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Statistics on America's black population

12 percent of the 249 million Americans are black.

51 percent of blacks say that their quality of life has deteriorated in recent years.

The national average income of blacks is 50 percent below that of whites.

35 percent of black youth are unemployed.

43.2 percent of black children live in poverty.

65 percent of black children were born out of wedlock.

41 percent of children from black urban ghettos drop out of school prematurely.

46 percent of blacks think you have to start with yourself if you want to improve the life of the community.

The child mortality rate among blacks is 17.7 per thousand: it is more than twice as high as among whites and higher than in the developing country of Malaysia.

29 percent of AIDS cases occur among black people. 52 percent of women with AIDS are black.

Among children with AIDS, 53 percent are black.

Almost half of all murder victims are black.

In 1989, 23 percent of black men between the ages of 20 and 29 were either in prison, on parole, or on parole.

20 percent of all young black men have a criminal record.

Murder and manslaughter are the most common cause of death in the 15- to 34-year-old age group.

There are more black people in prisons than in universities.

A majority of black respondents blame themselves rather than the government for the misery caused by AIDS, drugs, broken families and teenage pregnancies.

No majority blames themselves for unemployment, low levels of education and the insufficient number of black companies.

This article comes from the NZZ Folio magazine from August 1992 on the subject of "USA Asheville". You can order this issue or subscribe to the NZZ Folio.