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                        about discrimination?


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Black and Latino families generally earn much less than white families.  In 1993, the median weekly earning for black families was $490; for Latinos, it was $505.  White family income for that same period averaged at $739.


Extra Credit:  Due 5/23



According to the 1994 U.S. Department of Labor statistics, blacks are still more than twice as likely as whites to be unemployed.


A late 1990s Gallup poll showed that 73% of Americans approve of companies making conscientious efforts to identify and recruit qualified women and people of color.


In 1993, black women earned a median income of $19,816 compared to $22,023 for white women and $31,089 for white men.  Latina women's median income was even lower, at $16,758.


Extra Credit:  Due 5/16


By 1990, over 11% of college students were black, a number that comes close to being representative of the percentage of blacks in the U.S. population as a whole.


In 1995, the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission reported that the American workforce is increasingly diverse.  In 1950, white men were 65% of the labor force.  By 1990, that figure had dropped to 43%.  During the same period, the percentage of white women in the workforce increased from 24% to 35%, and minority representation doubled, from 7.5% to 15%.



California's Proposition 209, an anti-affirmative action initiative, passed by a narrow margin in 1997.  After it passed, admissions of minority students dropped sharply.  At the University of California--Berkeley alone, overall admissions of black, Latino, and Native American students dropped by 50%.

Extra Credit:  Due 5/20



In 1999, The National Conference, a workplace diversity organization, found that 63% of whites thought African Americans have equal opportunity in the work place.  80% of African Americans felt they did not have equal opportunity.



Women still earn 75 cents to each $1 earned by men.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this pay gap exists even within the same occupation.  Over a lifetime, the average woman loses $420,000 in wages due to this typical pay difference.


Extra Credit:  Due 6/6


White men are 33% of the total population of the United States, yet they are...

86% of tenured professors

85% of partners in major law firms

80% of the U.S. House of Representatives

90% of the U.S. Senate

95% of Fortune 500 CEO's

97% of school superintendents

99.9% of professional athletic team owners

100% of U.S. Presidents