In CNN's online article, US black-white inequality in 6 stark charts, six graphic charts highlight stark economic and health differences between blacks and whites in America. We looked to see if Los Angeles County had similarly stark contrasts, but expanded the comparisons to all racial groups. There clearly are stark contrasts.
Our story in Los Angeles County, as for the entire country (such as housing), is a complex web of historical, social and political factors that, for better and worse, brings us to where we find ourselves today.
Then Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas addressed the impact of these racial disparities on Los Angeles County, when introducing the release of the 2019 Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness.
"Hard work lies ahead to counter this tragic inheritance. If our region is to prosper, it is not only a moral imperative, it is an absolute economic imperative that all who call Los Angeles home are able to attain their full measure of dignity and self-worth.”
Black households in Los Angeles County have less than 60 percent of the median household income of white households.
Blacks in Los Angeles County have 2.3 times the unemployment rate of Asians and 1.9 times the unemployment rate of whites. We have yet to see how the pandemic economy might further widen these disparities.
The poverty rate for Blacks in Los Angeles County is 2.1 times higher than for whites.
Asians in Los Angeles County are 4.1 times (and whites 3.9 times) more likely to have earned a bachelor degree or higher than Hispanics/Latinos.
Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County are at least 2 times more likely to lack health insurance than whites, Asians or blacks.
The COVID-19 death rate for Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County is 421 percent higher than for whites, 176 percent higher for Hispanics and 55 percent higher for blacks.