ways to accumulate wealth and build neighborhood stability.
In Indiana, African American homeownership rate is 37% while White homeownership is 73%.
The achievement gap between African American students and their White counterparts is not determined by intellect or ability. Other factors are at play, including lack of financial resources at home or in school districts, access to coursework remediation programs, and inadequate wraparound services for first-generation college students.
It is time to close this achievement gap so all Central Indiana students can reach their full potential.
Compared to 43.3% of White students, fewer than 15% of African American students in grades 3 through 8 passed both math and English portions of the ILEARN.