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Despite gains, Arizona blacks still lag in employment, income

President Donald Trump bragged that African American joblessness is at the lowest rate ever, but advocates and experts say there is still a long way to go from what one called “depression-type” black unemployment in Arizona.... Read more»

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Income for state's African Americans fell in last decade

Per capita income for African Americans in Arizona fell over the last decade, the only racial or ethnic group that did not see an increase for the period 2006 to 2015, according to new data from the Census Bureau.... Read more»

Nat'l graduation rates reach new high, but Arizona lags behind

High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump and the black vote

In boasting of his support among African American voters, Donald Trump made some false and misleading statements.... Read more»

Legislative boundaries, lack of connections lead to few minority lawmakers

The nation’s growing diversity is not reflected in state legislatures. Nationwide, African-Americans, who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for 9 percent of state legislators, according to a new survey. Latinos, who are 17 percent of the population, only account for 5 percent of state legislators.... Read more»

Cancer risks high for firefighters, even higher for minorities

A new study has found that firefighters have a greater than average risk of developing some types of cancer, and that black and Latino firefighters face the highest risk of all.... Read more»

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.... Read more»

Deadly force, in black and white

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males. ... Read more»

Domestic abuse a challenge for states

States are increasingly interested in reducing domestic violence, but none of them are trying to prevent domestic violence by focusing on specific demographic groups. Advocates say that’s a problem, stressing stress that states must consider the influence of race, culture and other demographic factors to craft effective strategies. ... Read more»

Az poverty down, but still higher than national rate

Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»

Az obesity levels off, but minorities still suffer

Obesity rates among Arizona adults appear to have stabilized after years of steady increases, according to a new report, which said 26.8 percent of Arizonans were obese. But state health officials said the obesity rates among minority groups remained high. ... Read more»

Analysis

Race and beyond: The surprises of a changing nation

I have been challenged lately to think in surprising ways about the nature of our country’s shifting diversity. Despite spending nearly all my working hours buried in studies and analyses of the racial and ethnic demographic trends sweeping the nation, I’m not a know-it-all on the subject. Still, it takes quite a jolt for a list of facts or figures to stun me. ... Read more»1

Commentary

U.S. minorities on pace to be majority in months, not decades

The demographic transformation of the United States of America is one of the greatest untold stories of our time. That is thanks in part to widespread underreporting in our mainstream media.... Read more»

Gov't neglect leads to school deseg shortfalls

The federal government’s vigilance in enforcing the court-backed desegregation of the country’s schools is a shadow of what it once was. ... Read more»

Fears of minority flight from Az universities unfounded

Some worried when the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on race as a factor in college admissions it would hurt minority enrollment in other states. But Arizona's universities have seen a steady rise in those numbers, even after a voter-approved ban on race-based decisions. ... Read more»

Analysis

Race and beyond: Is white supremacy making a comeback?

In almost every discussion of race in this country—whether private conversations among friends and family or public debates between political antagonists—those engaged tend to talk past one another. Passions often displace reason; facts disappear like smoke in the wind, blown aside in the rhetoric of extreme beliefs.... Read more»

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