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We have a long way to go

In a recent article for the website Zippia, writer Kathy Morris highlights the 10 worst states for black Americans.

In compiling the list, factors like income gap, education gap, home ownership disparity and incarceration rates per 100,000 were used.

Unfortunately, New Hampshire made the list, coming in at No. 7.

Other states in the Top 10 include, No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 South Dakota, No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Kansas, No. 8 Ohio, No. 9 Maine and No. 10 Louisiana.

In the Granite State, 1,040 per 100,000 were incarcerated, while home ownership inequality was at 46%. The income gap fell at 39% and the education gap was at 14.6%.

According to the study, “New Hampshire has one of the worst income gaps in the nation. Black residents bring home paychecks 39% smaller. That works out to a staggering $15,564 less a year.”

Our neighbor, Maine, faired even worse on the income gap metric, “Black residents of this Northeastern state face the largest income gap in the nation. No doubt, this influences the low home ownership rate. It’s hard to buy a house when you’re bringing home 47% less.”

Connecticut’s wage gap was at 33%, while home ownership inequality checks in at 35%.

What the study makes clear is that we have a long way to go when it comes to equality – for all minorities.

Thankfully, the Gate City has made great strides in recent years, and is not only inclusive to all races, but does an amazing job at promoting and celebrating its diverse population.

Even though that is the case in our own hometown, it certainly is not the case throughout our great state.

In this day and age, it truly is unthinkable that tolerance and equality isn’t ingrained in our very being. There’s no room for that in modern-day America.

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