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Black Americans still unequal
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Here are "14 Disturbing Stats About Racial Inequality in American Public Schools" from The Nation:"For the first time in history, the Education Department ... examined school discipline at the pre-K level," discovering that during the 2011-12 school year "Black students accounted for 18 percent of the country's pre-K enrollment, but made up 48 percent of preschoolers with multiple out-of-school suspensions. Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students."Moreover, "black students were more than three times as likely to attend schools where fewer than 60 percent of teachers meet all state certification and licensure requirements" (Steven Hsieh, thenation.com, March 21).Another grim report about racial disparities comes from Nicholas Kristof, best known for his solo discoveries of human rights abuses in dangerous parts of the globe. He gets to the economic core of this nation's gulf between blacks and whites:"The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data.""The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid.