The Challenging Statistics for Young Men of Color


  • Despite our advances as a country, boys and young men of color, in the aggregate, continue to face persistent challenges:
  • 23.2% of Hispanics, 25.8% of Black, and 27% of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) live in poverty, compared to 11.6% of White Americans.
  • Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are between six and nine times more likely than white children to live in areas of concentrated poverty. This compounds the effects of poverty, and further limits pathways to success.
  • Roughly two-thirds of Black and one-third of Hispanic children live with only one parent. A father's absence increases the risk of their child dropping out of school. Blacks and Hispanics raised by single moms are 75 percent and 96 percent respectively more likely to drop out of school.
  • We see significant high school dropout rates—as high as 50% in some school districts—including among boys and young men from certain Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander populations.
  • During the summer months (June-August) of 2013, just 17% of Black teenage boys (ages 16-19) and 28% of Hispanic teenage boys were employed, compared to 34% of White teenage boys. Overall in 2013, half of young black men (ages 20-24) were employed, compared to over two-thirds of young white men. This employment gap persists as men get older.
  • While only 6% of the overall population, Black males accounted for 43% of murder victims in 2011. Among youth ages 10 to 24, homicide is the leading cause of death for Black males and also among the leading causes of death for Hispanics, and AIANs.
  • In 2012, Black males were 6 times more likely to be imprisoned than White males. Hispanic males were two and half times more likely.

(My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President, 2014)