Algernon Austin presents an excellent, concise, and wonderfully read scholarly examination of the complicated landscape of race, class and popular perception. Besides the prison industrial complex, black strides in education, poverty rates, crime and other indices contradict claims that blacks are “moving backward.”
--Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, Director, Institute for African American Studies, University of Connecticut and author of Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (The Johns Hopkins University Press), 2004 and Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap (University Press of Kansas), 2007.
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A detailed analysis of state-provided data has found racial disparities in health care among the three million New Yorkers in the state’s public insurance programs. According to the analysis, which was released by the Community Service Society, blacks experienced health outcomes that were significantly worse statistically in 10 out of 12 measures that the State Department of Health uses in quality assurance, including dental visits, asthma management, mammography and almost all diabetes indicators.