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Disparities faced by boys and men of color in California

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Last updated: August 26, 2010

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Problems facing Latinos and African-American men continue to represent a nationwide social challenge. Sustained disparities in socioeconomic well-being across race and ethnicity imply that efforts must be undertaken to bridge the inequality.

A 2009 publication by the RAND Corporation, “Reparable Harm: Assessing and Addressing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California,” quantifies the disparities between Latinos and African-Americans male and their white counterparts, and identifies ways to address these gaps.

The paper’s key findings include:

  • A child living in poverty is 3.4 times more likely to be either a Latino or an African-American than a white.
  • Compared to whites, Latinos and African-Americans have respectively, 3.1 times and 6.9 times higher likelihood of contracting HIV/AIDS.
  • Over a lifetime, an African-American is 5.5 times more likely than a white to have ever gone to prison, while a Latino is 2.9 times more likely.
  • A Latino is 6.9 times more likely to have not completed high school compared to a white, while the odds for an African-American are 1.9 times.

The report concludes by highlighting policy interventions undertaken on the community, interpersonal and individual levels to reduce the observed disparities.  These include addressing inequities in employment, educational or service providers within the system, mentoring, and and integrating services, among other approaches.

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Writer: | August 26, 2010

Citation: Davis, Lois M.: et al. "Reparable Harm: Assessing and Addressing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California", Rand Corporation, 2009, Available as EBook, Paperback, PDF.

Analysis Assignments

Read the RAND Corporation study titled "Reparable Harm: Assessing and Addressing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California."

  1. Summarize the study in fewer than 40 words.
  2. Express the study's key term(s) in language a lay audience can understand.
  3. Evaluate the study's limitations. (For example: Do the results conflict with those of other reliable studies? Are there weaknesses in the study's data or research design?)

Newswriting Assignments

  1. Write a lead (or headline or nut graph) based on the study.
  2. Spend 60 minutes exploring the issue by accessing sources of information other than the study. Write a lead (or headline or nut graph) based on the study but informed by the new information. Does the new information significantly change what one would write based on the study alone?
  3. Interview two sources with a stake in or knowledge of the issue. Be prepared to provide them with a short summary of the study in order to get their response to it. Write a 400-word article about the study incorporating material from the interviews.
  4. Spend additional time exploring the issue and then write a 1,200-word background article, focusing on major aspects of the issue.

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