Comments with Dr. James Haney Presents*Affirmative Action and Diversity in the Workplace, with Dr. ASanford and LWalker, two university professors who talks about the history of Affirmative Action and why it is necessary if African Americans are to gain economic parity in American society, Part 1
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Blacks had the highest poverty rate of any ethnic group at 33 percent of the population; Hispanics, 29 percent; and Asians and Pacific Islanders, 14 percent. For white Americans the poverty rate was 11 percent. Forty percent of the poor were children, and eleven percent were elderly.
(2) The government recently reported that the income of Americans who were employed lagged behind rising prices in 1991 for the first time in nine years. Per capita income grew just 2.4 percent to $19,092 last year, only slightly more than half the 4.4 percent inflation registered by the Commerce Department's index for personal spending.
(3) Minorities and women working for a living are finding that prejudice and discrimination are still part of the workplace. Three black business organizations in Tennessee have asked the US Attorney General to investigate whether Tennessee's state government is violating civil rights laws in its purchasing practices and appointments to state boards.
In a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr, three heads of black businesses in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis charged that the state is "failing to award contracts to qualified minority businesses." Said Carl Jones of Jones and Jones Construction Company: "What we are asking for is a return of our investment into the community that we've lived in for years, based on the taxes that we have spent." These business persons said that the failure to appoint blacks to state boards and commissions shut them out of the decision and policy-making processes. "Black businesses across the state of Tennessee are in a state of emergency right now," said Mark S. Deathridge, President of the Black Contractors Association in Knoxville."This is not a political issue. It's more of an economic issue, an issue of survival, drjhaney