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Report: ‘Black Millennials in America’

A comprehensive report released by the Black Youth Project, reveals challenges and opportunities faced by young people of color.

Black Millennials in America details the lived experiences and political attitudes of Black Millennials.

“For 10 years, the Black Youth Project, housed at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago, has dedicated its work to understanding the challenges and opportunities faced by young people of color in the contemporary United States,” the report states. “We continue this mission in this study of Black millennials.”

Black millennials face unique challenges in a range of areas, including employment, education, gun violence, health and criminal justice.

Key findings of the report are highlighted below:

  • Black youth have voted at higher rates than white youth in the last two presidential elections: 52.3% for Black youth vs. 48.3% for whites in 2008 and 45.9% vs. 41.4% in 2012
  • Overwhelming majorities of Black (80.5%) and Latino (75.9%) youth support increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, compared with 61.2% of white youth.
  • In the second quarter of 2015, unemployment rates were substantially higher for Black youth than for white and Latino youth. For instance, 16.6% of Black youth between the ages of 20 and 24 were unemployed, compared with 10.3% of Latino youth and 8.5% of white youth in the same age group.
  • Black and Latino youth were much more likely to say they were “very” or “somewhat” afraid of gun violence: 41.2% and 42.8% respectively, compared with 15.6% of white youth.
  • More than half (54.4%) of Black youth report that they or someone they know was harassed by or experienced violence from the police, compared with 32.8% of white youth and 24.8% of Latino youth.

Click here for the full report.