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The State of Black Children and Families

The State of Black Children and Families

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Based on qualitative and quantitative research conductedamong Black adults, caregivers, young people,and national leaders
Conducted For The Children’s Defense Fund On Behalf Of:The Black Community Crusade For Children
By Hart Research Associates 
January 2011
Hart Research Associates1724 Connecticut Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20009
 
 
Hart Research Associates
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Table Of Contents
Introduction............................................................................................2Overview Of Research Methodology............................................................3Key Take-Away Findings...........................................................................4The Current Landscape: Tough Times For Black Children In America................6Issues And Challenges Black Communities Face............................................9
Economic Isolation And Unemployment..............................................10
An Unfair Criminal Justice System And Other Racial Injustices...............10
Violence And Drugs.........................................................................11
The Negative Influence Of The Media And Hip Hop Culture....................13
Failing Schools................................................................................14
Fractured Black Communities And Families.........................................15
The Splintering Black Community......................................................17Strategies To Make Things Better...............................................................18The Outlook For The Future: Guarded Optimism...........................................21Doing Right By Our Children: Getting From Here To Where We Need To Be......23
 
Hart Research Associates
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Introduction
In 1994 Hart Research was asked by the Children’s Defense Fund to conducta research project on behalf of the Black Community Crusade for Childrenamong Black Americans. The research explored attitudes and opinions aboutthe circumstances facing Black Americans, as well as perceptions of theproblems and challenges confronting Black communities in general and Blackyouth in particular. The 1994 research revealed a troubling portrait of life forBlack young Americans, growing up in communities plagued by poorlyperforming schools, drugs, guns, and for many, a movement away fromunified families and a strong moral underpinning that provides much neededguidance and support for young people.Through this research project, we return a decade and a half later to many of the same questions to see what has changed:
Have the situations that Black Americans face changed?
Have circumstances improved for Black Americans, and in particularfor Black children and young people?
Are things easier for Black children today than two decades ago?
What are the major problems and challenges that Black Americans andBlack communities face?
What is the outlook for the future of Black children in America?This report presents the findings of this important study.

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