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By George E. Curry

Fifty-one percent of Hispanic male high school graduates ages 15-24 and 45 percent of African-American males in that category will end up unemployed, incarcerated or dead, according to a study issued this week by the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center.

“Collectively, the pathway data show that more than 51 percent of Hispanic males, 45 percent of African American males, 42 percent of Native American males and 33 percent of Asian American males ages 15-24 will end up unemployed, incarcerated or dead,” concluded a report titled, “The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: A Review of Research, Pathways and Progress.”

A companion report, “The Education Experience of Young Men of Color: Capturing the Student Voice,” was also released. Both reports were released at a news conference at Harvard on Monday and in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The College Board report on educational experience observed, “…Men, especially minority men, lag behind their female counterparts in college access, educational attainment and employment. Minority men outpace their female counterparts only in negative post-secondary outcomes: unemployment, incarceration and death.”

In order to accomplish President Obama’s goal of the United States retaking its position as the world’s best educated nation, improvements must be made in the rate men of color enroll in and graduate from college, the report stated.

“The report seeks to identify not only what we know but also what we don’t know about men of color,” authors of the study said…It is our hope that this report will be the impetus for scholars to investigate more rigorously the issues affecting the academic performance of young men of color. We are particularly interested in research that identifies solutions to the problems, not that which identifies the problems all over again.”

A different approach would be to study successful men of color to determine what elements went into their success.

How well the problems of men of color are addressed will largely determine whether the United States will have a workforce educated enough to support knowledge-based jobs, which will directly impact the global competitiveness of the nation.

Although high school dropout rates among most racial and ethnic groups have declined over the past three decades, minority dropout rates remain disproportionately high, especially among males, the report noted.

The dropout rate for White males in 2008 was 7 percent. But the figure was 22 percent for Hispanic males, 17 percent for American Indian/Alaska Natives, 12 percent for African-Americans, 8 percent for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and 4 percent for Asians.

Dropout rates vary significantly within the ethnic group. Among Hispanics, for example, the high school dropout rate was 25.8 percent for Salvadorans but only 6 percent for Cuban males. The dropout rate was 22.2 percent for Mexicans but only 8 percent for South Americans.

Troubling statistics were also evident at the college level

As of 2008, only 30.3 percent of African-Americans ages 25 to 34 and 19.8 percent of Latinos in that age bracket had attained an associate degree or higher. By comparison, 49 percent of Whites and 70.7 percent of Asian Americans had earned at least a degree from a two-year college. In every group, women had higher graduation rates than their male counterparts.

College enrollment figures show that 25.8 percent of African-American males 18-24 were in college in 1990, slightly higher than the 24.7 percent rate for Black women. By 2008, however, not only had Black women overtaken Black men, they had done so by a comfortable margin. In 2008, 29.7 percent of Black men ages 18-24 were enrolled in college. But the figure for African-American females in that age bracket had risen to 34.2 percent.

Among Hispanic males, the college attendance rate increased from 15.4 percent in 1990 to 23 percent in 2008. But the rate for Hispanic women jumped from 16.4 percent in 1990 to 28.9 percent in 2008. The Asian American/Pacific Islander male graduation rate was the only one to decrease over that period, from 59.2 percent to 53.8 percent while Asian women rose from 54.9 percent to 61.1 percent.

Native American/Alaska Native male college rates doubled, from 8.4 percent to 18.7 percent over that period. Women, who held a 12-point lead over their male counterparts in 1990, saw the gap narrowed, holding only a 24.3 percent to 18.7 percent lead by 2008.

In 2008, White males had a college enrollment figure of 35.6 percent, compared with 34.7 percent for women. But White women had surpassed their male counterpart by 2008, upping their college attendance rate to 46.9 percent, compared to 41.7 percent for men.

The report suggest a goal of ensuring that 55 percent of young Americans hold an associate degree and higher. However, that can’t be done without closing the college completion gaps that separate Whites and Asians from other groups.

The report’s figures on unemployment, incarceration and death were particularly gripping.

In 2008, more than 9.4 million 15-24-year-old high school graduates, including 5 million men (53.1 percent) and 4.4 million women (46.9 percent) were unemployed, the report said. Among males 15- to 24-years-old with a high school diploma, 46 percent of Hispanics were unemployed, 39.2 percent of Native Americans, 34.4 percent of African-Americans and 29.8 percent of Asians. Post-recession numbers are expected to be even higher.

While Hispanics and Native Americans had higher unemployment rates than Blacks, that pattern did not hold true for incarceration. More than 475,000 people aged 18 to 24 were incarcerated in 2008, with males making up 92.4 percent of that group.

Among minority males 15 to 24 with a high school diploma, 9.9 percent of African-Americans were behind bars, 5.2 percent of Hispanic men in that age group, 3.4 percent of Asians and 2.7 percent of Native Americans.

“An early death – natural or violent – is a real possibility for today’s youth,” the report stated. Among 18 to 24-year-olds, it noted, 34,887 died in 2008. Of those, 26,070 (74.7 percent) were males; 8,817 (25.3 percent) were females.

Of those who died in 2008, males made up 77.5 percent of African-Americans, 71.5 percent of Asians, 79.4 percent of Hispanics, 71 percent of Native Americans and 72.6 percent of Whites. Overall, African-Americans and Native Americans were tied at 0.3 percent of the deaths in that age group, followed by Hispanics, at 0.2 percent, and Asians, at 0.1 percent.

The authors of the report said that while there should be a concentrated effort to improve the plight of men of color, women of color also need and deserve support.

Among the report’s recommendations:

1) Policymakers must make improving outcomes for young men of color a national priority;

2) Increase community, business and school partnerships to provide mentoring and support to young men of color;

3) Reform education to ensure that all students, including young men of color, are college and career ready when they graduate from high school;

4) Improve teacher education programs and provide professional development that includes cultural- and gender-responsive training;

5) Create culturally appropriate persistence and retention programs that provide wraparound services to increase college completion for men of color and

6) Produce more research and conduct more studies that strengthen the understanding of challenges faced by males of color and provide evidence-based solutions to these challenges.

The researchers said they reached an unmistakable conclusion: “There is an educational crisis for young men or color in the United States.”

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20 Comments on "Study: Young Black & Hispanic men likely to end up jobless, imprisoned or dead"

2015 years 10 months ago

Another recommendation that wasn’t listed but should have been: tell the black and Hispanic women to STOP having children out of wedlock – this practically guarantees that their offspring will grow up in poverty and without a father. This is the real reason many of their men end up jobless, imprisoned or dead. And yes, having babies out of wedlock IS a much more frequent occurrence in the black and Hispanic communities.

2015 years 10 months ago

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

2015 years 10 months ago

The problems is serious in my entire life I have never known hud to allow men with felony records to even rent a apartment with a felony . Gosh looks like we have more scum bags out here thatn we do in prisons . Just go to any ghetto in America ask men in there 30s and 40s do men work and rent here if they do its in a crack house filled with problems men do not work and live in their ghettos is against the law we hav to sell drugs and steal to live in the ghetto. If men could crawl before they could walk we wouldnt see as many crimes in cities its only getting worse


2015 years 10 months ago

that it’s not ‘cool’ if a minority sells out, gets an education and integrates into society. If you’re not a ‘thug’, then you don’t fit in with the peer group, but if you are a ‘thug’, then very little will be open to you in mainstream society.

2015 years 10 months ago

…who help themselves. Stay in school, study, stay away from drugs, stay away from people who deal drugs, avoid hanging out with criminals, don’t always look for the easy way out, and you might change your fate.

I love #3 – if they’re not college or career ready, how are they graduating high school? That’s a de facto admission that we’ve dumbed down the curriculum, and are simply letting the conveyor belt carry them out the door.

BTW, there’s no money to blow on any of those crappola, feel-good suggestions.

2015 years 10 months ago

Crime statistics consistently report that most violent crime is committed by MEN (not women);

That most serial killers/murderers are MEN,(not women) and they are often white;

That most acts of domestic and relationship violence are committed by MEN (not women), and some of them are wealthy from “good” families.

See how easy it is to find a “pattern” and ascribe it to an entire group of people???

It’s easy to label a group as “Problem People”. If you plan to follow that logic, extend it beyond a specific group and demand they “get it together”. So…following your logic (I think), MEN need to get it together!

2015 years 10 months ago

Um, why don’t Asians count as a minority who are in trouble?

This survey states that a whopping 77% of Asians are college grads.

It might be nice if there were a study as to why some groups are so successful and then contrast/compare this with other groups who are obviously not making it…

This will illustrate what Asians are doing right and what others can do to help themselves instead of running to the government with demands to be met.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wonder how much this study cost to tell us what we already knew.

True Blue
2015 years 10 months ago

“Policymakers must make improving outcomes for young men of color a national priority”

How about your “men of color” make it a priority to get an education and stop their own criminal behavior?

How about your “men of color” stop raping and pillaging this nation?

How about your “men of color” taking some responsibility, instead of demanding that more be done to coddle them and give them educational and workplace advantages that they have not earned.

In short, how about your “men of color” man up and join the rest of civilization?

2015 years 10 months ago

Minorities by Democrats have been conditioned over decades to rely on government for their subsistance. Minority parents whom rely on subsistance do not have the skills, intestional fortitude to push their children out of this dilemna. It continues through generation after generation. Young blacks think it is cool to wear pants halfway down their butt, to emulate what they hear on RAP, and they do not realize the cost to their future until it is too late. Until the responsible blacks get out and stop this behavoir it will continue and continue. The NAACP should concentrate on these problems as opposed to causing a ruckus on everything they consider racial. Everyone experiences racism. As a w/m I have experienced watching minorities get promotions when I am much more qualified due to unfair promotion practices to reach a minority goal. The sad thing is I presently see no hope for young minorities in this problem.

Straight Shooter
2015 years 10 months ago

Ditto! Change the inner-city culture, fix the problem!

2015 years 10 months ago

Most African American males and Hispanic males come up short for scholastic aptitude. They are excellent basseball players, soccer players, gardeners, and drug dealers. Unfortunately they cannot speak English, write English, solve algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. They don’t put any skin in the game of education which would be six solid hours of homework every night from the sixth grade up. They come to school without a pencil but they always have their basketball or soccer ball with them.

No amount of teacher skill can educate a retarded child to employable status. Two and a half million of these misfits are in prison at great expense and extreme relief to normal productive citizens. The best option would be to provide norplant free to welfare women in return for food stamps.

Education should focus on bang for the buck. You get the best return by planting fertile ground of young intelligent inquisitive minds who are well behaved and motivated by parents to achieve academic excellence.

Vince P.
2015 years 10 months ago

I agree Alan and appreciate the comment. As a member of the ethnic and age category the article addresses, plenty of my Mexican peers were willing to work however much was necessary to achieve scholastically-maybe less than six hours on homework/day, perhaps more in some cases.

Excuses are comforting and all, but Alan’s last paragraph carries my own sentiments.

2015 years 10 months ago

I especially loved the psycho-babble of Number 5. …common lingo on campuses today.

Nothing as good as the phrase:
“MEN of COLOR” (Assuming this to be the newest normative phase to say “Black,oops, African American…. and be inclusive of Latinos?)

I can’t keep up! Hilarious!

If we were to go backwards any further I’d have to say, “the faster we go, the behinder we get.”

“Men of Color” is not too far from the phrase “Colored Men” which puts Black people into a tizzy, so why accept Men OF Color?????

The left-wing description of “Americans” is/has always been motivated by COLOR and keeps changing, because statisticians and sociologists are LUMPING Latinos, Mexicans, Native Americans, Oriental people and Hispanics together and excluding White people from all negative outliers.


FREE??!!! We are the tax-payers who are not the beneficiaries of FREE EDUCATIONS at IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS and are pi$$ed. Do we want to know when it will END? This Gravy Train FOR Blacks, and ‘He’spanicing, I need yur vote Amigo!”, under Obama will not end for White Americans, high or middle class which translates to Americans who are sick and tired of paying the tab for LIFER Grifters.

After all, haven’t we paid our debt to society in 2008, when we WHITES, (not me baby), hired a BLACK man OF COLOR to Screw up the ENTIRE NATION and put 16 MILLION people in the OBAMA UNEMPLOYMENT LINES, currently occurring during Obama Depression, and yet we are lining up to drink the kool-aid now as he asks the numskulls to raise ONE BILLION DOLLARS for his Campaign for a second chance to screw America terminally. Let’s start by putting MENofCOLOR in College, when college grads work at Mickey D’s…Wendy’s and Taco Bell.


The “researchers” said they reached an unmistakable conclusion: “There is an educational crisis for young men or color in the United States.”

Did the “RESEARCHERS” say anything about single black females having welfare babies and not providing a suitable home life with a FATHER?

or what about THIS folks~:(

“Minority men outpace their female counterparts only in negative post-secondary outcomes: unemployment, incarceration and death.”

First of ALL, Minority Females had the advantage over ALL other distinctions due to Affirmative Action Initiatives. Who has all of the State and Federal Government jobs… Minority has Majority.

And Secondly,
Obama is a ‘colored man’ of color” and he made it….as he was given FULL FREE RIDES through Occidental, Princeton (I think) and definitely Harvard, (BTW, where is this report being release from, oh yeah, HARVARD and WASHINGTON, DC). Jeremiah White is tame compared to Obama’s Harvard radicalized professors who got him elected.

Obama sits in the highest office in the world as we speak, so he isn’t unemployed like the rest of us WHITE PEOPLE who PAID FULL PRICE for our educations, he isn’t INCARCERATED and still… not only living, but living large, at that. Flying off to PARIS for a romantic dinner with Michelle, sports fans! Could you pay last month mortgage or buy your wife a birthday present this year? or put food on the table without moving back home with your mother?

Now, lets discuss the Prez’s dad. He had a loser dad (Barack Obama Sr.), who had the advantage of a FULLY PAID, FREE RIDE Harvard education, married many, many women, including Obama’s White Mother, some at the same time, making him a polygamist, he drank himself to the brink of death, as he Finally killed himself by wrecking into a TREE, in an auto accident in Kenya, after losing both legs from drunken stupor PREVIOUS automobile accidents.

Moral of the story: THIS next paragraph is BUNK:

In order to accomplish President Obama’s goal of the United States retaking its position as the world’s best educated nation, improvements must be made in the rate men of color enroll in and graduate from college, the report stated.

JUST imagine what could have come from NOT WASTING MONEY on Barack Obama Sr’s. HARVARD education in America! We should have spent it WISELY on a promising young WHITE YOUTH, who may have been the DESERVING recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for CURRENT achievements!

Furthermore I question:
key question, IN WHAT U.S. CITIES???????
Where is there a link to this research so a collaborating study can take place to dispel the heck out of these fallacious findings.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you, this is perfect, I certainly could not have written this as well.

2015 years 10 months ago

Path 1 is the Path which attempts to focus on the causes of these failures. Path 1 would require millions if not billions of dollars be spent to give all these folks things for which they are neither prepared or entitled. There’s that word — entitled.


Path 2 — look at those who have succeeded and identify the character and background traits which allowed those individuals to succeed. A lot less costly and alot more likely to have positive impact.

Which one will the bureaucrats and the minorities want to take?

Let’s guess. The more costly and empire building, bureauracy building plan which has a primary result of creating “feel good” excuses to make all of the failures feel it really wasn’t their fault; they were doomed to failure from birth.

Typical government path to nowhere.

Not so doomed
2015 years 10 months ago

I hate to drop an information bomb on your soap box, but there is no such thing as being “doomed to failure from birth.” If that was the case, I theoretically was doomed. I was born to two parents that didn’t have degrees, raised in housing projects (ever heard of those?), and I am a black female. Statistics would have you believe that I would have a child before the age of 21, be on welfare, most likely not have a high school diploma, and peak at my life with an expected salary of $11,259/year. Had the people in my life such as family and teachers held your belief that we are “doomed from birth” I would not now be the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the largest hospital in a major city and also hold a Juris Doctorate, as I am a practicing attorney for medical malpractice litigation. I think that the only thing that dooms someone from birth is repeated encounters with someone like you throughout every stage of their life when they actually just need encouragement instead of feeling that their life is a waste of space. Pigmentation does not determine one’s elevation in life, and if you believe that than I’m sorry that you’re walking through life with blinders on…

2015 years 10 months ago

nowhere were my comments directed at the individuals. My comments were directed at the government officials and social workers who would take the reports and try to apply them in real life.

2 Paths they could take.

1. Focus on the characteristics of succesful folks, such as yourself by the way; identify the character traits and background which contributed to success.


2. Focus on the characteristics of unsuccesful folks. Rather than develop a plan which focuses on steps for success, most government busy bodies want to take a path which will grow beauraucracy and government agencies.

By the way, no where did I mention color or ethnic background. The same thought process could be applied to caucasion, native American, or any other group.

So you, not I, threw out a race card.

Nice try; but with all of your degrees, you failed to get it.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wouldn’t you be a prime example of Path 2 that Tom spoke of? A person to be studied and copied?

With all your accomplishments, you’re not Superwoman, and if you could achieve what you did, how many more could, if they only applied themselves and stayed away from the negative influences?

Can I ask you two questions? Did you have at least one parent at home who took a great interest in you and your education, instilled discipline and punished you when you broke the rules?

Second, did your parents move you out of the inner city at an early age….get you away from the negative influences?

Kenneth Moultry
2015 years 10 months ago

If young men identified in these groups concentrated less on trying to be tough, cool, rappers & players; these scary numbers may decline. Growing up in an African American community, it was considered
“not cool” to be bright, or smart. In some strange way, those who took education serious; were considered outcast.


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