“If Michelle Nunn wins that means Democrats keep control of the Senate and we can keep on doing some good works.” Barack Obama
Let’s look at the numbers (in all cases giving you the most recent numbers I could get):
- The median income for blacks in 2013 was $34,598. It was $35,387 in 2009.
- In 2013 the number of blacks living under the poverty line -- roughly $12,000 for an individual – rose to more than 11 million. In all, 27.2 percent of blacks were living in poverty in 2013. In 2009, roughly 9.9 million blacks (25.8 of all blacks) lived below the poverty level.
- Non-Hispanic blacks accounted for 37.4 percent of the total federal and state prison population in 2013. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, blacks are 13.2 percent of the U.S. population.
- 43 percent of blacks owned their own home in 2013. The rate was 46.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009.
- Black students had a high school graduation rate of 69 percent in 2011-12. The rate was 66.1 percent in 2009-10.
- From 2009 to 2011, the number of black workers earning only the minimum wage swelled by 16.6 percent, while the same number for whites rose by only 5.2 percent.