Would your rather have annual household income of $38,555 or $63,155? Blacks in America get the lower number according to the National Urban League’s 2018 “State of Black America” report. The thoroughly researched publication is now in its 42nd year. Some of the areas examined include economics, employment, education, health, justice and civic participation. But wait, there’s more. You’ll also find a deep dive into the digital divide and get insight on the state of Black America in today’s digital economy.
And if you think Black people have “made a choice” to be on the short end of Americas economic bounty, or lack of “free thought” is the culprit then download this immediately and share it with your friends. The report reveals that more Black college graduates (2.8%) earn degrees in computer science than Whites (2.6%). Interestingly however, Whites make up the majority of the workforce while Blacks comprise less than 5% of the social media and tech industry.
We live in a world where computers, smart phones and mobile devices are integrated into every facet of our lives. You’re reading this on a digital device right now. For Blacks to compete and remain relevant we have to move to the next level of digital inclusion. This means that while it is great that 89.3% of African American households have a computer it is not enough. These tools have to be used to increase participation in opportunities related to jobs, business and education across the nation and around the globe.
Marc H. Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League and he knows the digital divide is real. In an interview with The Root he said, “But we also try to point out ways to confront the divide and solve this problem, because with the changing workforce and demographic shifts, it’s essential to focus on this emerging workforce. But it’s also the right thing to do because African Americans are a big part of their consumer base.”
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