Race in America

July 11, 2003 • Volume 13, Issue 25
Are blacks still handicapped by racism?
By Alan Greenblatt

Introduction

Howard University student Ford Bell supports affirmative action outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 1, 2003. On June 23, the court upheld the use of race as a factor in law-school admissions at the University of Michigan.  (AP Photo/Teru Iwasaki)
Howard University student Ford Bell supports affirmative action outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 1, 2003. On June 23, the court upheld the use of race as a factor in law-school admissions at the University of Michigan. (AP Photo/Teru Iwasaki)

Many people believe the end of legal discrimination gave blacks the same chance of success as other Americans. And by any measure, African-Americans' social, economic and political standing has vastly improved since the civil rights upheavals of the 1950s and '60s. Yet, by all the same measures — wealth, income, life expectancy, school success, crime rates — blacks lag far behind whites. Many African-Americans — and not a few whites — say discrimination, whether due to institutional habits or deliberate prejudice, prevents them from attaining jobs and homes equal to those enjoyed by whites. The recent Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative action heartened many blacks. But racially tinged incidents, such as those in Cincinnati, Benton Harbor, Mich., and Tulia, Texas, periodically shatter Americans' complacency about race.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Affirmative Action
Oct. 17, 2008  Affirmative Action Updated
Jul. 11, 2003  Race in America
Sep. 21, 2001  Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions
Jan. 23, 1998  The Black Middle Class
Feb. 23, 1996  Getting Into College
Apr. 28, 1995  Rethinking Affirmative Action
May 17, 1991  Racial Quotas
Apr. 14, 1989  Is Affirmative Action Still the Answer?
Jul. 31, 1981  Affirmative Action Reconsidered
Mar. 30, 1979  Affirmative Action Under Attack
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Affirmative Action
Civil Rights: African Americans
Domestic Issues
Equal Employment Opportunity & Discrimination
Undergraduate and Graduate Education
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