Report says minority groups face ‘profound barriers’ to success

A new report says that minority children, including African and Native-Americans, and Latinos, are losing ground to their non-minority counterparts.

Annie E. Casey Foundation and its report says that minority children face “profound barriers” to success in areas like education and employment.

Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said patterns from the report hold true in nearly every state.

“Common things that we see are gaps in reading and math scores, high school graduation rates, higher education attainment, family and neighborhood income; also, parental education levels and also gaps with children growing up in two parent families,” he said.

McCarthy said underlying several of those issues is poverty.

Results from the report evaluate different minority groups based on several indicators.

In addition to personal success, McCarthy said minority children also face increased health risks.

“Not only do you see problems in work force attainment and education levels for children growing up in poverty, but you can actually track it to long-terms health outcomes, like heart disease, diabetes and stress,” he said. “The actual impact on long-term mortality rates can also be tracked through kids who grow up in deep poverty.”

In addition, the report says African-Americans children face the greatest barriers in Michigan and other midwestern states.

“As manufacturing jobs have decreased and the labor market for manufacturing has decreased in states like Michigan, we have seen a huge impact on children of color as their families are no longer as easily able to get jobs that can support the family,” McCarthy said.

The report is based off 12 indicators from the kids’ birth to adulthood – things like birth weight, reading and math competency and economic status. Then, a single composite score is computed for various minority groups.

African-Americans had the lowest composite score – 345 on a scale from one to 1,000.

McCarthy said the report makes recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential.

Click HERE to read the full report.